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Bullrush! : a celebration of the great New Zealand game

Author: David Slack
Publisher: Auckland, New Zealand : HarperCollinsPublishers, 2015. ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Every Kiwi kid played it - or tried to avoid playing it. Either way there was no avoiding it. School playgrounds across the country rang to calls of "bullrush!", followed by a stampede of bare feet, as often as not ending in grazed knees and torn shirts. Arriving on the first immigrant ships from Britain, the game took hold quickly in the new colony. Simple, sometimes brutal, always thrilling, the game was a  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Bullrush
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Slack
ISBN: 9781775540786 1775540782
OCLC Number: 915336984
Description: 233 pages : illustrations ; 13 x 19 cm
Contents: I. Where did it come from? The most fun we ever had --
Forever young --
Wild colonials --
Who's afraid of bullrush? --
Trampled underfoot --
II. How great was it? A brief history of lunchtime --
Scotty Stevenson --
Tom Scott --
Andrew Lumsden/Te Radar --
Michelle Langstone --
Len Brown --
Midge Marsden --
Michèle A'Court --
Wallace Chapman --
Rodney Hide --
Brendhan Lovegrove --
Frank Bunce --
Christine Rose --
Jacinda Ardern --
Greg McGee --
Robert Kelly --
Scotty Morrison --
Stacey Morrison --
Josh Kronfeld --
III. What happened to it? Who killed bullrush? --
Running with scissors --
Boys will be 120kg --
IV. Will we see it again? Going back
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"Every Kiwi kid played it - or tried to avoid playing it. Either way there was no avoiding it. School playgrounds across the country rang to calls of "bullrush!", followed by a stampede of bare feet, as often as not ending in grazed knees and torn shirts. Arriving on the first immigrant ships from Britain, the game took hold quickly in the new colony. Simple, sometimes brutal, always thrilling, the game was a childhood rite of passage, no adults involved, handed down from generation to generation in the playground. Routinely banned by schools, though never suppressed, it has recently experienced a resurgence of interest and support, with many now recognising its place in the freewheeling, outdoors lifestyle that New Zealanders once held dear - and still do"--Publisher information.

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