CNN PRODUCER NOTE iReporter JimCA2 captured these action shots of expatriates in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, playing "Aussie rules" football, distinct from regular football. The event has become a way for locals and expatriates from countries such as the US, UK and Australia to socialise over sports and food. "Aussie rules is a fast paced game and the participants were very competitive," our iReporter said. "I couldn't have imagined being on the field as it is hot in Phnom Penh. Our temperatures are usually in the upper 80s to mid 90s and you can break a sweat just standing in the sun."
- sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer
The Phnom Penh expat community has grown extensively over the last 10 years. As its expat community grows, so does its presence as a viable competitor . Where there has been Rugby and Aussie Rules in neighboring Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, and Vietnam for years, Cambodia is now a contender and a destination for regional teams to compete. As an American, I knew little about Aussie Rules, An Australian expat friend of mine explained the rules and suggested I come to a couple of games his team The Cambodian Eagles would be hosting. The pictures feature teams visiting from Malaysia and Vietnam. After attending the first game, I had a feel for the sport and also realized that "50 Yard" line seats were good for viewing, but moving to the end zones created better photo opportunities as the action would be coming towards me. Local bars and restaurants will normally set up concessions turning the outing into a picnic as well. These events become a social bond for locals as well as create a bond between expats in neighboring countries.
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