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October 02, 2005

NEC Harlequins 27 Doncaster 7

Yesterday was a rugby day - we seem to be alternating between that and football each weekend. We headed over to Twickenham Stoop to watch one of the famous London sides (surprisingly relegated last season) take on Doncaster in a Division One match. Harlequins came away the winners, but they had to work for it (or so I am told, I still cannot quite figure it out).

The good news for me is that I think I may have finally got a decent picture of sport. Here it is: this is one of the Doncaster lineouts- they are on the right...Harlequins on the left. Fortunately, there were quite a few lineouts on our side of the pitch so I got lots of practice. The other pictures I took are crap.

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The weather was strange, alternating between sun and rain for most of the day. Fortunately, it was more sunny than not, and we sat in a covered stand so we were not getting wet. It is is still nice to be outside in London, but you can feel winter coming...when the sun was not out there was a definite chill in the air. This should give you some idea of the contrast - this is the same stand before and after the match.

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To add a Japanese link, NEC is a major club sponsor, so the announcer would refer to the team as the NEC Harlequins and there was lot sof NEC advertising around the stadium. They are also know informally as the 'Quins' or 'the Mighty Quin'. Most of you probably know that the later is also a song - they played that before each half.

I had an old duffer sitting next to me and you would have thought this was the worst rugby team in the world. He kept muttering under his breath after every play and always saw the downside. The 'quins score a try? his reply 'don't even bother to kick - no one can kick on this team'...and so on. It was funny at first, but after awhile it was tedious. Then again, he has probably supported the team for 50 years (have they been around that long?) and this was my first match. I suppose I should cut him some slack.

I completely enjoyed myself (again). Leigh and I have been to rugby twice (Agen and Harlequins) and football once (Chelsea) in the last three weeks. We were wondering how many other people have been clever enough to watch this string of matches in the last three weeks. If you are one of them, let me know.

Posted by Kirk on October 2, 2005 04:20 PM