Monday, October 3, 2011

Top 5 grassroots rugby pics from Footprints

List by Danielle

'Rugby football is a game I can't claim absolutely to understand in all its niceties, if you know what I mean. I can follow the broad, general principles, of course. I mean to say, I know that the main scheme is to work the ball down the field somehow and deposit it over the line at the other end and that, in order to squelch this programme, each side is allowed to put in a certain amount of assault and battery and do things to its fellow man which, if done elsewhere, would result in 14 days without the option, coupled with some strong remarks from the Bench.'
~ P. G. Wodehouse, Very good, Jeeves!

Here for your perusal, may I present 5 of the very cool photos from our new online mini-exhibition, 'Celebrating our history of rugby'.

As well as a selection of photos of local grassroots rugby, we've recently added over 1,000 new images into the Footprints online database, a record of historical images from the South Auckland and Counties-Manukau area. Many of these come to us from the fantastic back files of Fairfax Media and the Courier newspapers, as well as through the generosity of local photographers (and their families) and historical societies throughout the region. There are some wonderful treasures in there, and you can search the thousands of images by keyword, decade, location and more. Kids with sheep! The Pakuranga Hunt Club! Catching sharks in Mangere! It's well worth a browse.

Counties versus Canada, Pukekohe, 1990.
Counties representative rugby team hooker Brian Toki passes the ball back to his teammates during a rugby match against Canada at the Pukekohe stadium on 16 May 1990. Counties won narrowly, 21-18. (Other photographs of the match were published in the Manukau Courier, 22 May 1990, p. 29.)
Creator: Unknown
Date: 16 May 1990
Location: Pukekohe
South Auckland Research Centre, Courier collection, box 56/37. Footprints 03317
Photograph reproduced by permission of Fairfax Media.

Passing the ball, Ardmore, 1980.
A pass caught in mid-flight ... captured during the grade-C Alfriston - Ardmore rugby match [at the] Combined Country Schools Association annual Rugby and Netball field day last Wednesday." (Franklin Courier, 24 June 1980, South Auckland section, p. 21)
Creator: Unknown
Date: 18 June 1980
Location: Ardmore
Manukau Research Library, Courier collection, box 9/38. Footprints 00266
Photograph reproduced by permission of Fairfax Media.

Rugby team, Howick, 1890s?
Outdoor group portrait of an early Howick rugby team, possibly from the 1890s. The heterogeneous uniforms suggest this may be a temporary or informal group.
Creator: Unknown
Date: 1890s?
Location: Howick
Manukau Research Library, HOW: IV, no. H2. Footprints 01922
Photograph reproduced by courtesy of Howick Historical Society.

'All Blacks encourage sport', Papatoetoe, 1991.
All Blacks Sean Fitzpatrick and Ian Jones spent a busy day visiting seven south Auckland schools during rugby awareness week. The school visits by the two forwards were part of a nation wide campaign involving several All Blacks, who encouraged students to play sport. Fitzpatrick and Jones talked about the advantages of sport, being part of a team and making friends, and they also held practical sessions at some schools. [Here] All Blacks Sean Fitzpatrick (centre) and Ian Jones lead a haka at Papatoetoe's Kedgley Intermediate." (Manukau Courier, 4 April 1991, p. 15)
Creator: Unknown
Date: 1991
Location: Papatoetoe
South Auckland Research Centre, Courier collection, box 58/4. Footprints 03497
Photograph reproduced by permission of Fairfax Media.

Not a sewing circle, Papatoetoe, 1972.
Members of the Papatoetoe women's rugby team, September 1972. Left to right, upper: Dorothy Stroud, Linda Thompson, Brenda Stroud, Linda Morgan; lower: Lydia Popata, Georgina Haney, Sarah Pene, Gwen Bourke. ("A sewing circle, may be ... well, not really. This photo was taken from the worm's point of view at the bottom of a scrum. That's right - these girls were playing rugby! ...", South Auckland Courier Central Edition, 5 October 1972, p. 1.)
Creator: Austin, W A
Date: 30 September 1972
Location: Papatoetoe
Manukau Research Library, Courier collection, box 5/7. Footprints 00190
Photograph reproduced by permission of Fairfax Media.

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