TAGLIANI SHOWS HIS FOOTY SKILLS IN TORONTO Canadian Alex Tagliani took another step to become an honorary Australian last weekend when the Aussie Vineyards-sponsored star joined team-mate Marcus Marshall in trying Aussie Rules Football in pit...
TAGLIANI SHOWS HIS FOOTY SKILLS IN TORONTO
Canadian Alex Tagliani took another step to become an honorary Australian last weekend when the Aussie Vineyards-sponsored star joined team-mate Marcus Marshall in trying Aussie Rules Football in pit lane in Toronto.
With an Australian wife (Bronte) and an Australian team, Tagliani now tried his hand at the great Aussie winter sport -- joining forces with members of the Canadian national Australian Rules team.
"The North Wind" is set to do battle with USA, Papau New Guinea, Ireland, New Zealand, Denmark, Canada, Samoa, Japan, England, Nauru, South Africa and Spain in the Australian Football International Cup that will be held in August in Australia.
While Marshall played football at school and regularly "has a kick at Christmas each year when I come home", Tagliani recruited his fellow Canadians to give him a quick lesson in the game.
"I was amazed at the difference in size of the guys, they were all pretty solid but the difference in height was amazing -- one of them was even shorter than me," Tagliani said.
"Trying to kick that odd shaped ball was pretty tough, but I was more worried when the big ruckman guy was running towards me."
"No helmets, no padding -- these guys are pretty tough!"
The Canadian team finished 5th in the inaugural international competition held two years ago. The final of the competition will be staged at the MCG as a curtain-raiser to the Collingwood v Carlton game.
While Marshall has benefited greatly from Tagliani's experience in the 2005 Champ Car World Series, the tables were turned in Toronto when it came to football.
"I was pretty impressed with Tag's footy skills -- he picked it up pretty quickly," Marshall said.
"It is always great to have a kick of the footy and fantastic to see the game being played right around the world."
Coached by Canadian-based Australian, Greg Everett, members from "The North Wind" were also on hand at the Molson Indy Toronto on Sunday when Team Australia and Tagliani finished in 3rd spot and move up to seventh place in the Champ Car "Premiership table."