Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Grassroots

Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Grassroots

Article excerpt

Rugby is a game for ruffians played by gentlemen, runs the old saw. Except that sometimes the ruffians get a game. No surprise, then, that Colin Pender was recently fined [pounds]500 for an assault committed on Jamie Parker during a Hawick Trades v Hawick YM rugby match in the Borders District League. His lawyer explained how passions had run high during the derby game.

Totally different from the game of bowls, you would reasonably have thought- a non-contact sport for those of placid disposition. Think again. The image of the game may never recover from the news that 70-year-old Jack Parker has been suspended by his bowling association after head-butting an opponent. It's enough to make Dougie Donnelly's hair stand on end.

Golf can be addictive and sometimes maddening. Simple enough in theory, but much more difficult in practice. People normally considered rational have undergone personality changes on the golf course. …

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