Tom Browns Schooldays: Pt.1 Chpt. V
"Rugby and Football" (Rugby School, England. 1857)
Tom wondered within himself, as they strolled back again towards the fives' court, whether the matches were really such break-neck affairs as East represented, and whether, if they were, he should ever get to like them and play-up well.
He hadn't long to wonder however, for the next minute East cried out, "Hurra! here's the punt-about,- come along and try your hand at a kick." The punt-about is the practice-ball, which is just brought out and kicked about anyhow from one boy to another before callings-over and dinner, and at other odd times.
Extract from "Tom Browns Schooldays"
by Thomas Hughes 1857