“The Boks Embassy in Florida”
We were back at “Marina 84”, the famous Springbok Embassy in Florida, situated in Broward County, midway from Miami to Fort Lauderdale in Florida.
This time, due to de pandemic, our family could not be together to watch the first rugby test of the Boks against the Lions, but the excitement of the moment was shared both in Miami and Cape Town.
It was the most suitable venue because the first rugby match was played in South Africa took place in the Mother City in 1862.
The game had been introduced by the British in the colony, which they had taken over from the Dutch in 1808, via Bishops College, a Rondebosch Anglican tradition school.
The Game quickly became popular among the predominantly “Boer” population of the Western Cape colony, namely in the Stellenbosch town area, where the first rugby club was established and also, in all probability, from where the nickname of “Springboks” comes from.
With such an ancestral tradition of over 150 years, it is worthy of note that the status of being known as the “Embassy of the Springboks “in southern Florida is a title to be proud of and justifiable by worthy deeds and activities in favour of the South African Rugby.
That certainly is the case, as hundreds of South African expatriates congregate in the “Marina 84 Sports Bar” to watch their sport of preference, whenever the “Boks” play international matches.
Marina 84 Sports Bar was the place that I had to call during one of my recent visits to the States and Fort Lauderdale, to remember the glorious moments of the World Cup, but also to try their famous cuisine “Springbok Gastropub” specialties.