They will play their last games of the season on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at BREC's J.S. Clark Park in Baker, near the Baton Rouge Zoo, at 2301 Thomas Road.
All spectators and fans of Australian football are invited to come out, join in the fun and enjoy a fun after-party.
The Footy after-party begins at 2 p.m. and will be a tailgating event at the LSU Parade Grounds for the nighttime LSU vs. Washington football game.
Jambalaya, salad and beer provided for a fee.
About Aussie Rules Footy
Australian Rules Football (Aussie Rules Footy) is explained best as parts basketball, soccer and football combined together.
A match between two teams sees 36 players competing across an oval-shaped field approximately 180 yards long by 140 yards wide (depending on the field used) - 18 players from each team compete on a massive field.
The object of the game: score as many points as possible. At each end of the field there are four goal posts: two tall posts in the middle, two short ones flanking the taller ones. Players kick the ball through the tall posts and receive 6 points. Kick the ball through the outside posts, receive 1 point. As long as the ball travels untouched through the posts, it counts.
Play is continuous, and there are no downs or no timeouts. Time stops for out-of-bounds and fouls. The ball is also live, which makes for non-stop action on the field. There is no off-sides rule.
Footy is a full-contact game, but unlike American football, when players tackle, they don’t lead with their heads. This is for two reasons: (1) they don’t wear pads and (2) the point of tackling is to wrap the ball-carrier up before they can dispose of the ball. There is no pushing in the back (running through a player from behind), tackling high or tackling low. Referees control the game for players’ safety.
The best way to learn the game is to come out for a training session. Footy is an easy game to learn but difficult to master.
About the Baton Rouge Tigers
In 2004, three guys from Down Under, Pat “Vanilla Gorilla” Muller, Mick “Shirly” Coyne and Rob “Zulu” Montanaro, hatched a plan to bring Aussie Rules Football to the bayous of Louisiana...or at least the fields and parks of Baton Rouge.
Affiliated with the AFL’s Richmond Tigers (who generously donated uniforms after Hurricane Katrina), the Baton Rouge Tigers have competed at the US Nationals most every season since the club's inception, appearing in the Division 3 Grand Final in 2006 and 2007.
The 2011 season saw the addition of a Metro League and new leadership in the form of two Aussies, Nathan Lane and the notorious Neil Stebbing. Combining with Houston at Nationals, the Tigers reached the Division 4 semifinals and eventually finished third.
The 2012 season sees the return of Tyler Smith to the head coaching role along with a motivated and solidified leadership group.