‘The ruckmen face off over the centre circle and
for a moment everything is frozen possibility: players,
umpire, the ball suspended overhead, the softly clouded sky.
Everything except the fans, a circus beyond the stillness.
Then the ball swings down and cracks it all open.’
The new draft pick, the tired has-been, the up-and-comer,
the might-have-been. The talent scout, the coach on the edge,
the beleaguered umpire, the concerned medic. The number-one fan,
the lifetime members, the desperate gamblers. The footballers’ mums,
the WAGs, the groupies. The tags, the rivals, the sledging.
Mick Reece and Jake Dooley, best mates since childhood, begin their
first professional season playing AFL with little notion of what they’re
getting into: the complexity of the beast that the game must feed.
In Game Day, Miriam Sved brings this beast into the light over
the course of one season of Aussie Rules. What unfolds is a
deeply insightful novel about the pathology of an AFL club,
its players and its fans. Revelling in their battles, their victories
and their relentless interdependence, Game Day asks
whether what unites the true believers is stronger than what divides
them, and if love of the game can transcend our flaws and
imperfections to result in something beautiful.
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