What To Do Now The Footy Season Is Over

The final siren has sounded for the 2018 AFL Premiership season. While the top teams are moving on to the finals in September, supporters of the league's other ten teams are left wondering what to do with their newly freed weekends. Here are a few ways you can reclaim your weekends.

It's hard enough supporting a sports team that doesn't win all that often. Down at the bottom of the AFL ladder can be a sad place when you've emotionally invested in the success of a team. As a Brisbane Lions supporter, I've long since accepted that I won't get to see my team play during September.

If you back a team that didn't make the top eight, here are a few hobbies you can pick up now that the season is over.

Play Board Games

Board games are a great way to hang out with your mates or to find new friends. The hobby has exploded over the last decade with thousands of games being released every year that are far removed from the battered old copies of Scrabble sitting in your linen closet.

You can start building your own collection of games starting with these great games for beginners or head over to a local board gaming group to have some experienced players show you the ropes.

Regular board game nights are a social way to keep your brain engaged and can be as kid-friendly as you please, with groups available to suit all age ranges.

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Learn To Dance

Dancing With The Stars is making a comeback next year. You can get ahead of the craze and learn to dance now or you can learn just because it's fun.

Learn in your living room with Youtube tutorials or take dance classes with your partner. It doesn't matter how you do it, there's plenty of ways to cure yourself of having two left feet.

Go On Bushwalks

The end of the footy season is also the end of winter so take advantage and explore your surrounding bushland while the weather is amazing.

There are all sorts of bushwalking options available from short hour-long beginner trails to week long hikes. Get a decent pair of boots on and a take a hike.

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Bake

Who doesn't enjoy a fresh-baked loaf of bread or a delicious cake? Nobody, that's who.

Spending time in the kitchen is a great way to bond with your children and teach them valuable skills. Baking is also an easy to learn skill that rewards you with fresh baked goods as you go. The better you get, the better the quality of your rewards.

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Bandwagon Another Team

There's a code among sports fans: You pick your team and you barrack exclusively for them. You don't start cheering for another team just because yours is terrible. Loyalty is valued, albeit not necessarily rewarded.

Exceptions can be made for finals.

When your team isn't taking part in the competition it's simply impossible to barrack for them. If you're still desperate for a footy fix then the only real option is to hitch your bandwagon to another team and celebrate their successes. I have a begrudging respect for the Sydney Swans and will following their finals campaign this year. Who knows, maybe they can make a miracle run from sixth spot.


Comments

    This article kinda makes me feel sad for those poor people who follow football...

    I don't consider myself the most masculine of men, nor someone who blatantly stereotypes, but recommending those going from watching Footy to Dancing, bushwalking and baking, I can't help but feel like this is written by an NRL supporter having a crack at the AFL.

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