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mxhornet
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Feb 9, 2018, 6:50 AM

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Thursday 08-02-18 6-45pm
Norfolk United Blaze - 24 Thoroughbreds Purple - 10
Norwich & District Junior League Under 14 Division
UEA Sportspark

Thursday
08-02-18 7-30pm
Norfolk United Thunder - 5 Norfolk United Galaxy - 15
Norwich & District Junior League Under 16 Division
UEA Sportspark

Good to get a double umpiring stint in with no games next week due to half term.

First game was a comfortable win for Blaze with an under par third quarter, scoring going 8-1, 16-3, 17-10, 24-10.

Second game was another comfortable win with Galaxy getting the better of Thunder who are an under 15 side playing a year up. Galaxy built an early lead before Thunder got more in to the game, 7-1 after first quarter then slowing easing away 9-3 then 11-3 and a final score of 15-5.




Watford FC supporter hence the name also follow Hull FC but rarely get to see either these days.

Have now visited over 800 grounds, progress in recent years has been rather slow and will continue to be as things stand.


Wheelbarrow
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Feb 15, 2018, 7:53 PM

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Sunday 11th February
White Turf horse racing, St Moritz, Switzerland
Adm 80CHF, racecard 5CHF

A long weekend in Switzerland, with a couple of nights in Zurich followed by two more in St Moritz for the middle weekend of the horse racing hosted on the frozen lake surface.

St Moritz in the height of ski season is something different! On the walk from the station to my hotel I saw more places to buy a Rolex than a bottle of water, as well as a traffic jam solely of Rolls Royces trying to get into one of the hotels.

The racing takes place down on the lake, frozen to a thickness of approx 50cm (according to the publicity, not experimentation I hasten to add) and a near-mile loop with an extended chute is laid out. The card had two trotting races with the carts on skis instead of wheels, four flat races, and a skikjoring (pronounced ski-shoring) where the jockeys are on skis and dragged behind the horses on reins.

Tickets cost 20CHF for standing, 40CHF for unreserved seats or 80CHF for numbered seats (which were also the block closest to the finish). The weather helped make it an excellent day, as the sun was out more often than not and there was little or no breeze until the last 45 minutes or so. It had been -19C overnight though! There was a brief delay of 10 minutes before the 6th race when the 'heat' even reached the dizzy height of -2.5C which triggered a mandatory survey of the course. Last year one day was abandoned after a horrendous pile up leaving George Baker with head injuries. Although he fully recovered after 8 days in hospital, he retired from race riding afterwards. It was thought that water had seeped up a crack in the ice causing the equivalent of false ground, hence the desire to keep a close eye on the ice via infra red scanning.

Happily was was well and there were no accidents at all. The races were all entertaining albeit not with huge fields. There was a British winner in the shape of the John Best trained Berrarhi in the second flat race of the day. His stable mate Malt Teaser couldn't match him in the 6th race though.

The skikjoring was quite the attraction with the stands filling up in advance. Franco Moro gained revenge over Valeria Hollinger, reversing the positions from the previous week as Perfect Swing overtook Usbekia to win. The final race of the day, the second trotting race gave us a last to first charge by Fanny Homberger behind Spike, to get a second victory in a row.

There is all the food and drink that you'd expect such as wurst stalls and gluhwein as well as an oyster and caviar bar - no problems keeping things chilled, and champagne by the bucket load. All a very friendly atmosphere and refreshing unpretentious despite the obvious wealth present.

The train journey to and from Zurich was all part of the experience, as it is a Unesco world heritage site in itself as a testament to the engineering feats involved in its construction, and the resulting fantastic views which I enjoyed from the panoramic viewing car tacked on the back of the train.

Certainly not a bargain break, but thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended as an expedition.


Wheelbarrow
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Feb 18, 2018, 6:36 PM

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Sunday 18th February
GAA National Hurling League Div 2A
London 0-15 Carlow 3-23
Adm £10, team sheet free, tea £1

London were on the end of another heavy reverse today, giving Carlow their first league points of the season. The game against Kildare, the only other team currently on nul points, looks to be key to survival with only the bottom team being relegated to Division 2B. They visit on Sunday 4th March.

Carlow played some good stuff throughout but took some time to pull away from London. They got an early goal to help themselves to a five point lead after about 15 minutes at 0-2 to 1-4. London then got stuck in with a run of points of their own and managed to level the game at 0-8 to 1-5. Carlow then nipped back in front and stretched this to a three point gap on the stroke of half time, 0-9 to 1-9.

London needed a good start to the second half and scored the first point. Unfortunately this was followed by six unanswered points by the visitors. London then got a couple of points to cut the lead to six, but promptly had a player sent off for a high tackle with less than twenty minutes to go. Space appeared for the forwards and Carlow's second goal soon followed - a good move down the right was parried with a fine save but that only cannoned out to left side of the square where there were two Carlow players and no London defenders. The third goal didn;t take long to arrive, and there could have been a fourth at the death but for an almighty goal mouth scramble. By this point, the goal was long decided, with a final margin of seventeen points.


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Feb 18, 2018, 6:38 PM

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What sort of gate for this ?


Wheelbarrow
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Feb 18, 2018, 7:05 PM

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A few hundred, three or four today? Probably the smallest crowd I've seen there this term.
Always a few come over from the visitors, but a bit difficult to know exactly how many with the expats coming along too.


Part-Timer
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Feb 21, 2018, 3:31 PM

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British Indoor Athletics Championships
Saturday 17 February
Arena Birmingham


An unusual event for me to go to but it was bought for me as a Christmas present. The only athletics meetings I have been to before was a morning session at the Olympics in London and the Anniversary Games a year later. Seven hours of events where the action was pretty much non stop and, although there weren't too many big names, it was competitive. I was a bit surprised that they felt the need to jazz it up by playing music over most of the events but I suppose that's the modern world. A fear of young spectators losing focus if their ears aren't being battered. It was only about half full, very warm and the choice of sustenance was dire but I thoroughly enjoyed the day.


mxhornet
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Feb 23, 2018, 6:57 AM

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Thursday 22-02-18 6-45pm
Norfolk United Doves - 24 Norfolk United Galaxy - 18
Norwich & District Junior League Under 16 Division
UEA Sportspark

A tight game by and large with Doves who are an under 15 side playing a year up easing away in the last quarter. Doves led 6-4 after first period, then followed two drawn quarters before Doves had the best (8-4) of the last quarter to win with a bit of breathing space.




Watford FC supporter hence the name also follow Hull FC but rarely get to see either these days.

Have now visited over 800 grounds, progress in recent years has been rather slow and will continue to be as things stand.


John403
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Feb 23, 2018, 12:05 PM

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Thursday 22 Feb 2018

Sedgefield Races
Admission £10, Racecard £2

A long but enjoyable day, return train tickets booked several months ago to Darlington where the hourly X21 bus takes about 40 mins to Sedgefield.

I liked this course, viewing is decent enough and I like the fact that the paddock is near to the betting ring and stands. Having been at Ascot the previous Saturday obviously the class of horses on show & facilities wasn’t upto Ascot but really enjoyable competitive racing and generally those present were all enthusiastic about the sport.

Found the card really hard to find winners and generally in all of the races a case could be made for most of the runners. A couple of the strong fancies got turned over at short odds and it certainly paid to be on a front runner.

Got to Sedgefield a few hours before the first race and was hoping to find a nice pub - the two I saw in the centre didn’t appear to be up to much and reading a report on this forum by Sewnapart (shame he no longer posts) from 2012 he recommended the Nags Head which now appears to be some kind of private function room and sadly no longer a pub.


mxhornet
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Feb 27, 2018, 10:36 AM

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Monday 26-02-18

benecosMavericks - 52 Wasps Netball - 66

Vitality Netball Superleague

Essex Sport Arena

Attendance - 1000ish ?

Admission - £12 / programme - £2 (cover price but issued free)

My first venture in to top level netball and a change from umpiring on a Monday evening, though due to the weather I didn't miss out anyway. Having taken the day off work it was rather handy for me to be able to double up with football at 1230 (Norwich City u23s). The Essex Sport Arena is a new venue at the University of Essex which has a capacity of 1655, it looked at least half full to me, which wasn't bad for a second "home" game in three days. Mavericks are based in Hatfield, Hertfordshire and are playing three of this season's games in Colchester to try and spread their fan base.

A meeting of two sides with 100% records prior to the start, however it didn't take long for last season's title winners to assume control and they continued to increase the gap in the scores until they were pegged back a little in the final quarter. 12-17, 24-36, 37-53, 52-66.

I have ticket for their sold out next home game back in Hatfield Saturday week, though that cost £15 rather than £12.






Watford FC supporter hence the name also follow Hull FC but rarely get to see either these days.

Have now visited over 800 grounds, progress in recent years has been rather slow and will continue to be as things stand.


Wheelbarrow
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Feb 27, 2018, 9:21 PM

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Sunday 25 February
Allianz National Hurling League Div 1B
Antrim 0-13 Limerick 3-21
at Pairc Mhuire, Ruari Og GAA, Cushendall
Adm £13 inc teamsheet, tea £1

The silver lining of the cloud hanging over the redevelopment of Casement Park is the county teams playing NHL and NFL games at a range of venues. The downside was the lack of any shelter on a bitterly cold and windy day! It was, however, a glorious day with fine views of the Antrim coast from the ground. There is a large car park out the front off the road, with flat standing along this side and at both ends. The far side has four steps of terracing with a grass bank behind to give even more elevation. There is a clubhouse behind one goal.

Limerick were top of the table going into this game, and this was Antrim's last chance to try and avoid a relegation play-off. The game went the way of the table though, with an eventually more than comfortable win for the visitors despite crashing an early penalty against the bar. Antrim kept in touch till well into the first half, with the score being only 0-6 to 0-7 ten minutes before the break. Unfortunately a goal followed by four unanswered points in the final couple of minutes before the break led them to trail by double scores at the whistle, 0-08 to 1-13.

Limerick ran the second half even more effectively, adding a goal and two points in the first five minutes before Antrim scored again. The third goal arrived at the death, but the regular points had already long sealed the win to the delight of the impressive away following.

Harry's pub in town provided a fine pre-match lunch.


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mxhornet
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Feb 28, 2018, 6:13 AM

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Location: Norwich
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Tuesday 27-02-18 6-50pm

McCarthy Stars - 68 Merlins - 16

Norwich Indoor Winter League Division 4

UEA Sportspark

On an evening where I'd originally planned to be at football and my match of choice fell by the wayside on Monday afternoon, though I did have an alternative in the FA Youth Cup game at Carrow Road, I opted for indoors after an number of teams declined to travel in the snow also leaving a shortage of officials too which led to me acting as scorer in the only one of the nine scheduled games to actually get played.

Stars strolled to an easy win quarter scores being, 16-4, 33-7, 50-13, 68-16.




Watford FC supporter hence the name also follow Hull FC but rarely get to see either these days.

Have now visited over 800 grounds, progress in recent years has been rather slow and will continue to be as things stand.


mxhornet
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Mar 3, 2018, 7:05 AM

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Thought I was going to avoid a blank weekend by watching indoor Netball but that has also fallen victim due to travel concerns for the away side from Miton Keynes.



Watford FC supporter hence the name also follow Hull FC but rarely get to see either these days.

Have now visited over 800 grounds, progress in recent years has been rather slow and will continue to be as things stand.


Rob North
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Mar 5, 2018, 2:33 PM

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In Reply To
font "Verdana,Arial,Helvetica"]The Essex Sport Arena is a new venue at the University of Essex which has a capacity of 1655, it looked at least half full to me, which wasn't bad for a second "home" game in three days.


Another venue my company has done the Manuals for (see Earlier for Romford Ice Rink). Colleague Billy was down at University Of Essex a few weeks ago checking out the final bits and pieces for the Building User guide and was pleased when I said the venue had got a mention here.

Rob

P.S. Billy is a long distance runner of about your vintage and I suspect you may have competed in the same race as him 'oop north' sometime.



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mxhornet
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Mar 5, 2018, 7:39 PM

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In Reply To
font "Verdana,Arial,Helvetica"]The Essex Sport Arena is a new venue at the University of Essex which has a capacity of 1655, it looked at least half full to me, which wasn't bad for a second "home" game in three days.


Another venue my company has done the Manuals for (see Earlier for Romford Ice Rink). Colleague Billy was down at University Of Essex a few weeks ago checking out the final bits and pieces for the Building User guide and was pleased when I said the venue had got a mention here.

Rob

P.S. Billy is a long distance runner of about your vintage and I suspect you may have competed in the same race as him 'oop north' sometime.


Quite possibly, I've not raced up north very often but whem I have they have generally been "big" races.



Watford FC supporter hence the name also follow Hull FC but rarely get to see either these days.

Have now visited over 800 grounds, progress in recent years has been rather slow and will continue to be as things stand.


Richard Rundle
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Mar 10, 2018, 11:29 AM

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Thursday 8 Mar
Big East NCAA Basketball tournament quarter finals @ Madison Square Garden, New York

Afternoon session
(9) St Johns 60-88 (1) Xavier
(5) Providence 72-68 (4) Creighton (In overtime)

Evening session
(7) Marquette 70-94 (2) Villanova
(6) Butler 75-74 (3) Seton Hall

My first NCAA basketball experience and what a (long) day it was. I had bought tickets in advance for $40 for the afternoon and $29 for the evening and it was easily worth that. The Big East is one of the better of the college conferences with both Villanova & Xavier being ranked among the top 5 teams in the country and another five in the top 40 or so. The 12 teams play a knock-out tournament with the winner guaranteed a spot in the season-ending NCAA "March Madness" national championhip tournament with several of the others expected to get "at-large" bids too.

The games involving the top two teams were blowouts, with the favourites easily moving on but if was good to see two or three guys who will be playing in the NBA next season.

Providence and Creighton went at it for 45 minutes, with neither team managing to build a sizeable lead until the Friars got the better of it in overtime.

The final match of the night was the one I was looking forward to the most, as it involved the team I've followed from afar for nearly 15 years, the Butler Bulldogs, and it didn't let me down.

Seton Hall just hit everything in the first half (7 of 9 three point attempts) and built up at one point a 14 point lead. Butler chipped away through the second half led by Kamar Baldwin who scored a career high 32 points, and eventually took the lead with a minute to play. Then in the last 35 seconds, Butler led after a Baldwin jump shot. Seton Hall went up to the other end and scored while the shooter was being fouled (and made the free shot) to give them a one point lead.

11 seconds left, the Bulldogs down by one, Baldwin took the ball, dribbled most of the length of the court, drove to the basket and put up a layup - and it missed. Luckily Tyler Wideman was there and tipped it in, leaving Seton Hall 3 seconds and no timeouts and they put up a "Hail Mary" type shot which went nowhere the basket and the Bulldogs win!

Madison Square Garden is an iconic venue, used primarily for the New York Knicks NBA team and the New York Rangers ice hockey team. Fantastically situated in mid-town Manhattan it easily met my expectations. The evening session was a 19000 sellout with the afternoon session being about 90% full.


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Mar 10, 2018, 12:25 PM

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Handball
Wed 7th Mar
DHB-Pokal 1/4 final
Max Schmeling Arena, Berlin
Füchse Berlin 29-30 1. SC Magedburg
Adm - was a present from partner, about 20 EUR she says
Att 8,878

My first experience of live handball, having enjoyed the little I've seen during the Olympics. I absolutely loved it, with the skill and athleticism of the players very evident when watching live. It helped that this was 2nd v 5th in the handball Bundesliga, so a high standard.

Magdeburg caused a minor upset after leading for most of the game. To my uneducated eye, their keeper was the better of the two which seems important, and their no. 28 Weber was the star player on either side.

The atmosphere for this was brilliant, with the crowd making a huge racket, the beer flowing and there being a good contingent, probably in the high hundreds, following Magdeburg. Clearly this was a big game, with the winners going onto a final four weekend in Hamburg next month, but this first taste of handball means I will be looking out for future opportunities to attend. It's a shame it has never caught on in the UK.



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Last Ground (213): Newlandsfield Park , Pollok

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John403
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Mar 11, 2018, 5:59 PM

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Sunday 11 March 2018

Point to Point Horse Racing

Hackwood Park
Admission £10, Racecard £3

Hackwood Park is a Just outside of Basingstoke really easily accessible off the M3.

Haven’t been point to point racing in well over a year - too many other hobbies taking up my time & money ! In previous years I’d refused to come here as the admission prices were ridiculous.They used to charge £30 to park your car, I know that point to point racing attracts some very wealthy people but £30 admission was crazy.

Ground was extremely testing and so was finding winners but I realised that and kept my bets to an absolute minimum - not that I bet much at these places anyway!
All the usual trade stands, beer tent and fun fair that you get at these events seemed to be doing decent business. One fault I had was that the commentary was very quiet and you had to be standing right next to the speakers to hear any of it.

Thankfully weather was fairly mild and even the sun made a very brief appearance.


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mxhornet
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Mar 11, 2018, 6:07 PM

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Wednesday 07-03-18 1-30pm
UEA - 23 University of Birmingham 2nds - 64
BUCS Midland Conference Cup Final
UEA Sportspark Hall One

UEA had only played the their semi on Monday evening, delayed by the snow and were definite underdogs despite facing a second team, UoB 3rds top UEA's BUCS division. As expected it didn't take long for the visitors to take control and then continue to stretch their lead. Quarter scores, 6-13, 12-33, 18-48, 23-64.



Watford FC supporter hence the name also follow Hull FC but rarely get to see either these days.

Have now visited over 800 grounds, progress in recent years has been rather slow and will continue to be as things stand.


mxhornet
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Mar 11, 2018, 6:34 PM

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Thursday 08-03-18 6-45pm
Norfolk United Rubies - 13 Thoroughbreds - 5
Norwich & District Junior League Under 12 Division
UEA Sportspark

Thursday
08-03-18 7-30pm
Norfolk United Thunder - 5 Norfolk United Ravens - 31
Norwich & District Junior League Under 16 Division
UEA Sportspark

Good to get a double umpiring stint in to finish the winter season.

First game was very low scoring for the first three quarters, both sides struggling in the slippery conditions. Scoring went 1-0, 3-0,5-2,13-5.

Second game was a comfortable win for Ravensy getting the better of Thunder who are an under 15 side playing a year up. Ravens were on top from the start and were comfortably ahead by half time, less dominant in the third and fourth quarters but still the better side. Quarter scores as follows 2-11,2-19,5-26,5-31.




Watford FC supporter hence the name also follow Hull FC but rarely get to see either these days.

Have now visited over 800 grounds, progress in recent years has been rather slow and will continue to be as things stand.


mxhornet
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Mar 12, 2018, 7:18 AM

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Saturday 10-03-18 3-30pm

Mavericks U19 - 23 London Pulse U19 - 63

National Performance League

Hertfordshire Sport Village

Attendance - 100ish ?

followed by

Saturday 10-03-18 6pm

benecosMavericks - 46 UWS Sirens - 44

Vitality Netball Superleague

Hertfordshire Sport Village

Attendance - 800ish ? (sold out)

Admission - £15 / programme - £2 (cover price but issued free again, not sure when or if they ever charge)

Once it was clear I'd struggle to find an alternative to Codicote I headed down for both netball games. This venue is about half the size of the Essex Sports Arena where I'd seen their previous home game and as the game was a sell out with seats on a first come first served basis getting there early had it's positives.

The first game was a very good standard featuring several age group internationals. London Pulse one of the two non Super League sides in the NPL were far too good for the hosts. Leading 14-8 after the first quarter they totally dominated the second to go in at half time 35-9 up. Mavericks improved to wards the end but still Pulse eased to victory, 53-12 at three quarter time and then 63-23 at the end.

Second game was a closer affair Mavericks leading from early on and gradually stretching their lead until Sirens launched a late bid to get something out of the game and they came very close especially considering Sara Bayman was ordered off with 3 minutes to go (in netball this means 2 minutes on the sidelines like a sin binning in other sports) but could have cost Sirens the draw or more in the end.

Sirens are
Scotland's only professional female sports club, they are based in Glasgow at the Emirates Arena.



Watford FC supporter hence the name also follow Hull FC but rarely get to see either these days.

Have now visited over 800 grounds, progress in recent years has been rather slow and will continue to be as things stand.

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mxhornet
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Wednesday 14-03-18 7pm
Thoroughbreds Mustangs - 41 Norfolk United Blue - 35
Norwich & District Summer League Division One
Hellesdon Community Centre

Opening week of the summer league and as I was free I went along to see a decent quality game just up the road from me. Blue started very well despite being a newly put together squad and after leading by 6 earlier in the quarter led 13-9 by the end of the first. The established Thoroughbreds squad who still have their winter regional play offs gradually turned the game around and eventually pulled out enough of a lead to deny NU a bonus point. Remaining quarter scores, 19-20, 28-26, 41-35.





Watford FC supporter hence the name also follow Hull FC but rarely get to see either these days.

Have now visited over 800 grounds, progress in recent years has been rather slow and will continue to be as things stand.


mxhornet
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It's unlikely I'll be a regular hockey goer if for no other reason than it is largely a Saturday game. However whilst checking out early games for Saturday 18th when I need to be at work for 1-30pm I have drawn a blank so far. Though I did find what I believe is a rare midweek fixture when Dereham Ladies take on Norwich Dragons 2 on Tuesday 21st, which is rather tempting.


Looks like hockey has hit it's silly season and with teams seemingly prefering to play midweek rather than on Easter weekend, some local midweek games have cropped up. Not all are first team games, however just in case anyone else might be tempted I've listed the games that are first team home games.

Tonight, Monday 19-03-18 UEA v Pelicans (7-30) East Men's Hockey League Division 2 North

Wednesday 28-03-18 Watton v Dereham (7-45) East Women's League Division 1 North



Watford FC supporter hence the name also follow Hull FC but rarely get to see either these days.

Have now visited over 800 grounds, progress in recent years has been rather slow and will continue to be as things stand.

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mxhornet
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Monday 19th March 2018 7.30pm
UEA - 3 Pelicans - 1
Men's East Hockey League Division Two North
UEA Sportspark pitch two
Attendance - 3

Only found out about this fixture earlier in the day.

A close encounter through out, with visitors taking the lead after just 4 minutes with a penalty stroke, in only for the hosts to equalise 5 minutes later and then add another 2 minutes later. At this point I was wondering just how many goals wre going to get scored. UEA added a third after half an hour to lead 3-1 at half time.

Second half saw no further goals despite lots of chances for both sides, Pelicans were given two green cards towards the end which didn't help their attempts to get something out of the game.






Watford FC supporter hence the name also follow Hull FC but rarely get to see either these days.

Have now visited over 800 grounds, progress in recent years has been rather slow and will continue to be as things stand.


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Mar 25, 2018, 3:41 PM

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Sunday 25-03-18

Norfolk United - 57 Billericay - 40

Mizuno England Netball Premier League Division 3

Keith Nicholls Arena, UEA Sportspark

Attendance - 80ish

Last game of the season for both clubs, an easier home win than I'd expected in fact a very close game seemed far more likely. NU have specialised in close games this season particularly at home and the reverse fixture had been won by Billericay 45-44. NU got ahead early on and had edged out to 17-14 by the of the first quarter and further to 30-25 by half time. In the third quarter NU were well on top and had opened up a winning lead of 46-32 and were able to extend that lead by the end of the game.




Watford FC supporter hence the name also follow Hull FC but rarely get to see either these days.

Have now visited over 800 grounds, progress in recent years has been rather slow and will continue to be as things stand.


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GAA Allianz National Football League Division 4
London 1-14 Waterford 1-16
McGovern Park, Ruislip. Adm £10 inc teamsheet

This should have been a) the last round of the National League and b) a home win against a team without a win in 407 days. The former was disrupted by the weather a few weeks back, but word is Leitrim have conceded the points and won;t travel to London for what would be a dead rubber. The latter point looked nailed on as London led by 6 at the break and seemed well in control.

Things started off fairly evenly as the teams traded points up to 3-3 after 15 minutes, but then London went on a spree of unanswered scores in the next ten minutes to suddenly find themselves 1-08 to 0-03 ahead. Just after they scored their goal, another goal chance came as the forward turned his man and stole into the box, but the keeper made himself big and the ball went over the bar instead. The lead was then trimmed slightly to the 6 between them after 35 minutes, 1-10 to 0-07.

I don't know if it was the team talks that made the difference, but the visitors were a different team, suddenly winning challenges and looking way more composed at the back. They crept back to a 3 point deficit then scored a good, opportunistic goal capitalising on a defensive mistake to level the game. They were never behind from that point. There was time for a mass bout of handbags late on.

Not the best preparation to take into the Connacht championship game against Sligo in six weeks. Sligo finished their Division 3 league campaign with a win which condemned Derry to the league basement for next season - possibly not how they wanted to marked the 25th anniversary of their All Ireland win. Wexford also come down. Laois and Carlow move upwards from Div 4 to Div 3. Next season will be back to a mixture of home and away games for London after their "2017 all away, 2018 all home" scheme to accommodate the rebuilding of the Ruislip ground ends.

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