Story: Sports reporting and commentating

Winston McCarthy

Winston McCarthy, a legendary rugby commentator who had established his name broadcasting on the 1945–46 'Kiwis' tour of the United Kingdom and Europe, describes a Don Clarke kick during the fourth test match between the All Blacks and the Springboks in 1956. New Zealand was leading the series 2–1, and Clarke's penalty goal took the score to a match-winning 11–0. The final score was 11–5. There was huge public interest in the game, which was attended by a crowd of 63,000. In the absence of television, many thousands of New Zealanders experienced the game through McCarthy's commentary. His description of the kick features his trademark phrase, 'Listen ... it's a goal!'  The photo shows McCarthy during a rugby broadcast at Athletic Park, Wellington, on 27 April 1957.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Evening Post Collection (PAColl-0614)
Reference: EP/1957/2031

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Keith Quinn, 'Sports reporting and commentating - Radio', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/speech/40102/winston-mccarthy (accessed 25 May 2019)

Story by Keith Quinn, published 5 Sep 2013