Well, clearly there’s a difference between country footy and in the burbs.
Down hither near everyone knew everyone else, and I just then in passing asked my lil’ bro, if, over his 20 odd years playing, he could ever remember any sledging about any family member to anyone on the field, … and like me in my 15 or so, the answer was a categoric no.
So whats the harshest sledge or insult you ever got in a game then? I asked, …"Well in a preliminary final once, this bloke was ragging me all day because when we first ran out and lined up for the bounce, the collar of my jumper was standing up, and he said to me,. “Look at you with ya stupid collar up,. Who the fk do you think you are?? ELVIS!!” And he didn’t let up on it the whole game.
That was the worst day of sledging he could think of.
I really don’t remember much sledging at all,… maybe getting told my ears were big, … or I looked like a hippy, … or Jibes about being a surfer, … like "Hey Duuuuuude, . are you gonna Hang Ten today??? Farken long haired wax heads etc.
The only insult I ever recall involving a family member, was a mate of mine in 4ths & then 3rds, … who would always taunt an oppo player kicking for goal with… “Ya Grandma wears Army Boots!!”, which often worked because they’d crack up as they went to kick & miss.
Never would it have been considered acceptable to rag on anyone’s family or partner, and I imagine if anyone had in that way, they would have been signing their own death warrant, coz they most likely would have had everyone on the opponents team within ear shot upon them.
Maybe even some of their own team mates… lol.