In reality, Melbourne already has Australia's largest single contiguous urban population. Sydney only has a larger "official" population because the ABS, for some strange reason, insists on including the Central Coast/Lake Macquarie region as part of Sydney even though it's a separate contiguous...
I call BS on this. Show me the evidence. Adding a point to the score for a behind (so called because the ball went "behind the goal") wasn't introduced until 1897 - 40 years after the code was established - in order to greatly reduce the number of tied games. I can find absolutely no evidence...
Not just un-patriotic but just plain brainless. There's nothing better on a sporting field than the 2 big sticks with the two little sticks on the side - especially after being abroad a while. It stands out. The soccer rectangles and NFL/rugby crossbeams are just plain boring in comparison.
For any who may care - and even for the vast hordes that don't - here's the state of origin stats for the AFL Commission.
WA - 3 (including the chairperson)
NSW - 3
Vic - 3
SA - 1 (but it is the CEO)
Queensland can feel aggrieved.
I also have a rural background (though now living in Melbourne). I've long thought it foolish that rural leagues struggling with declining populations still insist on a full 18 on-field + 4 interchange, when they could reduce numbers to say 14 or 15 on-field + 2 interchange, thus making it quite...