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mip
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Feb 13, 2012, 4:00 PM

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Saturday 11th February 2012
Elitserien Bandy (top level in Sweden)
Hammarby v GAIS 3-4 (1-1), Admission free (usual price SEK160 (£16)), programme SEK20 (short welcome and stats, very poor value), coffee and tea SEK30, att. 5251.

My first game of bandy and a cracking game at a good venue. The best way to describe bandy is probably as hockey on ice with the field being the size of a football pitch. The game is played with a red ball the size of a hockey ball. Contrary to ice hockey only little physical contact is allowed and minor infringements are penalised with a free shot and for major infringements 10 mins sin-bins are handed out in addition. The game is pretty fast and can switch from end to end within a few seconds. It appeared there were two favoured ways to attack with either one player setting the pace carrying the ball forward and lying it off to team mates when encountering too many defenders (a bit rugby-like) or long balls over the top which could be difficult to handle for the defenders as you’re only allowed to play the ball with your stick. Hammarby favoured the first approach which lead to some beautiful attacking combinations while GAIS favoured the long ball game, three of their goals being the direct product of long looping balls.

The teams exchanged four goals, Hammarby twice taking the lead, and two missed penalty shots before GAIS turned the game upside down taking the lead 3-2 with 20 mins to go after terribly nonchalant defending by a Baien defender trying to juggle the ball on his stick. Hammarby had looked the better team but now had to chase the game and when they equalised in the 1st minute of time added on it looked as though they’d get just reward. The supporters sensed a sensational come back and the home team even managed to have a shout for a penalty shot turned down before they were caught out in the 4th minute of injury time. A high ball was controlled on the volley by a GAIS forward who with his back to the goal somehow managed to steer the ball wide of the Baien keeper and into goal to the delight of the very vocal 250-300 travelling supporters.

Zinkensdamm IP is a true inner city ground with neighbouring tall dwellings on the vibrant Södermalm – also the location of two real ale serving pubs, Oliver Twist and Akkurat both near Slussen. There are two newish looking concrete stands on the sides, one larger than the other and hosting VIP functionalities while a scaffold terrace was in place behind one goal. Strangely, there are no seats at all in the ground. Beneath the ice surface there’s an artificial grass pitch allowing American football and our variety of football to be played during warmer times of the year.

The free entrance for this game had been made possible by sponsors and resulted in a crowd which I’d guess was about twice the size than usual bandy crowds at Zinkensdamm.


StephenHarris
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Feb 20, 2012, 11:58 AM

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Friday 17 February 2012, 6:30pm: UCI Track Cycling World Cup - London; att: c.6,000; Entry £40; programme issued.

An excellent evening’s track racing at the wonderful new Olympic Park Velodrome in east London. Three world records fell during the evening and we saw gold medals for the GB women’s sprint and pursuit teams and bronze for the men’s sprint team. Also highly entertaining wins for Spanish rider Albert Torres in the Points Race and for Australia’s Melissa Hoskins in the Scratch Race , plus the Eminination Race stage of the men’s Omnium. Unusually, the sprint finals came in the middle of the programme, rather than at the end, to accommodate the BBC live TV coverage. But this did not really detract from the overall enjoyment.

Accessing the venue was a bit of a palaver. The Velo Park is only about 20 minutes walk from my front door in Leyton, should I have been allowed to just stroll over. But getting in involved going down to Stratford, an enforced walk through the grim, retail nightmare of Westfield Shopping Centre, queuing for security checks and a roundabout shuttle bus ride back up to the Velodrome. Nobody minded though, the feeling was just one of excitement to actually be a ticket-holder for something. Once inside it can clearly be seen that this is a fantastic venue. Squeaky clean and sparkly and new, the seats are arranged in two tiers along the sides, narrowing to just two rows at the curve. Sources seem to be undecided over whether capacity is 4,000 or 6,000 – whichever, it was absolutely full. Catering outlets and toilets are arranged around the concourse and viewing from everywhere seems very good. In fact we had brilliant seats in the eighth row in the middle of the back straight. If you will need binoculars in the main Olympic Stadium come the summer just to confirm that the tall lad in yellow in the far distance is actually Usain Bolt, there are no such viewing problems here, with all the riders and action up close.

Much has been made in the media about the “fantastic atmosphere” at this weekend of racing. In fact, I thought it was a very odd atmosphere for cycle racing. I’m a veteran of many events at Herne Hill over the years and a few at the Manchester Velodrome, and I know that usually you get an enthusiastic crowd of bicycle aficionados, who understand the differing nature of the various races and appreciate good performances. On Friday night you got the feeling that almost nobody had ever been near a cycle track before. They were programmed to cheer whenever a blue and red GB jersey was on the track. But it was strange to see the all-powerful German men’s sprint team race off against France in the final to almost complete silence. And if the booming commentator had asked for a show of hands of those who knew what was going on in the Points Race, there wouldn’t have been many raised fingers.

Food and drink possibilities were predictably high priced (£4:20 for a small bottle of Becks anyone?). But it was a pleasant surprise to find that a very high quality event programme was included in the ticket price.


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sewnapart
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Apr 16, 2012, 11:24 PM

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Sunday 15 April - Cleveland Hunt Point to Point - Mordon - £5 admission £3 racecard

Excellent value to be had here, an 8 race card with an excellent turnout on decent good to soft jumping ground. Smallest race had six runners, and the largest had 12. The course itself is a 4 mile jaunt from Sedgefield, which in the absence of transport meant a lengthy walk in a hailstorm... without any decent pubs en route (although the Nags Head in Sedgefield is excellent). Someone I was talking to was very disappointed that they didn't have the cakes and quiches that they had at the last meeting, and the only food available was vastly overpriced.

However, one thing to note here was that the view was absolutely excellent - it was possible to get right down on the track by the last fence and see right the way around (although we almost ended regretting this as one horse veered to the right, carrying two out at this fence in the restricted race) - this incident actually sent one of the photographers flying as Windy Hills crashed through the rail at the side of the fence before almost careering into the crowd!

Overall, quite a successful day though, and Borero broke the jink of Grimethorpe Gold Cup winners not winning again that season by taking the PPORA race in good style. Certainly far better value than Sedgefield just up the road, and in the conditions very useful that the betting ring is entirely hosted in a large barn!


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May 2, 2012, 5:59 PM

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London Prepares Series - Hockey

Admission: £10
Programme: With Admission
Attendance: c.4000
Grub: BLT Sandwich + Coke Zero - £6.20

Went to the morning session to see the first games being held at the Riverbank Arena. Four stands of temporary seating and then after the Olympics this is getting moved towards the Eton Manor part of Olympic Park.

Having never seen a proper game of hockey being played before, it was nice to start with the #1 women's team, Argentina easily beating China 3-0. The 2nd game of the session was a tense 1-0 win for GB over Korea.

The security checks were a slick operation and from getting into the security check area to actually being able to walk towards the Riverbank Arena took less than 5 minutes. Also delighted these were unreserved seats as for the 1st game some annoying schoolchildren sat around me so I moved for game #2.



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StephenHarris
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May 8, 2012, 10:44 AM

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WATER POLO

Friday 4 May 2012,
6:30pm: Australia 9-10 USA
7:50pm: Great Britain 10-17 Hungary
Water Polo International; att: c.3,000; Entry £10; No programme issued.

This past weekend has seen several of the Olympic Park venues staging Test Events, and I was the lucky holder of a ticket for two games of ladies’ Water Polo. Much of the Olympic Park site was open for ticket-holders on Friday evening and it was good to be able to have a bit of a stroll around, to have a look at the outsides of Aquatic Centre, the main stadium and the Helter Skelter thingy.

The Water Polo Arena is a stand-alone venue, immediately to the north of the Aquatic Centre. A temporary structure, it will be taken down after the Olympics. It has two dedicated Water Polo pools (37 metres long if I heard correctly). One is out-of-sight, for practice, and the main one has steeply-raked stands along its sides. 5,000 seats in all, it was intentionally not filled to capacity for this event. Despite the warning that came with the ticket that this is an uncovered venue and that we should wrap up warm, it is in fact covered and temperature-controlled.

I played water polo at some time in the distant past – I’m struggling to remember when, probably at school I guess. I had no memory of the rules. Naively I thought it might be a bit like football, but in the pool. In fact it is a lot like basketball, but in the pool. Attempts to drown the opposition appear to be encouraged. A big talking point was that the four teams had strikingly different physiques. The Australian girls all looked like they came out of the same mould. Big, with very broad shoulders, flattish chests and powerful thighs – presumably the optimum shape for water polo, we immediately assumed they were going to win. The USA team were verging on the same body shape, but had a short one and a token plump one. The Hungarians were altogether rather more petite, whilst our girls were, perhaps predictably, all sorts of shapes and sizes – one or two even sporting attractive feminine curves. The first game pitted the giants of Australia against the near-giants of the USA. There was also a ball-boy and a ball-girl, entering the pool when required. One of the ladies sat behind us commented astutely that the most feminine figure in the pool belonged to the ball-boy. It was a very close game, with neither side ever gaining a two goal advantage. With some helpful commentary, we soon picked up the rules. USA surprised us by scoring the winning goal, with seconds to spare. The second game was rather more one sided, although the GB girls staged a good fightback towards the end. All good fun. The British crowd did not know how to give encouragement, and limited themselves to polite applause after each goal. The handful of Hungarians present knew the score – stand up, wave your flag and bellow incoherently.

Catering facilities were situated in the undercroft and all looked a bit pricey. Disappointingly, given the high quality publications for other test events, there was no programme issued.


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StephenHarris
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May 8, 2012, 11:15 AM

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HOCKEY

Sunday 6 May 2012,
9:30am: South Korea 3-2 China
12:15pm: Great Britain 2-0 Argentina
London Prepares – Invitational Hockey Tournament; att: c.5,000; Entry £15; programme issued.

Sunday morning saw me back at the Olympic Park, for another Test Event, this time at the Riverbank Arena, temporary home of Olympic hockey. Once again there was a chance for a bit of a stroll around, and I feel I am now getting the hang of the Park’s layout. The hockey stadium is on the northern fringe of the Park, very close to Hackney Marshes and probably no more than 20 minutes walk from my house, although the reality is that you are forced to enter at the south end of the Park in Stratford in order to pass through security.

As described by jambo_fever, there are four separate stands of uncovered, temporary seating. Each stand is a little different from its neighbour, and the main one appeared to not yet quite be finished, with a gap in the seating in the centre section. Tall floodlights were switched on for the games (and indeed seem to be on 24 hours a day at the moment). A full size practice pitch alongside was also floodlit. Only one of the digital scoreboards is erected, the other sitting behind the north stand, waiting to be hoisted in to place. Catering and toilets are located in the surrounding concourse. Most striking is the playing surface, which is dark blue in colour, with a pink surround. Not just any old blue and pink either, but ‘London Blue’ and ‘London Pink’, we were informed.

It was Ladies Finals Day, with GB eventually emerging victorious, in a competition that has been running since Wednesday in parallel with a men’s competition. Both games were enjoyable, the second a noticeable step up in quality. Lots of the crowd seemed knowledgeable about hockey, and having a qualified referee sat next to us helped with rule interpretation. Unfortunately, a couple of the British girls picked up injuries in their game, I hope not serious enough to ruin their Olympic chances.

Catering again appeared rather pricey and I did not indulge. A very flashy, full-colour, magazine sized, tournament programme was handed out free on entry.


Mishi
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May 8, 2012, 11:42 AM

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"Most striking is the playing surface, which is dark blue in colour, with a pink surround. Not just any old blue and pink either, but ‘London Blue’ and ‘London Pink’, we were informed."

i'm sure it's nice, but it's hardly DULWICH pink & DULWICH blue is it? ;-)



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StephenHarris
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May 8, 2012, 11:46 AM

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I'm merely quoting the official blurb. I did think of Dulwich Hamlet at the time, but fortunately the pitch colours are not quartered. I must say that this season's Dulwich shirts are so dark blue they are almost black - perhaps that's how they should be?


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May 26, 2012, 12:07 AM

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May 19 15:00
Leinster Senior Hurling Championship 1st Round
Cusack Pack, Mullingar
Westmeath v Antrim
Std admission: €15 adult /€10 concessions

Cusack Park is a little aging but large venue close to the centre of Mullingar. There's a large uncovered terrace on the far side, with a little room behind the goals and some terracing and bench seating on the Main Stand side, which is half covered. Most people were in the Main Stand (no extra charge), though as the weather improved, 100-150 moved to the opposite side. There's only cold food and drinks available from the siopa (shop).

The All-Ireland hurling championship is a little different from the Gaelic Football, where the 4 provincial winners go to the QF's. In this case, there's only the Leinster and Munster titles qualifying for the knockout stages, the Ulster title is still played for, but doesn't mean progress in this year's tournament - it'll be Antrim anyway and they compete also in the Leinster competition. There's no Connacht hurling title - Galway would be a shoe in if there were.

From the off, in a very physical and competitive encounter, it seemed clear Antrim were the better side and they were wasteful in building up a 7-1 lead before Westmeath had a man sent off. Westmeath battled to an 8-3 deficit at half time but had the wind advantage 2nd half. Having a chat with some Americans at half time, I commented that one of the points I loved about Gaelic games is that when a team is on top, they can score a lot of points very quickly, and so leads can be turned around with a bit of momentum. Westmeath came out with a determined attitude 2nd half. Antrim completely failed to use the man advantage and the extra effort from Westmeath counterbalanced this, and they came back steadily in a stirring performance which saw them level with 10 minutes to go, and power ahead with a few minutes left. Antrim just couldn't regain the iniative, despite some good chances and Westmeath picked up their first Leinster competition win (14-12) in years. Antrim go into the qualifiers (repechage).

Attendance was less than 1000, but all saw a cracking and tense game and it felt like an FA Cup upset. About half and half Westmeath and Antrim supporters.

Originally we'd planned to go to Longford Town Saturday night but that was brought forward to Friday this weekend. So we made do with the European rugby final folowed by the Champions League final at Danny Byrne's (good Guinness, slightly expensive food)

Trains weren't kind the next day with a 1015 followed by a 1415 for the 30 minute journey (tad too risky), but a 40 minute coach at 1300 sorted us out. The ground is the other side of the town centre from the train station/coach stop but only 20-25 minutes walk.

Sunday 20th May, 15:30
Leinster Senior Gaelic Football Championship 1st Round
Pearse Park, Longford
Longford v Laois
Admission: €20/€10 (seating / standing)
Attendance: approx 5500

Whilst Longford hadn't won a Leinster Championship game in years also, there was more local optimism here having won 'Division 3' in the very much 2nd class league series. The ground has 2 fully covered sections, the side Main Stand, which extends around into the corner and terrace for the rest of that. The a large open terrace alongside (reminded me or Ayr FC) with a shale bank behind the goal (closed off). Similar lack of catering. Loved the venue though.

Longford hadn't beaten Laois for 44 years in the Championship and there were good numbers of Laois fans here. No chanting but plenty of Cmon Laois/Longford and comments from the crowd.

Laois were by far the better side first half and were good value for a 9-3 lead at half time. I joked that Longford needed a man sent off after the previous day, but they didn't get near that, being far more disciplined than Laois (0 as opposed to 6 yellows). It didn't matter though, as an early sharp goal was just what was needed to kick-start a 2nd half revival. There were some criminal misses from Laois - I'm presuming the wind swirled a bit in front of the covered stand - but Longford replicated the Westmeath experience by knocking away at the lead, then equalising and going ahead late, negating the midfield superiority that Laois had 1st half. It was end-to-end stuff, a cracking finale but Longford went 2 points ahead before Laois got a late free very close to goal. I was surprised they elected to take the point instead of taking a shot at goal, and they had barely restarted before the whistle blew and celebrations began (1-10 v 0-12), the hoodoo is over...

I'd recommend the Longford Arms - lovely bar, good Sunday lunch and good Guinness. Headed off to Dublin on the last train (2015).

I'll definitely be back next year for something similar, having also topped and tailed this with 2 football games on Friday/Monday.



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May 26, 2012, 1:29 AM

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I'd recommend the Longford Arms - lovely bar, good Sunday lunch and good Guinness. Headed off to Dublin on the last train (2015).

Home from home for me in the late seventies. Great characters and good craic - as was the Town & Country pub not far from the station. Happy days Crazy


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I'd recommend the Longford Arms - lovely bar, good Sunday lunch and good Guinness. Headed off to Dublin on the last train (2015).

Home from home for me in the late seventies. Great characters and good craic - as was the Town & Country pub not far from the station. Happy days Crazy



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I'd recommend the Longford Arms - lovely bar, good Sunday lunch and good Guinness. Headed off to Dublin on the last train (2015).

Home from home for me in the late seventies. Great characters and good craic - as was the Town & Country pub not far from the station. Happy days Crazy



Were you the Irish Fonzie or Ritchie, though some may say you were more Potsie or Ralph.


More an Arnold to me !



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May 31, 2012, 10:21 AM

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HANDBALL: Euro 2012 Qualifier (Ladies)
GREAT BRITAIN vs Montenegro @ Crystal Palace Nat Stad

First Handball Match for me, only heard about it a couple of hours before start time and as only a tuppany Bus Ride away drove up. Small problem, No tickets available Sold Out, however the charming Ladies manning the "Gate" soon gave up, and after paying the requested £6 and picking up a Programme (£2 on Cover) included in Adm ? entered the Arena. Same "Court" as having watched Crystal Palace Basketball in European Competition some 25 plus years ago.

Not too exciting, similar to Basketball insofar as soon as a Team gains possession the oppo's ran back to an imaginary 10 yard line to await the onslaught from the 6 onfield Players, plus a GK. First Half of 30 Mins pretty equal end to end, at one stage GB led 7-6 but within minutes were losing 7-11, Half finishing at 12-14.

15 a side squad, being sexist No Stunners but Athletic of varying sizes all having their hair in bunches, apart from one having it short, called her Treasure as had a hidden Chest, plus unfortunately a Cherie Blair mouth.

Ten minute Interval then back to the action whereupon it became apparent that the Visitors strength in depth was far to strong and resulted in a 22-37 defeat for GB

Plus point, started on time 19.00, all over by 20.15 but am I looking forward to my one Olympic Session of 2 Games ? tbc


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Jun 3, 2012, 9:22 PM

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A good chance I will be watching American Football on Saturday June 9th:

Leicester Falcons v Doncaster Mustangs
(BAFA National League Premier Division North)

venue: Babington College, Leicester (4pm ko)



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GAA Leinster football Quarter Final
Dublin 2-22 Louth 0-12
@ Croke Park
Admission €25 adult, €5 under 16
Programme €4 58 pages
Attendance 31,530

Dublin ran out convincing winners in this 1 sided contest



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Jun 4, 2012, 10:42 PM

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Horse Racing
Cartmel Races
Monday 4th June 2012
Admission £12 (course)
Racecard £2.50

Very large crowd at Cartmel. This and the large amount of people having a picnic or setting up camp with gazebos & windbreakers made it difficult to see much racing. There again this has turned into a chavs day out from various Lancastrian towns/cities. So watching the racing was not a prority. Quite a few people became tired and emotional before the end through booze. Nice range of football replicas on show aswell.

Its a shame and with a bit of re organisation could be a very good day out. Do they sell cheesy chips & gravy at Ascot? They do at Cartmel.

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rambler77
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Jun 9, 2012, 10:27 PM

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Leicester Falcons 44-6 Doncaster Mustangs
BAFA National League Premiership North

@ Babington College, Leicester
adm / prog: none

First ever American Football game and really enjoyed it. Leicester scored seven touchdowns to Doncaster's one but only converted two extra point attempts. Not sure how many people were watching but I counted seven people taking photographs of the game including myself.

My photos of the game are now online @ http://www.flickr.com/...s/72157630089660808/



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OULTON PARK, Cheshire.

British Touring Car Championship.

A fantastic day out!

Another new circuit ticked Cool



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Venue: Lockwood Park (Huddersfield RUFC)
Aussie Rules Central and Northern England Division
Admission: free
Prog: free (colour, folded A4)
Attendance: 40

A double header at this picturesque venue, with the home side, Huddersfield Rams taking on Wolverhampton Wolverines, and Manchester Mosquitoes taking on current holders Nottingham Scorpions. Huddersfield had lost their opening 4 games, whilst last year's wooden spooners Wolverhampton had upset Birmingham and stood with a 2-3 record (7 teams, so each has a bye round). Manchester and Nottingham both had 100% records before this.

Ample room in the 1000 seat stand for everyone, with a mobile bar being provided under canvas, along with a barbecue (burgers or sausages £1).

The first game saw an early Huddersfield lead disappear as Wolverhampton finished the quarter with a 8 point lead. That was narrowly extended over the next 2 quarters to lead by 14 at the last change, but Hudderfield came home with a storming run to regain the lead, after 70 minutes of being behind, with only 5 minutes left. In a thrilling finale, they managed to extend it and finished up winners 81-73. Both these teams only have UK players.

The second game saw a few more Aussies involved, with Manchester blasting out to a 44-2 first quarter demolition. Nottingham got back into it 2nd quarter and reduced the gap in both the 2nd and 3rd quarters but were still 30 points down at the last change. However, goals were at a premium in the final quarter and Manchester pulled away to win 107-69.

Next weekend the double header is at Leeds, but I will need to stay more local due to work commitments, so off to Huddersfield Underbank Rangers RL. The week after, it's a lightning round at Mosborough RUFC in Sheffield, where every team is involved and each team plays 2 games with all the quarters 10 minutes. There's also a lightning round at Huddersfield on July 14th.



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Last new football ground (948) Baza Arcom Progresul Spartac 1-1 Unirea Bascov
With FC United: 133
On the agenda:
21/9 FC United v Warrington Town
24/9 Warrington Town v FC United


Jim S
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Jun 15, 2012, 3:36 AM

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ALASKA BASEBALL LEAGUE

Anchorage Bucs v Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks 2-3

13th June 2012 7.00pm

Att 88 (hc)

Admission $5

Season Prog $1 (64 pages) (Match team lists given out free)

Beer $7

Cheesburger $7.50


Match played at Mulcahy Field about 25 minutes walk from the centre of Anchorage. The stadium had open bleacher seats behind 1st and 3rd bases with covered seating behind the bit where the batter was. The home side went ahead 2-0 in the second innings, a home run and a walk in. The Chinooks made it 2-1 in the 6th before two crazy errors in the field in the 8th allowed Chinooks to walk two batters home and take the points 2-3.







Lucan Bohs
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Jul 2, 2012, 1:25 AM

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Location: Lucan,Dublin
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GAA Leinster football Semi Final
Dublin 2-11 Wexford 1-10
@ Croke Park
Admission €30 adult, €5 under 16
Programme €4
Attendance 47,961



We are Bohs!

The Bohs forum- www.thebohs.com/forum

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StephenHarris
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Jul 2, 2012, 5:34 PM

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Location: Leyton, London, England
Team(s): Leyton Orient, Hastings United, CA Huracan

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Saturday 30 June 2012

GAA All Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers – Round One
Londain 2-9 Aontroim 2-11
Admission: £8, Programme issued, Att: c.900

My first ever exposure to GAA sports on Saturday, having been unlucky with fixtures on the few times I have been over in the Republic. In fact this was very much a last minute decision to go to this one, when something else fell through. Indeed, whilst on the tube towards South Ruislip, I reflected upon the fact that I did not know exactly where was the Emerald GAA Grounds, I did not know who was providing London’s opposition, and, um, I did not even know which of the two possible sports I was heading over there to watch. Such was the level of my planning.

Fortunately, there were three chaps in gaudy yellow shirts in the next carriage, and my task was simply to follow them on the short walk to the ground, where I met my much more informed friend, discovering along the way that the oppo was Antrim and the game football, rather than hurling for which it is apparently not yet the season.

The grounds are rather basic. A very large railed pitch, with chest-height railing. A pair of enormous trainer’s benches and a little bit of cover for spectators consisting of a single wooden bench on the north side. The covered bench was actually, and unusually for a soccer spectator like me, inside the rail – it was not clear who was privileged enough to use it, nor how one accessed it. Most of the crowd favoured the south side, which featured uncovered grass banking. Behind the west goal is a two storey, modern clubhouse building.

The crowd may have been around 47,000 fewer than that present for Lucan Bohs match in Dublin (detailed above), but I put it at around 900, respectable numbers I think. Many were supporting Antrim, and there were some splendid accents to be heard, with familiar London voices somewhat scarce.

The fact that I knew nothing of the rules, never even having watched a game on TV, turned out not to be an impediment. It turns out that there aren’t many rules, or perhaps just not many rule-breakers, and it was good to watch a sport that flowed and was not interrupted by constant whistling. Antrim appeared to be favourites to go through, but London gave as good as they got and were in the lead for much of the second half, before crumbling a little towards the end. If my understanding is correct, this loss, plus the previous month’s loss to Leitrim in the Provincial Cup (London lies in the province of Connacht apparently, something of which I had hitherto been blissfully unaware), means that London’s season is already over, just at the moment I have discovered that it is interesting and entertaining.
A smartly-printed, but short on reading matter, match programme was sold for £2. As well as the main bar, two beer tents and a food marquee were open – I had a good bacon roll for £2:50 as a late breakfast.


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sewnapart
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Jul 3, 2012, 8:19 AM

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Pontefract races - Monday 2nd July - Admission £7 (silver ring)

Going is all important in horse racing. Yet in spite of only a light drizzle falling, the official grouind changed from Good (good to soft places) to soft by the time the 5th race was over. Obviously trainers suspected as much before judged by the plethora of withdrawals.

The opening race went to a 40-1 winner, and that pretty much set the tone for the afternoon - whilst two favourites did go in - there were some real shock results including the turning over of a 2-5 shot.

The view here is pretty reasonable, and much as I don't especially like flat racing you can at least see out to the back straight fairly well (and there was a big screen there too). Given it is probably the stiffest flat course in Britain, it was little surprise that horses were coming back rather tired.


Mishi
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Jul 3, 2012, 1:48 PM

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Location: South East London.
Team(s): Dulwich Hamlet

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Not a sport I've ever watched either, although I am aware that it's played 'somewhere in Ruislip'. Is hurling at the same venue, I presume from your post? And when does that season start, did you ask?

Thanks.



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StephenHarris
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Jul 3, 2012, 2:02 PM

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Location: Leyton, London, England
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The London GAA website has fixtures for both football and hurling at this link:
http://admin.sportsmanager.ie/cake/gaa2/londongaa/

It looks to me as if in fact the hurling season overlaps with the football season. But the impression I got was that London does not compete in the Irish Championships for Hurling in the way that it does for Gaelic Football. No doubt there is an expert out there who will come on here soon and educate us both.

Meanwhile I have put a photo and map location of the Emerald Grounds at this link:
http://www.panoramio.com/photo/74783336

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