2007: THE YEAR OF THE CAT
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Go the Catters! Geelong's 44-year flag drought has ended; after years of disappointment the Cats have finally done it, and what a win it was.
The Cats beat Port Power in the grand final by a record margin, and were only a few points short of making the highest score in grand final history. Geelong player Joel Selwood received the Rising Star Award for 2007, and his teammate Jimmy Bartel won the 2007 Brownlow Medal. The Cats also won the season clear on top of the ladder. It is for all these reasons and more that 2007 has been labelled the year of the Cat.
For those of you who aren't familiar with who the Cats are and what footy is; footy is short for Australian Football, and the Cats are the greatest team of all.
Australian football is a game that's played in an oval (not a rectangular field).
You can either run with the ball (although you have to bounce it every now and then), pass the ball (you do this by punching it), or kick the ball to someone else. If someone catches your kick, it's called a mark. When you get a mark, it's sort of like a free kick. So, naturally, it's good if you can get a mark pretty close to the opposing team's goal posts. And the higher you jump for the mark, the more spectacular it tends to look. You often see players jump on the back of other players to reach for a mark.
Footy fever rages through Melbourne's winter months and comes to an end when the racing season is just beginning. With cricketing season straight after that, followed by the Australian Open and the footy pre-season, it's easy to see why Melbourne is sometimes dubbed Australia's sporting capital.
If you're in town while the football's on, seeing a game is a must.