AFL acronym competition – with apologies to my Aussie friends

Javier Barcelo, a Spanish friend who adopted rugby while living in NZ, once shared with me his rather low opinion of Australian Rules football as an apparently structureless mess of a game. I thought of him the other morning over breakfast when Mereem, completely unprompted, volunteered her own acronym for AFL, the Australian Football League.

She was contemplating the Weetbix box as she slowly worked her way through a bowl of the stuff.

Hang on - isn't that meant to be "Kiwi kids are Weetbix kids"?

Hang on – isn’t that meant to be “Kiwi kids are Weetbix kids”?

Her eye fixed on the logo and she pondered it, then said,

“AFL stands for… Action for Losers”.

Now where did THAT come from? Not me, I hasten to add, and certainly not from her schoolmates or Jean-Luc, as it is the No.1, No.2 AND No.3 game here in SA. In fact, at times it seems to be the ONLY game. All Blacks? Wallabies? Who’s that?

Perhaps it was some sort of divine inspiration. Anyway, if you can think of a better one, please post it as a comment!

5 thoughts on “AFL acronym competition – with apologies to my Aussie friends

  1. Phil Boase

    Sorry Roo, I can’t let you get away with that. Firstly, you shouldn’t be encouraging your daughter to be so disrespectful! Secondly, it’s an initialism, not an acronym – we don’t want your Kiwi friends trying to pronounce it as a word. It might sound like “awful” and that would be most unfortunate.
    I’m a fan of the game – it’s A-thletic, F-ast and L-ogical.

    1. Roelant Dewerse Post author

      Logical? I guess I need to spend more time getting inside the Australian mindset. I must say it’s fun to watch, if a little confusing and full of mystery, especially when the touch judges / linespeople throw the ball in backwards over their heads…..and the referee starts by trying to bounce an oval ball straight up in the air. That had Jean-Luc incredulous and both kids roaring with laughter.

  2. Damien

    I grew up in states which play Australian Rules Football, (the correct name of the sport), and am still involved at a local level as a goal umpire. My allegiance to the Geelong Cats, “The Greatest Team of All” as established by our club song, is second only to my allegiance to Jesus Christ. (Mind you, Jesus is a looooong way in front of footy.) But as a recent immigrant to Soufa Straya I admit to being perplexed by how “AFL” has come to represent the Adelaide Football League since ALL WE EVER HEAR ABOUT here are the Adelayed Cows and Portflower teams.

    You need to get the lingo Roelant. They’re “umpires”; boundary umpires along the boundaries, field umpires on the ground, and goal umpires in the goals. 🙂

    BTW, we do know who the All Blacks and the Wallabies are, but why would we want to discuss such things with a New Zealander at the current time? Wallabies, decade long recipients of the “Bloody-slow Cup”, (but the first team to win the William Webb-Ellis trophy twice!!) 🙂

    1. Roelant Dewerse Post author

      Thanks for the pointers on lingo, Damien, and the reminder of the AB’s tardiness in getting their mitts on the World Cup for the second time. When do you move to Kangaroo Island?


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