Behind The Play explores and unpacks the legends, myths and assumptions that cloud the origins and the development of Australian Football.
S2E1: Back to the Fixture: A return to normal for football? Really?
According to The Age (22/03/22) AFL Top Banana, Gil McLachlan is confident Season 2022 will be the first normal football season since COVID hit. Normal? Has there ever really been such a thing as far as football fixtures and seasons go? Join John and new co-host Andrew 'Gigs' Gigacz as they take a look the idea of fixtures, football and notions of normality.
Episode 6: The Game that Never Happened
We close this season, and the search for that perfect game of football we are all sure existed once, somewhere, in someone's memory (for the moment anyway), with an episode that looks at memory and remembering through the lens of 'The Game that Never Happened. We'll be back next year - see you then!
Episode 5: Marngrook - Football's Get Out Of Jail Free Card?
If Tom Wills did bring Marngrook to the football table in 1859, how come its characteristic high kicking and high marking didn't become a part of the game for decades, how come Aboriginal people were shut out of the game until the 1900s, how come Marngrook is not mentioned in the press in relation to football until the late 20th Century? These and other questions...
Episode 4.1: Tilting at Tom Wills
The second part of our discussion of the Tom Wills controversy. What can we say categorically about him and the alleged role he played in a massacre of Aboriginal people? When and on what grounds could we 'cancel' Tom Wills? Is cancelling Wills or any historical figure the right thing to do? What should the AFL do right now, in response to this? We find we're left with more questions that answers. What do you think? email@example.com
Episode 4: Sidetracked by Tom Wills
We're back baby! We've overcome surgeries, pandemics, earthquakes and riots in the streets and we're now back at the desk talking football history. Once again, though, we were waylaid in our quest to find the golden fleece: the game as it was originally intended, the game we all long for when we talk of the glory days of football. We were all set to talk 1874, when the game of yesteryear began to resemble to game of today but, instead, we got caught up in the Tom Wills controversy. We'll be following this episode with a Part Two because, even as we type this, the commentary surrounding this issue is growing and we find we're revisiting our conversation already. In fact, we've already gone back and made a few small edits to this episode - you'll hear them, the audio quality changes slightly. We could have made more, but we wanted to get this out there. We hope you enjoy listening to this discussion of what is a troubling issue for football in this country. Are we off track? Did we get it wrong or right? If you have something to add, we'd love to hear from you.. Find us on Facebook at Behind The Play, on Twitter, @behindtheplayok, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Episode 3a.2: School Holiday Special
It's school holiday time in Melbourne so John and Ian are taking a short break. There's still time, though, to thank everyone who has listened, reviewed and commented on the show and to look forward to where they might go in Episode 4.
What a great way to spend 20 minutes or so. These guys have done the research and have open conversations about the game we all follow. Give it a try, you won’t regret it. You might learn something too. I did.
Loving the podcast and attention brought to the history of our beloved indigenous game. Fist show about rules goes so well with this years “standing on the mark rule” which for me has brought so much joy to see the player that has received the free given full advantage as opposed to the last ten years or so the advantage going to the man/woman on the mark. Keep up the good conversations.
EamonG ( Fitzroy/Lions tragic)
Fascinating and engaging discussion on Australian rules football history and culture by two knowledgeable presenters. Ian and John raise many important issues about the nature of the game and the podcast deserves to be widely disseminated.