I’m a ‘soccer’ fan, makes sense since I grew up in the UK, but recently I have become a little interested in AFL. I watched the Grand Final over the weekend and it was actually incredible to watch. I know in Australia there’s a little bit of a divide between those who watch NRL and those who watch AFL, so I thought I’d ask — where do you stand?
I’ve been to see both games live. I watched the Parramatta Eels play last year and recently I went to watch the Sydney Swans. With NRL I get a little more bored, mainly because it feels like a line of grown men colliding into one another over and over again. AFL feels a little more refined — particularly when teams get into a rhythm with ‘marks’. I think that’s probably why I prefer it.
I did hear an incredible analogy over the weekend though — ‘AFL is like a pack of seagulls chasing after a chip’. Perfect.
It’s probably worth stating that I’m a complete layman when it comes to both sports, so I’m keen for your input. What do you prefer — AFL or NRL?