The Wooden Spoon is given to the losing team
Although every club wants to win the premiership, there is an “unique” award that goes to the team that comes at the bottom of the ladder. This is determined by getting the least amount of premiership points and holding the lowest winning percentage; however, no physical ‘Wooden Spoon’ award exists. In the history of the league, St Kilda has given 27 wooden spoons, which is the most of any existing AFL teams, followed by Melbourne, North Melbourne, and Hawthorn, whilst Port Adelaide and Adelaide have yet received a Wooden Spoon.
AFL games have commonly been canceled/stopped for different reasons
Whilst streaking has been a continuous reason since it was first seen in 1982, there have been other reasons that games have been momentarily stopped/ cancelled. A favourite tale is the story of a pig who was smuggled into the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) in 1993 and was released on the field. Pausing the game, the pig was caught by a Sydney Swans players after five minutes of running loose, after which the game continued.
One of the most eagerly anticipated games is the annual Anzac Day game
Previously, games that fell on Anzac Day were canceled even banned, requiring an Act of Parliament for the game to go ahead. However, since the remarkable match between two most successful clubs – Essendon and Collingwood – happened in 1995, drawing in the biggest attention among fans, the two clubs have since played on the 25 April at the MCG every year. Becoming one of the most eagerly anticipated games of the season, the match sees an average crowd of over 90,000 people in attendance, with millions others watching live on TV.
AFL supports players with culturally diverse backgroundsEvery year, the AFL dedicate one round in the middle of the season to celebrate the multicultural population living in Australia. Over 15 percent of all players in the game coming from culturally diverse backgrounds. Further supporting the Indigenous community, 10 percent of AFL players are Indigenous Australians. Many of these players have had remarkable impact on the game and their communities, winning numerous medals, including Norm Smith Medals, Brownlow Medals, and AFL Rising Star awards.