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Old 03-19-2009, 12:08 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Sorry for the fifth post, I can't control myself today! Promise this'll be the last!

Anyway...for those who know about footy the 'Barassi' line is the line that divides traditional Aussie Rules territory from Rugby league territory. Roughly, it runs in a line from Eden on the NSW coast, through Canberra, to Bourke to the Gulf of Carpentaria. To the east of the line the king is League, while Rules still rules in the rest of the country.

I'm wondering if there's much difference apart from football between the two regions?

Largely because of AFL culture, I've always felt we Sandgropers had an affinity with SA and Vic, while NSW and especially Queensland were different, a bit weird. Maybe it's the tropical greenery, the love of XXXX Beer and the total unfamiliarity with aussie rules, as much a part of Australia as the red soil. I think we fancy we're a bit more cultivated than the Rugby-lovers, we tend to like chicken a bit more than beef, we say 'beer' 'funny' - or maybe that's just WA, we have different sayings and slang words...course in comparison to our similarities these are minor, but noticeable if you know.

There's something about the hot, dry summers and the wet winters here too. I don't know, it seems the Barassi line divides Eastern Australia with the rest of Australia in more ways than sport.
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Old 03-19-2009, 07:20 PM
 
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Sorry for the fifth post, I can't control myself today! Promise this'll be the last!

Anyway...for those who know about footy the 'Barassi' line is the line that divides traditional Aussie Rules territory from Rugby league territory. Roughly, it runs in a line from Eden on the NSW coast, through Canberra, to Bourke to the Gulf of Carpentaria. To the east of the line the king is League, while Rules still rules in the rest of the country.

I'm wondering if there's much difference apart from football between the two regions?

Largely because of AFL culture, I've always felt we Sandgropers had an affinity with SA and Vic, while NSW and especially Queensland were different, a bit weird. Maybe it's the tropical greenery, the love of XXXX Beer and the total unfamiliarity with aussie rules, as much a part of Australia as the red soil. I think we fancy we're a bit more cultivated than the Rugby-lovers, we tend to like chicken a bit more than beef, we say 'beer' 'funny' - or maybe that's just WA, we have different sayings and slang words...course in comparison to our similarities these are minor, but noticeable if you know.

There's something about the hot, dry summers and the wet winters here too. I don't know, it seems the Barassi line divides Eastern Australia with the rest of Australia in more ways than sport.

It seems that when the game started to spread in the 1860's. WA and SA were just much more eager to support "VictorianAussie rules"? The two states found it easier to create governing bodies (WAFL, SANFL) Whereas the game hit opposition in NSW, Qld early on and never grew in those states properly?

I don't feel that it splits the country in any way though?
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Old 03-19-2009, 07:28 PM
 
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It seems that when the game started to spread in the 1860's. WA and SA were just much more eager to support "VictorianAussie rules"? The two states found it easier to create governing bodies (WAFL, SANFL) Whereas the game hit opposition in NSW, Qld early on and never grew in those states properly?

I don't feel that it splits the country in any way though?
It's not a great difference, but I feel like Queensland is halfway to Bali or something. I think it's largely the tropical ambience as well. It feels like a different Australia to me. Sydney a bit too.
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Old 03-19-2009, 07:39 PM
 
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It's not a great difference, but I feel like Queensland is halfway to Bali or something. I think it's largely the tropical ambience as well. It feels like a different Australia to me. Sydney a bit too.
Maybe you are onto something? I've never really though about it before?
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Old 03-19-2009, 07:46 PM
 
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Maybe you are onto something? I've never really though about it before?
I don't know, it's hard to put a finger on. Of the people I meet from other parts of Oz, it seems those from Queensland are most different. South Aussies and Victorians, you could often miss the fact they were even from out of state. I think the pub culture in Queensland is a bit different, and the love of rugby extends into cultural differences.
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