Sport brings a nation together. Consider the camaraderie between teammates as they go into 'battle', as it were, against the opposing team, whether they be the cricket team from another school or another nationality in the World Cup. It doesn't matter who one is opposing, it draws the team together. As team mates come together they will find they have a common glue that sticks them together and unifies them for a common purpose.
Sports makes a fantastic talking point amongst best friends or complete strangers. Whether one is talking about the game just gone on Saturday or the season about to start, there is always something to talk about in the world of sports.
In Australia, the Australian Football League is no exception. With the new AFL season just around the corner, a sense of anticipation is growing amongst fans - and in Melbourne particularly, who isn't a fan of the AFL?
Here are three ways to gear up for the AFL season. So, grab some mates and have fun as you anticipate the big sporting events of the year!
1. Host an AFL New Season Party
Invite your friends over in the weeks preceding the launch of the new footy season and throw a party! Play party games using AFL merchandise as party prizes, don your newest jersey of your favourite team, and eat cake decorated with your team's colour. And don't forget to watch re-runs of your team's big games.
2. Predict Who Will End up in the Finals
Run a competition with your friends and place bets as to which team will make it to the finals and then the Grand Final. At the end of the year, get back together and see who predicted most accurately. Don't forget to make a fun time out of it and have a party!
3. Learn your Game History
Origins of sports are fascinating, from the nitty gritty details of the beginnings of a team to the building of the iconic sports stadiums. Read up on the Grand Finals of years gone by, who won the Brownlow Medal in 1963, and which team has won the Premiership the most. Start inserting small bits of AFL trivia into your conversations with your colleagues and friends and set the tone for the new footy season!
However you choose to celebrate the start of the new season, you'll want to make sure you grab some of your favourite AFL merchandise and head out with a footy to the local oval and throw the ball around. Grab some friends - after all, sports is what brings people together - and throw the ball around after work one day. Anticipate the start of the new AFL season, and remember...try to remain friends if your colleague cheers for the opposing team.