In 1911 a National Football Carnival was held at Adelaide.
New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia took part in the eight day series which was played on the Adelaide Oval.
New South Wales travelled there by train, stopping off at Broken Hill where they played a game against the local league resulting in the addition of a further 8 Broken Hill players to their team.
While NSW opened the carnival with a game against Victoria on Wednesday 2 August where they were defeated 13-18 (96) to 11-6 (72), the actual carnival was not officially opened until the following Saturday.
We have copied a newspaper article which reports the opening in vivid terms but in particular you should read the ‘warcry’ of the NSW team, which appears at the bottom of the page. We wonder if current state teams still use this call to arms?
The article is reprinted verbatim:
THE PEOPLE’S GAME
FINE CARNIVAL FOOTBALL
(By our Special Reporter)
The procession of the teams, which took place during the interval between the two matches, was a pretty ceremony.
In single file, headed by their captains, the players marched behind the respective flags borne by the managers. They looked like five big. brightly-coloured caterpillars.
Rick, Rick ricketty dick, – – – – Hoopla, hoopla, hey; – – – – Hyah, hyah, hey, – – – –
Woolangabba, woolangabba, hoo, hoo, hoo,
Washi, washi, yah
Waratah, Waratah, Waratah,
We’re out to win, we’re out to win, we are, we are; Wagga Wagga, Murrumbidgee,
We’re from sunny New South Wales, – – – –
Wagga, Wagga. Murrumbidgee, yah, yah. We’re from sunny New South Wales,
Hooray, Hooray, Hoorah.