Monday 13 June 2011

Scrumming with Scissors*

Last week on Thursday, Marco, our friend Rich and I went to see the Canadian rugby team play Russia at a small rugby club in South West London. The match was part of the Churchill Cup, and the two other opponents on the night were the USA and Tonga. The USA did not do so well, but Canada won 34 - 18. Go Canada! 

My claim to fame? Pat Riordan, the captain of the Canadian team, is one of my brother-in-law's closest friends and was the best man at his wedding. He's a really nice guy.

So, here is my attempt at sport photography. Maybe not my usual subject, but I am a girl who can appreciate a pair of good thighs in tight shorts a bit of rugby. I think rugby is a cool sport to watch, very fast-paced with a lot of action and rules that are not terribly hard to understand. 

Looking at the professional sport photographers on the night gave me and my camera serious lens envy. You'll see what I mean.

* 'Scissors' is rugby speak for the situation when one player takes the ball from another while running in opposite directions to each other. A 'scrum' is what you call it when the two teams' forward players lock together to bring the ball back into the game.


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  1. Hello Annika:
    Whilst we must confess to knowing very little about the actual game of rugby [although we have two nephews who are keen players], these are a stunning set of images both in terms of their colour and clarity and the way in which they record a game in progress.

  2. I love this post!! You got some great shots. I've stood at sporting events and admired, drooled over, envied those amazing zoom lenses too. And your cross out made me laugh...a lot. There certainly were a lot of thighs in this series!!

  3. I love rugby, and you have gotten some great shots of your "crossout." Ooops, I meant to say of the game!! :-)

    Thank you so much for sharing these today at The Creative Exchange.

    Have a wonderful day!


  4. I see what you mean about lens envy! You got some amazing action shots with your own lens, though!

  5. great entries this week - I am drawn to the photos of the green seats also - how very creative!

  6. These are really such wonderful shots, really get a feel for the game, the athletes and the emotion involved.


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