I’m surprised there hasn’t been some discussion of Woggabaliri. It’s threatening to go viral on bigfooty/fourfourtwo/the world game and so on.
Woggabaliri is supposedly an Aboriginal game that resembles keepie uppie and has been claimed by the FFA as an indigenous form of soccer. The FFA are using it as a plank in their World Cup argument. The ASC dates it as being earlier than marn grook. There is a lot of symbolic significance to the debate — hence the heated tempers on a number of those sites mentioned.
But I (and others) look at the word and immediately see HOAX. From Woggabaliri to wogball is not all that far!
Yet the term does have some provenance, especially via the work of Ken Edwards — so if the term is a hoax it has been a long time in gestation.
This is from a booklet on Indigenous games published by ASC and sanctioned by ATSIC in 2000:
Game play and basic rules
This is a kicking volley game. The players do not take sides in this cooperative game emphasising skill. One player kicks the ball up in the air and other players try to kick it (one touch only) again before it hits the ground. Younger or less experienced players may use two touches.
The main object is to keep the ball from hitting the ground.
No player may kick the ball more than once in succession. All ‘kicks’ are made with the feet or knees.
Players must have one foot on the ground when kicking the ball.
The game as described sounds very much like the one described by Blandowski in 1857 and captured in this etching:
A couple of the things that I’ve noticed on bigfooty are 1) there’s a lot of mention of the ASC being anti-footy and 2) the stakes seem to be pretty high for those posting in this thread.
Any thoughts or opinions on the matter?