It was great to see in the after party event on Courtenay Place where they had closed the streets to make a massive fan zone, Kiwi revelers that were not intoxicated causing problems for authorities. Despite media attention on local hooligans causing the most trouble for police – there were plenty of examples of Kiwis doing us proud. For sure the negative element was there, a regular feature of most weekends in Wellington anyways. Despite a bitterly cold southerly, the fan-zone did attract a healthy crowd, assembled to watch the large screens playing the latter game which France won.
I think the visiting fans were great. I stopped and talked with an Irish fan in front of the live stage where the band “Tommy and the Four Horses” were playing. Despite the loss of his team, be was surprising upbeat. Now planning on just enjoying his trip as a holiday, watching other teams competing for the finals. To see more of my shots from the game click here.