A TALENTED former Duffield man is heading to Australia to represent Great Britain in an international football tournament with a difference.
Alasdair Lindop, who used to go to Ecclesbourne School, has been selected for the Great Britain Bulldogs team that will compete at the Australian Football International Cup.
The tournament is the World Cup equivalent for Australian Rules Football — or ‘Aussie Rules’ as it is commonly known.
Alasdair, 28, whose parents still live in Duffield, combines playing with a job in coastal sustainability. Explaining ‘Aussie Rules, he said: “Australian rules football differs quite a bit from traditional football – from being played on an oval to having 18 players on each team.
“The game is much faster and more physical as you are allowed to obstruct players coming into tackle team mates and the ball is always played by punching it out of the hand or kicking off the boot, so it’s in the air a lot.
“It also rarely stops, even for injuries, so there is no room for diving and faking injury.”
The cup is held every three to four years and has grown since its inception in 2002. This year 18 nations will converge on Sydney and Melbourne to compete, including current holders Papua New Guinea.
The tournament starts on Saturday, August 13, and GB open against East Timor.
Liverpool-based Alasdair, who plays for Manchester Mosquitoes, believes that the Bulldogs, ranked ninth in the world, can do well in the competition.
He said: “We have a very strong team, with a good balance of youth and experience as well as a few players who are already playing for clubs in Australia.”