Country Footy- A uniquely Aussie day out!by PORT FAIRY & REGION VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE
There is nothing more authentically Australian than a country footy match. No we aren’t talking soccer, this is Australian Rules Football. Played all over the state on winter weekends, Victorian country football is a huge cultural part of small farming towns that has changed little over generations.
Locally you can watch the Hawkesdale Macathur team comprising of Dags, Dicko, Cocky, Meats, Socks, Stitchy, Krusty, Toes and Azza, play on any given Saturday from April until finals in September.
Park your car on the boundary for VIP viewing, but not behind the goal posts or you’ll get hit with a flying footy. Toot your horn when a goal is scored, join the huddle at quarter time to hear the coach rouse up the team and yell support and some good natured heckling at both the umpires and players.
At half time it’s tradition to devour a piping hot Aussie meat pie with sauce, washed down with a cold tinny and mixed lollies for the kids. Grab a footy and run onto the ground for a kick to kick and cheer the players when they run back out of the change rooms, smelling of deep heat, ready for the second half.
Nearby you’ll find the netball courts where the local girls & wives will be engaged in their own battle to win the round for their town. Netball is one of the oldest and the most popular women's team participation sports in Australia. For spectators it’s close up, fast paced and action packed.
So if you’re looking for a unique county Victorian experience and a fun day out mixing with locals, rug up and head to the footy!
To check out when and where Hawkesdale Macarthur are playing next go to: Mininera & District Football League Fixture
For Port Fairy, Koroit and Terang Mortlake teams go to:
Hampden Football Netball league
Photography by Jo O’Keefe