Aussies score a goalTonight we went to a hockey game.  Australia vs. New Zealand in an international test match played right here in Rockingham.  Not the "ice" version like we'd prefer back in Minnesota.  This was "field hockey", although it's just "hockey" here.  By some accounts, hockey is one of the top 5 sports in Australia.  It's popularly played by both men and women, boys and girls - and in fact, in Western Australia, those like me who'd be playing recreational softball back in the US are often playing hockey here well beyond their mid-life crisis years.  The men's and women's national teams are among the best in the world often.

We don't know the game really at all and wouldn't count ourselves as fans.  But this was a big opportunity to see the game played at a very high level.  These were the "national" teams for the two countries, who if this were a Summer Olympics year would be probably competing against each other for medals.  We have a relatively new hockey field in Rockingham that is supposedly up to world class standards, but even then it was a unique occasion to have the national team play here.

It was a beautiful summer evening to be out watching hockey - about 80°F with a beautiful pink sky at sunset.  We probably saw about 10 other staff members from our college and several students. The game was very competive with the Australian "Hockeyroos" defeating the "All Blacks" 3-2 after trailing 2-1 at halftime.  The photo at right shows the Hockeyroos first goal about to go in.

Don't ask me the rules - I still don't really get it.  But it was fun to watch.

Whilst we were there, Lanette suggested that Karl record the fans chanting the classic Aussie sports chant - "Aussie-Aussie-Aussie-Oy-Oy-Oy".  He only caught the last bit of it, but this will give you taste of what we often hear.  It's usually sounds more like "Ozzie-Ozzie-Ozzie".

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According to Wikipedia, the entire chant usually goes like this:

Leader: "Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!"
Crowd: "Oi! Oi! Oi!"
Leader: "Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!"
Crowd: "Oi! Oi! Oi!"
Leader: "Aussie!"
Crowd: "Oi!"
Leader: "Aussie!"
Crowd: "Oi!"
Leader (much faster): "Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!"'
Crowd (equally fast): "Oi! Oi! Oi!"