The Rugby and the Hockey

hockey skatesIf I needed a reminder that I’ve now been in New Zealand for four years, the Rugby World Cup would be it.  Never having seen a match before my arrival here, I can now attest to one live world cup match, a full day of the 7s, a good number of test matches on TV, and the odd live League game.  But, of course, the last of these is not rugby.  It’s League.  Rugby is Union.  But that goes without saying.  At least for Kiwis.  And I respect this distinction in words (even if after four years it still all looks like rugby to me).  Which is all the more reason whfield hockeyy it drives me crazy when I refer to hockey that New Zealanders get that quizzical look on their faces and ask, “Ice hockey?”  Sigh.  Hockey – of the variety you play on the ice, on skates, with proper-sized sticks – is a multi-billion dollar industry.  Meanwhile, field hockey – of the variety private school girls play in overly short skirts with overly short clubs – never earned anyone more than bruised shins and a sore back.  So when I say hockey, I mean hockey.

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