Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Booth Hill

Get Into Rugby Mode This Winter

Photographs copyright: DAVID McMAHON


Now that we’re right into winter here in Melbourne and the days get continually shorter, the sport of choice is Australian Rules football. But these photos prove that Melbourne, the sporting capital of this nation, embraces just about any sport.

Rugby union is about to take my city by storm – as you can see by the larger-than-life mural at this Visitor Centre on the Bourke Street Mall. There is already a fair bit of talk about this month’s two-Test series, when the Qantas Wallabies take on Italy in the 2009 Bundaberg Rum Rugby Series.

How big are the murals? Like most rugby players, they are high and wide. This next shot, with a passer-by in the frame, should put it all into context for you.


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26 comments:

James said...

Those are some big guys. I've never seen an Austrailian football or a rugby match, I would like to though.
My favorite basketball team won the NBA championship last night. Go Lakers! I wonder if that made the news down under?

Jazz said...

I watched some Aussie Rules when I was last in Melbourne. Unfortunately, all those hot male bodies sorta distracted me from understanding how it's played.

Oops.

Ananda girl said...

I have a friend who plays on a women's Rugby exhibition team. It would be interesting to see how your rules differ from theirs.

What I have seen of what they do is extremely physical and sometimes bone breakingly brutal... but highly entertaining. They are not daintly players and they don't hold back! It's a great sport to watch.

Neat mural.

Sylvia K said...

Wow! that is one big mural!! Great shot, as always!

Have a great week, David!

Maggie May said...

A great mural!

Artist Unplugged said...

Wow, those are really huge! Our football, the one with helmuts and pads, starts in late August. How cold does it get where you live in the winter?

ChrisC and JonJ said...

i just don't get rugby,sorry.Is it like Austrailian rules football?
But I do like the idea of watching a bunch of big,brawny,sweaty men run around.........

SandyCarlson said...

That is impressive. It is really dramatic in panels that create depth and movement.

Sandi McBride said...

Frankly, it's the fans who scare the bejeebers out of me!
Sandi

BumbleVee said...

high and wide..with an ego to match....

Tiffany Norris said...

Very cool! I've always been curious about rugby.

Madame DeFarge said...

Never understood Aussie rules football, but it seems one of the most physically demanding sports around. Great mural.

Anne in Oxfordshire said...
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cheshire wife said...

Larger than life!

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Hi David, thanks for commenting on my blog..i have left you a message on there, under comments on Birthday lunch.

Guy D said...

I watch Aussie Rules football on espn sometimes, its fun to watch.

Have a great week
Guy
Regina In Pictures

Marja said...

Aaarg no rugby There is enough of it overhere We dutchies are soccer people sorry

Luiz Ramos said...

Football, Rugby, Photography are sometimes good hobbies.
Luiz Ramos

Zip n Tizzy said...

Just a reminder that there's nothing small about rugby!
Ha - my word verification is swearr - there's nothing small about the language of rugby either!

Carver said...

Good post David. The murals are impressive.

Marites said...

Rugby and football is the same? Don't know the difference between the two but i definitely want to see a live one.

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Mary Elizabeth said...

Great post and photo.
Thanks for sharing.
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City Girl said...

The tourney is available here in the States on PPV - for a Kings ransom!

I once dated a rugby player.

::dreamy sigh::

I love rugby!

jinksy said...

Is everything Australian larger than life?! :)

Shadow said...

rugby, australia, south africa. nope, i ain't saying a word!

Karen said...

Go the Wallabies !!!

Well, the All Blacks aren't plying, so of course I'll cheer for the Wallabies :-)

Though I'm not really thinking about the AB's too much at the moment, after they let the french beat them...