Rugby World Cup Celebrations - wow?!

Well after a nail-biting finish, New Zealand won the Rugby World Cup 2011 by ONE POINT last night. The French fought well, but so did our guys, with some awesome, grinding defence holding onto posession - and that winning point margin - in the last few minutes of the game and some standout work by a last minute substitution... ! (I'm sure you'll be reading about this everywhere, so I wont go on... !)

I've been very busy personally with RWC-related things; my Fire Brigade have been out-and-about quite a bit ensuring that we've had ready-response capability on standby during matches and the hours either side where the Fanzones in Auckland have been going nutty. Aside from two shifts on-station in the CBD, I had three further shifts of catering (as the duty Canteen driver) and during the Final, I had one of the guys and one of our contingency vehicles standing by at home. And we got a call too - missed the first 15 minutes of the game!.

Today as part of the celebrations for our Win we decided to bite the bullet and take the kids to the massive Parade that'd been laid on in celebration of the hard-fought, long-awaited win. So after establishing a position on the parade route a full 2 hours before the kickoff, we had a 'fair' view of goings on. And they did a good job...

Herewith a video I took of the NZ Army Band doing a great rendition of "Kamate", the Haka we all know and grew up with...

Now with photos!. Damn my kids are cute:

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And of course, most importantly...

Plenty more in my Gallery.