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Online Jeunes

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O.P. « 2021-Dec-29, 12:33 PM »
This year my son and myself made it a mission to go and watch every single NRL team in one season which we have never done before.

We went to games in Gold Coast, Central Coast, Wollongong, SCG, ANZ, Parramatta Stadium and Bluebet (Panthers). We saw 14 teams and fell at the last hurdle due to lockdown which was the Sharks v Broncos game.

In 2022, we are going to do the same but we are also going to one game of every main stream sport or competition played in Australia.

The sports / completions we covering are cricket (Ashes), NRL, AFL, Super Rugby, NBL, ALeague and Netball League.

We are not going to be sitting in the best seats but more in GA or medium depending on the location and sport. I am hoping I can add other sports too so open to suggestions.

Our biggest worry is Covid postponements or lockdowns. I will keep people posted but first leg is the Pink Day at the SCG next week.

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« 2021-Dec-29, 02:36 PM Reply #1 »
I'm planning something similar for 2022 - all thirty MLB ballparks in around 6/7 weeks.

Planning the itinerary and logistics I swear is half the fun.

Like you, COVID is playing havoc with planning, I have the added cloud of the current Strike between Players/Owners leaving everything up in the air, even though the 162-game schedule has been locked in for months. I'm constantly swaying between being 110% invested emotionally and hopeful of no hiccups versus never wanting to turn my computer on again.


Good luck with all your planning and subsequent adventures.

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« 2021-Dec-29, 03:07 PM Reply #2 »
Hmmmm,

Prefer David Spades quest in Just Shoot Me.

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« 2021-Dec-29, 03:17 PM Reply #3 »
Harmer, that sounds like a fantastic trip.

I have been a Yankees fan all my life and love some of the history of the stadiums even though Yankees changed theirs in the mid 00s.

Even though we are supposed to hate the Red Sox, listening to Sweet Caroline at Fenway would be a sporting highlight of epic proportions.
 
You have to be careful with the Covid postponements there as NBA and NFL postponed games recently but then play back to back. 

The lockout will be interesting as owners will try to reduce pay as a tie in with Covid affected revenue. I hope no major strikes like the 90s. Unfortunately it becomes an ego contest so good luck with the games.

Keep us posted Harmer on your travels as it will be a great trip to follow and good luck with it.  :beer:

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« 2022-Jan-07, 06:18 PM Reply #4 »
Great day at the cricket on my first leg.

Day started off crap with the rain and delayed start. However an impromptu game behind the stands was great atmosphere.

Watching England crumble was fantastic with some great bowling. But watching Stoke and Bairstow fighting back with some great sixes was sensational too. Great 100 by Bairstow.

Pink day was good as first time for me as have not been at test cricket for more than a decade. Great cause and support from the crowd was high.

I will advise of 2nd leg next week.

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« 2022-Jan-11, 04:35 PM Reply #5 »
The 2nd leg was MacArthur v Western United on Friday.

I got this email today.  It is annoying as we like to make trips to different stadiums and have not been since a few years ago when the Tigers thrashed my knights. So going to see what day it is postponed too before deciding what to do.


Dear Ticket Holder,

Macarthur FC v Western United Ė Postponed

The Macarthur FC v Western United, originally scheduled for Friday 14th January, has been postponed due to on-going restrictions in relation to COVID-19.

Macarthur will work with the competing club, A-League and other key stakeholders to confirm revised match dates and kick-off times for Macarthur FC v Western United game. These revised match dates will be announced as soon as possible.

A-League apologises to fans of Macarthur FC and Western United FC who had made plans to attend Friday nightís match.

Macarthur FC and Ticketek will be in touch with ticket holders once a revised date has been set.

Regards,
Ticketek Team

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« 2022-Jan-11, 05:36 PM Reply #6 »
Thatís a shame, Jeunes but Im told the hospital system is struggling and we canít have all of these vaccinated people spreading the virus and ending up in hospital 🤗

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« 2022-Jan-11, 05:38 PM Reply #7 »
I'm planning something similar for 2022 - all thirty MLB ballparks in around 6/7 weeks.

Planning the itinerary and logistics I swear is half the fun.

Like you, COVID is playing havoc with planning, I have the added cloud of the current Strike between Players/Owners leaving everything up in the air, even though the 162-game schedule has been locked in for months. I'm constantly swaying between being 110% invested emotionally and hopeful of no hiccups versus never wanting to turn my computer on again.


Good luck with all your planning and subsequent adventures.

Good luck mate but Iíd just bother with the Mets games  :biggrin:

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« 2022-Jan-11, 05:42 PM Reply #8 »
Thatís a shame, Jeunes but Im told the hospital system is struggling and we canít have all of these vaccinated people spreading the virus and ending up in hospital 🤗

I also bought Sydney Kings NBL game for next weekend so will be interesting to see if it gets cancelled too as it is a week and a half away.

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« 2022-Jan-11, 05:44 PM Reply #9 »
You should be applauded fir being interested in so many sports. Most of them are beyond my radar of pleasure   :lol:

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« 2022-Jan-11, 05:58 PM Reply #10 »
You should be applauded fir being interested in so many sports. Most of them are beyond my radar of pleasure    :lol:  

Wily, when I was a young lad, I used to play a lot of different sports from school and leading upto my mid 20s. The interest in many has waned over the years and donít have the patience to watch every sport on tv let alone each match. 

Last live basketball game was quite a few years ago. As a youngish man, I still remember watching the Sydney Kings at the Entertainment Centre, watching a Razorbacks game at the Whitlam Centre, gate crashing an after party with my mates after a Kings v Razorback game and asking questions at a press conference at a Hawks game at the WEC after we got lost after seeing a mate. Good nights and memories with friends.

Since paytv, it is harder to leave home for sports and deal with crowds etc. Basketball on tv and to that matter most sports on tv is only good to watch during the last quarter etc except for NFL and NRL.   :lol:

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« 2022-Jan-11, 06:15 PM Reply #11 »
I confess that my Mondayís are taken up by final rounds of golf and NFL. Just canít cop basketball

I think all spectator sport is similar. If you develop an interest in a team and players then devote time youíll become a fan. I watch every Raiders game every week now thanks to paytv

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« 2022-Jan-11, 10:18 PM Reply #12 »


Last live basketball game was quite a few years ago. As a youngish man, I still remember watching the Sydney Kings at the Entertainment Centre.

Last Kings game I went to, we were in the pub across the road watching Steve Waugh head towards 'that' 100. Managed to catch Waugh's last ball boundary before dashing across the road just before tip off. Reckon the whole crowd was the same having waited till Waugh made his 100 and then swarming in to the Ent Centre right on tip off.


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« 2022-Jan-23, 05:17 PM Reply #13 »
Went to my second leg of the Great Sports Odyssey today with the NBL for the Sydney Kings v Brisbane game. The Kings decided to reverse the playing schedule and instead played the first game of the double header and the Sydney Flames played second. We only stuck around for the Kings game as we had another engagement in the afternoon.

Today was our first NBL game in almost a decade. Atmosphere was good for a Sunday afternoon game with probably a few thousand fans. A big difference from the hey days of the 80s and 90s but still a good family atmosphere.

The game was a blowout with the Sydney Kings smashing the Brisbane Bullets. With not many people, you can get close to the action and the dialogue between players was quite funny at times.

3rd leg of our odyssey will be either a postponed A league game or a Waratahs game.


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« 2022-Jan-24, 08:56 AM Reply #14 »
Not a fan of basketball I must say
You score, we score oops you missed we won  :lol:

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« 2022-Jan-24, 09:38 AM Reply #15 »
Usually the basketball is good to watch in the last quarter of it is a tight game.
I do like watching NBA finals series if competitive.

My son told me that Steph Curry earns more in a year than the entire salary cap of NBL teams combined doubled in a year. That shows the difference in quality where NBL is. Europe is the next big league after NBA.

My 3rd leg is Union or A league. Waratahs are playing most of their home games at Leichhardt with one at Parramatta and another at SCG.


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« 2022-Jan-24, 10:45 AM Reply #16 »
 :chin: :chin:

I am sure Al Bundy would agree with me that you cant beat wet t-shirt contests!

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« 2022-Jan-24, 11:24 AM Reply #17 »

Usually the basketball is good to watch in the last quarter of it is a tight game.


It's begs the question? Why bother with the first 3  :huh:

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« 2022-Jan-24, 12:13 PM Reply #18 »
Gin, it is like many sports. Last year I turned off some NRL and AFL games on tv due to blowouts.

I attended league games where the game was gone at half time but stuck it to the end as it is different being live to switching channels with a remote.   :lol:   :lol:

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« 2022-Jan-29, 02:09 PM Reply #19 »
3rd leg is on at Tuesday with the postponed Macarthur A League game from the middle of January now being rescheduled to that day. A bit of a drive to Campbelltown Stadium on a weeknight but it is a nice compact stadium and great for rugby league viewing compared to some grounds. Thus soccer views should be good. Looking forward to it.

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« 2022-Feb-01, 09:54 PM Reply #20 »
Went to our 3rd leg today of our Great Sports Odyssey between the MacArthur Bulls and Western United at Campbelltown Stadium. Quite an entertaining game with the Bulls coming back from 2-0 to draw 2-2. Crowd would have been less than 2000 but atmosphere was quite good for a small crowd.

I did not many of the players but it was still a good game to watch. The only complaint was that I thought the ground had a few divots and never seen the state of the ground like this when I watched the wests tigers at times playing there.

The 4th leg is a toss up between a NRL game and Waratahs depending on a few factors as we have decided to finish off the NRL teams odyssey this year too ie watch every team once in a year. Last year the sharks v broncos game moving to Brisbane due to Covid cost us that odyssey. 

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« 2022-Feb-02, 08:48 AM Reply #21 »

The only complaint was that I thought the ground had a few divots and never seen the state of the ground like this when I watched the wests tigers at times playing there.


I can answer that one.

There's a contractor in place to management the ground at Campbelltown, they won the business by being cheap, not by what they could provide. The program is so lean there's no margin for error, contractor made the mistake of spraying out the ryegrass in early spring (that was his window of opportunity in the sporting calendar) but they failed to factor in the insipid start to summer Sydney was having, ryegrass died out at the couch just sat there doing nothing (Couch in Sydney greens up in spring but doesn't really move till late November)  He was managing the turf to the calendar not to the weather  :bulb: they have been behind the 8 ball ever since.

I've long told the council it should be managed in house, they could use it as a showcase to highlight in the community, training staff up etc instead it's just put out to tender  :wacko:

The turf manager has since resigned, he's actually a decent operator but works for a company who promise the world and deliver an atlas.  :dry:

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« 2022-Feb-02, 10:43 AM Reply #22 »
Thanks Gin.

I donít know why council contract work like this out if it is council work. The council will have a lot of fields on top of Campbelltown Sports Ground.

The league season is almost on us too so even though wests only play a handful of games at the ground, there is a lot of junior games. On top of that, there will be more A league games too. With mixed weather expected, I have no idea what will happen.

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« 2022-Feb-02, 02:03 PM Reply #23 »
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.

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« 2022-Feb-02, 02:09 PM Reply #24 »
Gin, I know this sounds stupid as it is summer so grass grows better but I love the cricket surface at the SCG. Even in the winter with AFL, very rarely do you see bad patches across the ground. You get a couple here and there but nothing major. Panthers is another ground last year that we visited was great. Robina was the best RL turf presentation we saw at any RL game.


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