Monday, September 17, 2012

Glory, glory to South Sydney...

I took two of my nephews to the semi-finals of the NRL (Australian rugby league competition). One of the boys follows Souths or the "Rabbitohs" so it was a huge game for him, but we all got caught up in the moment. This team has been under-performing in the last couple of years but have had an awesome season this year. They played the Canberra Raiders who didn't play as well as they had in the last couple of games to make the play-offs.

The game was at Homebush, and it was the stadium (albeit now a smaller modified facility) used for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. I drew this when the two teams came out to warm up before kick off. We were sitting in Souths territory, not far from "The Burrow" where all the die-hard faithful sit.
I tried drawing the players as they were going through their warm ups. I had to rely on "snapshotting" their movement in my mind than hope for them to stand still long enough to draw. 


6 comments:

  1. Wow, nice sketch! And interestingly enough I am right now watching Anthony Bourdain's show where he visited Sydney and went to see the Rabbitohs - I had never heard of them so this post drew me in because of that. Great stadium sketch!

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    1. thanks pete. that's too funny about anthony bourdain. The Rabbitohs were one of the first rugby league teams in sydney and most believe they got their name because in the days of the depression, to earn a buck, several of the players used to cart rabbit carcasses through the streets of sydney selling them through the neighbourhood. They would call out "Rabbitohs! Rabbitohs!" as they walked by. Not the most romantic story i grant you. ;)

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  2. Hi, Meegan,
    I love these sketches. The studiam is brilliant. Movements are excellent. Lively and vigorous. I can see who kicked the ball in the sketches!! Congrats!
    Cheers, Sadami

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    1. Thanks Sadami. Ha, ha, glad you could - talk about 1 second poses!!

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  3. these are great! I had to laugh when I saw Pete commented- these footballers... tho' of course a different sport than soccer!

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  4. thanks liz. yeah, i love soccer but yeah, those guys would crumble to a heap if they got so much as a tap on the back compare to these boys

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