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Sunday morning, can the Aussies buck the trend?

Egg Chasers during the World Cup. More woe for the Aussies?

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Re: Sunday morning, can the Aussies buck the trend?

Lob, is this on topic in any forum except "Off topic?" I'm moving it there now. You should know better

Everyone: Football / Soccer goes in the off-topic area, ESPECIALLY if it has nothing to do with Switzerland. Please try to make my life less difficult
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Re: Sunday morning, can the Aussies buck the trend?

And yes, just before someone points out that this post is about Rugby, I did say "Football". Since rugby is a game which involves a ball and a foot, this also counts as football.
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Re: Sunday morning, can the Aussies buck the trend?

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Re: Sunday morning, can the Aussies buck the trend?

Sorry Lob, don't follow the rugby, or sports involving Australia sports in general - it's hardly interesting when the results are usually the same is it? A bit like England's track record in the world cup...
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seeding...FIFA_World_Cup
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Re: Sunday morning, can the Aussies buck the trend?

Sure - Soccer is probably the one sport which isn't played much in Australia, so it isn't surprising that Australia is near the bottom of the table. Pull up the medal table from any of the last Olympics and it will tell a different story, especially if you sort the table by medals per million of population...

But hang - on Switzerland is only a few positions above Australia and they DO play soccer. Now that's a bit embarassing :-)
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Re: Sunday morning, can the Aussies buck the trend?

Not trying to make excuses for rugby failures or anything.... but Rugby is pretty much a foreign language for half of the Australian population. The basic divide is New South Wales & Queensland with Rugby League, the rest WA, Victoria, SA, NT & Tasmania playing Australian Rules, about a 50/50 split of a population of 20million. Rugby Union is snobby "college boy" game, like rowing

Rugby teams out of Perth/WA (Western Reds or Western Force), live or die on their current success. Support quickly disappears when they start losing, like with other "introduced" sports such as Baseball, Basketball & Soccer.
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Re: Sunday morning, can the Aussies buck the trend?

sorry can't agree with some comments above. Regarding Football (soccer) it has amongst the highest participation rates in Aus, and guess what? -so does Netball. Australians all over the country play soccer, more than AFL or both rugby codes -check the stats. It's just that the national league was a farce for so many years due to factional fighting and so on. I started playing football when I was 8 at my school and that's over 20 years ago. As an adult, my "local" soccer league covering one northern section of sydney had 38 clubs, 5 divisions and juniors - and guess what? - that's the women's association!
As for Rugby - I love this game and you know, I ain't no private school snob type. Sure it doesn't have the working class roots that league has...but so what? I'm not working class either. Hell, Rugby is a great game and a sport for thinkers, not just boofheads. League on the other hand which I also enjoy, is less sophisticated in concept, but also entertaining to some degree. The males who play it less so....(generalisation yes, but never mind)
One of the things which annoys me is the amount of times I have a person say to me...But what's your national sport? Don't you have one or is it just cricket? I am not your average person who thinks one code has to be better than the other like I hear ad nauseum from my British and Irish cousins...yawn...borrrring..
A lot of parents like Football because it's less physical than rugger or league or AFL for their kids to play, hence fewer injuries. Personally, I like them all, not equally,but I like 'em and I would encourage girls and boys to grow up like I did and play all the sports I possibly could and choose what I like best in summer and winter. And that is for me, part of being a true Australian. Long live cricket!!!!
Oh and Aus to beat the English by a substantial margin on Sunday..I hope
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Re: Sunday morning, can the Aussies buck the trend?

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sorry can't agree with some comments above. .......
My comments were more about spectators/supporters rather than participation. Some interesting stats:

http://www.abs.gov.au/Ausstats/abs@....256CAE0010851A

Have to say that if I had kids playing football sport, I'd guide them towards soccer. It is less brutal and has more to offer if they are particularly gifted (extremely unlikely if they inherit my genetics). Nah, I'll just give them a mountain bike and aim them at Wanderweggers
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