AN EXTRAORDINARY sport has celebrated its 60th anniversary in Huddersfield.
Players and spectators gathered in Greenhead Park at Marsh for the annual Tasmanian Rugby match.
As usual, it was played out on Boxing Day.
The game - invented in 1947 - uses a pyramid-shaped leather ball.
It is non-contact and features kicking and passing tactics.
This year's match featured seven-a-side teams captained by Joshua Roberts, five, and Matthew Roberts, eight.
Josh's Jokers beat Roberts' Rovers by four tries to two in a well-fought game refereed by Malcolm Kaye, who has been a soccer referee in Huddersfield for many years.
Jamie and Ellen McNeill came the furthest to play in the match, travelling more than 3,000 miles to Huddersfield from their home in Avon, Connecticut, USA.
Mark Davies, who is now retired from the game, said: "It was invented back in 1947 when drinkers from the Cropper's Arms pub in Marsh decided they needed a way to burn off some calories from Christmas Day.
"Nigel Saxton, the current landlord, has kept the tradition alive and kicking, quite literally.
"I have played and my father, uncle, brother and sons have all taken part in this traditional match."
Mr Davies, of Glebe Street, Marsh, said the leather ball was specially made. The one used this year was created a couple of years ago by a Longroyd Bridge cobbler.