Cap­tur­ing games like a Hawk

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Footy Finals 2015 -

regime, I stuck by the brown and gold.

Over the past 20 years, I have had a ring­side seat at many an AFL game, pho­tograph­ing the ac­tion from the bound­ary line.

It's in­stilled a great re­spect for the ath­letic feats of the lo­cal teams and given me quite an in­sight into the one-eyed com­men­tary of their re­spec­tive fans.

Dur­ing der­bies, the play and the roar of the crowd is in­ten­si­fied.

You can feel the ner­vous ten­sion in the air and are al­most deaf­ened by the roar of the 40,000 or so peo­ple in the crowd gasp­ing over the fate of the lit­tle oval ball. It’s the same with fi­nals. The at­mos­phere is elec­tric. The ac­tion comes thick and fast. Ev­ery­one’s hyped. The cam­era gets quite a work­out.

As a fan of the game, I en­joy shoot­ing AFL matches, re­gard­less of who’s play­ing.

In fact, record­ing the play as an im­par­tial ob­server lets me en­joy the spec­ta­cle for what it is with­out a vested in­ter­est.

So what’s my tip if there is an his­toric derby grand fi­nal? Football will be the win­ner.

Will Schofield.

El­liot Yeo.

Jack Dar­ling.

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