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« 2022-Feb-02, 02:12 PM Reply #25 »
You might outsource the labour and some of the supervision,, but you never outsource the responsibility. Mutual acceptance and approval of the plans, ongoing and regular reviews, in-house expertise, keeping your eye on other alternative contractors and better methods and equipment are all vital.
Outsourcing isnít just about cost savings. The full package of better outcomes should be on the agenda Ö too many just focus on short term cost  Ö. to their long term cost
Typing this has worn me out. I wonder if I can outsource  :beer:

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« 2022-Feb-02, 04:44 PM Reply #26 »
Adam at the SCG transitioned his rye out much later in the season, it allows the canopy to open up whilst maintaining a surface, as the couch starts to move and dominate you can then spray out.

That said he did go in a lot lower rate, around 25% of what others would do and it's maintained lower in length than the RL grounds as AFL is more about running and RL needs a bit more cushion for tackling.

Panthers is imho the best surface for Rugby League, he's fastidious with what he does and presents. His ryegrass would have been up around 600kg/ha where the SCG was around 100kg.


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« 2022-Feb-02, 05:43 PM Reply #27 »
Jeunes they will oversow it with Ryegrass again before the season starts, it will cover the sins   :lol:

It's unfortunate with Campbelltown as the Stadium falls under the management of the Healthy Lifestyle department (or something silly like that) and not the Parks Co-Coordinator. They would manage other assets like the pools etc.

It frustrates someone like me as I'm all about presentation & playability, a little effort in the right place goes a long way.

Would you recommend that fir my sir Walter lawn in winter that looks like crap at that time of year?

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« 2022-Feb-02, 06:59 PM Reply #28 »
Not really Wily.

Sir Walter is pretty thick, wouldn't take to oversowing too well. You are better off feeding it up in autumn, raise the height some what and if you are super keen spray it once a month with a liquid Iron to keep the colour up to it.


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« 2022-Mar-12, 11:33 AM Reply #29 »
Tomorrow is leg 4 with a visit to Leichhardt Oval for the Waratahs v Force Super Rugby Game. I have not been to Leichhardt Oval for more than 25 years. Last time I was there was when the real Tigers played there.   :biggrin:

We started getting tickets to the NRL and hope to watch all the teams this year after falling short last year.

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« 2022-Mar-13, 05:18 PM Reply #30 »
We went to the Waratahs game today and it was a good experience. Sat on our seats and then sat on the hill. It brought some fun memories but the Union crowd is very different to the rabid tigers supporters from decades ago. A lot more supportive for both sides .   :lol:

It was my sonís first time at Leichhardt and sitting on the hill. Enjoyable day out.

Onto Leg 5 soon. It is a league game and either round 2 or 3 depending on availability of tickets.

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« 2022-Mar-13, 08:33 PM Reply #31 »
Would have been a nice day in the sun for a snooze on the hill  :whistle:  :sleep: :sleep: :sleep:

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« 2022-Mar-14, 07:03 AM Reply #32 »
That would have been fun but a really enjoyable day. The older I get, the more nostalgic some grounds become. That ground has character but needs money spent on it for the new generation of supporters.

All the new stadiums look after the patrons with great seating and facilities. Commbank in Parramatta is one that is one of the best. With the rebuilds with SFS and next year for Penrith, it will be interesting to see how the capacities hold up.

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« 2022-Apr-10, 10:28 AM Reply #33 »
The NRL legs kick off next Sunday with a Dragons v Knights at Wollongong followed a week later by the Penrith v Raiders game.

Looking forward to both games as both grounds have good atmosphere especially at Penrith.

We will be going to a AFL game in Melbourne at the end of the month as we have to be in Melbourne for a wedding. The choice is a game at the MCG or Marvel depending on the day we get there.

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« 2022-Apr-17, 07:29 PM Reply #34 »
Today was the first NRL game we attended this year. The Dragons and Knights game was quite an entertaining game and the finish was not what I wanted.     :lol:  

The atmosphere at WIN was quite good compared to some city stadiums. The strange part was the passouts allowed at half time. We took advantage and walked on the beach before the start of the second half. We were behind the goalposts and managed to see a few tries too. Quite a good day all around.

Next week it will be a trip to see the Panthers and Raiders. Looking forward to seeing some tries hopefully.

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« 2022-Apr-18, 03:07 PM Reply #35 »
Win looks a great stadium to visit

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« 2022-Apr-18, 05:01 PM Reply #36 »
WIN is one of the best geographical stadiums to visit. In the heart of Wollongong and close to the beaches etc too. There are many things to do before hand if you are going out for the day.

Central Coast stadium is a great stadium and a good outing for the day as last year we managed to fit in the Reptile Park on the way to the game. However this year we are not going out as Warriors are not making it their home base so out of our schedule.

I have not been to Suncorp, North QLD, Bruce Stadium in Canberra and surprisingly Kograh and Shark Park. However will go to Shark Park this year for a game. We went to Robina when we went to QLD for a holiday and I saw an A league game in AAMI park in Melbourne years ago. I have been to every single other RL ground in Sydney including Leichhardt, Redfern, Campbelltown, Belmore, Parramatta, Brookvale, ANZ and SFS. I have never been to NS oval for a game too and that ship has passed.

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« 2022-Apr-18, 05:44 PM Reply #37 »
A wonderful pub crawl Back in the old days was Redfern Station to the oval💕

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« 2022-Apr-20, 05:33 PM Reply #38 »
A wonderful pub crawl Back in the old days was Redfern Station to the oval💕

Before or after being robbed  :chin:



I have never been to NS oval for a game too and that ship has passed.

I spent many a Sunday arvo on the hill at North Sydney Oval, my grandfather was a life member of the Bears, my whole extended family were (are) Bears supporters.

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« 2022-Apr-20, 09:22 PM Reply #39 »
I spent many a Sunday arvo on the hill at North Sydney Oval, my grandfather was a life member of the Bears, my whole extended family were (are) Bears supporters.

The stupid part about the new team Dolphins is that we will have the same number of games each week. It is yet to be confirmed but it is an absolute given that there are 2 byes per team but the number of rounds will remain the same as this year unless there is a push for an extra round.

So why didnít the NRL look at another team at the same time. Central Coast Beats would have been a boost to the area especially after the support given to the Warriors last year. Vílandys does not like Perth or Adelaide so that is why it seems stupid to neglect Central Coast.

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« 2022-Apr-24, 08:38 PM Reply #40 »
We went to our second NRL game of the NRL odyssey at Panthers today. The crowd was around 20k and when the locals did the Viking Clap, it was not received well by the small number of scattered Canberra fans.

Today was also the first time I attended a game during the ANZAC round and it was a very moving experience especially when the Last Post was played and the dead silence following it.

The game itself was memorable for the class of the Panthers and the way they went on with the business. If the Panthers hold onto their top players, it will be a long dynasty they are playing. Their reserve grade looks very strong too.

Next week, we are our AFL game of the year as we continue the sports and NRL odysseys. It will be at Melbourne as we have a family event to attend during the weekend. It will be Melbourne v Hawks at the MCG. Really looking forward to it as have only been there once before and also for an AFL game.

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« 2022-Apr-24, 08:43 PM Reply #41 »
The panthers are trashing their reputations with their smug carry on🤮

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« 2022-Apr-25, 07:18 PM Reply #42 »
The panthers are trashing their reputations with their smug carry on🤮

At the game, they carry on like they are having fun and even the reserve grade is like that. However like some teams including the Aussie cricket team in the 2000s-2010s in the Waugh and Ponting eras, they do not back down. They are very protective of their own.

The biggest culprit of the niggle like Ennis in the past is Luai. Any other era and he would have been punched a few times by some of the opposition at different times.

There were reports in the media about the disrespect of the Viking clap. I donít see it like that. I think it was a lot of fun and in lots of other sports it is a lot worse. I have been at some games in the 90s and 00s where the sledging of the players from the crowd was so repetitive that even their own friends or supporters used to say it was annoying.

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« 2022-Apr-30, 11:21 PM Reply #43 »
We went to our AFL game at the MCG today for the Demons v Hawks clash. . It was my sonís first visit and my second to the MCG. There were almost 40,000 at the game and the Melbourne supporters told me it was a disappointing turnout considering the teams are both Victorian clubs with an undefeated premiership team playing too.

The game itself was quite interesting and similar to soccer, there is a lot of action off the ball which is never shown on tv. I have not been to many AFL games of late and the fitness levels in last few years have increased to a new level. Great day again and wonderful atmosphere sitting amongst the Demon fans.

On a side note, we visited the Living Legends and I have some great shots of Brew, Fields of Omagh, Efficient, Apache Cat, Rogan Josh, Twilight Payment, Silent Witness etc. The memorial garden with past horse like Better Loosen Up, Might and Power, Doriemus etc were a nice thought. The homestead is worth a visit. The horses there at Livibg Legends are quality and not quantity. It is a trip down memory lane and first time I have been there and was worth the time and cost.
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« 2022-May-08, 08:11 PM Reply #44 »
We went to our 3rd NRL game of the year at Sharks Park aka Pointsbet Stadium today. First time I have ever been there and it is a small suburban ground. There were almost 10k in attendance and not many seats left. The ground itself is old and if you sit at fence the view is not that great as the ground is slightly elevated for the first few rows compared to the other stadiums.

The atmosphere was one of the best especially when the Sharks managed to win after playing with 12 men after 17 minutes. At the end of the game, there was a rousing rendition of ďUp Up CronullaĒ from the crowd. It puts most other teamís victory song at the end to shame as they lack the crowdís participation compared to Cronulla fans.

We have 5 more NRL games , 1 Super Netball game and 1 ABL game left before we finish the odyssey encompassing all the NRL teams and every major sports league in Australia. The netball game is the next leg and we are working out the dates.

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« 2022-May-09, 09:55 AM Reply #45 »
Jeunes, it Looked like a great atmosphere there.
Are you sure there was only 10k there? Looked a lot more on telly
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« 2022-May-09, 11:08 AM Reply #46 »
I was suprised too Wily, when they announced the crowd. My son and myself thought it would be around 12-15k.  It was rocking and the Cronulla team song at the end was sung by majority with gusto. They stayed till the end. You can see the enthusiasm and loyalty to the club. It was one of the best experiences this year. Viewing was one of the worst as I do like sitting close to the action but the first few rows were not like other arenas where seats tend to be higher than the field. However it was still good. With a new club and shopping centre next door being built, they have a good future.

https://www.nrl.com/draw/nrl-premiership/2022/round-9/sharks-v-warriors/

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« 2022-Jun-01, 08:13 AM Reply #47 »
This weekend will be the next leg of my sports odyssey and it will be a Super Netball game between the NSW Swifts and West Coast Fever. The next two legs will be the weekend after with a Roosters v Storm clash and then the West Tigers v Manly game.

Just to show our effect on the teams we watched, Sydney Kings went to win the NBL title and Western United ((MacArthur FC game) won the A League title last weekend. The Waratahs went onto make the finals and beat some NZ teams too. All the NRL games we went to, the home teams won. The Demons in AFL will be inspired too and defend their title.   :lol:

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« 2022-Jun-05, 06:12 PM Reply #48 »
We went to the Super Netball clash between NSW Swifts and West Coast Fever. This was my first ever Super Netball game and it was at the Ken Rosewell arena. Out of all the sports attended this year, this was easily the most family oriented sporting event. Many familie activities and some were the usual face painting, hair braiding, netball type hoops shooting games for the youngsters, free merchandise including sunnies, yo yos etc. However it just seemed a lot more relaxed atmosphere for families.

The game itself was not exciting when the Fever started to run away with the game at half time. But when the Swifts started to come back in the last two quarters, the support from the fans were deafening. My son who has attended many football games and other sports agreed with me that it was the loudest support we have ever heard. It maybe because of the number of youngsters screaming their support but if you ever watched netball on tv, the sound of support are quite real.

Fowler who was the goal shooter from the West Coast Fever shot 64 goals out of 66 attempts. She was phenomenal and was the difference between the teams. The Swifts had 2 shots in the last 10 seconds to win but failed to do so.

An interesting rule with netball now is that in the last 5 minutes of each quarter, you get 2 points instead of the normal one if your shoot from the arc just outside the shooting area. 

The Sporting Odyssey is almost done with us attending a game of Test Cricket, A League, NBL, Super Rugby, NRL, AFL and Super Netball. We only have the baseball left and canít wait for the ABL to start around the latter part of the year.

The NRL odyssey continues and we have 2 games next week which are Roosters v Storm and Wests v Manly clashes. Looking forward to both games as I hope they are tight games.

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« 2022-Jun-11, 09:36 PM Reply #49 »
First of the NRL legs this weekend was today at the SCG. Not my favourite place to watch league due to the distances from the seats but is still a great venue for sport. 2nd visit this year after the SCG test at the start of the year. Still has a mystique around the ground.

The trick with the crowd optics was evident with the majority of the crowd sitting opposite the Members Stands. Great sunset over the Members and that alone was a highlight of the day. Very picturesque ground. Crowd was almost 13k which is a good number on a very cold night.

Good game and was quite impressed with Suali and Manu. Storm kept misfiring at times and they do love the wrestle. Good atmosphere but not the greatest due to the vast free spaces.

Quite enjoyable banter around us between some Melbourne and Roosters fans over the salary cap with both sides accusing each other of rorts over time.

Next leg is the Wests v Manly tomorrow.


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