Brisbane Lions vs Fremantle Dockers: My First AFL Game

Its 2am on a Saturday night. I came back from the Brisbane Lions vs Fremantle Dockers AFL game at The Gabba around 1. It was a very close game and Brisbane Lions lost be by 2 at 92-94. However, Sri Lanka has just won the match against England in the Cricket World Cup quarter finals.

The Gabba, Home of the Brisbane Lions
The Gabba, Home of the Brisbane Lions

Today is another wonderful day with the Brisbane International Student Ambassadors, and for many of us this is our first AFL game. They say footy is like carnival in Australia, but it was literally a carnival outside the Gabba. There was lots of interesting stuff going around for us to spend almost an hour outside, before getting into the stadium.

Free stuff from Brisbane Lions
Free stuff from Brisbane Lions
African Drummers
African Drummers jamming with a group of children
The BISA Photographers
Photographing a photographer photographing a photographer photographing.

I have known Gabba as a cricket ground, but as AFL games are also played in cricket grounds. It was not a very packed stadium today, with a crowd around 25,000.

Brisbane Cricket Ground
AFL games are played in cricket grounds
Brisbane International Student Ambassadors
The Ambassadors...!
The front row seats
The front row seats were wonderful, thanks to Brisbane Lions for the free tickets.

When we got into the stadium, we still had some time for the start of the game. So our own Aussie student ambassador Sam offered a quick tutorial on AFL rules for us, dummies.

Sam & Ming
The Quick Start AFL Guide for Dummies. Sam explaining how games are played for Ming's video.

I was wrong to think AFL and rugby league would have a lot in common. After this game I could see more differences than commonalities. AFL more fast-moving game with less restrictive rules than rugby league.

Play time
Play time

In a AFL game players are allowed to do all sorts things, pushing/pulling each other to bumping on each other intentionally. It might look like a more rough from of football, may be next to American football, but that is what makes it a more fast phased game.

Kick for the goal...
Kick for the goal...

The end of the game was not in favor of the Brisbane Lions. They were leading until the last 5 minutes before the last two goals by Fremantle Dockers, and losing the game by 2 points.

On the grounds after the game
On the grounds after the game

Another interesting aspect of this game is they let us go into the ground for sometime to kick the balls ourselves.

The Gabba
The Gabba. Time to leave.

AFL might not be the great sport in the world, but it is not of the highly intense, fast-moving and active sport I have seen. (Disclaimer: I don’t follow any sports that much to make a proper comparison though.) We had a great time as a group of ambassadors at the games and it’s one another wonderful chapter of my student life in Brisbane.

How students can buy discounted Lions tickets?

Brisbane Lions offer tickets their home games at a discounted rate for student. You can buy tickets from Ticket Master either online, over the phone or in person.

  • Online: (Input code: STUDENT11)
  • Phone: 1300 136 122 (Mention code: STUDENT11)
  • Ticket Master Outlet: Show student card

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By Nimal

I am a grounded nomad. I love a bit of art and science. #thappillai

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