聞き取りチャレンジ Australia Rules Football
This morning my son captained his under 9’s ( players are under nine years old) football team. I decided to record the team’s coach pre-game address (speech).
You can learn quite a number of useful expressions in this lesson. You’ll also hear words you probabaly have near leant before.
Using “OK” to stress a point.
“Boys, it’s really really cold out there today, OK? So it’s important we keep warm.”
“Now, we are two players short today, OK? So what we are gonna do is, play one less player in the back pocket, and one less player in the forward pocket, OK?”
Note: The speaker is not expecting anyone to answer, but instead he is using “OK” to explain himself and stress importance.
Australia Rules Football Vocabulary
Tackle – the primary purposes of tackling is to disposses an opponent of the ball, to stop the player from gaining ground towards goal or to stop them from carrying out what they intend
Sheppard – a shepherd is the legal act of preventing an opponent from obtaining the ball or tackling a team-mate.
Australian rules football, officially known as Australian football, also called football, footy or Aussie rules is a sport played between two teams of 18 players on the field on either an Australian rules football ground, a modified cricket field or another modified sports venue.
The objective of the game is to score points by passing the ball through the team’s goal. The main way to score points is by kicking the ball between the two major goal posts. The team with the higher total score at the end of the match wins unless there is a draw.
During most play, players may position themselves anywhere on the field and use any part of their body to move the ball. The primary methods are kicking, handballing and running with the ball. There are rules on how the ball can be handled: for example, players running with the ball must intermittently bounce or touch it on the ground. Throwing the ball is not allowed and players must not get caught holding the ball. Possession of the ball is in dispute at all times except when a free kick is paid.
A distinctive feature of the game is the mark, where players anywhere on the field who catch a ball from a kick (with specific conditions), are awarded a free kick. Australian rules is a contact sport, in which players can tackle using their hands or use their whole body to obstruct opponents.
Dangerous physical contact (such as pushing an opponent in the back), interference when marking and deliberately slowing the play are discouraged with free kicks, distance penalties or suspension, depending on the seriousness of the infringement. Frequent physical contests, spectacular marking, fast movement of both players and the ball and high scoring are the game’s main attributes.
Details of the game’s origins in Australia are obscure and still the subject of much debate. Australian rules football became organised in Melbourne in May 1859, when the first laws of the game were published by the Melbourne Football Club.