Monday, 11 August 2008

Rugby - 100 Years Ago

We lost the Plate final and Western Banner challenge at the weekend to a very deserved Waiau Star team. But it's great to see Otautau put in a very strong season with several good wins. I predict even better campaigns in the years ahead. Here are some photos of the big crowds who came to support the teams at Holt Park.

Digging through the old Otago Witness on the PapersPast website, I found this little bit of history from 12 Aug 1908. A hundred years ago, we had also lost the bid for the banner to a very dominant Orepuki side. Otautau, in fact, didn't win the Western Banner until 1910. So if cycles and timing mean anything, our turn may come soon. (These newspaper images are from PapersPast).

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