One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
plural nounAustralian Rules Football
The main goalposts, as distinct from the behind posts.‘they were sloppy in front of the big sticks’
- ‘A big thanks to all who logged on and read the blog as goal after goal passed through the big sticks.’
- ‘Ultimately, football is about how effectively and efficiently your team can move the ball from the centre bounce down the field and through the big sticks at your end.’
- ‘A net has been strung between the two big sticks with the aim being to guide the ball through the net using this telepathic power.’
- ‘They were deadly in front of the big sticks, drilling home 6.0 for the quarter.’
- ‘If we can get a few through the big sticks, which is the object of the game, then hopefully we'll be competitive again.’
- ‘He kicks a wild snap over his head and it sails through the big sticks.’
- ‘They kicked poorly with four times as many shots going wide of the big sticks as those that they managed to slot through.’
- ‘We'd be back in the days when a goal umpire wearing a long coat was standing between the big sticks and only moved to get his flags.’
- ‘He kicked 249 goals, the Australian record, during a season in which he missed the big sticks almost as many times as he put the ball through them.’
- ‘His massive effort from outside 50 on a windy day goes through the big sticks for a goal.’
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