As AFL fans across the country wait impatiently for the new season to kick off next month here’s a little something from Pan Macmillan to keep you busy while you count down:
The ruckmen face off over the centre circle and for a moment everything is frozen possibility: players, umpire, the ball suspended overhead, the softly clouded sky. Everything except the fans, a circus beyond the stillness. Then the ball swings down and cracks it all open.’
The new draft pick, the tired has-been, the up-and-comer, the might-have-been. The talent scout, the coach on the edge, the beleaguered umpire, the concerned medic. The number-one fan, the lifetime members, the desperate gamblers. The footballers’ mums, the WAGs, the groupies. The tags, the rivals, the sledging. The pressure.
Mick Reece and Jake Dooley, best mates since childhood, began their first professional season playing AFL with little notion of what they’re getting into or the complexity of the beast that the game must feed.
In Game Day (RRP $29.99) Miriam Sved brings this beast into the light over the course of one season of Aussie Rules. Revelling in their battles, their victories and their relentless interdependence, Game Day asks whether what unites the true believers is stronger than what divides them, and if love of the game can transcend our flaws and imperfections to result in something beautiful.
To find out more about Game Day by Miriam Sved, published by Pan Macmillan, and to order a copy online visit www.panmacmillan.com.au.