I wasn’t able to upload all my pics around this game until I fixed up the Live Writer programme to do it without hassles. That’s done so here we go.
Firstly, more pre match entertainment
These guys are travelling around NZ in cool bus.
Pictures taken on the streets of Palmerston North
before the game.
Some interesting side-tracking sights. Top shows
a bike rack where you can lock up your bike in
public. Bottom picture I think might be a huia, a
now extinct native bird.
In the City Square itself there was plenty for the young to do before
the big game. Left: Kick the ball from the tee into the washing machine
bowl. I was tempted! Right: Now pass the ball into the machine
itself. This fellow succeeded and then tried to do it with a back-flip
pass which was not so successful.
Okay now you can pass the ball to hit the skittles or try a punt kick into
the bowl. This all took place in side a large marquee.
How about a try at knee-rugby on a blow-up field?
All the activities were set in this most picturesque inner-city
park. Right: You could have your photo simulated in with those
of your selected All Blacks. A great idea and very popular with
Another competition at left where you try to get to the other end without being
bowled over by suspended and swinging massive rugby balls. On the right a
band kept up the pace in the park.
As the time got closer to kickoff many hundreds had entered the square.
Manawatu Arena was just down the road.
Pre match costume display time. Manawatu is now famous for its buckethead
approach to supporting your rugby team. It’s simple. Select a coloured plastic bucket of choice and then cut out the front and you’ve done.
Flags are important part of patriotic costuming..
Time to walk to the game. Painted signs on the footpath just as a help.
Bucketheads for sale. Proceeds to charity.
Local lasses are all bucketted, coloured and
ready for the game.