Like all good spectator sports, it is pretty hard to convey the sense of excitement one feels when watching The Game. It is highly recommended you witness at least one round in person in this lifetime.
The rules are pretty complex- and to the untrained observer it looks/sounds like about 29 black and white dogs and Toby running around, jumping and barking a lot but it goes something like this:
1- Kip and Wombat are the main players (although there is a form of The Game played when Kip is in Ainslie but Biggie is in Burra);
2- Wombat must chase Kip;
3- Farm Louis is on Wombat’s team and has to interfere* with Kip;
4- Biggie is on Kip’s team, but does not undertake interference on Wombat to the level of physicality that Louis does on Kip (probably because Wombat would beat the shit out of him if he did);
5- Bess is probably the referee- she just barks alot;
6- When present, Ellie is also on Kip’s team but makes no physical contact with any other players. She stays wide and safe and barks very annoyingly if there is too long a pause in The Game;
7- Dudley shadows Ellie- he is on his L plates;
8- Town Lu, being at least 50% non-working breed doesn’t get it and just runs and jumps and barks because it is fun;
9- Toby never gets anything and often doesn’t even go near the playing track when The Game is on.
*interference- blocking easiest or quickest route, shouldering, biting, looking ominous etc.
This is a map of the course where the dashed lines are the permitted routes players can take.
And here are some actione shots from The Game.
Wombat: ‘Gonna get you.’
Wombat undertaking a spectacular launch off turn rock
Team Kip possibly being yellow carded by Bess the ref for some [homosapienly] imperceptible breach
Bats and Biggie are the only players authorised to do the loop around Dad’s house (top right corner of the map). All other players must remain in the junkyard area eagerly awaiting the victor of this amazing canine feat of speed and cornering
At some [again, homosapienly] imperceptible signal, time out is called and all players must immediately proceed to the dam to swim.
Oh Tobes, is there anything you DO understand?
Kip lands a jump from the junkyard area. The ref can be seen in the background monitoring the interference played by Farm Louis (also in background)
Fries takes an easy turn off turn rock coming out of the junkyard area
You know when the star player is walking full time is pending