Saturday, 6 October 2012

Thanksgiving at the Point - Season's End

Thanksgiving is upon us...  The traditional end of season for the community... a time of rolled up rugs, mothballs and closed up cottages... of football games and big turkey dinners. 
The Thanksgiving Football Game has a long history at the Point.  Through the 1950s and 1960s many of the young bucks had played football on their high school teams. They played a friendly and spirited game against each other around the Point. By the early 1970s, Chip Barrett had gone pro, playing for the Toronto Argonauts.  Aided and abetted by a group of Aussies who had played rugger back home, and who had made Ian Kennedy's cottage their Canadian hangout, and a whole lot of beer, the impromptu games became an annual event.
Courtesy of Annie Gray
Ian Kennedy said: "it was at Culzean for several years until there was one to many take-outs by trees and Chows. Then moved to the lower field (Robertsons). One classic game was the teens against the twenty plus... They said tackle so Dennis, Angus, several rugger playing Aussies and self said sure... With the oldies dominating, the Teens asked the second half be touch. Lost track for the next few years and by then it had become more civilized with girls now part of the scrums..."
The game moved from the Kennedys, to the Robertsons, to the Driving Range to the Barretts and a few spots in between.  For much of the past decade it has been played at the Wiseners.

Football melee at the Wiseners, 2011
However you spend the weekend, we hope that you have a great one and we'll see you at Sunday's game.

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