Learning the lingo: AFL decoded
New to the great game of AFL footy? Don’t know a behind from a banana kick? Well here’s how to spot a specky and a screamer from a spoiler so you can barrack with the best at the AFL European Challenge at the Oval in London.
AFL language: Spot a specky and a screamer from a spoiler so you can barrack with the best at the AFL European Challenge at the Oval in London even if you are new to the great game.
Barrack: to cheer for a team. Originates from world wars when games played close to army barracks were heavily attended by personnel.
Blinder: excellent performance
Coathanger: dangerous high tackle around the neck or head.
Daisy-cutter: fast-moving low to the ground kick, also called a wormburner.
Drop punt: common method of kicking the ball where foot contacts ball before it reaches ground. Ball spins end under end.
Handball: passing the ball by hand. Player must hold the ball stationary with one hand, and punch the ball with the clenched fist of the other hand.
Mark: player takes a mark when they cleanly catch a kicked ball which has travelled more than 15 meters.
Pill, or prune: terms to describe the ball.
Specky: when a player leaps high in the air to take a mark. Also called a screamer.
Spoiler: when a player affects another player’s mark.
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