Is there anything more Aussie than Aussie rules football? One of the biggest displays of Australian patriotism is during each year’s AFL season, where people don their team’s colours and barrack for their boys.
iiNet certainly enjoys the AFL, as a proud principle partner of the Hawthorn Football Club – Premiership champions for 3 consecutive years.
We’re looking forward to cheering on our team again this year, and seeing them win their 4th premiership.
With the kick-off of the 2016 AFL season, you too can get involved in all the footy fun. Here are some of the top ways to get involved and engaged with this year’s AFL season.
Take me out to the ball game
Okay, I’m pretty sure that song is about baseball, but it makes a good point. What better way to enjoy the AFL than to get up close to the action by attending a game?
As the principle sponsor of the Hawks, iiNet has been given tickets to several Hawks games to give away throughout the season. So if you want to head to a Hawks game for free, just follow iiNet’s Facebook and Instagram accounts and look out for competitions for your chance to win tickets.
Turn an AFL game (perhaps the Grand Final) into a fun party for all your friends young and old. If you didn’t get your hands on tickets, simply turn your house into the MCG by donning team guernseys, serving stadium food like hotdogs and meat pies with cold drinks and watching the game on the biggest screen in the house.
Make it fun for the little ones as well by grabbing some face paint and painting their team colours. You don’t need any great artistic skill, just get the colour on there! You can also organise some party games for before or after the game, or even just during half time. Start a handball competition in the backyard or a game of musical statues with your team’s song.
In previous years, iiNet enjoyed running Footy Tipping competitions and although we weren’t able to run one this year, there’s nothing stopping you starting your own footy tipping competition with your co-workers or friends.
It’s easy to get going; sign up to one of the official online footy tipping comps, or pick a prize and run your own in the office. Write up the rounds and tips on a whiteboard, so you can keep track of the winners each round.
If you’ve ever wondered how you’d go at owning your own sports team, Fantasy Football is a great way to give you a little taster of it. Get your fantasy team together using the current AFL champs and keep a point score throughout the season to see how your “team” of players performed compared to other fantasy teams.
To get started create an online league on super coach or https://fantasy.afl.com.au. Play and trade and go for the glory. For more information on starting a Fantasy Football team, check out our blog article all about it.
How will you be getting into the game this season? Let us know in the comments.