Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Sport in NZ.

So, everyone knows that New Zealand's national rugby team is called the All Blacks. There are a few myths about how the name came to be, but they always wore black uniforms and started going by the name in 1905.

Since then, the Kiwis have named a few other teams along these lines.

Tall Blacks - men's basketball
Black Caps - cricket
All Whites - men's soccer
Black Ferns - women's rugby
Silver Ferns - women's netball
Black Sticks - men's field hockey
Wheel Blacks - wheelchair rugby
Black Sox - men's baseball
White Sox - women's baseball
Ice Blacks - men's hockey
Ice Ferns - women's hockey

A couple days ago, of course, missed the big event by a day, the All Whites beat Bahrain by one goal to earn a place in the 2010 World Cup of Soccer in South Africa. The entire city is now plastered with signs celebrating their win. I'll try to get a picture of one tomorrow because they're pretty cool. They played the big game at the Cake Tin, which is what a lot of people call the new, huge, and metal Westpac Stadium. It's down by the river on old railroad property and I think they have the nickname right (Wellingtonites don't agree?)

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