Canine rugby fans on side­line

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

On muddy or in­clement days, lo­cal rugby crowds might see Paul Zim­mer­man at a North­ern Utd match ac­com­pa­nied by two un­usual fans – his boxer dogs Zena and Chloe.

Kapi-Mana News spot­ted Mr Zim­mer­man at Porirua Park on July 2, watch­ing Norths beat Pe­tone in a Ju­bilee Cup match.

Mr Zim­mer­man has been play­ing lo­cal rugby for 21 years, and is a for­mer Norths rep.

The day we met him he should have been play­ing for Pressie Whites in their an­nual face­off against friendly ri­vals Pressie Reds, but muddy grounds can­celled the game.

The an­nual match is dubbed the ‘‘ Battle of the Bridge’’, Mr Zim­mer­man said, as the Reds are tra­di­tion­ally drawn from Ti­tahi Bay and the Whites from Porirua.

The vic­tors re­serve nam­ing rights on Mun­gavin Bridge for the year.

This year’s game is yet to be resched­uled.

Show your stripes: Long­time North­ern Utd rugby fan Paul Zim­mer­man with his box­ers Zena and Chloe.

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