The Team That Inspired a Region
By (author) Ian Dougherty
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Southern Sting by Ian Dougherty
Book DescriptionIt was the team deemed least likely to succeed in the glitzy new netball franchise competition launched in 1998, but it succeeded way beyond anyone's expectations. In the process, the Southern Sting captured the hearts and lifted the spirits of a region that had suffered decades of having the stuffing knocked out of it. Fans queued for two days and two nights to buy tickets to Sting games. Conservative Southlanders donned tinsel wigs in the teams' green and blue colours and went wild. Thousands lined the streets of Invercargill for end-of-season victory parades. Southern Sting tells the story of the rise and rise of one of the most successful and envied teams in modern New Zealand sporting history. Based on extensive research and dozens of interviews with the players, coach, support staff, franchise operators, funders, fans and community leaders, it cleverly interweaves the story of the team's on-court brilliance with its off-court impact on the people of Southland.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780908988327
(234mm x 153mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Exisle Publishing (New Zealand)
Publisher: Exisle Publishing (New Zealand)
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2004
Country of Publication: New Zealand
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This is the story of a pioneering folk hero, 'Arawata Bill' - William James O'Leary. It is a colourful tale of adventure, discovery and survival in the remotest areas of New Zealand's Southern Alps. In this biography, Ian Dougherty has separated the man from the myth, with a warmly human portrait of an ordinary man who lived an extraordinary life
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Author Biography - Ian Dougherty
Ian Dougherty is a Dunedin-based author and journalist. His previous books for Exisle are Arawata Bill, on gold prospector William James O'Leary, and Heart of Gold, on contemporary Otago.
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