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19 Things You’ll Only Understand If You Grew Up Playing Sport In Australia

Growing up, we knew the most important rule was "one hand, one bounce" – because we’re a FOXSPORTING Nation.

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1. Running the gauntlet of no hat, no play.

Even if you were hand ball champ, you got no special treatment. No hat meant no play.
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Even if you were hand ball champ, you got no special treatment. No hat meant no play.

2. Having a tough time waiting for the weekends because you just wanted to play sport.

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Two reasons you went to school honestly: P.E and practice after school.

3. Learning your craft using these plastic cricket bats:

These bad boys were typically yellow and usually exploded after one too many epic slogs.
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These bad boys were typically yellow and usually exploded after one too many epic slogs.

4. Getting out for hitting a six over the fence...

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The most bittersweet of wickets. Sure, you would swing for the fences. But you were also playing with fire.

5. ...or Auto-Wickie.

The wall is Australia's greatest wicket keeper. Don't forget "one hand, one bounce" too.
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The wall is Australia's greatest wicket keeper. Don't forget "one hand, one bounce" too.

6. Hating every moment of school cross-country.

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"I'm not a marathon runner, miss! I'm a sprinter."

7. Everyone treating your Athletics Carnival like it was an actual professional event.

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8. And the school house chants that got heaps intense.

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9. Someone's mum or dad taking things a little too seriously.

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10. The one kid who everyone thought would be the next great Australian swimming hero.

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Because they never left the pool. Or they were at school two hours before everyone to train.

11. The glory that was the fundraising sausage sizzle.

Need new uniforms? Sausage sizzle. Need money to get to a tournament overseas? Sausage sizzle.
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Need new uniforms? Sausage sizzle. Need money to get to a tournament overseas? Sausage sizzle.

12. Making sure you cut your nails before netball...

Or trying to hide the fact your nails might have been a little too long by tilting your hands. Sneaky.
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Or trying to hide the fact your nails might have been a little too long by tilting your hands. Sneaky.

13. ...and making sure your knees survived the concrete netball courts.

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14. Everyone having the one mate who thought wearing headgear made them 10 times better...

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15. ...but they'd usually always start on the bench.

"I'm an impact player."
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"I'm an impact player."

16. Always making sure you had your mouthguard, or else you wouldn't be allowed to play.

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17. Mum or Dad always having the halftime oranges.

The halftime fuel.
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The halftime fuel.

18. Going all out with the zinc or face paint for finals.

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With zinc you meant business.

19. And finally the post-game trip to a Macca's or a Pizza Hut restaurant.

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No wonder we’re called the lucky country. We’re a FOXSPORTING Nation.