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Local Rites: 06/15/08
During my brief time in Australia as an AFS exchanged student I watched a lot of Australian rules football. I'm not normally a football (either soccer or grid iron) fan but there's something about the wild nature of Australian rules that appeals to me.
Fast forward about fifteen years. Through BookCrossing I got a copy Local Rites: A Year in Grass Roots Football in Victoria and Beyond by Paul Daffey. From what I understand, this book is a collection of sports essays Daffey wrote for one of the local papers. Fans of the different clubs and the long time rivalries will enjoy these essays. Because of this, the book is really aimed at a readership already familiar with the teams and players.
For readers (like me) who know the rules but aren't necessarily familiar with the players or the teams will get an appreciation for the history and the fans. Beyond that, one will have to do research on the different teams to get up to speed.
If you'd like to sample a chapter, the Fitzroy Football Club has their chapter (the first in the book) online.