Category: Marn Grook (Australian Aboriginal)

Marn Grook (Australian Aboriginal Football)


An Australian Aborigine game where the objective is to keep the ball in the air as long as possible. It includes the idea of the ‘mark’ whereby a player who catches the ball in the air can have a ‘free kick’. Tom Wills, who has Irish connections incorporated the idea into English Public School Football Codes, along with Gaelic Football like scoring to codify Australian Football in the 1840s.

adult happy sportsman hitting ball with head
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Internet Archives

Aboriginal Football Wayback Machine (2006) Marn Grook [Internet] Available from: (article)


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Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

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Last Updated: 25 March 2021

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