Monday, October 27, 2008
Scotland Try for Up and Under Down Under
As Scotland heads into another sporting oblivion at the Rugby League World Cup here in Australia, starting off the tournament with a gritty loss to France and with matches against the like of Papua New Guinea and the Dream Time team, it is appropriate to pay tribute to Eddie Waring, Yorkshireman and Honorary Scots Rugby League Ambassador.
We used to watch Rugby League when it was shown on Grandstand on Saturday afternoon in my grandparents living room in Kirkcaldy, with black and white muddy encounters from Hull and the Warrington with teams of guys running into each other enlivened by Eddies commentary. The theatre of the event appealed to my Granddad.
Here in Adelaide, Rugby League might as well be Curling in terms of the interest. It is amazing to me that Scotland has a national team and that Scottish people are interested in it.
Turns out Eddie was also a wrestling commentator. It must have been his sense of humour and sense of showmanship that appealled.
And where else can you get a Scotland Papua New Guinea sports clash. Should be a cracker as Eddie would say.