When the Formula One world descends onto Albert Park for the start of the 2018 Formula One Season, so too shall the siren sound on the start of another season of Australian Rules Football. Known as Aussie Rules – or ‘The Footy’ – it’s Australia’s domestic game, and about as Australian as a Vegemite eating Kangaroo.
The sport’s origins can be traced to football matches played in Melbourne, Victoria in 1858, inspired by English public school football games. Seeking to develop a game more suited to adults and Australian conditions, the Melbourne Football Club published the first laws of Australian football in May 1859, making it the oldest of the world’s major football codes.
It is a part of Australian culture, a national identity and teams have passionate supporters. The Australian Football Commission oversees a fixture that starts in March and runs until September, with matches played in pouring rain and under the famous Aussie sunshine. It is a brutal, yet beautiful spectacle.
The talented Rob James of Helmet Hair Media has combined his two biggest loves, Aussie Rules and Formula One, with a series of clever F1 Liveries based on his Fantasy Series. He’s taken the iconic colours and designs of every team and has produced some stunning looking F1 Cars.
The Australian Rules Football season kicks off at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday, March 22. The Richmond Tigers will embark on their defence of their hard fought premiership title, as they take on arch rivals Carlton.
For those that have never heard of Australia’s greatest game, here’s some highlights of the 2017 Grand Final: Richmond vs Adelaide.