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Bottle Drinking out at Crusader Ground

There are three reasons why the Eastern Province Rugby Union has banned drinking from bottles at the Crusader ground, Mr R St Leger Searle, President of the Union, told a representative of the Daily Advertiser today.

“This is by no means the first time the Union has considered this step,” Mr Searle said.

“Although we have in the back of our minds the bottle throwing incidents which have occurred at rugby matches recently, the primary reason for the ban is that it is an impossible task to clear up splintered glass from the ground around the field.

“People throw empty bottles down from the stands, and when the crowd leaves after a match, broken pieces and splinters get trodden into the grass.”

Another reason for the ban was that the Union had received numerous complaints from spectators who had clothing spoilt by sticky drippings from bottles overturned in excitement or carelessness.

Bottle-throwing at matches was a habit which caught on quickly once it started, Mr Searle said, and, as the Union was determined to stamp it out, one course was to see that no such missiles were at hand.

The Women’s Christian Temperance Union had been advised that minerals would in future be served in cups or cartons at the stalls.

The Daily Advertiser.
July 30, 1949.

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