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Down at Kardinia Park
Geelong has the 2nd oldest Australian Rules football club, founded in 1859. It's home turf, known as 'The Cattery' is the oval in Kardinia Park and the only opportunity left to see a traditional suburban ground where the Australian game is played at the highest level.
Of course it has changed greatly over the past few years and historic grandstands with wooden bench seats have been replaced with comfortable modern incarnations. With the recent completion of floodlights, the ground can now host games at night.
The ground is now a study in contrast - as at the southern end of the ground the new Premiership and Players Stands, along with the eastern Reg Hickey Stand represent the latest in stadium technology (on a regional city scale of course), whilst at the northern end the hotch potch of old structures, including the Brownlow Stand, A.R. Jennings Stand, Ron Hovey Room, Ford Stand/Fred Flanagan Room and the Gary Ablett Terrace (containing the main standing room section) represent the history of spectating at our indigenous game.
Geelong crowds are polite,enthusiastic and even break into applause when an opposition player performs spectacularly. The natives do get restless and frustrated if the local team fails to prosper. In recent years, this has not been so much of a problem. There is rarely much aggravation between opposing supporters at Australian Rules games - there is no need to separate the two tribes, before they meet in battle.
The words to the club theme song were written by a player (John Watts), and is to the tune of Bizet's 'Toreador Song'. It is always a rousing chorus, sung by the faithful after a win by the local side.
We are Geelong, the greatest team of all
We are Geelong; we’re always on the ball
We play the game as it should be played
At home or far away
Our banners fly high, from dawn to dark
Down at Kardinia Park
So! Stand up and fight, remember our tradition
Stand up and fight, it’s always our ambition
Throughout the game to fight with all our might
Because we’re the mighty blue and white
And when the ball is bounced, to the final bell
Stand up and fight like hell*
You could do worse than ride the Geelong Flyer from Melbourne and spend an afternoon watching the Cats play Australian Rules football as it is meant to be played.
This photo is of Geelongs...
This photo is of Geelongs Aussies Football team .
One of the high lights of Aussies rules is going for a screamer (taking a mark)
photo is from alf.com.au.
You have to be pretty silly to go to Kadina Park when you Barrack for Collingwood as I do.
My mate magpies and i went down there last a couple of years ago and it was a feral experience .
Lucky we lost as we made it back to melbourne thank god.
If you happen to be in Geelong...
If you happen to be in Geelong in the winter months check out a game of Aussie Rules at kadinia Park.
Geelong has there own team in the countries national comp of australian rules football.
They are the only team out side of the capital cities .
OUTSIDE OF ALL THAT YOU SIMPLY HAVE TO SEE SOME OF THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD.THE REASON I SAY SOME IS IT IS 270 km from geelong to warrnambool via the great ocean road.
however its only 187 km to warrnabool via the princes highway.
the good thing about this part of australia is there are alot of great towns and beaches that un like most parts of australia are with in about an hour from each other.
So you can see alot in a short space of time.
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