Aussie Rules Football Tries to Score Big in the American Market

Aussie Rules Football Tries to Score Big in the American Market
Collin Insley/OC Weekly

If ever you encounter - on a morning walk through an Orange County park, let's say - a large group of big men wearing short shorts and matching outfits, kicking and punching a football-esque ball around and tackling each other, often violently, make no mistake: you haven't somehow magically found yourself in Australia. No, Australian Rules Football ('Footie,' as it's called down under) is alive and thriving in Orange County, and indeed across the United States. The Orange County chapter of the United States Australian Football League are nicknamed The Bombers, and they were founded in 1997 by a group of ex-patriot Australians looking to bring a slice of home to Southern California. OC Weekly recently sat down with some members of the Bombers to learn more about the sport and its place in Orange County.

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