Australian rules football in Queensland

Australian Rules Football In Queensland

Australian rules football in Queensland

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Australian rules football in Queensland has a history which dates back to the 1860s. By the 1880s it was the most prominent football code in the state, but was overtaken by rugby league by 1908. However, the sport continued to be played throughout the twentieth century, though the majority of the state was considered for much of the century to be well behind the Barassi Line.

Australian rules football's recent surge in popularity in south east Queensland is partly due to the success of the Brisbane Lions in the national Australian Football League competition.

In Queensland, the sport is typically referred to as "AFL", or less frequently "Australian Football", "Aussie Rules" or "Australian Rules".

History

Early Beginnings in South East Queensland

Australian rules football was first played in Queensland in May 1866 when the Brisbane Australian Football Club (distinct from the Brisbane Bears or Lions clubs) was formed. The original aim was to keep cricketers fit in the winter months. By 1870 four more clubs had been created: Volunteer Artillery, Brisbane Grammar School, Civil Service and Ipswich, all adopting Victorian Rules over rugby football.

The first schoolboys match was between Brisbane Grammar played matches against Ipswich Grammar in 1870 – the outcome was a draw. Early games in Queensland were exceptionally long – one match between IGS and Brisbane Grammar in 1876 commenced at 10.30am and ended at...
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