• Aussie Rules For Dummies

    Created especially for the Australian customer! Facts, tips and stats for players, spectators andcoaches!Fully updated with all the latest rule changes and includingexpanded skills, coaching and training chapters, Aussie RulesFor Dummies, 2nd Edition takes you from getting a grip on thebasics to more advanced aspects of playing, watching and coachingAustralia's national game. Packed with practical information andfascinating anecdotes, this is the simplest, clearest and mostdetailed guide to AFL available.Discover how to:Understand positions, umpires and scoringGear up correctly, and avoid and treat injuriesImprove your playing skills and coach effectivelyAppreciate the clubs, competitions and awards

    • ASIN: 0731405951

  • How Football Began: A Global History of How the World's Football Codes Were Born

    This ambitious and fascinating history considers why, in the space of sixty years between 1850 and 1910, football grew from a marginal and unorganised activity to become the dominant winter entertainment for millions of people around the world. The book explores how the world’s football codes - soccer, rugby league, rugby union, American, Australian, Canadian and Gaelic - developed as part of the commercialised leisure industry in the nineteenth century. Football, however and wherever it was played, was a product of the second industrial revolution, the rise of the mass media, and the spirit of the age of the masses. Important reading for students of sports studies, history, sociology, development and management, this book is also a valuable resource for scholars and academics involved in the study of football in all its forms, as well as an engrossing read for anyone interested in the early history of football.

    • ASIN: 113803875X

  • Jumping at the Chance: From the Court to the Field, How NBA Hopefuls are Changing Australian Rules Football

    The true story of how professional Australian Rules Football found an unlikely new source of talent in the United States.Though most Americans automatically think “rugby” when they hear or read the phrase “Australian football,” the two sports actually have very little in common besides tackling and kicking. “Footy,” as this unique sport is known in Aussie circles, bears more resemblance to American athletics, requiring the skill and grace of basketball combined with the physical toughness and endurance of American-style football. The only thing it apparently didn’t require was actual Americans. Until now.Scouts from the Australian Football League (AFL) realized that a key position on their teams—called the “ruckman”—required both the height and ball handling skills readily found in American basketball players. What began as an unlikely experiment of cross-breeding sports talent has led to a growing expedition of NBA hopefuls from NCAA athletic programs—including Oklahoma State, Morehead State, and the University of Arizona—looking to make their way in a game most of them had never even seen played before.In Jumping at the Chance, longtime Aussie football fanatic Gil Griffin delivers a riveting account of these American athletes who go to the other side o...

    • ASIN: B073X74BG7

  • Play On!: The Hidden History of Women’s Australian Rules Football

    Since the inception of Australian Rules football in the 1850s, women have been eager to be involved. More than 100 years ago, they began taking to the field. However, their stories have largely been invisible – sidelined, ignored or forgotten.Play On! – the first, comprehensive history of women's Australian Rules football – showcases the athleticism, hard work and resilience that has kept the women's game alive. Discover how competitive women's football began with shop assistants at Perth department stores, how female footballers supported soldiers in both world wars, and how a few passionate women created state and territory leagues across Australia.With schoolgirls' competitions flourishing, state leagues growing, and the creation of a national league, the women’s game has never been stronger. Talented, dedicated and proud women over the past century have made Australian Rules football a truly national game.

    • ASIN: B01K9M8LIG

  • A Whole New Ball Game

    She thought she had her future sorted, but life has other plans...Get the reference, get the job, get out of here: I know what I want. What I've always wanted. What I've been raised to want. The only thing standing between me and my dream overseas nursing job is a reference from my boss – and a very special little girl in the hospice care where I work who I just can't say goodbye to yet. The last thing I need is Sawyer Benson, the AFL legend and an arrogant smile, coming in to visit the kids at the hospice and interfering with my life.But when Emily tells me that girls can't play football, I know that I have to prove to her that girls can do anything they want. So Sawyer and I strike a bargain. I'll play his girlfriend when the camera's on, and off–camera he'll train me up for the Women's Aussie Rules league try–outs. Together we'll show Emily that girls are brave and strong and can do anything they dream of.I still know what I want. I can walk away from footy and go back to my original plan. Football and arrogant smiles can't be my future.Can they?

    • ASIN: B07CHWQ1BL

  • Black and Proud: The Story of an Iconic AFL Photo

    It is one of Australia's most iconic images. On 17 April 1993, the Indigenous AFL footballer Nicky Winmar stood up against racial abuse and made history. Facing the Collingwood crowd that had taunted him all day the St Kilda player pulled up his shirt, pointed to his chest and declared: `I'm black and I'm proud to be black'. Published the next day, the photos of Winmar's gesture sparked an intense debate that forced the AFL, the fans and the nation to confront their prejudices head-on. Black and Proud takes us behind the searing image to the stories of those who made it happen - the Indigenous team-mates Nicky Winmar and Gilbert McAdam and the two photographers, Wayne Ludbey and John Feder. Bound by a love of the game, the four were brought together by acts of courage and vilification that show how far we have come and just how far we have to go.

    • ASIN: 1742234054

  • Titus O’Reily’s 2014 AFL Season Almanac: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the AFL Premiership

    Satirist Titus O’Reily looks back at the 2014 AFL Premiership Season and even occasionally focusses on the football itself. Reviewing every match played and containing hundreds of articles covering the 2014 AFL season, this almanac brings together Titus’s pieces from the Herald Sun, Inside Football and The New Daily. Covering Buddy Franklin’s first season in Sydney, the Essendon Saga and Mick Malthouse’s war on modernity, Titus brings his satirical style to all things AFL.

    • ASIN: B00P8K48DM