Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi

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"Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi" is a cheer or chant often performed at Australian sport events. It is a variation of the Oggy Oggy Oggy chant used by both association football and rugby union fans in Great Britain from the 1970s onwards. It is usually performed by a crowd uniting to support a sports team or athlete. The alternate is for an individual to chant the line "Aussie, Aussie Aussie!" and the crowd to respond with "Oi! Oi! Oi!".

Definition

The full version of the chant, as heard prior to a free outdoor concert at the time of the Sydney 2000 Olympics and quoted by Luba Vangelova of CNNSI,[1] is as follows:-

Individual: "Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!"
Crowd: "Oi! Oi! Oi!"
Individual: "Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!"
Crowd: "Oi! Oi! Oi!"
Individual: "Aussie!"
Crowd: "Oi!"
Individual: "Aussie!"
Crowd: "Oi!"
Individual (faster): "Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!"
Crowd (equally fast): "Oi! Oi! Oi!"

The chant was widely used during the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, being heard at many public entertainment venues and also on public transport. The chant came to be commonly heard at international sporting events where an Australian team was a competitor.

Origins and explanation

A chant of similar form, "Oggy Oggy Oggy", has been used for decades by football crowds in Britain.

Members of the British Royal Navy claim to have used the Oggy Oggy Oggy chant, or a version of it, since the Second World War.[2]

Englishman Ron Knox claims to have used the "Oggy" chant while playing for the Box Hill Rugby Club in Melbourne in the late 1960s. Various conflicting stories of how it was introduced from Britain to Australia can be found.[3]

According to Stephen Alomes, a professor of Australian studies at Deakin University, the chant represents "enthusiasm for the tribe" and a "celebration of ‘us’", but at the extreme may act as a symbol of aggressive nationalism and xenophobia.[4]

In 2012, after Foxtel offered a $10,000 prize in a competition for coming up with a new phrase to cheer on athletes, Germaine Greer argued:

"The cry is catchy, any crowd can pick it up and it cuts through the surrounding white noise like a military tattoo. It is as jingoistic to reject it because it was originally British as it would be to prize it for the same reason ... There will be no silencing Australian fans at the Olympics and they won't be bullied by Foxtel, either."[5]

Commercial and publicity uses

In 2004, a Melbourne couple, inspired by a Dick Smith campaign supporting Australian-made products, and following publicity surrounding the ownership of the trademark for the Australian-developed Ugg boots being owned by a US company, registered the phrase as an official trademark in an effort to protect it from overseas exploitation.[6]

At the conclusion of winning the main event of the 2005 World Series of Poker, Australian supporters of winner Joe Hachem chanted this victoriously during the primetime viewing of the poker event on ESPN.

At the conclusion of the Prize giving ceremony for the 2008 Super 14 final at AMI Stadium in Christchurch, New Zealand, the winning team, the Crusaders, chanted "Robbie Robbie Robbie Oi Oi Oi" to farewell their Coach Robbie Deans, who was leaving to coach the Australian national team, the Wallabies.

It is also heard at the beginning of the Australian hard rock group AC/DC's song T.N.T., chanted by the rest of the group and in the live version by the audience.

It is also a popular chant during Australian Cricket Team's matches.

The chant is also a fixture at men's basketball games at Saint Mary's College of California, a school that has featured 11 Australian players in the 21st century.[7]

See also

References

  1. ^ Luba Vangelova, Oi, Oi, Oy, CNN Sports Illustrated, Wednesday September 27, 2000 [1]
  2. ^ Oggie Song
  3. ^ Aussie 'Oggie, Oi' chant introduced by Englishman - Ananova
  4. ^ "More than a game". The Age. 2006-03-09. Retrieved 2007-05-22. 
  5. ^ "As chants would have it, 'Aussie' is here to stay". The Age. 
  6. ^ "Oi, Oi, Oi. What's this?". The Age. 2004-03-04. Retrieved 2007-05-22. 
  7. ^ Associated Press (2013-03-01). "Gaels hit with 'failure to monitor'". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2013-03-01.