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Updated: 24/09/2006


Grass Roots

Barracking is an Australian word that has its origins from the barracks of the early penal settlement. It is not known how it became part of general speech. Eating a pie and sauce is also a tradition of Australian Football.

1987 Maximum Card

In 2000 over 7,000,000 patrons attended AFL games in the pre-season competition, regular season and finals and the State of Origin games. Most were passionately barracking for their team or state. No other sport in Australia even approximates the crowds, television ratings, passion or enthusiasm of Australian Rules Football.

No game can be truly great, or maintain its greatness, if it forgets to nurture its roots, its champions of the future.

On the 16th September 1987, Australia Post issued the "Aussie Kids" series of stamps. The 90c stamp was "Barracking at the Footy".

The issue was complemented by the release of four maximum cards. It is cancelled with PM1405a which is similar to the FDI PM except the the words "First Day of Issue" have been deleted. The 90c stamp and card is shown to the left.

In the "Sports Series I" of definitive stamps issued on the 13th February 1989, the 3c issue showed junior Aussie Rules. As each issue is reprinted, the issue is marked with a series of Koalas, up until 5 reissues when a Kangaroo is used. Initially the markings were only printed on alternate selvedge, as is the one koala set, however eventually Australia Post decided to print markings on all selvedge on both the left and the right of the sheet. The 3c has been re-issued 4 times.

Junior football is played all around the country. Up to the age of seven children, both boys and girls, are involved in AusKick, sponsored by McDonalds. After seven, kids participate in modified games with the more physical aspects of the game   introduced on a graduated level as the children get older.

In 1990 Australia Post released a cover to commemorate The Fourth Suncorp North Queensland Games. It included junior Aussie rules with teams from Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville and Cairns playing in Under 13's and Under 15's.

The cover is shown at left with the Football PM (PM 1647) including Eddie Echnida, the Games mascot.

  Fourth Suncorp North Queensland Games

On the first of October 1996 Australia Post issued a miniature sheet and set of self adhesive stamps showing several popular pets.

The cats on the far right of the miniature sheet found a good object to play with, a nice "cherry", as an Australian Football is known.

The bottom of the garden is a good place for old footballs and even some old footballers or supporters to live out the rest of their days dreaming of things that might have been.