By The Spotter
Here we go: The ninth version of ‘the Swinehound’ sports quiz.
Defending champ is Scott MacLean. The great thing about the ‘hound is that so far not a soul has been able to defend their crown- will this be the 1st time?
If anyone can defend the Swinehound Shield three times, they win the book ‘Lion’s 83’ by the ex UK top rugby journalist, David Frost. It’s a book full of excellent memories (for NZers, at least), including the great ‘Trapper’ Loveridge’s test on Athletic Park.
No cheating, but we know you won’t. Answers can be posted below here in the Comments. It’s open for at least 24 hours. There are also two general triv Qs at the end for something a bit different. The best of luck!!
THE SWINEHOUND no. 9
- Almost unbelievably, the last time this NZ national team played an international match in the premier form of their sport was in England in 2004. Which team is that?
- Tied with the Sharks from South Africa, which team has the most runner-up finishes in Super Rugby history?
- It was once very prestigious with the matches being screened live on television here; what is the name of the iconic trophy competed for between NZ and Australia in badminton?
- From a slightly different era, which NZ female Olympian once obtained a sponsorship from a strip club?
- Also, from a very different time (and this is completely true): NZ made it all the way to the semi-finals of the main draw of tennis’ Davis Cup in 1982. And then going down only narrowly 2-3 to France in Paris. In the Doubles tie of that encounter who partnered Chris Lewis?
- And to complete the bygone triple, how many cans of beer did the 1970 All Blacks reputedly glug down in a single session on their tour of South Africa?
- a) 600 b) 480 c) 350
- In the 1981 NZ-Scotland 2nd test on Eden Park, the All Blacks scored 40 points- the most they’d scored in a test since 1913. In their run-on team from that 1981 game, there a combined total of seven players from Counties, Manawatu and East Coast. How many combined were from Auckland and Canterbury? One, Two or Three?
- One White Fern has scored a test match double century. It was done against England in England in 1996? Who was that?
- The first-ever All Black replacement in a test, in 1968, rather incredibly scored a hat-trick of tries after coming on. He would become one of the all-time great ABs loose forwards. Who was it?
- Which Kiwi sports team beat England 1-0 in front of 50,000 people at Wembley Stadium in 1977?
- After his epic victory in the 1983 Melbourne Cup, what happened to ‘Kiwi’ in the 1984 Cup?
- Our answer to the English turf legend ‘Red Rum’, which horse won three consecutive Great Northern Steeplechases on Ellerslie racecourse in the mid 1980s?
- Have the NZ Warriors ever won a match on Eden Park? (not counting the ‘Naughty’ Nines version of League)
- The first part of the city name of ‘Palmerston North’ came from a deceased English PM. Why was the ‘North’ part added? (A hint: It’s something to do with NZ geography).
- Which ex-NZ Prime Minister once got so befuddled over the name of Auckland’s mayor, Sir Dove-Myer Robinson- who was nicknamed ‘Robbie’- that he ended up announcing him at a big gathering as ‘Robbie Dove’?
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