The Book’d Out Australia Day Blog hop and giveaway- and the sport of ‘clacker dropping’…

To celebrate Australia Day as part of the Book’d Out Blog Hop, I thought we’d revisit the uniquely Australian sport of Clacker Dropping…

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Twelve years ago I was introduced to the Australian sport of Clacker Dropping. Sounds interesting, doesn’t it? Depending on which part of the world you come from, the word ‘Clacker’ will have a different meaning. For some, a Clacker is similar to a Castanet, or maybe a type of fishing lure or even a child’s toy that has two balls on opposite ends of a string that hit each other when swung correctly making a cracking sound. In Australia, a clacker is another name for a bum. A bum hole to be exact.

So, you can imagine my horror when friends of my husband (then my fiancé) suggested a game of Clacker Dropping at their backyard New Years Eve party. Mental images of me having to remove my pants in front of these people had me wanting to run out their front door and never return. What kind of people were they ? They’d come across as so conservative and polite – they didn’t even swear or blaspheme – so what the hell was going on?

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Scared for my privacy, I sat down (protecting my clacker), as they detailed the game, which was as follows:

The objective of the game is to hold a twenty cent coin in between your butt cheeks, by clenching them as hard as possible, and navigate a small obstacle course as guided by your partner. The obstacle course includes stepping and jumping over various raised objects – broom handles, toys, plants, whatever is lying around. It can be played anywhere, but backyards are best, mainly because you don’t want to play this in public.

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If you drop your coin at any stage prior to reaching the end of the course you have failed and it is the other team’s turn. If you make it to the end of the course, there is a bowl with a cup inside it. Hover over the bowl and release your cramping, clenched cheeks so that the coin drops. If it drops into the bowl then you will get one point. If it drops into the cup (a higher degree of difficulty) then you receive two points. The couple with the most points at the end of the game wins.

I had two problems with this game. Firstly, I wasn’t about to whip my pants, or especially my undies, off in front of anyone. Added to this was the fact that I had no desire to see anyone else’s bum either. There’s not enough alcohol in the world to induce me to do something like that. Secondly, for those who did want to play, surely it’s unhygienic to use the same twenty cent coin?

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I whispered to Jason, “I’m not playing a game where I have to take my pants off. Can we leave now?”

He laughed and said out loud, “Sarah is concerned. She thinks we all have to take our pants off to play.”

Everyone laughed – hysterically. It wasn’t embarrassing at all.

I sat there, waiting for the laughter to die down, and turned a deep shade of puce. It wasn’t an unreasonable assumption to make, was it? After all, a clacker is a bum hole – not just a bum. How can anyone wedge a coin in between their cheeks if they are wearing jeans? And at no time did anyone clarify that this was a game to be played with all of your clothes on.

Ten minutes later we were playing the game, fully clothed -I went and got my own twenty cent coin from my purse because I was still concerned about the hygiene thing- and was surprised to find that it was actually heaps of fun. After a couple of drinks it’s hilarious to watch people try to make it through the obstacle course and then drop the coin into the cup.

Depending on the  level of your butt strength and ability to focus intently – i.e. those of us who do Yoga or Pilates will have an advantage – these are the kinds of faces you can expect to see during a game.

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So, this Australia Day, give the sport of Clacker Dropping a go. You’ve nothing to lose – except your inhibitions – and will spend the arvo clenching one set of cheeks holding a coin, while cramping the other cheeks with laughter.

Happy Australia Day!

As part of the blog hop I am giving away one e-copy of my novel, Hindsight, which is set in the Melbourne suburb of Clifton Hill.  It’s a chick lit/romantic comedy story with plenty of Australianisms in it! All you have to do to be the running is answer the following question in the comments section:
What is your favourite Australian sport and why?

The format will be in either ITunes or Amazon Kindle only. This competition is open world wide and will be drawn on January 28th, 2014.

To check out the other blogs on the Book’d Out Australia Day Hop, click here.

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32 thoughts on “The Book’d Out Australia Day Blog hop and giveaway- and the sport of ‘clacker dropping’…

  1. Lily Malone says:

    Definitely the cricket, Sarah! And I have Hindsight – which I loved (as you know)… so don’t put me in the draw. I’ve never tried ‘clacker dropping’ as you’ve described it… but I love the photos that show the facial expressions! Great post!

  2. geckogirlreads says:

    My favourite Aussie sport is Ute racing! or AFL because who doesn’t like watching fit guys running around in tight shorts??

  3. Catherine says:

    Oh my. I’m not sure I can face an afternoon of clacker dropping (I’d never heard the term before, and me a Melbourne girl, born and bred!).

    I’d have to say that my favourite sport is cricket, just because of the way it lengthens the days to watch it – a day watching cricket feels like half a summer holiday, and you wind up feeling like you’ve had serious time off, not just a weekend. And, of course, backyard cricket is so much fun to play – it’s one of the few sports where it doesn’t really matter if you are cack-handed and slow and clumsy and un-co-ordinated (and I am all of those things), because periodically you actually manage to get a good hit at the ball, and that just feels great.

    CAtherine

  4. Rhyll Biest says:

    Clacker dropping…now I’ve heard it all 🙂

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  6. Is Two-Up a sport? It is what I closely relate to being truly an Australian pastime.

  7. Cathryn Hein says:

    Love this post, Sarah! That’s so funny. Definitely a game to celebrate Australia day with!

  8. Cathryn Hein says:

    Forgot to add that OF COURSE AFL footy is my favourite sport (Go Swans!). Naturally, nothing to do with the sexiness of the players. Noooothing at all!

  9. womblywoo says:

    I detest sport, but I love bushwalking, does that count??

  10. bn100 says:

    Rugby because they don’t have it over here

  11. Loretta Hill says:

    Very very funny post. My favourite Aussie sport would have to be football. Is that too boring? But how can you go wrong with a bunch of men running around in tight shorts.

  12. noelleclarkblog says:

    Sarah, I kacked myself laughing at this post. Thanks so much for the lesson. 🙂

  13. Oh, what a hilarious story, Sarah. Thanks for sharing. I really can’t think of an Aussie sport that’s my fave. I’m not athletic (I wish I was). I’ve been watching a little bit of the tennis which is unusual for me; back in the day, I used to play soccer but I was never one to watch it; used to watch a little more AFL. I’m sooo boring…

    • Sarah Belle says:

      You’re not boring at all, Eleni! Most women I know would prefer to do something other than watch sport – like shopping or get a massage. Maybe we could make massage a sport?

  14. Sarah Belle says:

    Thanks for the comments everyone! Sorry about my late replies – we were on a family weekend away in a place that had no internet reception! Thankfully it had great plumbing though as everyone but me came down with Gastro! I am the last man standing, but am about to face plant into the couch with tiredness! Lol!

  15. Karen Stalker says:

    Belated Happy Australia Day, Sarah.
    Oh my gosh, I am still laughing at your clacker dropping story! And I always thought cow pat lotto and fly races were funny. The facial expressions for clacker dropping are much funnier!
    I’m another AFL loving Aussie girl, but here in WA it’s the Eagles for me.
    Thanks for sharing your story and talent.
    Karen

    • Sarah Belle says:

      Hi Karen,
      thank you and thanks for stopping by. I’ve never played cow pat lotto – it would be hilarious to come up with a decathlon of truly Australian past times!
      AFL leads the way- those biceps and shoulders are swoon worthy!

  16. Jess says:

    I’m a netball girl through and through. Though I have been swayed lately by ice hockey. Although the sport goes completely against my nature (I’m not violent), I love the enthusaiasm the men have for the sport and some of the best games end with gloves off and sticks being thrown down! Netball still comes out on top though. For one, I can play netball and try to whenever I can; I learnt the hardway I can’t skate to save my life. I once when Ice Skating with friends and they told me there was no way I could fall over if they held me upright, one on each side. What did I do? I fell, and pulled both of them down. We were covered in Ice, cold and had brusies and that ends my foreray on Ice. I like Ice hockey books though. If I could only find some decent, or any really, fiction written for adults with a netball element (all I’ve found so far is for 12 year olds.) I might just have to write one myself :p

    • Sarah Belle says:

      Hi Jess, thanks for coming on over. Like you I can’t do the balancing on blades bit either. It’s like waterskiing – it looks easy, but it definitely isn’t!
      Sounds like good idea for a Netball novel- you could have a lot of fun with that!

  17. Sarah Belle says:

    Thanks so much everyone for coming over and leaving a comment. So many great comments it was hard to choose a winner, so I drew two names out of a hat – well, a bowl actually. Congratulations to Jess and Karen, your names came out of the bowl! I will be in contact re your prize shortly.

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