The Eton wall game

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

This mish­mash of rugby and soc­cer has been played in one spot at an ex­clu­sive English pri­vate school for around 300 years. It hap­pens on the same strip of land with a long, slightly curved wall down one side and of­ten de­volves into a multi-limbed pile of shriek­ing school­boys. Two teams try to get the ball into a scor­ing zone and then kick it against a tar­get (a garden door for one team and a tree for the other). Sounds sim­ple, un­til you re­alise that the method of ac­tu­ally mov­ing the ball into po­si­tion in­volves all the play­ers on both teams pil­ing up along the wall and slowly inch­ing the ball up field. If you like wild games with lots of scor­ing, maybe this isnt the game for you to watch. The last goal scored at the big­gest game of the year on St An­drew’s Day was way back in 1909. Se­ri­ously.

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