They also play in red and yellow

Tapiray no. 97 - Waikato (Rugby Union)

The 2009 Waikato kit

The next non-footie TAPIRAY is from Down Under, where the town of Hamilton in New Zealand is the home of the Waikato Rugby Union club with their splendid red, yellow & black kit. They play in the country's professional rugby league the Air New Zealand Cup, which they have won once, and they play their home games at the 25,000 capacity Waikato Stadium. They are known as the Mooloo Men (mooloo is common nickname in New Zealand in relation to the Waikato region) and their club mascot is a cow named "Mooloo".

Incidentally, there is also a football team from the area, Waikato FC, but although their club badge is red, yellow & black, they don't seem to play in those colours and currently have an all black strip.

Links: Official site

Suggested by: Arthur Gordon, Frazer McLachlan & Alan Mudie.

Tapiray no. 98 - Ardclough GAA (Hurling/Gaelic Football)

The Ardclough hurling team

Ardclough GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) is a club from the village of Ardclough in County Kildare, Ireland. They play two of the most popular sports in Ireland, hurling and Gaelic football. Founded in 1936 they were named the Kildare GAA Club of the Year in 2006, the same year they last won the Kildare County Senior Hurling Championships. The original colours of Ardclough were green with white trim but they changed to the current black, red and yellow hooped jersey's, as the material was easier to come by after WWII.

Links: Official site

Suggested by: Thomas A. Loughlin.

Tapiray no. 99 - Keravnos Strovolos (Basketball)

One of the womens team

Keravnos Strovolos is a basketball team from the suburb of Strovolos near the Cypriot capital Nicosia. Founded in 1926, it was originally a football team, which mostly featured in the lower divisions of Cypriot football, but the football was shelved indefinitely in 1991 due to lack of funds with the club choosing to concentrate on basketball, which it had also been playing since the 1960s. It was one of the founding members of the Cyprus Basketball Federation, and has went on to become one of the powerhouses of Cypriot basketball with both the men's and women's team winning numerous honours. Unfortunately, although their club badge is red and yellow, they have recently changed to a red kit with white trim, instead of the yellow pictured here.

Links: Official site

Suggested by: Alan Sproull.

Tapiray no. 100 - West of Scotland FC (Rugby)

WoS player in action in 2008

As a hopefully fitting final entry of TAPIRAY, we have amateur rugby union side West of Scotland FC from whom Thistle took their red and yellow colours. West of Scotland started out in Partick in 1865, but moved to their current home in Milgnavie after the cricket club, which owned the ground in Partick, kicked them out. They currently play in the top division of the Scottish Hydro Electric Premiership (the top club league in the country but below the professional Magners League where current Firhill tenants Glasgow Warriors play).

Like Thistle, West of Scotland originally played in blue, but they switched to red and yellow hoops in the 1870s and have stuck with them ever since. It was in 1934 that those red and yellow tops caught the eye of some Thistle directors who had been contemplating a change away from the dark blue jerseys, and the following year Thistle donned the red and yellow hoops for the first time. Although the Jags have occasionally changed to stripes (or something else altogether), we too have stuck with the red and yellow, as it proved to be an inspired decision!

Links: Official site