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I Miss Aussie Rules

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The picture on the left (courtesy of Trevor Collens) shows Aussie Rules Football player Ashley Sampi taking a spectacular “mark” in yesterday’s game between my beloved West Coast Eagles and Melbourne.

To those of you who are not familiar with Aussie Rules football, a “mark” is like a catch. Spectacular marks like the one pictured are accomplished when a player leaps up while the player in front of him is also jumping. The “lift” caused by the front player helps lift the player behind to great heights.

This may sound easy, but marks like Ashley’s occur almost as infrequently as Halley’s comet. Which is why it is frustrating for me to see what could be “Mark of the Century,” taken by a player of my favorite team, on the internet, and not live on television or at the game itself.

As an interesting aside, the team that we played, Melbourne, used to be headed by Joseph Gutnick, an orthodox Rabbi and mining magnate. Joe has been a big supporter of Israel and the settlement movement. So much so, in fact, that he was the target of an assassination plot by Al Qaeda last year.

And what is the full name of the Melbourne football club that was once headed by this orthodox Rabbi, and whose club colors proudly adorned his kippa (skullcap)? The Demons of course!

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media

1 thought on “I Miss Aussie Rules”

  1. You should really try to find an mp3 or something before its too late. The picture alone doesnt do justice too how bloody amazing it was. It wasn’t as good as the one that guy form Melbourne did about five years ago but I would say that it is the seccond best mark I’ve ever seen.

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