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Old October 27th, 2010, 12:52 PM   #801
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Old October 27th, 2010, 01:09 PM   #803
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I was there and I only got to hear Craig Foster's hysterical commentary when I got home after a week on the booze celebrating in Sydney. Home at the time was a 12 hour drive south down the Hume. Massive hangover, but every time my head would start pounding, I'd just say out loud" we're going to the World Cup!" and a huge ear-to-ear grin would erupt, no pain felt at all! I'm still dirty on my boss for denying my leave request to go to Germany. I got to South Africa, but I still feel as though I missed something important
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I lol'd at the 3rd goal. It bounces over the Qatari's head!
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If Australia wins the world cup bid, you can be guaranteed that there will be even bigger scenes and FIFA can celebrate alongside Australia. It will be a massive good news story that the world of football can do well with at this moment in time.
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Old October 27th, 2010, 03:24 PM   #806
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Regarding the Uruguay match-this is ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT

If you haven't seen it-Enjoy

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Post some scenes from when Qatar qualified for the World Cup can you? Oh wait...
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Old October 27th, 2010, 03:26 PM   #808
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Love this

Brought to my attention on another forum,unfortunately not online but here goes-amazing stuff
Source: Sunday Telegraph, The (Sydney) ; 10/24/2010, p107-107, 1
Game of woggabaliri, anyone

AUSTRALIA'S World Cup bid book features a bold claim that soccer is the national game with a history stretching back thousands of years.

The Sunday Telegraph has learned that Football Federation Australia's World Cup bid book for the 2022 event features references to an indigenous game called woggabaliri

In a claim that is sure to annoy its rivals at the AFL, which often refers to the Aboriginal game of marn grook, FFA says the sport of woggabaliri proves soccer is indeed an Australian game.
Recognised by the Australian Sports Commission, woggabaliri is described as a "co-operative kicking volley game to see how many times the ball can be kept in the air before contacting the ground''.

Similar to the UK playground game of "keepie uppie'', it featured a ball made of possum fur and was mainly played around the Bogan and Lachlan River areas of NSW.

The name of the sport was taken from the Wiradyura language word for play.

One of the first references to the non-competitive Aboriginal ball game is an 1857 etching now housed at the Haddon Library at Cambridge University. It depicts a group of Aboriginal children kicking a ball.
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Old October 27th, 2010, 03:35 PM   #809
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Cetainly is a bold claim and hard to take seriously. Cricket is the National game, much like Lacrosse being Canada's national sport even if Ice Hockey is more popular. Only problem with their Woggabaliri reference is that Woggabaliri had no connection to the evolution of the British public school games which spawned Association Football and Rugby Football. Marn Grook does have a direct link to Australian Football as one of its parent sports along with Caid and the Sheffield Rules.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woggabaliri

Woggabaliri
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Australian Aboriginal domestic scene depicting traditional recreation, including one child kicking the "ball", with the object and caption being to "never let the ball hit the ground". (From William Blandowski's Australien in 142 Photographischen Abbildungen, 1857, (Haddon Library, Faculty of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge)

Woggabaliri, literally meaning "play", is the name given to a traditional Indigenous Australian "co-operative kicking volley game" similar to the English game of Keepie uppie.

History

Often confused as a variant of Marn Grook, Woggabaliri is a non-competitive game played with a ball made of Bulrush roots wrapped in possum fur where the aim is to keep the ball in the air using soccer type skills of teamwork and ball control. Popular with the Wiradjuri people of central NSW and to a lesser extent with surrounding peoples before European arrival, the name is derived from the Wiradjuri word for "play".

Woggabaliri is recognised by the Australian Sports Commission as the oldest Indigenous game and is the earliest depicted, believed to be the subject of an engraving "never let the ball hit the ground" based on William Blandowski's observations in 1857 of camp life near Merbein, Victoria.[1]

In 2010, Football Federation Australia referenced Woggabaliri in it's Australian 2022 FIFA World Cup bid citing it's similarity to football (soccer) as part of Australia's national heritage
Modern Play

In Australia the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation promotes Woggabaliri as one of several Indigenous games available as an addition to traditional school sports.[2] The New South Wales Department of the Arts, Sport and Recreation promotes Woggabaliri in New South Wales schools.[3]
Basic rules

The game is played by groups of four to six players standing in a circle 2 metres apart and uses either a soccerball or a volleyball. Using feet and knees only, in no set order but without consecutive touches, the players attempt to keep the ball from touching the ground. The group that has the most touches in a set time wins. If the ball touches the ground the count is restarted.[4]
Team rules

Two teams of four play on a volleyball court sized pitch with soccer goals at each end. A game consists of two halves lasting 10 minutes each. Players may use feet, knees, thighs, chest and head to keep the ball aloft with the team losing possesion if the ball touches the ground, is intercepted or an infringement occurs. Tackling is not permitted and goals can be scored from any part of the pitch
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See also

* Marn Grook
* Keepie uppie
* Volleyball
* Association football
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Please don't mention ALF in this thread again.
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ah Wezza, you don't know what you're missing up in Townsville.
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Old October 27th, 2010, 03:46 PM   #813
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Especially posted this for you

Also discovered a few matches earlier this week which must surely be our first internationals
Monday 12 July 1886
New South Wales v Scotland
Wednesday 14 July 1886
New South Wales v England
The Argus Friday 9 July 1886, page 3
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Old October 27th, 2010, 03:54 PM   #815
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http://theworldgame.sbs.com.au/craig...all:-A-pioneer
Football: A pioneer
19 Oct 2010 | 00:00-Craig Foster



This photo documents a moment lost in time when Australian football led the world and demonstrated remarkable innovation and forward thinking.

It’s important for two reasons.


First, as you can clearly see from the caption, this is an international game played between a Sydney Metropolitan XI and a New Zealand touring side, at the Epping Sports ground in June, 1905.

Accordingly, football was one of the very first sports in this country to facilitate international engagement , as the New South Wales team had toured New Zealand for the first time the year before.

As football fans we know that this is one of the core virtues of the game that we love so much: its ability to connect.

To connect people, regions, countries, races, genders and cultures all through our shared love of playing the marvellous game of football.

For centuries, whether in the Chinese, Greek, Italian, English or countless other civilisations, people have come together to play kick about with a round ball in much the same way we do today.

Whether formalised or informal, the history of mankind has countless references to people playing one version of football or another, so that every time we spend a few minutes in the park having a kick or by ourselves honing our skills and enjoying the feeling of keeping a ball aloft, we become for a moment a member of a community, a brotherhood, that connects us back to the depths of time.

In 1905, the game had already been prospering in Australia since the New South Wales Football Association was born in 1882, and at this game just 23 years later, there were four thousand people in attendance.

Four thousand! What a marvellous demonstration of the popularity of football over 100 years ago.

Today then, for every one of you who loves the game, take this memory with you to let all Australians know that football was already phenomenally popular around the time of Federation, a central part of Australian life for almost 130 years.

The convenient and often anti-football notion propagated by much of the mainstream media that the world game never caught the popular imagination of Australia is false, it already had in the late 1800’s and early 20th century, and does so increasingly today.

This is important.

After World War II and the hugely commendable contribution to the game by our migrant communities, it came to be identified closely with immigration as ‘wogball’- a foreign game brought here by new arrivals, but this shallow view undersells the fact that the game had already been a great success.

Our new ethnic communities strengthened the game’s population and football occupies a cherished place in the nation’s history as the most powerful tool for the integration into Australia of migrant communities, but the game simply brought us all together at a time when the nation needed this more than anything, for it was already alive and well many decades before.

This is the point, that football was always “Australian ball”, played in the late 19th century by miners and factory workers and so was the vehicle for all of us, ‘wogs’, ‘skips,’ whatever you like, to play together and ultimately all become a part of Australia in our own way.

The second reason why this photo is a great moment in our history is related to the shirts the players wear.

Look closely through this grainy reproduction from the Sydney Mail newspaper, and you will clearly see numbers on the back of the playing shirts.

Now observe photo rewrites the history of global sport, as the first known example of numbered shirts being worn in sport, anywhere in the world.

Search the net and you will see that accepted accounts vary from an AFL match in Sydney in 1911, to other games in Australia and NZ in 1912.

Both are wrong.

In this photo is captured the first documented moment when Australian football used an innovation that must have been revolutionary at the time, and that subsequently became the norm in the most popular game the world has ever known. After which it was copied widely across numerous other sports globally.

What a marvellous moment for us all.

Bravo to the descendants of our game who saw fit to organise and promote football down under as far back as 130 years ago, and who had the foresight to number the players, something that did not find its way back to England until 28 years later in the 1933 FA Cup Final.

It makes me want to find out more, as our history gives a connection with the heart of our game that nothing else can.

Perhaps, like me, you’ve read all the tomes on football history such as the authoritative “The Ball is Round” by David Goldblatt in a search for answers, but to read about our very own history is something altogether more fulfilling.

It is personal, it talks of our shared football ancestors, and it shows us from where we have come.

We have come a long, long way, and this game in 1905 is an important signpost along the journey.

Thanks to Bill Murray and Roy Hay for The World Game Downunder, published in 2006 by the Australian Society for Sports History, and to Dr. Tony Hughes for the chapter relating to our game’s history in this period, and for digging up this photo which will stand as a mark of the popularity of football in this country.
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"We had to say "dickety" cos' Der Kaiser had stolen our word "twenty". I chased that rascal to get it back, but gave up after dickety-six miles".

Sorry, couldn't help myself.
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Interesting little article that X, thanks for posting.
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Old October 27th, 2010, 04:34 PM   #819
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Interesting little article that X, thanks for posting.

No worries mate.
BTW ,If you're referring to the Pioneer article by Foster a point worth noting is that the Goalkeeper wore the No.1 which has become the tradition still alive today

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