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National Hurling League Division 3A
London 1-14 Wicklow 1-15
Adm £5 Teamsheet £1 tea 70p

Agonising defeat for London, having turned round at half time eight points to the good. A game largely determined by the very strong wind and the low sun which benefitted London in the first half, Wicklow the second. The pitch was heavy with a number of large sanded patches but both teams got on with it and it was a testament to their skill that a decent game was played. Several hundred in attendance including a healthy away support, though I guess some could be ex-pats.

The Emerald Grounds in Ruislip (about 100 yards north of the Polish War Memorial roundabout on the A40) is a tidy venue with a two storey club building at one end. The upstairs was open for spectators providing welcome hot refreshments, both food and drink. The small screen on one wall was showing Man Utd v Liverpool, the big projection screen was showing a western!

There is no cover for spectators but a good view can be had from a bank along the length of one side. Although Ruislip is the main London GAA pitch, some of the recent National League games have been moved to Greenford (the one next to N Greenford FC) and Oxhey to beat the weather. This included yesterday's Football League defeat to Longford which was played at the former. The London GAA website is kept up to date with these changes.


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Badsworth and Bramham Moor Point to Point, Whitcliffe Grange
Admission £10, programme £3

The first point to point held at this venue, some 2 miles outside Ripon and it was beset by a number of teething problems, but the glorious weather meant that the overall experience was enjoyable. Certainly it brought the crowds out in force.

Ripon is just under 2 hours by coach from Newcastle, then a 40 minute walk (unlike many such walks to P2P it had a footpath throughout) led to the course well before racing began. Instantly it became obvious that one corner of the course (the run to the final fence) was obliterated by trees and a blind corner. They didn't get a license for their bar, so were selling raffle tickets for £2, each of which entitled the purchaser to a free can of Fosters/Strongbow. Hmm. Still, nothing was as bad as the diabolical sausage and chips consumed to pass the time.

The track itself is a 1 mile 2 furlong right handed oval, rising gently down the back and downhill on the run to the line. The fences seemed far too easy, only one faller out of the 47ish horses to turn up, not a bad turnout given the ground was pretty firm. Jockeys seemed to feel that the track rode well.... but

1 - The viewing area was obstructed by needing to negotiate a) a ditch and b) a load of brambles up against the rail
2 - It wasn't permitted to stand on the far side of the course to prevent damage to the farmers crop
3 - Spectators weren't even allowed to walk the course before racing

Still, a profitable afternoon, and a few pints in the excellent One Eyed Rat, near the bus station en route home. I'd probably go again for that, and the views of Ripon that it all afforded


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Sunday 17th April
I will be heading for DONINGTON PARK MOTOR RACING CIRCUIT and the second meeting in the British Touring Car Championship Tongue
Highly recommended day out! Get to meet the drivers and pick up a few autographs and watch from the grandstand some fantastic motor racing with overtaking! Trade stands and a whole days worth of action for £30. Or watch live on ITV4 if you can't make it Cool



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Sunday 17th April
DONINGTON PARK
British Touring Car Championship
Rounds 4,5 & 6
Admission £30


A beautiful sunny day and some fantastic action on track, plenty of vantage points around the circuit also numerous trade stands and food bars although as with all these kind of things the food prices are more inflated than the tyres! Laugh



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Sunday 24th April
Donington Park
British Truck Grand Prix
Admission: £25.50 (two adults + fee)
Programme: £5

4 categories of racing:

FIA European Truck Racing Championship - Rounds 3 & 4
Pickup Truck Racing Championship - Heat 2 & Final
Formula Renault BARC Championship: Rounds 1 & 2
Legends Cars UK Championship: Round 4

Cracking day out at my first ever motor racing event. Spent the morning at the Hollywood infield and watched the last two races inside the Old Hairpin / Craner Curves area. Full access to the paddock as well.

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Planning on Aussie Rules the next 2 weeks:

May 7 at Burnage RUFC:
Huddersfield v Wolverhampton; and Manchester v Nottingham

May 14 at Manton Oval, Worksop
Huddersfield v Manchester; Nottingham v Sheffield



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15/6 Milford Marlins v Saddleworth Rangers (rl)
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Aussie Rules UK
May 7: Burnage RUFC Huddersfield v Wolverhampton; Manchester v Nottingham

This venue can be reached from East Didsbury or Stockport - the latter being a fair walk away. There is a raised, covered area outside the clubhouse (Hyde St Georges Bitter on draught today (changes regularly)) and a 'shed' down one side, used by substitutes - no other cover.

The first game kicked off in heavy rain with Wolverhampton kicking the 1st goal, but that was the best it got for them, as Huddersfield's accurate kicking built up a 40 point quarter lead. A similar pattern was followed in each quarter with Huddersfield running out comfortable winners 171-37. I was a goal umpire for the last 3 quarters - and the rain stopped part way into the 2nd quarterSmile

The 2nd game was a repeat of last year's final (Manchester were unbeaten all season) so was expected to be tight. It was tight first quarter, but Nottingham scored well to take a 20 point half time lead. More of a surprise was the 2nd half - Nottingham kicked steadily - but Manchester had no answer, didn't kick a single goal and lost by 76 points.

Manchester face Huddersfield next weekend, with Nottingham playing the other unbeaten side Sheffield also in Worksop, and Wolverhampton and Birmingham facing up in the other game - there's some doubt of the venue for that, as Wolverhampton RUFC have decided to re-seed their pitch at short notice.



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Aussie Rules UK:
Manton Athletics Club, Worksop
Admission: Free (no progs)

Another double header this weekend with Manchester taking on Huddersfield and Nottingham v Sheffield. There is a wind turbine very close by and it's easy to see why as both games were severely affected by the wind.

In the first game, Manchester, with the wind, raced into an early lead, equalled by Huddersfield a minute before half time but Manchester added a late score in easily the least wind-affected quarter. Despite Huddersfield playing well in the 3rd term, Manchester led by 5 goals at the last change. Huddersfield could only reduce that to 2 in the final term, so the champions ran out close winners 86-73.

In the second game, Sheffield led with the wind advantage, but Nottingham put the points on in reply when it was with them and should probably have been further ahead than the 2 goals they led by at half time. Sheffield failed to make the wind advantage count and the teams went into the final quarter dead level. Nottingham were able to add another 56 points to Sheffield's 9 in the last quarter to run out comfortable winners in the end 130-83. After 2 rounds, Nottingham are now the only unbeaten side and look in good form.

The Athletics Club (just past the former colliery) has a big screen for sports and burgers/chips available, but no handpulled beers. I stopped in the Loyal Trooper in South Anston on the way back to Sheffield/M1 and had a nice Dragons Ale there.



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Last new football ground (923) Sportplatz Aspern SV Aspern 4-2 Maccabi Wien
With FC United: 132
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15/6 Milford Marlins v Saddleworth Rangers (rl)
16/6 York City Knights v Rochdale Hornets (rl)
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Wheelbarrow
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Nicky Rackard Cup semi final
London 1-29 Fingal 1-05

Emerald Grounds, Ruislip
Adm: £5 prog: available by donation to charity
refreshments/bar available in the clubhouse, coffee & kitkat £1.60

The Nicky Rackard cup is the third level hurling tournament, below the All-Ireland Series and the Christy Ring Cup, but above the Lory Meagher Cup.

It's run on a double elimination basis so every team gets at least two games. In theory there should be promotion and relegation between the competitions, though this seems to have stalled over a dispute between the teams involved in the upper tiers.

London are a division above Fingal in National League standings and this, combined with a recent influx of expats to London in search of work following the downturn across the Irish sea, led to a bit of a mismatch.

Fingal themselves are a 'development' county set up to promote hurling development in the north of Dublin County. A similar venture sees South Down playing as a 'county' too, seeking to improve the game outside it's Ards Peninsula heartland.

There was a strong wind blowing at Ruislip during most of the game though it was predominantly across the pitch so played less of a part in the score as the last time I was here.

With a final place at Croke Park up for grabs, there was a palpable tension as the game started, with our first handbags before a point had been registered. London then took over and any semblance of a contest ebbed away as they picked off points at will, while Fingal were simply not at the races. The score at half time was 1-22 to 0-02. The second half was a pretty tame affair with London taking their foot off the gas and Fingal simply not getting any better. Their goal came from a penalty that was ordered to be retaken for reasons that escaped most on and around the pitch.

Called into the Greenford home of Tir Connail Gaels on my way home to catch Garryowen v Round Towers in a football cup clash with Round Towers making the most of the wind in the first half to build an unassailable lead and run out winners by about 0-12 to 0-05 (I say about because I nipped back to the car to fetch my programme from the first game to get a phone number for someone I was chatting to so might have missed the odd point here or there).

Will probably be back next Sunday for the Connaught Senior Football Championship game against Mayo which will be a MUCH tougher challenge for the exiles. Mayo are a Division One league side and beat Cork this season. London are in Division Four and only won two games: one walkover after Leitrim declined to travel for a re-arranged game, and one over Kilkenny where football is almost non-existent behind hurling.


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HORSE RACING
MONDAY 16th MAY
LEICESTER RACES -6.10 pm
ADMISSION £ 13 (GRANDSTAND )
RACECARD - FREE
ATTENDANCE . 837

Not a very good turn out for the first evening meeting of the year. Tonight there was 6 races which saw jockey Philip Makin ride 2 winners. 3 of the 6 races were won by the favourite.

SATURDAY 21st MAY
NEWBURY RACES- 6.05 pm
ADMISSION £ 20 Grandstand.
RACECARD £ 2.50. Excellent racecard packed full of very good information.
ATTENDANCE .11,213.

A first visit to newbury races and i was very impressed with the set up. This was my 14th race course tick. Plenty of food and drink outlets. Good views of the course plus there was a big screen up as well. 6 races on the evening saw jockey's Hayley Turner and Dane O'Neil both have 1 win and 1 second each. A very good atmosphere and a very enjoyable evening. Boy band THE WANTED were playing on the stage after the meeting.


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Sat 4th June. Doncaster Races.

Scotter Utd annual summer trip. (Its the first one actually, but we might go again if its a good day out!)



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UK Aussie Rules Sheffield v Huddersfield @Hillsborough Park ko 12:00 (free admission)

Could easily be doubled with National Conference rugby league at Barnsley Broncos (14:30) or Huddersfield Underbank Rangers (16:00).



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Last new football ground (923) Sportplatz Aspern SV Aspern 4-2 Maccabi Wien
With FC United: 132
On the agenda:
15/6 Milford Marlins v Saddleworth Rangers (rl)
16/6 York City Knights v Rochdale Hornets (rl)
22/6 Antrim v Kildare (gaelic football)


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AMERICAN FOOTBALL EFAF SEMI FINAL: FINSBURY PARK STADIUM, 4TH JUNE 3 P.M. (In American style) Sollerod Gold Diggers (Denmark) 7 - 23 London Blitz (England) Admission £5, Programme 12 pages 50p. Attendance c 400 After falling behind 7-0 early in the game, London dominated to qualify for the Euro Final. Not a very good game in truth with some poor kicking and handling, but ironically the touch downs were all impressive with some quality touches by the wide receivers. Although being a definite non toy thrower; I was pleased to purchase the final programme at the gate but 10 minutes later and throughout the game, further copies were being produced to satisfy even the most sceptical of our brethren when doubting the promise of reprints.


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Sat 4th June. Doncaster Races.

Scotter Utd annual summer trip. (Its the first one actually, but we might go again if its a good day out!)


It was indeed a good day out and £260 was raised for club funds.



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Hillsborough Park, Sheffield
UK Aussie Rules Central & North West Division
Sheffield Thunder v Huddersfield Rams
Manchester Mosquitoes v Wolverhampton Wolverines
Admission: free

Round 4 of the C&NW season with the 1st game featuring the equal 2nd placed sides (with a 2-1 record each). Sheffield won the 1st quarter as Huddersfield kicked wide several times to go in 15-5 behind. However, the 2nd quarter saw a huge turnaround as Huddersfield kicked 7 goals to Sheffield's 2, to lead by over 20 points at half time. The 3rd quarter was tight with the highlight being a magnificent 'speccy' by Danny Armytage of Huddersfield (a speccy being a mark taken where the player has had to leap and possibly come over another player to take a contested mark). The last quarter saw several goals traded before Huddersfield came away again to run out 112-76 winners.

Wolverhampton are in their 1st season's competition having only played friendlies before and have struggled so far - indeed 7 of their 10 players were under 18. Manchester are last season's unbeaten champions but have not replicated that form this season, with a 1-2 record. However, even without several key players, their strength in depth made them clear favourites. I was a goal umpire for this game. The 1st quarter saw Manchester kick 4 unanswered goals and a 4-1 goal count for the 2nd quarter gave them a 56-12 half time lead when behinds are included. That's better than Wolverhampton have managed to date and not necessarily unrecoverable. 3rd quarter saw Manchester kick a further 4 goals but Wolverhampton matched them, only losing the quarter on behinds. It was the same story fourth quarter as both teams kicked 2 goals, so a very creditable 2nd half performance from Wolverhampton with the final score 103-50.

The venue is part of the Hillsborough Arena sports complex. The food is pretty good with freshly made sandwiches (hot and cold) plus burgers. The bar has Sky / ESPN but no real ales. Just as at Worksop and Manchester, the clubhouse is behind one goal with a raised view of the game and bench seating. The rest of the venue is open. Programmes are only issued at the Final (July 30).

I can't make next week, but Huddersfield are at home at the scenic Lockwood Park, home of Huddersfield Rugby Union club, against the top side Nottingham Scorpions. Wolverhampton face Sheffield in the other part of the double-header, with Manchester hosting Birmingham in the other game (@Burnage RUFC).



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Last new football ground (923) Sportplatz Aspern SV Aspern 4-2 Maccabi Wien
With FC United: 132
On the agenda:
15/6 Milford Marlins v Saddleworth Rangers (rl)
16/6 York City Knights v Rochdale Hornets (rl)
22/6 Antrim v Kildare (gaelic football)


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Sunday 5 June 2011
Major League Baseball
American League Western Conference
San Francisco Giants 2 Colorado Rockies 1

Admission $34, programme $5 (monthly magazine)

My first experience of baseball and why not start with the defending World Series champions? Especially as my tour had a free day in San Francisco scheduled on the same day as the Giants had a home game.

Surprisingly, this was all over in less than two and a half hours. Rockies took the lead in the 4th inning, Giants equalised in the 6th and took the lead in the 8th. Keeping Colorado scoreless in the last innings meant an earlier finish!

$15 for a beer and a hot dog seemed steep but in line with prices at Wembley I suppose.



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Mark
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More baseball ...

Arizona Diamondbacks 2-5 San Francisco Giants
15 April 2011
Att: 23,090

The game was almost all over after the 1st inning when SF, the defending World Series winners, raced to a 3 run lead. The home side put up a fight in the last few innings but never looked like pulling level.

The ballpark is towards the edge of central Phoenix and not far from the airport. There was plenty of reasonably priced parking available, and also nearby was an Arizona State University campus and Pizzeria Bianco, which many people seem to rate as offering the best pizza in the US. We went there mid-afternoon on a non-game day to avoid the usual queues, walked straight in & enjoyed some very good pizzas. Recommended if you're in the area.

I believe the ballpark was the first in the US to be built with a retractable roof, the aim being to keep spectators out of the fierce Arizona sun. It was open on our visit, though many of the seats were still under cover, and the stadium wall panels in the outfield were also open to give a view of the Phoenix skyline. All in all, not necessarily one of baseball's more aesthetically pleasing parks, but it certainly seems to tick most boxes.

Tickets for the game were only $16 for excellent seats in the top tier directly behind home plate. A free 64 page programme was available, covering a 9-game homestand against 3 opponents. Team sheets were on offer if you were prepared to hunt them out and all MLB teams also offer comprehensive game notes (narrative, player pen pics and stats) as a download from their website. Food seemed to be pretty standard, although we now make an effort to eat before the game rather than pay high prices at ballparks.

Tucson Padres 5-7 Salt Lake City Bees
18 April 2011
Pacific Coast League (Triple A)
Att: a laughable 1,658

Tucson are a new team to Triple A baseball this season, courtesy of the franchsing system of US sports. The city hosted a team for almost 4 decades before they recently relocated to Reno. Meanwhile, Portland's baseball team were kicked out of their park which they shared with the football team, as the venue has been converted to football-only inligt of the Timbers gaining entry to the MLS. With Portland city officials failing to agree to a new ballpark the team decided to relocate to California in 2013, with Tucson filling the gap. However, these plans have also stalled, again due to problems of building a city-financed ballpark, so it remains to be seen how long the current Tucson team will last.

The game was enjoyably close, with Tucson levelling in the bottom of the 9th to send an already long game into extra innings. They levelled again in the bottom of the 11th, allowing us 1 further inning and a total game time of 4 hours 18 minutes. A bit long tbh.

The ballpark is about 10 years old, though their former home still exists and was recently used by an independent team. Both parks were also used for spring training, though I think they have recently lost their tenants due to the endless building of new ballparks in the Phoenix area.

It's a fairly typical modern build, very comfortable & with concession stands at the rear of the seating so you can continue to watch the game, and a large scoreboard in the outfield. Parking was free, entry was $8.50 (though you could easily pay the minimum $6.50 & move seats), a 48 page programme was free and teamsheets readily available. Usual food available, as well as a noodle stall.

The announced attendances at minor league games tend to have as much in common with reality as Hellenic League attendances, and this game was no exception with only about 500-600 people inside the park.


DavetheGlassboy
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I think my game was National League rather than American League but the edit option has timed out!



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More baseball ...

Arizona Diamondbacks 2-5 San Francisco Giants
15 April 2011
Att: 23,090

The game was almost all over after the 1st inning when SF, the defending World Series winners, raced to a 3 run lead. The home side put up a fight in the last few innings but never looked like pulling level.


San Fran came from 4-0 down to beat Washington last night so may not have been!

Then again, I saw a bit of a girls' college game on one of the channels the other day where one side had an 11-0 lead after the first inning so anything's possible!



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Daughter got me 2 tickets to see Motor Sport so checked what was on in June so not to clash with Football season and going Saturday 17th June to Castle Combe for Summer Racing Carnival.



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Daughter got me 2 tickets to see Motor Sport so checked what was on in June so not to clash with Football season and going Saturday 17th June to Castle Combe for Summer Racing Carnival.


Well I went but got to say this was One of the most BORING Afternoons of my Life Unsure - Heavy Rain did not help, `Qualifiers` turned out to be Time Trials, Car comes to Corner passes where I am parked and gone again until it gets around the track again. As with most Circuits you can only see a small section of the track so difficult to follow who is leading, unlike speedway for example where you can see the whole track and see who actually wins. We got there at 11.00 and left at 5.00, in that time we saw just 2 actual races taking a total of 30 minutes. The event was running late and there was another race to go but we had had more than enough and the thought of a nice cold pint proved to be irrisistable and away we went. I am dreading Fathers Day today in case Daughter buys me more Motor Racing tickets Shocked



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Yet more baseball......

Monday 13 June 2011, 5:05pm; New York Yankees 0-1 Cleveland Indians; American Baseball League; att: 43,551 ; Entry $50; programme issued.

My first experience of live baseball and a trip to the ‘Manchester United’ equivalent in that sport, allegedly supported by everyone except the New Yoikers themselves – we didn’t see any real evidence of this actually and perhaps it’s a myth; the city seemed to be as full of Yankees supporters as it is of Mets supporters.

Rather expensive, advance purchase tickets were acquired and we nearly missed the start of the game as we queued for a while to pick these up from the main box office. A shame as it did not leave much time to explore the highly impressive, new Yankees Stadium. Located in the Bronx and with two neighbouring Subway lines, this ground is highly accessible. Opened in 2009 to replace the former 1923 Yankees Stadium which stood next door, it has a capacity of 50,287 seats and an overall capacity of 52,325 including standing. According to Wikipedia it was the world’s third most expensive stadium to build, after the New Meadowlands and Wembley. Built to closely resemble its predecessor’s external appearance, the interior is largely made up of four large tiers of dark grey seats, broken opposite the batsman’s position by a vast collection of scoreboards and screens. There are many intricacies, with glassed-in bar and seating areas and 68 private boxes. Trying to book tickets, I was faced with a long list of price categories and plumped almost at random for seats on the left side, three tiers up. These gave a commanding view of the pitch and, equally importantly, the scoreboards. At every level there are wide concourses behind the seats stuffed with every type of food and drink option from hot dog stands to branches of Starbucks and Hard Rock Cafe. Many baseball spectators seem to spend little time actually in their seats and more time watching, burger and beer in hand, from the rail at the back of each level or queuing for food. Each seat comes with armrests and a drinks holder. Two sections in the lowest tier are of bleecher bench seats and this is where the most vocal Yankees supporters were gathered.

We had read and re-read our ‘idiots guide to baseball’ and watched some highlights on TV as preparation. Yankees had beaten Indians 11-7, 4-0 and 9-1 in the previous three days and tonight was billed as a big game, with Yankees’ star man Derek Jeter expected to reach 3,000 career hits some day soon. Hit 2,994 was achieved from the second pitch of the evening, but that was as far as Jeter got tonight, later leaving the pitch injured. And just one run was scored all night, by the Indians at the top of the fourth inning. A pitchers’ day and a frustrating time for the Yankees and their fans alike. But I enjoyed this first experience of the game. Adding (yes adding, not subtracting) to the experience was the action on the big screen. Masses of statistics to try to understand, but also the egging-on of the crowd between innings. We had ‘Smile Cam’, Muscle Cam’, ‘Kiss Cam’, dancing to ‘YMCA’ and all manner of other stuff which I thought worked really well. It would be very tacky indeed at, say, a football game in the UK, but this is home territory for such stuff.

A very bulky programme sold from a stall just inside the entrance for $10 and came with scorecard and a little Yankees pencil. I saw not one other person carrying a copy. In reality this is not a match programme at all, but a glossy monthly magazine, with many interesting articles to read and some very fine photography.

Friday 17 June 2011, 5:10pm; New York Mets 4-3 Los Angeles (Anaheim) Angels; National Baseball League; att: 29,513 ; Entry $29; programme issued.

My second ever baseball game and a visit to Yankees’ big cross-town rivals the Mets. Mets are located at Flushing Meadow in the Queens district of town, next door to the location of the US Open Tennis competition. A Subway station lies alongside, on an express line from the City centre. The Citifield stadium was built in 2009 to replace the old Shea Stadium which had stood on an adjacent site since 1964, now converted to car parking. It has 41,000 seats, somewhat smaller than its predecessor. Not unlike the Yankees Stadium in general appearance and layout, it is again a very impressive venue, with three large tiers of green seats, and a complex arrangement of boxes and club seats. Catering options are again very varied and there are wide concourses behind each tier, the upper ones offering distant views of the Manhattan skyline or close views of La Guardia Airport, depending upon which way you chose to look. Having gone for high on the left for the Yankees game, I chose low down on the right for this one in a seating area known as the ‘Bullpen’. This turned out to be the equivalent of the bleecher seats area at Yankees Stadium, although here we had comfortable individual seats. Most around us seemed to be season ticket holders. We had a good views to the diamond, but high balls were lost from view by the overhang from the tier above and, disappointingly, we had no view of the main scoreboard. Overall I preferred the raised view from the seat I had at the Yankees. Very faint football pitch markings were visible and we learnt that Greece had played Ecuador here a few days before and that Juventus have a friendly match here against Club America on, I think, July 26th (no doubt paulh66 will provide a report)

The start of this game was delayed by very heavy rain and spectators had been requested to remain on the concourses rather than take up their seats whilst the rain fell. Eventually it stopped and we were underway around 20 minutes late. It was immediately obvious that we were going to see more action that we did at the Yankees and the score was 3-1 to the Mets by the end of the third inning, before slowing down a bit after that. The home hero is Jose Reyes and there was a big buzz each time he came in to bat. One of his skills is that he is very fast between the bases whilst some of the other players are, how shall I put this, of slightly heavier build. I guess it’s all about upper body strength. But Reyes’ nippy running was worth an extra run to the home side and that was enough to secure the win. This was more enjoyable game from a novice spectator’s point of view than that I had seen at the Yankees.

Mets also chivvy the crowd along with a great deal of ‘fun’ emanating from the big screen, although less so than at Yankees and our view tonight was via a nearby TV screen rather than on the big screen itself. The match programme was at least as big and glossy as that at the Yankees and sold for $5 on entry. Again it was in reality a monthly magazine and again it came with a little souvenir pencil for filling in the scorecard. I can feel a new collection of baseball pencils coming on, although I’m not sure when I shall be in a position to add to it.

Overall I feel that baseball is a game I could come to like should I have more exposure to it. The stadiums seem great (we also inspected the one at Statten Island) and the statistics are probably absorbing. No doubt it is high sacrilege to suggest it, but I can’t help thinking it could be a better game if the outfielders did not have the advantage of wearing gloves so huge that they make the catching of most long hits a doddle.


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Friday 17 June 2011, 5:10pm; New York Mets 4-3 Los Angeles (Anaheim) Angels; National Baseball League; att: 29,513 ; Entry $29; programme issued.

Very faint football pitch markings were visible and we learnt that Greece had played Ecuador here a few days before and that Juventus have a friendly match here against Club America on, I think, July 26th (no doubt paulh66 will provide a report)

The Mets stadium, Citipark, is also being talked about as a possible home ground for the New York Cosmos. Too many ifs, buts and maybes around that, so I finally bit the bullet for the Juve-Club America game - lower mid-range ticket for a friendly, 'only' $61 Pirate

Speaking of the Cosmos, I see they're at Old Trafford in August - with a line-up comprising guest players - providing the opposition for Paul Scholes' testimonial.


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Gaelic Football
All Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers Rd 1
London 0-15 Fermanagh 0-09

Emerald Grounds, Ruislip

Admission £10, prog £1, tea 70p

Three weeks ago, London came up just short of creating a major shock, taking Mayo of Division 1 in the league to extra time before succumbing.

No mistakes this time out and whilst Fermanagh aren't of the stature of Mayo, being fellow Division 4 league competitors, they had beaten London earlier in the year. London, however, are a relatively strong team this year, benefiting from an influx of players looking for work in England.

There was a strong breeze blowing along the pitch, though not quite straight. London had this behind them in the first half and made the most of it. They also played a great game in the middle of the park, winning almost every kick out or high ball. Such was their domination and Fermanagh's waywardness up front, that the score at the break was 0-09 to 0-01 in the exiles' favour. It took 31 minutes for Fermanagh to register their score.

Clearly a hair-dryer had been brought from Erne-side as Fermanagh were a different proposition in the second half, suddenly winning balls and competing much better, as well as having the wind. London, however, played a smart game and took points when they could and kept the visitor's opportunities to a minimum. The margin reduced to four points at one point, when a goal would have made things very interesting, but London got a couple of points to steady nerves and close out their first Championship victory since 1977.


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Minor League Baseball:

Brooklyn Cyclones 2-3 Staten Island Yankees
New York-Penn League
Attendance: 6,688
Free programme/magazine plus teamsheet

Although my understanding of the game is limited, I'm quite warming to baseball - the sense of tradition and the fact that a night at the old ball park seems to appeal to men, women and kids of all ages makes it very agreeable. And the tactics.... I know they exist, and once I figure them out my enjoyment will hopefully increase further...

Cyclones brought professional baseball back to Brooklyn in 2001 after an absence stretching back to 1957. That was when the much-missed Brooklyn Dodgers controversially uprooted to Los Angeles after almost 75 years in the borough, a move which not only still rankles among some locals today, but one which also resulted in the demise of the wonderful Ebbets Field stadium - http://www.baseballreliquary.org/images/EbbetsField.jpg .

Perhaps not surprisingly, the Cyclones are one of the best supported of all minor league baseball teams. Their stadium is located on the ocean front amongst the fairground 'attractions' of Coney Island, very close to the subway terminus and even closer to the legendary Nathan's Hot Dog emporium (where the annual international hot dog eating championship takes place tomorrow, Independence Day). In such a setting, the stadium oozes character and the venue itself is a very tidy 7,500 seater. I particularly liked the floodlights - the set of lights on each pole being framed by a neon-lit ring, each one in different colours! There's a good picture at http://busleagues.files.wordpress.com/.../06/cyclones_650.jpg .

This was a keenly contested local derby and the Cyclones were 2-0 up after the first innings. The Yankees fought back and at 2-2 going into the 9th it was anyone's game - and the visitors took advantage of some poor fielding (right term?) to nick the win.


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Next Tuesday, Wednesday. Friday, Saturday, 12-16 July, to see the England Mens Hockey team playing Belgium, Korea and New Zeland in the London Cup. at the University of Westminster Sports Ground, Chiswick. This is the old Polytechnic or Quintin Hogg Memorial Ground, the last time I visited was to see Fulham-Doncaster in a RL fixture in 1986. That pitch is now just a patch of grass and the art deco(?) stand is closed, the hockey will be on the water based artificial pitch there with 2000 temporary seats plus the usual hockey entourage of retail, catering, bar and kids fun zone. More at www.englandhockey.co.uk


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Just got back from the States;

Saturday 25th June 2011
Orlando Predators 34 Georgia Force 64
Arena Football League
Attendance: 11,364
Amway Center, Orlando, Florida

To be honest, this was loud and there were too many stoppages for infringements I didn't understand but it was good value entertainment for the $25 entry. Arena offers great views from every seat, but concessions were only open on lower levels as top levels were very sparsely populated. I sat in the top row, a good 15 rows from the nearest person!

Thursday 30th June 2011
Billings Mustangs 8 Helena Brewers 7
Pioneer Leage (Baseball)
Dehler Park, Billings, Montana

Great little stadium in the north of town, offering great views of play, and the rimrock beyond. Competitive game played in front of crowd of 2,500. Can't go wrong for $6...

Thursday 7th July 2011
Lakeland Flying Tigers v Dunedin Blue Jays
Florida State League (Baseball)
Joker Marchant Stadium, Lakeland, Florida

Postponed due to rain.....

Friday 8th July 2011
Clearwater Threshers v Jupiter Hammerheads
Florida State League (Baseball)
Bright House Field, Clearwater, Florida

Postponed due to rain.....



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Sunday 10th July 2011
Unlimited Bangers King of the Peak XIV
Buxton Raceway
Admission £12 (including 16pp programme)
Attendance 500 (estimate)


My first King of the Peak since 2007 and, boy, has Buxton Raceway's premier unlimited bangers meeting gone downhill since then. This event used to command fields of between 80 and 100 cars, with special tin and top paint jobs. Today's turn-out was a paltry 18 - and two of those didn't make it to the track. Several cars were used rather than fresh. A far lower crowd than on my previous visits, too. My last trip to this venue, I fear!

Owing to the low numbers, the third of four banger races was scrapped. This meant we had two heats, and then the King of the Peak final, straight into the DD. Just seven cars made it to the grid for the final, with victory going to Glyn Platts ahead of Steve 'Noon' Farrell. 'Noon' is a renowned crasher, but even he pulled onto the centre green as he declined to participate in a woeful DD, saving his smart Granny for another day.

At least the V8 Hot Stox provided some decent entertainment. Craig Smith won the feature race, the Buxton Gold Cup, from gold top driver Chris Bracher, who otherwise dominated proceedings, showing his class from the back. Also on the bill were junior bombers (not bad) and Hot Fords (always dull, and they didn't disappoint in this respect).

From a lofty vantage point on the stadium's north end bend, I watched a couple of races at the adjacent Buxton Speedway, where the Hitmen were taking on Hackney Hawks in the National League. This looked equally dire, though the track, after heavy rain, was clearly unfit for racing. Somewhere else I used to attend four or five times a season, but now simply cannot be bothered because the entertainment on offer no longer represents value for money. Sad times indeed!


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Diamond League Birmingham Grand Prix (Athletics)

@ Alexander Stadium

Ticket - £18
Programme - £5

Got a seat in the brand new back straight stand which offers great views over the stadium. Genarally enjoyable afternoon that was spoilt slightly by the rain that lasted for a couple of hours and made conditions in the field events tricky. Great performances from Farah, Meadows, Greene and Idowu the highlights.



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All Ireland Football Championship Qualifiers Rd 2
London 0-13 Waterford 1-17


Saturday 9 July, 6.30pm
Emerald Grounds, Ruislip
Adm £10, Prog £2, burger £3, tea 70p

London's extended adventure in this season's Championship ended with a bit of a whimper, apart from the flare-ups that led to two dismissals.

Unlike last round's win over Fermanagh when they won almost everything in midfield and harried the opposition into mistakes, this time they were the ones needlessly giving ball away in the middle of the park too often.

The hosts did point first but then a slice of luck gave Waterford a goal: a high ball in aiming for a point bounced back off the upright, into the hands of a forward who had room and time to out the ball in the net. Waterford were never behind after this.

Two sendings off, either side the break including talisman Paul Geraghty meant that as the game wore on, and Waterford continued to point regularly, London were left chasing shadows too often. Waterford were a slick passing team on the day and would have been a difficult proposition against a full strength team.

They now go onto play Limerick in the 3rd round of the qualifiers and provided a glimmer of relief over the weekend for the county's GAA fans after the hurler's eye-watering defeat to Tipperary in the Munster final: 7-19 to 0-19!


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I'm not a big one for viewing other sports, but I can think of 4 or 5 occasions where I have done so - none of them very recent though:

Stock Car Racing
Was taken to (I think) Wimbledon stadium for a fun evening as a kid - maybe around 1972. Probably the nearest I ever got to visiting Plough Lane!

Pesäpallo
I had to meet up with soeone (for football purposes) and the easiest way to do this was to meet her at Green Park, London, where she was playing 'Finnish Baseball' for the Finnish Embassy team. This was a friendly match against Nokia in 1995 or 1996, and was in preparation for the annual UK National tournament that took place at St Albans (anyone know if that still happens).

Chess
I went to see one of the games in the breakaway PCA World Championship match between Nigel Short and Garry Kasparov, in a hotel on the Strand, London, in October 1993. As it turned out, it was the game that clinched the title for the Russian. Although I don't know much about Chess, it was interesting to see how the event was staged (big screens behind the stage, audio commentary by headset etc), and was also memorable for the fact that play was interrupted as the auditorium had to be evacuated part-way through due to a fire alarm or bomb scare!

Mind Sports
I actually took part in the Othello tournament at the first Mind Sports Olympiad in London in 1997, and even played against a past World Champion and 3 national champions (Israel, Madagascar, France) - with no success! Yet I still have a national rating as a result of this one appearance in competitive Othello. The tournament at the South Bank Centre was over the course of 5 days, which gave me plenty of time to watch other events, many of which were fascinating. I recall the Memory event, Backgammon, and Mancala with affection.

Baseball
I went to see Sussex Skyhawks against another New Jersey team on 4th July 2007 in a Canadian-American League match. It was meant to be a big deal with Independence Day fireworks etc - but it rained cats & dogs, there was only 12 minutes play, and the fireworks were cancelled because they weren't allowed after 10pm and they were still hopin to resume the game up till nearly that time. I did however get to hear the announcer say "Ladies and gentlemen, please move your ass and face the flag" - it was a few moments later, whilst standing there grinning stupidly and be-hatted that I was told in no uncertain times that he'd said "Remove your hats and face the flag". The Skyhawks ceased playing at the end of the 2010 season.


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Sat 23 July
AFL UK Central & North West Division
Huddersfield Rams v Sheffield Thunder
Admission: free

I've been unable to make the previous 2 games this season at Lockwood Park, regular home of Huddersfield Rugby Union club, so this was my 1st visit of the season. It's a wonderful setting, with greenery all around and the viaduct behind one goal. The other goal has the clubhouse behind it (Theakstons Best cask ale).

This was the last league round and an absolutely crucial gasme. Sheffield had won their last 4 (since losing to Huddersfield) and got to 2nd. But Huddersfield had beaten last season's champions Manchester 2 weeks before and current leaders Nottingham last week to be within range. A win for Huddersfield would see them overtake Sheffield and pinch a Grand Final spot next weekend (at Worksop). An open but keenly contested game saw Sheffield lead for the 1st quarter, but only by 3 points at the 1st break. The lead changed frequently in the 2nd quarter with some poor finishing from Huddersfield giving them a 13 point lead, smaller than they might have liked at the main break. The 3rd quarter was closely contested, with Sheffield retaking the lead, before Huddersfield recovered it, and a scuffle, which the ref sorted by restarteing play very quickly (same method used last quarter). The last quarter see-sawed, with Huddersfield starting well before Sheffield closed to 14 points, but couldn't get closer and ultimately Huddersfield pulled away to secure their Grand Final spot 149-116. There was a slim possibility that a huge Nottingham defeat could see a reprieve for Sheffield, but no such luck.

So onto the Grand Final next week at Manton Colliery Athletics Club in Worksop!Cool



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31/08/11

UK Championships / World Championship Trials (Athletics)

@Birmingham Alexander Stadium

Att - probably about 5-6k

Ticket - £15

Decent afternoons entertainment with the chance to see some the stars of uk athletics. Farah, Greene, Ennis, Meadows, Bleasdale and Shakes Drayton all turned up.



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London Grand Prix (Athletics)
@Crystal Palace

05/08/2011

Att 15k ish
Admission £20
Programme £5

Highlights were:

Another Farah masterclass
Meadows victory in 800m
9th fastest womens 400m hurdles race in history.



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It's time for baseball.

Ogden Raptors 13-11 Billings Mustangs (11 innings)
Wednesday 27 July 2011
Pioneer League (Rookie)
Prog: 36 pages (static for the season) A4 size, with 2 photocopied sheets providing rosters & stats, $2
Att: 3,884

This game may have been played at the lowest of the minor leagues' 6 levels, but the combination of an exciting game & fantastic ballpark made this probably the best evening I've encountered in the minors. I thought the park dimensions looked quite small so it was no surprise to see home runs flying towards the outfield from the start as the lead changed hands several times before Ogden went into the 9th inning 3 runs behind. Hardly anyone left early, which is most unusual for baseball at any level, so there was a great atmosphere within the park as the home team added 3 runs in the 9th before scoring the winning runs 2 innings later.

Lindquist Field was built in the mid-90s and is only one block north of 25th Street, which looked like a traditional small town main street. I'm sure there would be plenty of opportunities to park here and grab some food or drink before making the short walk to the park, and there also seemed to be a few parking lots in the area, but we arrived before the gates had opened and there was ample steet parking available at the time. I must admit I had some reservations about parking in the street beyond left field, but my wife advocated the convenience factor, so I made sure to park with my windscreen facing away from the field. My fears proved correct later that evening as a car a few spaces down from ours had it's windscreen smashed by a foul ball. On the positive side, I suppose the owner at least got a free baseball.

Most tickets were priced at $12 which seemed very expensive for this level of baseball, especially as I had paid only a few dollars more for a major league game at Phoenix over Easter, but when we went to the ticket office we were only charged $6 and I still have no idea why. Not only that but we were also each given $3 in vouchers to use at the food & drink stands, which suddently made it a very cheap night out. You never know what you're going to get in the minor leagues!

For a modern ballpark, Lindquist Field was pleasantly quirky and looked to have been squeezed into a tight parcel of land. There's a covered grandstand behind home plate, with open seating extending all the way down left field. Right field has a small bleacher section with then gives way to warehouses & office buildings. There's a viewing platform in the outfield, but arguably the ballpark's best feature is the stunning view of the Wasatch mountains which appear to wrap around the outfield. Without question, this is one of the best places you could hope to watch baseball.

The beers available featured a couple from the local Roosters Brewery (I tried the honey wheat) but I made sure my kids didn't try any as the programme warned of a $25,000 fine for anyone buying beer for minors. The concession stands featured a place offering some very appetising burritos, as well as one notable budget outlet that was selling items for only $1 a time. By US standards the portions were a touch on the small side, but they were about average by UK sizes & only one-quarter of the price, so we helped ourselves to hot dogs & nachos.

A fine evening was capped by the chance to see baseball legend Tommy Lasorda who, as a roving coach, was paying a visit to Ogden and addressed the crowd before the game. Now 83 years-old, Lasorda was once manager of the Ogden team before later managing the LA Dodgers for many years, and he actually played for the old Brooklyn Dodgers in the days before the team moved to California.

Salt Lake Bees 3-2 Tucson Padres (10 innings)
Sunday 31 July 2011
Pacific Coast League (Triple A)
Prog: 40 pages, covering 12 games against 3 opponents, free
Att: 3,646 (ahem!)

A tight game - my third consecutive contest that went into extra innings - but one which never really got going from a spectator point of view due to the sheer lack of them, plus the rather miserable conditions that saw it raining for two-thirds of the game.

Salt Lake City is a beautiful and very welcoming place, and the ballpark is located in an area that's not far from downtown but which I can safely say is not one of the city's highlights. Parking was available in private lots outside the stadium, though the number of spaces seemed a long way short of handling the park's 15,500 capacity. There's also a light rail station nearby.

The park was built in 1994 on the site of the former ballpark and follows the retro design that combines an old-time look & feel with modern comforts and which has proven very popular across the US in the past 2 decades. It must be one of the largest in the minor leagues and is certainly one of only a handful to have 2-tiered seating, which extends almost the full length of left & right fields. It's certainly an impressive place, well-maintained with neatly-trimmed grass banks around the outfield, trees behind these and the Wasatch mountains in the distance.

As is common practice around the minors, the Bees run a host of promotions on game days. Perhaps not surprisingly, many involve food & drink - a ticket & hot dog for only $5 on Family Night Monday, kids eat free (and 2-for-1) tickets on Tuesday, $1 hot dog Wednesday, Thirsty Thursday (cheap beer) - plus various other events such as Ugly Sweater Night, Human Slinky, Salted Nut Roll Challenge and Prevention Kids Day (free condoms?).

I think we drew the short straw though as it was full whack at the ticket office ($15 for a good seat behind home plate and, crucially, under cover with rain imminent) and the only promotion was 'dog day' which seemed to basically comprise the opportunity to buy one of a few dozen caged dogs from a rescue shelter. Perhaps the combination of lack of promotions, the fact that the game was on a Sunday (Salt Lake is a strong Mormom community) and the threat of storms (some areas were on flood alert) affected the attendance, as this was very low by Triple A standards. As per usual, the 'official' attendance was not even in the same ballpark as the number of people who were actually, er, in the ballpark, and I thought the numbers fell well short of the 1,000 mark.

If I recall there was a decent selection of beers within the ballpark, with 3 local micro breweries represented, including Wasatch & Squatters. Less impressive was the unavailability of a photocopied team-sheet, which is very unusual in customer-friendly America, and no 2011 baseball team cards despite it being 4 months into the season.

Orem Owlz 9-5 Idaho Falls Chukars
Wednesday 3 August 2011
Pioneer League (Rookie)
Prog: 32 pages (static for the season) with a photocopied team roster insert for the day's game, $1
Att: 2,790

Another enjoyable evening. Orem looked to have the stronger squad on paper, with 3 first round draft picks in their line-up, but it was only in the last few innings that they put a bit of light between the respective scores.

The Pioneer League is meant to be one of the better leagues in which to experience a traditional minor league game, and I would guess it's difficult to argue with that assertion even though the set-up at Orem is not exactly typical of this level. They originally moved to nearby Provo, where they were based at Brigham Young University. After a few seasons they moved up the road to Orem, where they are based at a ballpark on the Utah Valley University campus, opened in 2005 to accommodate both the Owlz and the university team.

Provo has an even stronger Mormom community than Salt Lake City which prevented the team from staging home games on a Sunday and selling alcohol, hence the move to Orem. They can now play on a Sunday but, oddly, it seems they have chosen not to sell alcohol in an effort to make the games more family-friendly. An interesting article in the Ogden programme about a road trip around the Pioneer League suggested that state law prevents the Owlz from selling alcohol on a university campus, making them the only 'dry' minor league team, but when I enquired at the ballpark I was told this not was not the case and that it was purely down to the preference of the owners. Whatever the reason, the move seems to be paying off as the Pioneer League's 3 month season largely coincides with the school holidays and a very high proportion of the crowd seemed to be family groups.

Admission was $7, with plenty of parking available on the campus at $4 of which half can be redeemed against purchases from the concessions stands. The evening's promotion was a free pack of pencils.

It's another attractive ballpark seating 2,500 spectators, with the grandstand roof covering the rear-most half a dozen rows. There's a large grass bank down left field where the cheaper tickets were proving very popular with kids, and this is another park that has been designed so that the outfield is nicely framed by the Wasatch mountains. Like Ogden, the crowd was friendly and enthusiastic, and the official attendance figure at least bore a semblance of reality.


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Sunday, 11th September 2011
Flintshire Freeze 1 Solway Sharks (Dumfries) 16
English National League Division Two North
at Deeside Leisure Centre, Queensferry
Admission £5
Programme £1 (16pp)
Attendance 200 (h/c)

My first experience of live ice hockey, and despite the one-sided nature of this match between the best two teams in the division, I enjoyed it - and would try another fixture elsewhere.

Solway, I was told, were in the division above last season, and it showed. They were much better technically, and played as a team, whereas Flintshire looked a hit-and-hope outfit.

Farcically, the face-off was delayed 20 minutes because Solway did not have a level two coach on their bench. How this deficiency was dealt with, I don't know. Solway set the tone by scoring in 16 seconds, and led 5-0 after the first 20-minute period. Their lead moved out to 11-0 after 40 minutes. Freeze's consolation marker came with seven minutes left. Many of their fans had left by then.

A fairly unpleasant venue, this leisure centre had 1970s written all over it. It stank of sweaty bodies, and the detritus of building work did nothing to improve its appearance. Clearly, conversation isn't expected at ice hockey. Guitar band rock music filled very second of breaks in play.

Not bad, all in, and I imagine a tight contest between two Elite League teams (in which foreigners are permitted) would be exciting.


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Sunday 11th September 2011
Tour of Britain Cycling - Stage 1 Peebles to Dumfries
Winner - Mark Cavendish
Venue - outside my house and then down the finishing line at Whitesands Dumfries.
Admission - free
Programme - none
Crowd - a few thousand (all very wet)

Tour of britain races into town and past the house so step outside to watch the breakaway leaders go past at 1pm followed by the peleton 4 minutes later. Weather conditions very poor but they dont half shift as they flash past. Hugely impressive display of organisation with rolling road blocks by police motorbikes for the leaders and then the same again for the main bunch.

An hour or so later into town for the finish and the expected win for Mark Cavendish - secured a spot by the 50m to go post in time to see Cavendish tear past straightning his jersey for the photos. If they were shifting earlier then they are absolutely flying now - if i drove that fast through the town PC Plod would be after me - to do it on a bike in pouring rain was really impressive.


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FL - Solway played in both the Scottish National League and the Northern League (now defunct) last season and have transferred over to England as there was no meaningful competition left in Scotland for them now that the once mighty Fife Flyers (Kirkcaldy) have taken up a place in the Elite League.

I would strongly advise not watching Solway in that division as it's a pretty much nailed on certainty that most games will end up in double figure scorelines, which ain't good as a spectacle in hockey.

To put things in perspective, Flintshire would normally do quite well in ENL2 North (effectively the 4th tier), but Solway are far too good for it and they have already beaten last season's ENL1 North Champs Whitley Bay 7-1 in the league cup (granted Whitley won the return leg 4-3, but it helps to underline the strength and quality of their squad).

Personally, I'd go a watch a couple of games in ENL1 North (level 3), most teams will be pretty well matched in that division this season and very few games if any will see a side hitting double figures (don't think it happened once last season). The standard is noticably better than Flintshire and more on a par with Solway, and the arenas, on the whole, are better too.

Anyway, I went to:

Lancashire Raptors 0 Fylde Flyers 4
ENL 2 North (at Blackburn)
Att: 200 ish
Admission £6
Prog/Raffle £2 combined

Fylde are the new boys in English Ice Hockey this season and will be playing their home games at the brand new Sub Zero Ice Rink on Cleveleys Promenade (once it's fully kitted out - 1st home game at the moment is on Oct 22nd).

This was arguably one of the gentler introductions they could have had as the Raptors are effectively Blackburn Hawks 2nd team and as the Flyers have taken their top scorer amongst others (many of Raptors players were Blackpool and Fylde based) it would have been a shock if anything other than an away win had been posted.

In truth it wasn't a great game even by ENL2 standards but it was great to see a team in tangerine back on the ice and they can only improve as the season goes on. Most of the team are youngsters but they do have a few old heads in Captain Antony Melbourne and Forward Wayne Whitby (both now 35) who played for the old Blackpool Seagulls club in their dying days in the early 90's at Blackpool Pleasure Beach Ice Rink, as well as ex Blackburn Hawks Forward Ricci Hulme.

One good sign for Flyers was the amount of support they had, with around 100 at the game (and this before they've played a home game) and many sporting the clubs natty tangerine, black and white scarves.

Raptors will undoubtedly struggle this season and I shudder to think how both teams will cope with Solway. Fylde will soon find out as their next two fixtures are both at Solway. Two games, I would suggest, to be avoided as a neutral. Goal whoring in Hockey is not enjoyable.


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Thanks, Seagull, that's interesting background. I chose this game on the strength of the Flintshire website talking it up as a clash between the two strongest teams in the division. When I get back home from holiday, I'll have to see about popping down to Hull Stingrays or up to Newcastle Vipers. I'll certainly have a look at the fixtures in the league you suggest.


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SUNDAY 18 SEPTEMBER
British Touring Car Championship + support races.
ROCKINGHAM MOTOR SPEEDWAY near CORBY
Over 7hrs of entertainment!

Also the 10th anniversary of this circuit.
Will be supporting Tom Onslow Cole and Team AON as always.
Hopefully Jason Plato will NOT be on the podium!



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Don't go to Newcastle Vipers, they've gone!

Fixtures and bang up to date tables for all leagues can be found at this excellent rescource:

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/...lm.preen/hockey.html

doesn't look promising at first glance but that's where must hockey folk go fo up to date info.

If you need anything else just PM me.


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ROCKINGHAM MOTOR SPEEDWAY
BTCC
Rob Collard strikes again Mad
A first win for James Nash in race 3 certainly cause for celebration though Smile



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Tennis ATP World Tour Finals at the O2.

Murray lost to Ferrer (4-6, 5-7)

First visit to this venue and overall I enjoyed the experience.

Its convenient to get to (Jubilee line) although getting home from a late evening session might be tricky.

Had a seat in the first row of the upper tier and it was a decent view (just above Sue Barker and Tim)
To me it didn't seem like it could hold 17,000 - guess there was around 12,000 in for this afternoon session.

As expected Ferrer was solid and Murray made too many mistakes. Difficult to say how much Murray was hampered by an injury.

Also saw some of the doubles beforehand and that was less inspiring.

In a weak moment I tried a baguette in the arena - vastly overpriced and v.poor - as was the coffee.
Maybe the champagne and the stir-fry were better (?)

But outside the main arena the outlets are more reliable.

At least I got to see arguably the greatest current active sportsman.... as Federer received a couple of awards one for sportsmanship and another as the fans favourite (for the umpteenth time)


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the Salt Lake visit caught my eye as I went their a few years ago and wrote this in the blog...

Next on to Salt Lake City.

Yes its a little like 'Invasion of the body snatchers meets the Stepford Wives' with all those guys in suits in temperatures in the high nineties.
Starbucks - whats that ?

But there is money around and plenty of construction going on - not least around downtown. Where the Temple area is very impressive with its clean lines and pristine, manicured flower beds.

Real Salt Lake 2 Toronto 1

Currently playing at the Rice Eccles stadium - which means you watch the game played across the prominent American Football markings and as is typical a small crowd (12,000) had plenty of space in a very large ground.

RSL lead their league and they consolidated - just about - taking the lead then being pegged back later in 2nd and seeing Findley sweep in the winner. Familiar names amongst the Toronto team included Carl Robinson, Laurent Robert and Rohan Ricketts.

The next evening I saw the Bees , the local Pacific League baseball team, beat New Orleans 11-6 .

Though the surrounding area is not as salubrious as downtown the ballpark is pleasant with grassy picnic areas for the families.

The Bees score 4 in the 4th, the Zephyrs 6 in the 6th but the home team respond with 5 and later 2 more to win easily enough. Some 6,304 watched.


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Tennis
Barclays ATP World Tour Finals - O2 Greenwich
Wed Evening Session 23/11/11

First time visit for a sporting event although have seen several concerts here in the past.Still find it difficult to believe that this was previously the much derided 'Millenium Dome' such is the transformation internally.

Sat way back & high up in the 'cheap seats' or should i say cheaper seats as this event hasn't adhered to any form of austerity measures regarding admission pricing.Fairly spectacular however & no matter where you are seated you have an uninterrupted view of proceedings.

First match was the under reported doubles tournament match between identical twins Bob & Mike Bryan from the US against the Swedish/Romanian pairing of Robert Lindstedt & Horica Tecau.The Bryan's currently rated as the doubles No.1 made short work of the opposition winning comprehensively 6-1,6-2 with their play sometimes seemingly to be telepathic in the anticipation & awareness of positioning & shot selection.On deuce points (40-40) no advantage is played,so whoever wins the next point wins the game.This ruling was just for the doubles competition.

The main event then followed between Novak Djokovic & David Ferrer with the arena now full.At best the previous doubles encounter was about half that.
A real surprise here as Djokovic,the World's No.1 lost to Ferrer (Rated 5),especially considering Djokovic's recent incredible form 6-3,6-1.Apart from the first couple of games in the first set,Djokovic was nowhere near his best with too many unforced errors,but this was mainly due to Ferrer seizing the iniative & exposing a rather fatigued looking Novak.Ferrer on the back of this win qualified for the semis.

Didn't bother purchasing any food.All the restaraunts & bars had people queing to get in even at 5.30 pm.

All finished at 9.20 pm after starting at 6.00pm,meant a leisurely stroll for me to the nearby North Greenwich tube station on the Jubilee line.Four stops to London Bridge to get the overhead connection back home & indoors by 10.45pm



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Sat 4th June. Doncaster Races.

Scotter Utd annual summer trip. (Its the first one actually, but we might go again if its a good day out!)


It was! So Thu 29th Dec - Doncaster Races.

Scotter Utd annual winter trip.....



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Sunday 11 Dec 2011: Hereford Races: Admission: £19; Racecard: £3

A bitterly cold afternoon combined with intermittent heavy rain made for a depressing afternoon. Hereford Racecourse appears to have failed to move with the times; stuck in a rut with facilities that may have been deemed behind the times in the 1980s. The lack of investment in the course was all too apparent, the poor choice of food and drink facilities for the race-going public brought into sharp focus by the weather. Viewing is hardly the best, either though on-course commentator John Hunt is top-class. Heavy going made for a card full of surprises; both Chases were carnage and a number of high-priced winners emerged from the mudlark. Poor value for £19 in my opinion.


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Sat 4th June. Doncaster Races.

Scotter Utd annual summer trip. (Its the first one actually, but we might go again if its a good day out!)


It was! So Thu 29th Dec - Doncaster Races.

Scotter Utd annual winter trip.....


Great day out - 42 people came and we raised almost £500 for club funds.



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Thursday 29 December 2011: Kelso Races; Admission: £13; Racecard: £2

Kelso styles itself as Britain’s friendliest racecourse and it’s hard to disagree. There’s a complete absence of hassle and stewarding is low key. The course is remote, a long way from any railway line and an hour and a half’s hard drive up the A7 from Carlisle and the M6 but the long journey is worthwhile. Though I’d been before I took along three cricketing pals for their first visit; they were all enraptured by the place. Everything is compact and the views of the course are excellent. The seven race-card was competitive and produced some good racing. The spectators are all keenly interested in the racing and there is a really good atmosphere at the track. The Pelosi Corner Café in Langholm is a recommended stop-off point for breakfast on the way up.


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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.


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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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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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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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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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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.


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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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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 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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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



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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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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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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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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.

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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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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.







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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



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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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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.


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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?

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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:
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Both hurling and Gaelic football have the All-Ireland Championships running over the summer (the lower key National Leagues run earlier in the year). I think the two championships roughly alternate (ie hurling one week, football the next then the next round of football on the third weekend).

With regards to London's participation or lack there of in the hurling championship I believe this is not unusual - whilst virtually all Irish counties compete in football, the numbers entering the top tier of the hurling championship are much lower. I suspect this is because Gaelic football is easier to pick up than hurling and hence has a wider number of players available across the country. The number playing hurling (certainly outside its heartland areas) is less and the difference in ability between top and lesser levels of teams is much greater. I suppose the situation is similar to that of (association) football and rugby union across Europe - most countries are able to raise a football team of reasonable standard that can hope to put up a reasonable fight against most teams, where as in rugby union the top few nations would absolutely thrash even middle ranking nations.


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Yeah, the hurling and football seasons more or less occur at the same time of the year.

As far as I know, but I could be wrong, London don't compete in any provincial competition or the All-Ireland.



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With regards to London's participation or lack there of in the hurling championship I believe this is not unusual - whilst virtually all Irish counties compete in football, the numbers entering the top tier of the hurling championship are much lower. .


Yes that's true, Kilkenny I think are the only county with a hurling and no football team



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As far as I know, but I could be wrong, London don't compete in any provincial competition or the All-Ireland.


London and New York both enter the Connacht Football Championship ,presumably because its the smallest in terms of entrants.


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Connacht has five counties - Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo. Therefore, the Connacht Championship has seven teams, including London and New York. Incidentally, this makes it larger than the Munster Championship, which has six counties/teams - Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford.


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Sunday 22 July
British Superbike Championship
Brands Hatch

Will be another new circuit for me, weather permitting! Unsure



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Sunday 22 July
British Superbike Championship
Brands Hatch

Will be another new circuit for me, weather permitting! Unsure


All systems go for the above, looking forward to first visit to Brands Hatch and first Superbike meeting, hopefully the Buildbase BMW will get on the podium.



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All systems go for the above, looking forward to first visit to Brands Hatch and first Superbike meeting, hopefully the Buildbase BMW will get on the podium.



How long has that been allowed ?


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All systems go for the above, looking forward to first visit to Brands Hatch and first Superbike meeting, hopefully the Buildbase BMW will get on the podium.


How long has that been allowed ?


Not the actual bike you understand! more the rider of it hopefully, in this case Peter Hickman. Crazy



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Fantastic days racing at Brands Hatch, and perfect weather for it too!
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Leinster senior final
Dublin 2-13 Meath 1-13
Admission €35
programme €5
attendance 69,656



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Monday 30 July 2012
Olympic Games Women's Handball Preliminary Round
Great Britain 16 Russia 37
France 18 Spain 18
Both played at the Copper Box, Olympic Park, London
Ticket £20, Day 3 programme £5

My first experience of this sport and it was a fantastic experience.

An excellent arena with superb views, even from the back of the upper tier.

GB's inexperience at the sport was somewhat exposed by the highly rated Russian side. The host nation came from 2-0 down to 2-2 but that was as good as it got. Not many empty seats it has to be said, although there were a few after the break as some had obviously decided they only wanted to see GB in action.

The 2nd game though was a cracker. Spain were never behind but never managed to get that unassailable lead and that allowed France to stay in touch and get the equaliser in the last couple of minutes.

Now disappointed that I shan't be at any more sessions.



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Friday 3rd August 2012
Women's Handball Preliminaries - Group B
@ the Copper Box Arena

Spain 25-24 Sweden
Denmark 22-23 Norway

Admission: £50

Had to pay top whack to get some tickets, even though it was not a sell out. Agree with DavetheGlassboy in regard to both the sport and the arena.

Both games, as you can see by the score were very close with none of the sides able to take a grip on their respective match. Spain opened up a two goal cushion in the last minute before the Swedes scored the final goal of the game. They were helped massively by their gk Silvia Navarro who made 14 saves during the game.

The all Scandinavian affair saw Norway win the match with just twelve seconds left on the clock.

Both myself and the wife had a brilliant day in London at the Olympic Park. The organisation was superb and the staff friendly, helpful and informative.

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Sunday August 5th 2012

Olympic Sailing Regatta - Weymouth

Park and Ride - Free
Place on Pier - Free
Place on Beach with screens - FreeCool
Att:5000-6000 (est) This is just the pier and beach and not the Hill "Grandstand"
Programmes - Daily Olympic One £10
Sailing Regatta one £5


After Mad Mick enjoying himself on Wednesday and telling me how the prices had been cut and really get into the Olympics more than I expected I thought sod it and talked Splodge Senior into a day at the sea-side without the Isle of Wight in view!

Arrived at park and ride site (there are 3) and the organisation was superb. Couldn't go wrong anywhere and the volunteers were exceptionally friendly, and actually looking like they meant it everywhere we went throughout the day. Buses were frequent throughout the day and we arrived at Weymouth sea front just after 10.

As soon as you got off the bus walking into Town you could actually feel the tense anticipation like any cup semi final as to whether they would do it and add to that the general feel good factor about GB sport in the air and it was a great occasion.

Watched the start of the opening group races on the pier but with the boats not really visible and following the decision to close down the weymouth festival there were few amenities on the pier and Splodge Senior does need to use the amenities! (He is getting on you know)

We headed down to the sea front. Lovely sandy beach which was absolutely packed throughout, but we found a space close to the shoreline where we could see the action on the big screens, seeing as the boats were on the whole on the opposite side.

There was plenty of cheering and waving of union jacks all the time and at times it was a bit like at being at an international football match - All that was missing was that bloody band!

Excuse my ignorance here but I know nothing at all about sailing and all I can say about the first race (Doubles?) is from the view on the screens that our boys cocked it up in the final straight and their final position of 8th just saw them pipped.

Then came the Ben Ainsley race and the noise got louder, the flag waving more profound, the TV Cameras taking more shots and asking people for their thoughts. From what I could make out Ainsley took an early lead over the Dane and never gave it away, whilst towards the end the Dutch boat got himself into a position where he could nick the gold at the post but carrying out a turn cocked it up big style to go from 2nd to 5th with Ainsley sailing in comfortably through to the finishing line to set off huge cheers from all the beach and along the pier.

Splodge Senior who is quite senior had enough and considering he's tee-total shocked me by suggesting we head for the pub for a drink, so went back into Town and the Spoons. Piddle Brewery's Leg Warmer was very Gingerish, whilst the follow up pint of Brewster's Pandora was off and with the pub heaving decided to leave it than queue for 15 minutes to get it changed and we came home.

A35/A31/M27 were understandably busy but traffic was moving freely enough and we got home just after 6pm.

A surprisingly good day.



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Sunday 5 August 2012
Olympic Games Women's Volleyball Preliminary Round
Great Britain 0 Japan 3 (19-25, 14-25, 12-25)
Italy 2 Russia 3 (28-26, 19-25, 25-22, 16-25, 11-15)
Both played at Earl's Court, London
Ticket £20, Day 9 programme £5

My first live volleyball albeit it's a sport I'm far more familiar with than handball.

GB couldn't qualify and Japan would finish 3rd in the group regardless and the home side never looked like making a fight of it.

Italy and Russia were playing for 1st place and was nip and tuck throughout with the Russians taking the momentum in the 4th set (8-0 up at the first technical time out - i.e. US TV advert break!) before seeing it out at the end.

Managed to leave Earl's Court at 18:55 and still get to Marylebone for the 19:33 train back to Brum which I thought was good going.

And that's it as far as my non-football Olympic experience goes. With the benefit of hindsight I think I'd have been better off going for more of these sessions and fewer football but c'est la vie.



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Baseball

Friday 3rd August

Minor League - Double A

Texas League

San Antonio Missions 8 - 2 Frisco Roughriders



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Sunday 5 August 2012, 11:00am: London Olympics Women’s Marathon: att: seemingly millions: Entry free; no programme issued.

At last, a free entry event I can get too. Having been unable to get to either of the cycling road races (watching football in Scotland) or time trials (trapped at work), I was determined to be at the roadside for this, the first of two marathons through London’s streets. Early arrival ensured a good place on the rail – careful perusal of the route showed that a position on the Great Tower Street / Lower Thames Street junction would afford the possibility to see the runners pass a total of six times as they undertook a complex City and Westminster circuit.

But long experience of cycle road races told me that simply being on the rail is not good enough if you want to follow the race. You also need to be near a big screen or a decent pub with plentiful TVs if you are to obtain maximum enjoyment and understanding of the race. No sign of any big screens, but my chosen road junction is faced by Fullers’ pub, the Hung Drawn & Quartered, which had engaged loads of staff to cope with the multitudes. Sorted.

The build up was dominated by a huge downpour, but enlivened by a marching band of Urban Morris-types and some impressive samba drummers, who kept up their pounding throughout. Just as the runners were about to round the corner from Eastcheap for the first time, the rain stopped, the sun came out, brollies came down, and we all had a great view of the still-large leading pack. By the third lap, this had thinned out considerably and it looked to all to be a straight race between the Ethiopians and the Kenyans, with a Russian hanging in. Two surviving Brits were well back; but in these circumstances I am allowed to remember my Kenyan place of birth and I stood near a Kenyan family just along the rail and was able to cheer on Priscah Jeptoo and Mary Keitany as they looked strong on the final lap, even remembering a few encouraging words of schoolboy Swahili. I think my support must for sure have helped, as TV soon showed Jeptoo with a big grin and Kenyan flag draped around her neck as she had taken silver behind Tiki Gelana. This sight coming only after every single straggler had been cheered around the roads, some of whom were rather a long way off the pace. Many said they were encouraged to PBs by the London crowd, even the diminutive backmarker from East Timor. I only saw two girls sitting in the broom wagon on the last lap, although it later emerged that Mara Yamauchi had dropped out early on, explaining why none of us had spotted her in the pack.

I had thought that the lady water polo players were an unusual, extreme shape, and now it turns out that the marathon runners are another extreme example of the female form. Many seem desperately thin and the poor things did look a bit unnatural out there in the rain in their skimpy running togs. There is no hiding place in an event such as this.

Disappointingly, the £5 Daily Programme is ‘Exclusively Available’ within the ticketed venues only, and not available to the mere plebs who take advantage of the free viewing possible at events such as this.


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I would say women's volleyball (not the beach variety) is the best team sport of the Olympics. I'm looking forward to the knockout stages.


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"for this, the first of two marathons through London’s streets. Early arrival ensured a good place on the rail – careful perusal of the route showed that a position on the Great Tower Street / Lower Thames Street junction would afford the possibility to see the runners pass a total of six times as they undertook a complex City and Westminster circuit. "

Is it the same route next week? How early did you have to get there? Cheers!



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Mishi
I'm pretty sure it is the same route this coming Sunday. I'll probably not be able to make it myself, but if I could I would go back to the same spot as it worked well for me. Because of the heavy rain last Sunday, most people were hiding under trees and in doorways etc.. and only emerged shortly before the runners arrived, so it was easy to get a good vantage point. Conditions this week should be better. But I would not judge that you would need to get to a City vantage point much before the start time of the race and you will get a decent view. Everybody moves around anyway between the laps, so the whole thing is quite fluid. Trying to get a view at the Westminster end might be a different ball game altogether.


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Thanks, that's a great help. Won't blame you if my plans go pearshaped! ;-)



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Olympic Athletics
August 6
Attendance: 80,000
Admission: £65


This was a new experience for me. I had never been to any high level athletics before but for me the Olympic Games are all about athletics so I was was very keen that the family and I should experience what will probably be a once in a lifetime event. We were at the morning session, so no finals, but we saw men's 800 metres and discus and women's 100 metres hurdles, 1,500 metres and shot put. Our view was outstanding - level with the top of one of giant screens and a few yards to the side of it.

We had a fantastic morning which exceeded all our expectations. The noise when any British athletes were in action was astonishing and when Lawrence Okoye qualified for the discuss final with his final attempt the noise was greater than any that I have experienced in any sports stadium.

This was my second visit to the Olympic Park and both times I have come away with nothing but praise for the organisation of the event both within the Park and throughout London. Any overseas visitor can not fail to have been impressed with what has been achieved. It made me enormously proud to be British. My only complaint was that I had nothing to moan about.Wink


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SUNDAY 5th AUGUST

I spent the morning watching the ladies marathon and in the evening i was at the Excel for the boxing. An excellent night of boxing which included Britain's Luke Campbell make it through to the semi-final .

MEN'S BANTAMWEIGHT Q-FINAL
1. L.ALVAREZ (CUBA) 16 - 11 R.VIEIRA (BRAZIL)

2. J.J.NEVIN (IRELAND) 19 - 13 O.VALDEZ (MEXICO)

3. L.CAMPBELL (GBR) 16 - 15 D.DALAKLIEV (BULGARIA)

4. M.OUADAHI (ALGERIA) 15 - 17 S.SHIMIZU (JAPAN)


MENS HEAVYWEIGHT Q-FINAL
1. O.USK (UKRAINE) 17-13 A.BETERBUYEV (RUSSIA)
2. T.PULEV (BULGARIA) 13-10 Y.PERALTA (ARGENTINA)
3. T.MAMMADOV (AZE) 19-19 S.KARNEYEU (BELARUS) T.MAMMADOV won on count back
4. J.LARDUET (CUBA) 10-12 C.RUSSO (ITALY)


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Olympic Athletics
August 6
Attendance: 80,000
Admission: £65

This was my second visit to the Olympic Park and both times I have come away with nothing but praise for the organisation of the event both within the Park and throughout London. Any overseas visitor can not fail to have been impressed with what has been achieved. It made me enormously proud to be British. My only complaint was that I had nothing to moan about.Wink


You are not so far from the man depicted in the Matt cartoon in the Daily Telegraph, grumpily announcing to his wife as he comes through his front door that "London is full of happy, smiling people; I feel like a stranger in my own city."

I suppose I'd better use one of these.........Laugh


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Olympic Athletics
August 6
Attendance: 80,000
Admission: £65

This was my second visit to the Olympic Park and both times I have come away with nothing but praise for the organisation of the event both within the Park and throughout London. Any overseas visitor can not fail to have been impressed with what has been achieved. It made me enormously proud to be British. My only complaint was that I had nothing to moan about.Wink


You are not so far from the man depicted in the Matt cartoon in the Daily Telegraph, grumpily announcing to his wife as he comes through his front door that "London is full of happy, smiling people; I feel like a stranger in my own city."

I suppose I'd better use one of these.........Laugh


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Wednesday 8 August 2012, 8:30pm: London Olympics Boxing: att: 10,000 apparently: Entry £45; day programme issued.

I am not a boxing fan and I’ve barely ever even watched it on TV. But beggars cannot be choosers when it comes to Olympic tickets. In fact this was the only ticket I had obtained through the original lottery. In the past I have even been happy to say that I actively dislike boxing. My only previous brush with boxing (and a good celebrity spot too) was when as a youngster I played a couple of games of table tennis with John Conteh, in the unlikely setting of the lodge at Semliki Game Reserve in Uganda – he was recovering there after some fight or other. Anyway, enough of that.

On the subject of tickets, we bumped into some friends from Hackney outside the venue. They have been going to big events every day – velodrome nights, main stadium athletics finals etc... Asked how on earth they had sourced tickets, they gave the same reply to the one another friend had given me the day before – “We brought everything from the Belgian Olympic Committee Website, no lottery there, just pick whatever events you wanted and pay for them. No requirement to be Belgian”.

This was my first visit to the Excel for any reason. In Olympic mode it is home to four different arenas featuring different sports, with the boxing last night in South Arena 2. All are accessed through the same entry point and there is a shared concourse with food and drink outlets etc... I’ve seen the boxing hall quoted as having a 10,000 capacity. But I cannot believe that is true, half of that I would say as configured last night. All the seating is of a temporary nature, tight to the ring. I was expecting my expensive tickets to be almost ringside. In fact they were four rows from the back, in the corner. But the view was actually not bad. Above the ring is a scoreboard and a series of TV screens. Uniquely in my experience, these were not ‘big screens’ and they were showing images no larger than real life; so people actually watched the live action rather than the screen.

We watched 10 of the 12 fights on the card. Men’s quarter finals in three weight categories. Tiny little fellows at the start, some medium sized chaps in the middle and some big bruisers at the end. Three rounds each, with the fighters anonymised by all being in either red or blue – no national colours. Woody and I really struggled to work out who was winning each fight. I think it’s the first sporting event I have ever been to when I did not know the outcome at the end. In 7 of the 10 fights we watched, we had to wait to be told by the judges who had won. Only three were so one-sided that it was obvious. GB boxer Tom Stalker fought a Mongolian with a difficult name in one of the Welterweight class fights. Cue mass patriotic fervour (there were a surprising number of Mongolian supporters present too). Stalker looked slightly second best to us, but there was mass booing at the end when the Mongolian’s hand was raised aloft and the BBC described it as a ‘controversial decision’. So I guess I was just not getting it. Overall I enjoyed the experience, but I cannot really say I enjoyed the boxing, and I cannot see any reason to want to attend the sport again.

The usual ‘Day Programme’ sold within the venue for £5 – there does not appear to be a boxing-specific programme.


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Tuesday August 7th
Weightlifting - men's +105kg group B
Excel arena - admission £45

Excellent seat at the side of the stage, and very enjoyable. Not sure I'd want to watch the entire competition, but where the competitor builds up a relationship to have the fans on his side then you really are willing him to succeed.
Several other events at the arena, and excellent organisation on a one-way system of crowd control

Wednesday August 8th
Mens Handball 1/4 final
France 23 Spain 22
Basketball arena - admission £50

The quarter finals & onwards have been moved to the larger basketball arena, and this was a sell-out.
Excellent organisation again, but with Wednesday being a flat day for medals generally, and GB in particular (i.e. none) then the atmosphere in the Olympic Park was less euphoric that it seemed from the TV beforehand.
First time I've been to a handball game, and only seen a couple of minutes on the TV previously. And what a revelation - absolutely loved it.
Spain led 7-2 at one stage, courtesy of some brilliant goalkeeping, and France didn't lead until the 48th minute, and scored the winner with the last move of the match
No exposure for the game of course because GB has never been near to winning anything, but there's no reason why it shouldn't catch on. Streets ahead of basketball imho
A new English league, including a venue at the soon to be completed Leeds arena perhaps....?


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No exposure for handball of course because GB has never been near to winning anything, but there's no reason why it shouldn't catch on. Streets ahead of basketball imho


And you don't have to be 7' tall to play...


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British Cycle Speedway Elite League
Sunday 19th August at 2 p.m.
Sheffield Stars 99 v 78 Leicester Monarchs
Graves Park Centre
Admission Free
Programme Full colour 24 pages £1
Attendance About 42 not involved with either of the clubs

Didn't know whether to include here or under speedway. Sadly, like its motorised brother, cycle speedway has seriously declined over recent years with Sheffield now having only 2 tracks compared with double figures and even more teams in the not too distant past. A look at the attendance also shows how much it has plummeted. Current world champion Lukasz Nowacki was missing from the away side but it is doubtful even if his presence would have swayed the result away from the rampant Stars. Only a tapes infringement in the final heat stopped them reaching 100 points.

I had tried to see the previous days Midland League match at Wordsworth Avenue but upon arrival nothing was happening. However this seems to have been as a result of the BBC Olympics Road Show visiting Graves at the same time attracting a few hundred along. The club seemed to be well pleased with the response to this short notice visit and feel that it can only benefit the sport With Sharon Davies (surely she qualifies for MILF status now) having a blast around the track and true speedway fan, John Inverdell, acting as link this positive promotion can only help matters.

Although it is no substitute for the real thing it is good fun and worth taking a look. Looking at the teams it seems that ages ranged from about 16 to 60+ and both men and women compete on an equal basis. Some of the Leicester ladies wouldn't have looked out of place in a girl band so credit to them for choosing a physically challenging sport instead.

Although I only took in the Elite match there were 3 other (including the one I missed the previous day) more junior fixtures also held giving a total of 57 races all for free. Unlike speedway too the music was much more up to date and, whether I liked it or not, it must help to attract new younger fans. Also it is one sport where men actually wear tights so if you get your thrills in that way..........................

All in all a good days entertainment which coupled with the excellent motorised action at Sheffield (heat 13 was out of this world) on the 16th and Scunthorpe on the 17th provided an ideal weekend of shale track action for any petrol head like me.


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Back to Donington Park for some more motorsport this Sunday 9th Sept.
British Superbike Championship.
Again supporting Hickman on the BMW and always like to see the MSS Colchester Kawasaki team do well.



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Sunday 9 September 2012
Men's Hockey - pre-season
Cannock 7 Peterborough 1
No admission, no programme

This was meant to be a visit to Cresswell Wanderers in the Women's West Midlands League whose website gives their location as Cannock Cricket and Hockey Club but on arrival there was no sign of any football, nor indeed any facility for same - two hockey pitches, two cricket fields, a tennis court, a bowling green and an indoor squash court but no football pitch!

However, this allowed me to do a hockey tick and register my 3rd venue in this sport.

Cannock dominated the game from start to finish, 4-0 up by half time, 7-0 midway through the second half and then took their foot off the pedal allowing the visitors a consolation about ten minutes from the end.



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HORSE RACING

Saturday 7 September

THIRSK

Admission - Club Enclosure: £22 though I got in free (used a press pass), collar and tie required in this enclosure.
Racecard £2.50 - full colour, standard format
Attendance - 7,135
Going - Good (Good To Firm in places)

Course is easy to find located near the town centre on the A61(Station Road)`, comfortably accessible from the A1 and the length of the 6 furlong straight from Thirsk Station

Ladies' Day at the course saw a very good crowd turn out on a warm September day. Busy but not unbearably so and the numerous lofty viewing points were readily available. That being said, the amount upturned plastic beer glasses on the stands was irritating toward the end of the day, ironic given that the 'blazers' at the back of the stands were stopping people moving between enclosures if they had a drinks glass in hand.

Plenty of food and drink outlets, and we paid £7 each for grilled chicken in a bun and minute steak in a bun. The food from the other outlets I saw seemed decent and reasonable value, and given the size of the crowd the queues were bearable.

Viewing from the stands was very good, all the course visible bar a small section of the back straight obscured by a hedge. Stands with quite steeply raked steps avaiable in the Course enclosure and Paddock Enclosure and about 600 seats available in the Club Enclosure.

Paddock area is easily accessible with grass banks around allowing more to view. Pre-parade ring seemed popular as well. This is a course that races from April to September and the grassy, leafy nature of the surroundings are ideally suited for that season.

Large fields and not easy to pick winners but the crowd are enthusiastic and these was a fair roar at the end of each race. The 7 furlong two-year-old maiden may prove to have been a decent contest. Mark Johnston filly REGGAE STAR set a good pace only to be worn down right on the line by William Haggas trained EPIC BATTLE. Both should be capable of progressing further and should reward support, particularly if the going remians on the fast side of good.

The closing maiden was won by SKIDBY MILL a filly who looks caapble of better and, although she's on the small side, caught the eye pre-race. There were a few involved in the final furlong but she won a shade cosily and is likely to go on from here. A first handicap mark of 71 doesn't look over harsh and a nursery handicap may be the target for local trainer John Quinn.

Previous course winner INGLEBY ANGEL was trying to follow up two handicap wins, dropping back from 1 mile to 7 furlong. Drawn wide on the outside Tom Eaves had to drop her in behind the others before the first bend and, although keeping on to the line, third place was the best she could manage. This looked a decent effort from a progressive three-year-old and he should add to his win tally before long.

The eight race card tested the stamina of a few, the up side meaning that the car park had emptied a bit before the last race. It didn't take us long to get out on to the road and travelling back north.


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Cycle Racing

Sunday 16 September 2012: Tour of Britain – Stage 8; att: huge; Entry free; programme issued.

My only sighting of this year’s cycling Tour of Britain came on the last day, a long and quite tough stage from Reigate to Dorking. There’s not much point in me trying to describe the action, as, quite frankly, as a roadside spectator you don’t get to see very much.

My tactic was to go to Guildford as this would give two sightings of the peloton, once for an intermediate sprint at the top of the High Street and secondly, 100km later, for the finish up the same narrow, cobbled, uphill straight. It was obvious on arrival, an hour before the first sprint, that the crowd was going to be enormous. This meant that some spectator tactics were needed. It is important at these events to have good sightlines for the race itself, to be near a loudspeaker for the commentary if there is one and to be near a big screen if there is one. Being three or four back from the rail but with a long sightline is better than being on the rail but just seeing them flash by in a blur. Also necessary is to be handy for a decent pub which confirms it will be showing live TV coverage. Bearing all these factors in mind, I took up a place near the bottom of the High Street where I could see the riders sweep round from Portsmouth Road, over the canal bridge, flash past on the climb and get a little bit of a view of them flying up the hill. The sprint came through a few minutes late after the riders had been held at a level crossing – four in a breakaway with the Sky team leading the peloton just two minutes behind.

Between the laps there were various events to keep the crowd amused, including a series of hill climb races up the High Street – one featuring a very red-faced Graham Le Saux. But I was quickly into the Royal Oak, full of cycling fans following the progress of the race on ITV 4. Several breakaways, some aggressive climbing, numerous teams in the mix, big crowds all the way along – it was good stuff. Then back out onto the road where the crowd was now at least 10 deep on the barriers. I headed down to Portsmouth Road for a clearer view. They were by in a flash at full speed. I saw enough to know that Sky were on the front with Mark Cavendish in third or fourth, perfectly set-up to win, and the gold jersey of overall leader was safely in the pack. They were up the hill and over the line before I got over the road and into the pub – this time the White House - but smiling faces confirmed that Cavendish (bizarrely labelled by someone as a ‘flop’ on this message board a few weeks ago) had won the sprint, and Jonathan Tiernan-Locke had held on to the overall. It had been Cavendish’s last outing on home soil in the Rainbow Jersey.

A free Tour programme was available in the form of a supplement to one of the cycling magazines, although, given the size of the crowd, it was hard work to track one down. Usually at cycle races there is also a printed list of starters, their numbers and teams and an up-to-date list of the various classifications (a sort of teamsheet if you like) – but I could not find any of these.


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Weekend ticket purchased for ROCKINGHAM, British Touring Car Championship 22/23rd September.
Saturday football sacrificed for this and therefore keeping Arsenal on Wednesday as number 500 celebration Tongue



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Gaelic Football, Pairc Naomh Mhuire, Quilty
Co Clare Quarter Finals
Kilrush 1-08 Ennistymon 0-06
Attendance: approx 850

Having attended a wedding in Quilty, I wandered out into the village to find this quarter final underway. Quilty is a lovely seaside village, and it's possible to look out on the Atlantic from within the ground. The Main Stand, holding well over 1000 (exceeding the village population, I should think) and half the length of the pitch faces the opposite way. There's an excellent view from near the top. Elsewhere, a large crowd gathered on the raised grass bank to the left of the entry, some were also on the grass bank behind the goal and there was low level terracing on the opposite side. Flat standing behind the far goal I think. Beautiful views over the Clare countryside, this is highly recommended.

It was tight and competitive, Kilrush pulling away late on to send the majority home happy. Post match beers in the Armada in Spanish Point, which had a raft of Irish craft beers - Eight Degrees Howling Gale Ale and Dooliner Irish Red both recommended.



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Sunday 14th October
Brands Hatch
British Superbike Championship
Ticket £25



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Brands Hatch
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Shane Byrne is the 2012 British Superbike Champion riding the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki Cool



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Hurry up with new avatar Bucko !

Summat like



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Shane Byrne is the 2012 British Superbike Champion riding the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki Cool



Hurry up with new avatar Bucko !

Summat like

Thats an old one!
No, sorry I'm not a Shane Byrne fan, and in my opinion Kawasaki's should be green! So no avatar for this event I'm afraid, just the usual.



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Hockey's equivalent to Football's Champions League or Rugby's Heineken Cup, the Euro Hockey League, comes to East Grinstead this weekend, Fri-Sun 26-28 Oct. 12 teams in 4 groups of 3 compete for 8 of the 16 places in round 2 which will be played over the easter weekend. More info can be found at www.eghockey.co.uk/ or www.ehlhockey.tv/. Each day sees 4 matches kicking off at 9:30, 12, 2:30 & 5pm according to host clubs website but ehl has them down an hour later (I guess they're using CET). Tickets are available at door for £15 provided they don't sell out, best to get there early to make sure. Ground is about 2 miles south of town on Saint Hill Road opposite rugby club. Sorry for short notice but I only learned about this event when Caroline Barker mentioned it on Radio 2 this morning, no mention in Hockey section of BBC Sport website.


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Hockey's equivalent to Football's Champions League or Rugby's Heineken Cup, the Euro Hockey League, comes to East Grinstead this weekend, .

I went on the Saturday morning. There were about 1000 temporary seats - not that busy on the Saturday, probably because most hockey players were playing but understand it was full on the Sunday. Good choice of food and indoor area with shop, bar, big TV showing footage in the converted sports hall. Friendly welcome from club people volunteering. Very good PA system with Howard Bentham, BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester breakfast show host on the mike, clearly a hockey fan.


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Saturday 3rd November
English Basketball League Division One
Team Northumbria v Leicester Warriors
6pm @ SportCentral, Newcastle.

Sunday 4th November
British Basketball League
Durham Wildcats v Manchester Giants
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Sunday 4th November
British Basketball League
Durham Wildcats 69 Manchester Giants 64
Admission £6
Free A4 Game 'Newsletter'

Manchester dominated the 1st half but paid the penalty for only scoring 22 points in the 2nd half! Not their regular apparently & a very makeshift set up although perfectly adequate for the 200 or so who turned up. Good value at £6, Newcastle Eagles in the same league charge £16!!

Homes games usually played at Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre but playing here was very handy as it's only 5 miles from The Billingham Forum for the Ice Hockey.



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Friday 9th November - ATP Tennis at the O2

Ticket £38 and £19 for junior - Programmes £10 and no thanks, you're having a laugh !

Disappointing stuff as Tsonga just didn't turn up for the opening set which he needed to win to have any chance of progressing to the semi finals. Because of that, the atmosphere was muted, although it picked up a little when he gave Andy Murray more of a game in the second set, but, by then, it was too late.

As for the programmes costing £10 - well, the fact that hardly anyone was buying them said it all. I usually get the Wimbledon programme at £8 a throw, but when I go to the French Open, they are only 2 Euros (admittedly it is now more like a paper but it does the trick), so, how can they justify a tenner ? Make it £5 and they would sell lots more. Basic economics or am I just being a tightarse ?


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Saturday 10 November 2012
Women's National Hockey League Premier Division
Olton and West Warwickshire 1 Canterbury 1
No admission, programme for donation - thought £1 was reasonable

The first leg of my "Triple Sports Day" and the relatively short trip to the borough of Solihull, within a stone's throw of the venue of the Birmingham Drama Festival (the Dovehouse Theatre).

This was the second of five games being played at the West Warwickshire Sports Club today (3 men's and 2 women's) and was the highest level game.

The long journey up from Kent didn't seem to hamper the Canterbury side who matched their hosts throughout and took the lead in the last minute of the first half. Olton equalised in the second half and celebrated the draw at the end as if they'd won despite being higher in the league than their visitors.

My 4th hockey venue which brings it level with (believe it or not) cricket as the sport in 3rd place on my list of grounds visited.



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Friday 9th November - ATP Tennis at the O2

Ticket £38 and £19 for junior - Programmes £10 and no thanks, you're having a laugh !

Disappointing stuff as Tsonga just didn't turn up for the opening set which he needed to win to have any chance of progressing to the semi finals. Because of that, the atmosphere was muted, although it picked up a little when he gave Andy Murray more of a game in the second set, but, by then, it was too late.

As for the programmes costing £10 - well, the fact that hardly anyone was buying them said it all. I usually get the Wimbledon programme at £8 a throw, but when I go to the French Open, they are only 2 Euros (admittedly it is now more like a paper but it does the trick), so, how can they justify a tenner ? Make it £5 and they would sell lots more. Basic economics or am I just being a tightarse ?

Both. Tongue

And I wouldn't buy a programme at that price either just like I refused to buy a programme at Wembley for the Men's olympic football.



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Saturday 10 November 2012
Women's National Hockey League Premier Division
Olton and West Warwickshire 1 Canterbury 1
The long journey up from Kent didn't seem to hamper the Canterbury side who matched their hosts throughout and took the lead in the last minute of the first half. Olton equalised in the second half and celebrated the draw at the end as if they'd won despite being higher in the league than their visitors.

I think you must have misread the table. Canterbury were and still are top. Olton move up from 9th (relegation play off spot) to 8th thanks to the point.


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I must have done. For some reason I'd thought that Canterbury were one off bottom and Olton were mid-table. Senior moment probably.

Thanks for the correction.



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I must have done. For some reason I'd thought that Canterbury were one off bottom and Olton were mid-table. Senior moment probably.

Thanks for the correction.



That's OK. Hope you didn't feel offended me offering it! I am always interested to see people's view of hockey matches and the grounds where the top clubs play being a keen follower myself


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Thursday 8th November
TENNIS-ATP WORLD FINALS @ o2 arena
ADMISSION £ 38
PROGRAMME £ 10

Evening Session 6pm
DOUBLES.
M.BRYAN/B.BRYAN (USA) 7- 5 ,6-4. J.J.ROGER (NED)/ A-ul-haq Qureshi (PAK)
SINGLES.
J.M.Del Potro (ARG) 6-0,6-4. J.TIPSAREVIC (SER)

This was the first tennis tournament i have attended and i enjoyed it. The world No 1 and Olympic gold medalist's The Bryan twins got back to winning ways after they had lost their opening match 2 days earlier winning in straight sets 7-5,6-4. In the singles match Del Potro won all 6 games in the first set breaking Tipsarevic 3 times , Tipsarevic was no match for Del Potro going down 6-4 in the 2nd set.


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Sat 29th December

Doncaster Races

Scotter Utd jolly boys outing. A good time WILL be had by all (well by me at any rate).



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Sat 29th December

Doncaster Races

Scotter Utd jolly boys outing. A good time WILL be had by all (well by me at any rate).


A good time was duly had by 45 of us (well the majority anyway) and £420 was raised for club funds.



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With the current weather forecast for Surrey being snow on Friday may have to hope the Kempton AW meeting is on this Saturday for a bracketed tick.Seen jumps and flat there but not the AW. Only a tenner to get in as well


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With the current weather forecast for Surrey being snow on Friday may have to hope the Kempton AW meeting is on this Saturday for a bracketed tick.Seen jumps and flat there but not the AW. Only a tenner to get in as well


Just passed a second inspection at 9am and is ON. Think that'll do for me as I can walk there! Just hope the lorry supplying the fish and chip stall has got through.


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National Football League, Division 4
London 1-05 Offaly 1-13
Adm £10, prog £2, sausage roll £2, tea 80p

The start of this year's Gaelic football National Football League saw London with a home fixture at a soft, muddy Ruislip.

London started brightly, moving the ball swiftly down the pitch from the throw-in, into the square, drew a foul and less than a minute in found themselves a goal to the good from the resulting penalty.

The home side kept up a fair rate of point scoring, keeping ahead of the visitors until the break, leading 1-04 to 0-05. The second half saw a rejuvenated Offaly side set about turning round the deficit with a five unanswered points. The game was effectively settled about 20 minutes from time when Offaly scored a fine point from distance and width, then scored a goal to put themselves six points to the good. A handful of points at each end before the end, but the result was never in danger.

A healthy crowd in attendance, with plenty of Offaly supporters.

A double header up next in March, with football against Waterford on Saturday 9th and hurling against Down on Sunday 10th.


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Hmmm....fancy going to the hurling, if it doesn't clash with a decent youth game on the sam day, as it's something I've not seen before.



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It's a great sport to see live, TV doesn't really capture it fully. If you've not been, the grounds are only 10-15 minutes walk from South Ruislip station. There is a bus from Ealing Broadway (E7) that goes past the ground, and one that goes from Hayes & Harlington station (696). Go prepared if it looks like rain: there's no cover.


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A couple of hockey ticks

Saturday 16 February 2013
Women's National League Conference West
Stourport 3 Taunton Vale 0
No admission, no programme

The 12 noon start made this an ideal prelude to the Stour v Hemel game later.

Two pitches on the main site with a men's game currently underway at the time I arrived.

Taunton showed why they are still looking for their first league win this season as they were second best from start to finish.

There is a clubhouse across the road from the hockey & netball venues which also sells hot drinks.


Saturday 23 February 2013
Women's National League Premier Division
University of Birmingham 2 Clifton 4
No admission, no programme

The cage concerned me a bit but on the opposite side from the South car park (free at weekends) there is a spectator area within. There are two hockey pitches and a rugby pitch end to end and all three were in use.

Again, the better team on the day won, albeit that UoB had far more chances than Taunton did. Clifton's 4th goal came right on the final whistle.

No spectator facilities as such so I was glad that I'd taken a flask!



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National Hurling League Div 2B
London 0-21 Down 2-08
Adm £5, prog £2 (double issue)

London followed up yesterday's win in the NFL with a deserved win over Down in the hurling. The pitch was soft and muddy and caused one or two problems but not nearly as bad as I had feared given the rain we've had and the playing of the football yesterday. There was a strong breeze blowing the length of the field which Down had in the first half and London the second.

Down started brightly and soon found themselves 0-04 to 0-00 ahead though one or two wides meant their margin could have been greater before London scored. With the help of a neat goal, a forward pouncing on a deflected shot to tuck it under the keeper, Down stretched their lead to six points during the first half only for London to find their range and cut the deficit to two by the break.

In the second half London rattled up six unanswered points to take the lead and never looked like losing after that. A few nerves when Down cut the lead to two with their second goal but some resolute defending and some fine long range points from all angles kept the home team ahead. In contrast Down's forwards had a day to forget with some very poor shooting.

A fairly niggly match with a number of bouts of handbags leading to the most yellow cards I've seen in a GAA game. This inevitably led to someone getting a second and a London half forward walked. This was, however, already into the added time at the death of the game and too late to make any difference.

A fairly small crowd for today's game, probably just a few hundred.

Next Intercounty games at Ruislip are:
Sun 24 March @2pm v Limerick (football)
Sat 30 March @3pm v Roscommon (hurling)

In the clubhouse there are some plans being displayed about a redevelopment of the grounds at Ruislip to include a stand down the bank side and floodlights, as well as a dedicated practise area behind the far goal. I'm not sure if this means encroaching on some/all of the farm next door, or if there is just enough room to put a stand down there in the existing space. No time-frame or indication of where they are in the process alongside the pictures.


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Mon Mar 17
Ulster Colleges Gaelic Football Final
St Patrick's, Maghera 2-05 St Paul's, Bessbrook 0-10
@ Athletic Ground, Armagh
Admission: £7/3

St Patrick's day and the day belonged to St Pat's, Maghera, two early goals doing the damage, and most of the match they led by around 4 points. St Paul's came with a storming run and narrowed it to 1 point into injury time and did have the ball in scoring area thereafter, but St Pat's held out.

A first visit to me to the Athletic Grounds. Both ends are open, with covered terracing on the far side and a pitch length Main Stand, which was pretty full. No alcohol in the ground, as is usual in Gaelic venues, but there is a social club on the approach. Floodlight pylons can be seen from a long way off, I liked the venue. Despite the wet conditions, St Paul's had a cheer squad behind one goal, whilst the opposite end was largely unoccupied - the noisy St Pat's fans were in the Main Stand towards the unoccupied end. This being (Northern) Ireland, streakers on the pitch at half time were fully clothed, in one piece white/purple (St Pauls') and blue (St Pat's) like the 'Blue Man Group'...



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Baseball time ...

Monday 25 March 1pm
Atlanta Braves 4-7 NY Mets
Att: 9,477
Admission: $26
Programme: $5 (covering all of the Braves' Spring Training games, plus a photocopied game insert)
@ Champion Field (Disney's Wide World of Sports), Lake Buena Vista

Every March all baseball teams head to the warmer climates of Florida & Arizona for their pre-season period, referred to as Spring Training. In Arizona, teams are based at ballparks that are only really used for Spring Training. In Florida, with a few exceptions, the parks are also used in the poorly-supported Florida State League, but it was to two of the exceptions that I headed on Monday.

The first game proved to be a comfortable win for the Mets who never looked like surrendering their early lead and the Braves only showed some resilience towards the end.

Champion Field was previously used by the minor league Orlando Rays when new owners moved them from their traditional home at Tinker Field (located behind the Citrus Bowl). The move wasn't successful as the locals didn't like the Disneyfication of their team and tourists decided they had better things to do than watch minor league baseball, so attendances dropped and the team moved to Montgomery, leaving Orlando as one of the biggest cities without professional baseball.

The ballpark, as you might expect from Disney, is impressive and, unusually for a Spring Training venue, has a large two-tiered stand. The stand oddly had loads of roof supports but no actual roof panels, rendering it practically useless as a protection from the overhead sun and which made spectating a bit uncomfortable, my copious application of sunscreen bringing unapproving looks from the leathery guy sitting next to me. Grass banking along left field and an impressive scoreboard complete a facility which has also hosted the occasional Tampa Bay Rays game in the past.

Concession prices were at major league levels, so I gave them a miss. And I heard an announcement advertising craft beers, but at $10 I again passed. On the plus side, free wifi was available.

Monday 25 March 6pm
Houston Astros 6-4 Washington Nationals
Att: 3,913
Admission: $20
Programme: $3 (Spring Training issue plus photocopied insert)
@ Osceola County Stadium, Kissimmee

A short journey down the slightly seedy-looking part of Route 192 took me to Kissimmee to a ballpark that previously hosted the Kissimmee Cobras / Osceola Astros in the Florida State League for almost 2 decades before low crowds persuaded them to try elsewhere. It was a decent game in which Washington threw away a comfortable lead by giving up 5 runs in the 7th inning following some pitcher changes.

There was a $7 charge for parking which pretty much wiped out the savings made on admission and programme costs. The ballpark, however, is a well-maintained and intimate venue. Although the seating isn't especially deep the roof wraps around the park from left field to right field. The rake of the first half dozen rows looked pretty shallow but I was a bit further back, behind home plate and had an excellent view. This area is always full of scouts and stattos, so it's a good place to listen to other conversations.

The national anthem was sung a cappella, and without microphones, by a group of teenagers, which made a pleasant change from the usual over-sung offering. However, the loudest cheer of the evening came not as a result of anything on the field but rather the throwing of free t-shirts into the crowd.

At one point a split bat went flying 40 yards into the stand, resulting in everyone diving out of the way. The woman next to me, who was wearing gloves and ear-muffs as the temperature had dropped noticeably, remarked "You have to pay attention - two spectators were carried out on stretchers last week!"


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National Hurling League Div 3B
Warwickshire 5-18 Leitrim 1-16
Pairc na h'Eireann, Catherine de Barnes Lane, Bickenhill
Adm £5, no prog (to the mortifcation of the gateman), burger £2.20, tea 60p
Attendance probably about 30

Pairs na h'Eireann is a modest venue which would be outdone by many club grounds in Ireland but there is a pleasant club house with a bar and tea hatch in which to wait before the match started. Fair play to them for having food on sale on a day when they could not have expected many. There was still snow on the ground around the side of the pitch and when I arrived a cold wind was blowing. Fortunately this dropped and the sun came out meaning it was a very pleasant afternoon in the end.

Warwickshire were out of the running to make the divisional final (winners to be promoted) but Leitrim could still make it. It was not to be as they were comprehensively beaten by the exiles. Conditions were not ideal with a very wet area on the far side of the pitch, thought much of the rest of the pitch was OK. Given this, and the supposed lowly stature of the game, this was a cracking contest even after Warwickshire stretched their lead during the second half.

The first half was fairly even with both team trading points and staying fairly close. The teams turned around with the home side 4 points to the good at 0-11 to 0-07. Seeking to make up the deficit quickly, Leitrim started the second half strongly, clearly with a goal in mind and despite a few near misses and good defensive blocks, it didn't take long to arrive, leaving just a point between the teams at 0-13 to 1-09. However, they stopped concentrating and Warwickshire replied with a neat goal of their own to restore their cushion.

The visitors lack of attention was to cause their downfall shortly after when a cross was hit too deep and the defender nearest to it slowed his pursuit, signalling it was going behind for a wide. The ball however, slowed eve quicker on the sticky surface and the forward alongside him nipped round, hopped the ball up and had all the time in the world to centre it to an unmarked team mate who put it in the net.

This really took the wind out of Leitrim and further goals followed for the home side who were playing some really nice, neat, fast hurling. Leitrim started knocking over some good points and frees from distance which was a singular failure of theirs in the first half but never looked like breaking down the defence again for another three pointer. Warwickshire also kept putting points over the bar regularly to keep the daylight between the teams. One or two hints of handbags late on during the game as tempers frayed but it never came to anything and it was handshakes all round at the end.

This game was played on what I assume to be the main pitch which is adjacent to the clubhouse and has a full, permanently railed surround. There is a tiny shelter on either side at half way, each of which would hold about 20 or 30, but other than that it's a shallow grass bank down one side or flat standing on the other. At the top of the grass back is another pitch with no facilities, and a third, with dugouts, lies to the south of these two.

Whilst not quite Bedfont, the ground is situated not far past the SE end of the runway of Birmingham airport and there was a steady stream of planes taking off over us. At least the away team would not have far to head back for their flight.


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Absolutely freezing sitting in the open grandstand for 7hrs on and off, but well worth it Cool

The new VW Passat cc in Kraftwerk livery looks and sounds awesome, they just need to make it go quicker on the straights now, Then perhaps Tom Onslow-Cole can at least get in the top 10 again where he belongs.

Venue is walkable from Eynsford Station, just under an hours walk, alternatively by taxi from Swanley.



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Saturday March 30th

Horse Racing

MUSSELBURGH

Admission - RCA Pass
Attendance - around 3,000
Going - Good To Soft, Soft in places
Weather - Chilly but sunny

A decent meeting to open Musselburgh's flat racing season. Ground looks tired after three cold months in 2013, warmer weather and grass growth needed here, and some just weren't seeing out their races in the tacky ground. There was a distinct pace bias throughout the day with anything getting a qucik break and up with the pace gaining a significant advantage, a pattern even more exagerrated on the second day of the meeting on Sunday.

2011 Prix De L'abbaye winner TANGERINE TREES returned to something near his best after a moderate 2012 season. He held KINGSGATE CHOICE in the final furlong of the 5f Borderlescott Trophy, the pair clear of the rest. The runner-up looks progressive, even as a six-year-old and can make an impact at Listed or Group 3 level this season.

Bill Turner's Brocklesby Stakes winner MICK'S YER MAN looks very strong for an early season two-year-old and his physical adavantage was made to pay in the opening contest. A trip from Sherborne in Dorset is a serious business for an inexperienced horse, but this one found it no problem.

The Royal Mile, a £50,000 three-year-old handicap, was dominated by all-weather form with NEWSTEAD ABBEY bursting clear in the final furlong form Hiddon Coin. CARRY ON SYDNEY stayed on through the field for third and his effort was as good as any since he came from off the pace. He's lightly raced and may have more scope for improvement than some from this contest.

Musselburgh's Course Manager Bill Farnsworth is hoping the course can race on Good Friday next year. He doesn't let the grass grow under his feet and it's typical that he's trying to break the traditional 'no racing on Good Friday' rule.

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Musselburgh's Course Manager Bill Farnsworth is hoping the course can race on Good Friday next year. He doesn't let the grass grow under his feet and it's typical that he's trying to break the traditional 'no racing on Good Friday' rule.


And that did NOT go down well with the jockeys and many other industry people in Sunday's Racing Post! Not only because of The Lesters being held on the Thursday night, but also the traditional open days on the Friday.

Anyway, bring on the flat season when hopefully, eventually, we'll be able to watch some racing without being dressed like an eskimo. This year's highlight for me is a trip to the Belmont Stakes in June.


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Sunday 21st April 2013
DONINGTON PARK
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Sat & Sun 20-21 April

Investec Womens Hockey League Finals at Reading HC.

Sat & Sun sees the culmination of the round robin play-offs. 3 Conference winners plus 9th in Prem for 2 places in Prem next season.

Sat also has the Prem semi-finals Leicester - Surbiton and Reading - Canterbury with 3v4 and final on Sunday.

Extra seating and infrastructure added to Reading's usual facilities.


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Silverstone WEC (World Endurance Championship)

April 13-14. £35 3 day roving ticket plus £25 camping.

Programme £5, extremely good although failed on not having proper listings for the races showing engine capacities etc but good "spotters guide".

F1 isn't proper Motor Racing any more. They restrict the rules so much the cars can't pass, then invent stupid nonsense like DRS and enforced tyre changes to "spice it up".

Endurance racing is Proper Motor Sport. It comes at things from a different angle with freedom of technical Regs within a broad framework. That was why we watched a race lasting 6 hours that ended with a dice on the penultimate Lap between two members of the same team, Allan McNish ultimately winning in his Audi Diesel.

Actually the race wasn't as good as last years, with Audi's new car wiping the floor with the two car Toyota entry (the Toyota's are petrol engined and really scream). The Lovely Aston Martin V8s, which are ear splittingly loud, won both the GT categories too though agian a bot too eaily.

The ELMS race on Saturday was actually set up quite well but it was raining for the whole time and after about 2 hours in worsening conditions they finally called it a day. Make no mistake no other championships would have kept going in the prevailing conditions and it was spectacular to watch. Highlight was a GT Audi R8 lapping almost as fast as the leading Le Mans Prototypes just before the Safety Car came out. Real shame they had to stop the race but hardly surprising.

For the WEC, many of the grandstands at Silverstone are open making it a great day out. There are also a large variety of cars to watch and a six hour race is like watching cricket, with ebb and flow and long term tactics coming into pay.

Bring on next season when Porsche should be back.

Due to the early finish on Saturday we had a GBG tick in Abthorpe at the New Inn, followed by a meal (cheap too!) at the White Lion in Silverstone before dropping the car off at the campsite and having a final pint in the Fox and Hounds Whittelbury, appropriately of Silverstone Pole Position!



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Sounds like a good weekend, wishmaster
If someone could recommend how to get to Silverstone without use of a car I might get there one day. Frown



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Sounds like a good weekend, wishmaster
If someone could recommend how to get to Silverstone without use of a car I might get there one day. Frown




There was a bus service from near Oxford Station to Silverstone a year or so back not sure if it still runs. Likewise there are Northampton to Oxford buses that would go via Silverstone. And I think a Northampton to Brackley bus which again would go via Silverstone.


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Sounds like a good weekend, wishmaster
If someone could recommend how to get to Silverstone without use of a car I might get there one day. Frown




There was a bus service from near Oxford Station to Silverstone a year or so back not sure if it still runs. Likewise there are Northampton to Oxford buses that would go via Silverstone. And I think a Northampton to Brackley bus which again would go via Silverstone.


I would suggest, Bucky, you haven't looked very hard then...I even took a photo of the local bus in the Village and that was at 7PM. My photo shows it as a Stagecoach service and although I cant see the Destination blind it has "14" on the side of it though of course that could be a branded vehicle being used off route.

I wouldn't recommend trying to go on an F1 day though, and it may be that Sunday services are scarce. I remember thinking you could easily go to the WEC and camp using the bus.



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Connaught Senior Football Championship
London 1-12 0-14 Sligo
at Emerald Grounds, Ruislip
Adm £10, prog £3

An epic game as London recorded their first victory in the Connaught Football Championship for 36 years. The game had everything: missed penalties, a sending off, great points, awful wides, crossbars hot at both ends and a grandstand finish with Sligo hitting the bar in the dying seconds and the rebounded ball bundled wide despite Sligo's vehement appeals for a 45.

A big crowd at Ruislip in glorious weather with plenty of support for the visitors as well. An excellent programme mentioned that the plans for redevelopment are progressing well, though I assume this means in the planning department since there was no physical evidence of work starting.

London go onto face Leitrim in the semi final on June 23rd, presumably in Carrick on Shannon.


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Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th May - two days at Roland Garros for the French Open

Once again, despite the attempts of the Parisian rain, a great two days away at one of the Grand Slams.

Tickets bought as soon as they went on sale for both days for Centre Court (Phillipe Chartrier Court) at around 60 Euros each and cheap flights on Easy Jet from Luton made it another excellently organised trip (okay, I arranged it myself !), but I'm open to setting up a little organised travel company - lol !

Tuesday was a bit wet - we still saw over 5 hours tennis, whilst Wednesday was lovely and warm when the sun came out and quite pleasant when it wasn't out, although looking at the locals, you wondered why they were dressed up as though it was going to snow ! At one point with my son and myself just wearing t shirts with the sun blazing down, we could only count two others who had bare arms amongst the hundreds around us, with some still wearing overcoats, scarves etc.

We saw Djokovic, Williams, Tsonga, Monfils, Bartoli, Ferrer etc so we saw some of the top players too.

I would recommend it to anyone, as I have been doing this trip now for years.


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With FCUM's fixture at Dynamo Dresden washed out, a bunch of us ither already in Dresden, or with booked train tickets, ventured to the World Inline Hockey Championships being played in Dresden. Inline hockey is essentially ice hockey on roller blades, but with 1 less player, a slower surface and a lighter puck. Games are 4x12 minutes with a 2 minute break between quarters and 10 minute half time. A day's play (4 games on each of 2 rinks) cost €8 and we ventured to the smaller rink for:

GB v Bulgaria
Britain were relegated to the Challenger competition last year and are one of the favourites to earn promotion to the main competition, whilst Bulgaria languish behind Namibia in the world rankings and are rank outsiders. Suffice to say the 20 or so FC fans were a majority of the crowd. We didn't have long to wait for a GB goal, celebrated wildly on the terrace. By the time the 3rd and 4th went in, things were a bit quieter and a 6-0 lead at half time ended with a 13-0 thrashing at the end. The GB keeper hardly touched the puck. Tougher games awaited (semifinal tomorrow, probably v Hungary).

Then off to the main arena for
Germany v Sweden
Sweden had only avoided relegation last time by winning the playoff with GB, but included an NHL player this time. It was even for the first period and much of the 2nd, before Sweden scored 3 quick goals just before half time. 2nd half the class told and they added another 4 before a last minute consolation for the Germans. FT 7-1. Main arena has seating around (capacity 5000) with terracing behind one goal. Good views everywhere - nice weizen (Tucher, €3.00).

Attendance: 1250



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Last new football ground (923) Sportplatz Aspern SV Aspern 4-2 Maccabi Wien
With FC United: 132
On the agenda:
15/6 Milford Marlins v Saddleworth Rangers (rl)
16/6 York City Knights v Rochdale Hornets (rl)
22/6 Antrim v Kildare (gaelic football)


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Ulster Senior Football Championship QF
Antrim 0-6 Monaghan 0-11
Admission: £12/€15

A first visit for me to Casement Park for this clash played in warm conditions. It's down the Falls Road, just after it changes name to Andersonstown Road, easily reachable on the number 10 bus from Queen Street. The ground is due for a complete renovation, which is being opposed by a section of residents who were protesting today outside. It's an open ground with cover only for the upper part of the Main Stand. It's uncovered seating beneath that, and bench seating either side. Otherwise it's uncovered terracing around the rest of the ground with a particularly large bank opposite the main stand. Limited catering, with a burger van and an ice cream hut, sold out of ice creams before kick off. Programmes were available, but I didn't see them being sold.

Monagham were heavy favourites but Antrim took the game to them first half, with only wayward kicking having them 5-4 behind at the interval. They evened it up just into the 2nd half, and a few minutes later, Monaghan had a man sent off immediately after retaking the lead. There was only 1 team in it after that though, as Monaghan raised their game and it was they who found men in space, whilst Antrim continually ran into cul-de-sacs of a well-marshalled defence. Monaghan should have been more ahead approaching the closing stages but were also profiligate with their kicking. Antrim's only reply came with a close free kick in injury time, when surely they should have been going for goal, needing 2 major scores? I don't see either side surviving to August let alone September in the All-Ireland - Antrim now enter the repechage style 'Qualifiers' whilst Monaghan move on to the Ulster semi v Cavan or Fermanagh.

Some residents watched the game from their balconies overlooking the ground, which might not be possible post-renovation. Great view of the hills behind the ground. Bit of a headache getting back - the road was closed to allow match traffic to disperse, and no buses appeared for a long time down the Falls Road, where I waited. Better to share a black cab back in to town, I've noted for furture reference.

Incidentally, there's a good bus ticket, £9 Rambler which covers any Translink / Ulsterbus buses in Northern Ireland, I believe. Since buses have not been deregulated, that's good coverage and something I'll use again.



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Last new football ground (923) Sportplatz Aspern SV Aspern 4-2 Maccabi Wien
With FC United: 132
On the agenda:
15/6 Milford Marlins v Saddleworth Rangers (rl)
16/6 York City Knights v Rochdale Hornets (rl)
22/6 Antrim v Kildare (gaelic football)


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Horse Racing

I’ve been to a couple of horsey events recently which I’m going to cover here.

Saturday 18 May 2013, 1:30pm: JLT Lockinge Stakes Day; Newbury Racecourse; att: 5,000 h/c; Entry: £17; racecard issued.

It’s my friend Woody’s Stag Day and Part I involves a trip to the races at Newbury. I’m no gambler and not much of a man for the horses (always prefered greyhound racing), but this was a good day out. Doubly good as it turned out that a half decent beer festival was in progress at the course.

There seemed to be a big crowd in – very hard to estimate crowd size at this sort of event. We had forked out for lower price tickets, in the Grandstand. In actual fact this is a big covered terrace, set well back from the track behind a tarred sloping area populated by bookmakers. We had no access to the posher Berkshire and Hampshire stands to our right. Nor was there access to a considerably less posh looking old stand to our left which no longer seems to be in use. Masses of bars and catering outlets all around (mostly very pricey), parade ring behind the stands, etc..

There were 8 races on the card and we saw the first 6 before we had to be off for Stag Day Part II beer and curry back in east London. The main race was a ‘British Championship Series’ event, featuring a couple of jockeys that even I had heard of. We also had a ladies race on ‘Arabian’ horses, which didn’t seem to run as fast as the non-Arabian horses. An informative racecard sold for £3.

I was persuaded to place money on three of the races and left with more money in my pocket than I went in with. In fact 10 in the group made money on the betting and only 2 (the two who profess to ‘know about horses’) lost money. Perhaps this is typical. All good fun, but I shall remain only a very occasional gambler.


Sunday 2 June 2013, 1:15pm: Pferderennen Aarau; Aargauischer Rennverein, Aarau, Switzerland; att: 2,000 h/c; Entry: 15 CHF (about £10); racecard issued.

A bonus event on my way to watch football in Aarau. I came in here knowing that I would only be able to stay for the first few races, partly because 15 Francs is a bargain for anything in Switzerland.

The track is a fairly short oval, with everything in view from the spectator facilities on the north side. Here there is a stand with around 1,000 wooden bench seats (which was accessible for a supplement), grass banking and park benches, plus a line of executive box-type corporate enclaves and a big sponsors’ marquee. All is lush and green. Behind there were bars and catering plus the parade ring. Some people were dressed up, but the feel was mostly informal. All betting seems to be done through the tote, with no individual bookies present. But betting seems a much smaller part of the event here than at Newbury, with many families present and the emphasis much more on having a good time and a beer or an ice-cream.

There was a great variety of racing on the 10 race card, with three trotting races, two pony races for junior riders, three flat races, one over the hurdles, and one ‘cross-country’. There seemed to be a good mix of male and female riders. A nicely printed and very informative racecard was available free of charge.

I don’t think I am in any danger of becoming a racecourse hopper – but I can now boast of having attended racing at 9 venues in 6 countries, only the first named venue being visited more than once, as follows in date order: Nairobi, Hamilton, Doncaster, Nottingham, Rio de Janeiro, Wolverhampton, Mönchengladbach, Newbury and Aarau.


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Cycle Racing

Saturday 8 June 2013, 4:00pm: London Nocturne; Smithfield Market, London; att: many thousands h/c; Entry: free; programme issued.

This independently-run Criterium has been around for about seven years now I think and is a very popular race meeting for both competitors and spectators. The course is a short one of 1.1km, encircling central London’s Smithfield Market complex. There are a couple of tight corners, some almost steep bits, and a pretty rough road surface. Spectator facilities are minimal – VIPs and freeloaders on the inside of the course, normals on the outside, behind a rail on the pavement. The pavement is quite narrow in places and the very big crowd present (officially given as 10,000+) meant it was total gridlock at the peak mid-evening time. You are faced with the awkward choice of standing amongst the throng on the home straight where you can see the big screen and hear the race commentary, but barely get a glimpse of the riders. Or you stand on the back straight where you have a better view, but little idea of what is going on. By the time the men’s elite class race started at 10pm the crowd had noticeably thinned out, and we achieved prime positions on the rail on the final bend. Around much of the circuit almost every building is a bar or a restaurant, so it was bonanza time for these businesses and upstairs window positions were at a premium.

There was a good mix of racing, including some fun races (although all taken seriously). There was a Penny Farthing race, two heats and a final for 10-inch wheel, folding commuter bikes (the riders appropriately dressed in shirt and tie), a mental race for track bikes with no gears or brakes – and a couple of big ones.

The women’s elite race included three of the now-famous GB women’s Olympic track team, namely Dani King, Laura Trott and Jo Rowsell. They are all with the Wiggle-Honda team, so the outcome was perhaps a bit of a foregone conclusion, with Dani King leading lap after lap with Laura Trott on her wheel and Jo Rowsell on the back of the leading pack waiting to chase down any attacks. Trott won, but only after some confusion after the leaders caught some stragglers in the home straight and everything got a bit muddled.

The men’s elite race was timed for 50 minutes, plus three laps, and the field was a strong one. Giro d’Italia survivor and stage winner Alex Dowsett is also the holder of this event, with a great solo win last year. He received a hero’s reception and showed strongly, time-trialling off the front of the field several times but always reeled back in. Another crowd favourite is Kristian House, and he too was involved in several break-aways. But it came down to a bunch sprint, won by a nose by Tom Scully of Raleigh.

A great night out, despite the late finish.


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Horse Racing

There seemed to be a big crowd in – very hard to estimate crowd size at this sort of event.


The attendance was 10,270. And whilst I would like you to marvel at my head-counting prowess (especially since I was watching a match in Slovenia at the time of the meeting), I should mention there is a website that collates racing attendances in the UK in case anyone else is interested. It contains an archive back to the late 80s.

http://www.hblb.org.uk/document.php?id=418


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And while we're back on the equine theme:

Saturday 8 June
Belmont Stakes
Belmont Park, New York
Adm $120, racecard/magazine $5, att 47k

A week in New York planned around my birthday and the 145th running of the third and final leg of the American Triple Crown. Since the two previous legs, the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes had gone to different horses (Orb and Oxbow respectively), there was no Triple Crown at stake on the day. Both those horses did line up in the race, however, so it was being branded in the press as a shoot-out between the two. Unfortunately, the 15-1 shot Palace Malice hadn't read the script and led for most of the race before coming under sustained pressure at the final turn but ending up pulling away for a conclusive victory from Oxbow in second (carrying my modest stake) and Orb in third. Orb put in a staggering recovery from almost last well into the last turn to almost take second on the line. Although foiled in the big race I managed to take more out of the pool than I contributed, so basically ate and drank for free all day.

A total of 13 races on the card meant great value for money. I had splashed out on a seat in the first floor of the grandstand which was barely a quarter furlong from the finish line so really good viewing and was great as a base for the day rather than having to jockey (arf, arf) for position every race. You could, however, get in for $10 general admission which meant being restricted to the ground level but this includes benches for seating and covered areas under the overhang of the stands, some even with glazing on the front. I was simply glad there was racing to see as the day before had seen between 3 and 5 inches of rain fall in the New York area but the track looked immaculate and they even ran all but one of the turf races scheduled. It was a baking hot day in the end and the dirt track where most races took places shifted in condition from 'muddy' to 'good' and finally to 'fast' as the sun got to work. The day before it had been deemed a rather graphic 'sloppy'.

A nice friendly atmosphere and despite a big crowd being present, never any real delays or congestion inside the course. The paddock area out the back of the stands had been turned into a food court with loads of trucks selling any number of different things. The clubhouse area inside had lots of great photos from back through the ages, and a wall dedicated to each of the major races held there during their season, with each winner getting a little montage photoset. Much was being made of it being 40 years since the last Triple Crown win, with endless opportunities to buy Secretariat photographs and merchandise.

Simplicity itself to get there: on race days the Long Island Rail Road runs a special train direct from Penn Station in Manhattan to a racecourse station which is practically at the end of the grandstand.


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Trip to Oz / NZ beckoning with the following heavy sport schedule:

Sat Jun 22: RU Australia v Lions (Lang Park, Brisbane)
Sun Jun 23: AFL Brisbane v Geelong (Gabba)
Mon Jun 24: RL Gold Coast Titans v Melbourne Storm (Robina)
Tue Jun 25: RU Melbourne Rebels v Lions (Melbourne Rectangular Stadium)
Sat Jun 29: RU Australia v Lions (Docklands, Melbourne)
Sun Jun 30: AFL Hawthorn v Brisbane (Aurora Stadium, Launceston)
Fri Jul 5: RL Sharks v West Tigers (Cronulla)
Sat Jul 6: RU Parramatta v West Harbour (Merrylands); Australia v Lions (Stadium Australia, Sydney)
Mon Jul 8: RL Manly v Parramatta (Brookvale)
Fri Jul 12: possibly RU Crusaders v Blues (Christchurch)
Sat Jul 13: RU Eastern Suburbs v Randwick (Woollahra Oval) squeezed in between connecting planes between NZ and Europe!

Two of the Tests are revisits, as would be Christchurch. Gabba I've been to for cricket but not AFL and Cronulla I've been for football (Sydney Olympic, pre A-league). Rest are all ticks.



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Last new football ground (923) Sportplatz Aspern SV Aspern 4-2 Maccabi Wien
With FC United: 132
On the agenda:
15/6 Milford Marlins v Saddleworth Rangers (rl)
16/6 York City Knights v Rochdale Hornets (rl)
22/6 Antrim v Kildare (gaelic football)


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Tennis

Liverpool International Tournament


This exhibition tournament has been held at Calderstones Park in Liverpool for the last decade or so and has seen several players go on to enjoy good careers after playing here early on, notably Novak Djokovic and Caroline Wozniacki. All matches are played on a single court with seating on each side. A ticket for five matches cost a bargain £10.

First match was between Argentinian Martin Alund and qualifier Simon Roberts. Alund is ranked just outside the top 100 in the world whilst Roberts highest ranking was about 750 in the mid 2000s before he left the professional circuit to concentrate on coaching. Alund was clearly the better player but Roberts put in a good performance, forcing a tiebreak in the second set. Next up was a womans match between world 85 Alexandra Cadantu of Romania and world junior 33 Anett Kontaveit of Estonia. This was a competitive game but the greater experience of Cadantu allowed her to win in straight sets.

Match number three was a 'legends' doubles. Barry Cowan of Ormskirk, most notable for taking Pete Sampras to five sets at Wimbledon once, teamed up with Moroccan Younes El Aynaoui against American Jan-Michael Gambill and Swedish careers doubles Grand Slam winner Anders Jarryd. This match was very entertaining with the players not taking the result entirely seriously. A highlight was El Aynaoui doing impressions of Rafa Nadal's style of play.

The final two games were reduced to single, first to nine game sets. First up was probably the best game of the day between Spain's Pablo Andujar (ranked 49) and Argentina's Guido Pella (76), the Argentine causing a small upset to win 9-7 after a match in which momentum had changed several times. The final match was much more one sided as American number 109 Coco Vandeweghe overpowered qualifier and local junior player Natalie Wall 9-3.

All the games were played in good spirit and on a beautifully sunny afternoon and evening it was definitely a good day out.


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The University of Westminster Sports Club in Chiswick is hosting one of the Semi-Final legs of the Womens International World League Hockey Series over the next week from today June 22-30 with 4 matches a day.
www.englandhockey.co.uk/page.asp?section=1530 has the schedule and ticket details. Was considering combining South West Chargers rugby league virtually next door at Chiswick RUFC with the last 2 matches today but put off by cost of tickets - £28 on door, £8 more than in advance.


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All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Preliminary Round
London 0-11 Westmeath 1-14
Emerald Ground, Ruislip
Adm £10, prog £3

A blustery showery day meant a smaller crowd than London might have hoped for but a good game ensued and really, a missed opportunity by the exiles.

A total of 12 wides in the first half for the home side really cost them dear as they only went into the break a point clear at 0-7 to 0-6. London added a point early in the second half but then allowed Westmeath to draw level. The incident that really decided the game in the visitors favour occurred mid way through the half. The referee who ironically had been very lenient to this point, gave a very 50-50 challenge in favour of the visitors. What couldn't be blamed on the ref was London's poor marking at the resulting free, meaning the forward who received the ball punted forward had all the time he needed to pick his spot at put it in the net. Suddenly passes were sticking, loose balls being reached, challenges being made for the visitors and although London managed a couple of points more and had a couple of chances near the goalmouth, the Westmeath defence held out and they stretched their lead at the other end to finish the game 6 points clear and deserved winners.

London miss out on a visit from Offaly or Waterford which would have been a high profile game and a money spinner for them. Hopefully the footballers can go one better in Carrick on Shannon tomorrow in their Connaught semi final against Leitrim.


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Saturday June 22

HORSE RACING

Ayr

Admission - Complimentary
Racecard - £2 (decent value)
Food - £5 Burger and chips - don't often eat burgers at the races but Ayr's burger is seriously good... and no cracks about which loser was in it, thank you!
Attendance - 4500 est.

A decent meeting with £135,000 prize money up for grabs. It disappears under the radar nationally with Royal Ascot final day on, but there should be some solid pointers to the future here. It rained a bit, but then it always does when I'm at Ayr!

I was doing some paddock reporting for The Racing Forum with selections posted on Twitter. I get a complimentary ticket for my efforts, but it involves a lot of legwork over an afternoon. Two selections in each race and I managed a 22/1 beating a 4/1 in the one mile People's Lottery Handicap for a juicy forecast dividend. Sod's law said I backed a single, picked the wrong one of the two and backed the second!

OFF ART isn't the finished article at the moment and has some filling out to do, so the fact that he completed a hat-trick in winnig a Class 2 handicap suggests a Pattern race prospect long term. He only got up close home but his attitude is good and there's more to come.

MY PROPELLER showed a decent turn of foot in the 5 furlong Land O' Burns Fillies' Stakes and will continue to run well while the ground remains fast. She came clear with JWALA who is another solid competitor at Listed race level.

QUEEN CATRINE was impressive in winning the two-year-old maiden, quickly putting distance between herself and her opponents in the final furlong. She can make a mark in better company, particularly in races confined to fillies.

Traffic can be a pain to and from the course as there's a Tesco store using the same junction. However I got there very early which helps, and coming out the stewards were out directing traffic and I was on the A77 north within 10 minutes of the finish.

Rob


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The Championships, Wimbledon
Friday 28th June (Day 5)
£20 in (ground admission)

I'm not a huge tennis fan, but for some reason I'm always transfixed by the happenings at Wimbledon. I've been watching it on the telly for going on 40 years, and in recent years we've started to think that we should make the effort to get there. Each year when it came around it was always "We should go next year", then forget about it for the next 12 months. Last year we decided that this year was definitely going to be the year, so I started to do my homework on the best way to secure a ticket. Put off by the lottery and expense of the public ballot, we decided to get there early and join The Queue (capital letters, most definitely), pay a bargain 20 quid for ground admission, and just spend the day exploring the place and watching some action on the outer courts.

We drove down on Thursday night, stayed in Kingston Travelodge, and caught a very early train to Wimbledon, then a tube to Southfields. From there, it's a 10 minute walk to The Queue in Wimbledon Park. We joined the back of The Queue at about 6.30am and were given numbered Queue Cards (ours were 2600-odd). There are 500 tickets allocated for Queuers for each of Centre, No. 1 & No. 2 Courts each day, but you probably have to queue overnight for those - indeed, as we joined The Queue early on Friday, there were already people camping out for Saturday tickets! The Queue itself was an experience - people from all over the world, some great characters, and a fun atmosphere.

The Queue moved forward in chunks, through Wimbledon Park golf course, and then to airport-style security, including an x-ray machine for bags and a metal detector. We finally got into the grounds at about 10.30, with play due to start on the outer courts at 11.30, but of course it was raining. No matter, still plenty to see, and we just soaked up the atmosphere as we finally got to see the AELTC close up. It's an incredble place, with so much thought and care gone into everything, down to the purple/white/green flowers everywhere.

The rain stopped at about 1.00, just as we were settling down to watch Laura Robson on the big screen on Henman Hill, so we decamped to Court 6 where a mixed doubles game including German babe Sabine Lisicky was about to start. Thoroughly enjoyable game over 2 1/2 hours long & 3 sets. We wandered up to Court 14 to try and see Dustin Brown, the Jamaican-German (!), but it was rammed full, so we went off elsewhere. It started raining again at about 5.00, and a couple of hours later we thought we wouldn't see any more live tennis and were about to leave, when there was an announcement that the rain was about to stop, the covers were coming off, and play may start in 15mins! We legged it to Court 3, which is the largest court with unreserved seating, and enjoyed a set & a half of some top class Ladies' Singles action featuring Sloane Stephens. A great little bonus at the end of day, until bad light forced a stop at about 8.35.

What impressed us most was the organisation of the whole event. Stewards, ground staff, catering, ballboys/girls, line judges - everything was incredibly professional & organised, but also friendly and cheerful. The fact that play started about 10mins after it stopped raining was amazing, considering what needed to be done in that time. We would definitely go again, and recommend the experience to anybody.


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Leinster Senior Football Championship Semi Finals
Wexford 0-13 Meath 0-17
Dublin 4-16 Kildare 1-9

Admission €20
Prog €4
Attendance 53,204



We are Bohs!

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The 127th Championships Wimbledon 2013

Day 4, Thursday 27th June

No.3 Court Ticket £44

Ladies' Singles, 2nd Round

Simona Halep (ROU) 2 6 0
Na Li (CHN) [6] 6 1 6

Gentleman's Singles, 2nd Round

Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) [29] 6 6 6 4 8
Grega Zemlja (SLO) 3 7 3 6 9

Didn't bust a gut to make the 11:30 start and took our seats on the excellent new No.3 Court just after Halep had taken the 2nd set 6-0. The 3rd set was exactly the opposite with Li Na comfortably winning 6-1. The second game was a titaning struggle of two big serving east europeans. The match was tantalising poised at 9-8 to Zemlja in the 5th set when the rain arrived about 16:30. The only tennis being played was on Centre Court where they had closed the roof. We gave up about 18:00 and called it a day.

Day 5, Friday 28th June

Centre Court Ticket £74

Ladies' Singles, 2nd Round

Laura Robson (GBR) 6 6
Mariana Duque-Marino (COL) 4 1

Gentelmen's Singles, 3rd Round

Nicolas Almagro (ESP) [15] 6 3 4
Jerzy Janowicz (POL) [24] 7 6 6

Gentelmen's Singles, 3rd Round

Tommy Robredo (ESP) [32] 2 4 5
Andy Murray (GBR) [2] 6 6 7

Excellent tickets in the block directly behind the Royal Box which housed a number of sporting stars including Olympic boxing gold medalist, Nicola Adams, England past and present cricket captains, Andrew Strauss & Alastair Cook and football legend, Bobby Charlton.

When was the last time that Centre Court witnessed two British winners in both the Ladies and Gentlemen's Singles? Yesterday's rain had delayed Laura Robson's No.2 Court, 2nd Round match and their loss was our gain. Laura played great after a wobbly start that saw her lose her first service game. We needn't have worried as she went on to break the Columbian's service at will and win comfortably in straight sets. Centre Court was buzzing! All the debenture holders and corporates disappeared for the second game which saw Polish giant Janowicz blast his way past the higher seeded Almagro. There was barely an empty seat for the main event which saw Andy Murray outclass the game Robredo. For a set and a half Murray played faultless tennis. His level of play slipped slightly towards the end of the 2nd and throughout the 3rd but he hit more than enough winners to send the Centre Court crowd home happy shortly after 20:00.

Day 6, Saturday 29th June

No.1 Court Ticket £62

Ladies' Singles, 3rd Round

Petra Kvitova (CZE) [8] 6 2 6
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) [25] 3 6 3

Gentelmen's Singles, 3rd Round

Kevin Anderson (RSA) [27] 6 3 4 5
Tomas Berdych (CZE) [7] 3 6 6 7

Gentelmen's Singles, 3rd Round

David Ferrer (ESP) [4] 6 7 2 6 6
Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) [26] 7 6 6 1 2

First up was the unfinished Ladies 3rd Round match between 2011 Ladies Champion Kvitova and the up and coming Makarova. Makarova made a fight of the unfinished 3rd set but Kvitova prevailed 6-3. Next we watched a battle of the giants with the 7th seeded, Czech Berdych winning in four sets. Finally we were treated to an epic five setter between Spaniard Ferrer and the Ukrainian Dolgopolov AKA The Dog. Dolgopolov played some superb tennis and stretched the 4th seed all the way. Although Ferrer won the last two sets 6-1 & 6-2, Dog had numerous chances to break but somehow didn't convert any. The downside of this match going the distance was we missed out on the Ladies No. 1 seed Serena Williams whose late 3rd Round match got shunted to Centre Court where Djokovic had finished his match in record time. We were too disappointed as we had enjoyed plenty of good tennis over our three days at Wimbledon, but many Americans and Japanese on No.1 Court (Williams was playing Kimiko Date-Crumm) went home unhappy!


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BAFA National League Central

Leicester Falcons 0-34 Manchester Titans
@ Babington Community College, Leicester

Adm / paper: none
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An inexperienced Falcons team were comfortably beaten on a very hot afternoon with Manchester scoring five TD's.

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Gold Cup Polo Semi-Finals @ Cowdray Park, West Sussex
Thursday 18 July 2013
Admission : £20 per person
Car Parking : Free

A perfect Summer day in the glorious Sussex countryside and four 10-goal polo players on display as four crack teams do battle for a place in Sunday's prestigious final...what more could you want?
First up at 12 noon was Zacara against Talandracas and it was a Facundo Pieres inspired Zacara who prevailed 14-8.
After a break for a good sized crowd to consume their picnic or corporate lunches next up was Dubai v El Remanso...the former, propelled by the brilliant Adolfo Cambiaso, producing a dazzling display of top quality polo to win at a canter by an impressive 17-7.
All in all an excellent day full of fantastic horsemanship and unbelievable hand-eye co-ordination!


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Thursday 4 April
St Lucie Mets 7-2 Jupiter Hammerheads
Florida State League (high A)
Admission: $6.50, parking free
Prog: $2
Attendance: 1,221

Better late than never. With storms over central Florida it was touch and go whether this game would be on. St Lucie's Twitter account initially seemed quite positive but went strangely quiet while we made the 2 hour journey. Upon arriving there had clearly been some recent heavy rainfall and I heard one of the staff say that they had advised people not to come!

They still took our admission money though and after half an hour of worried officials inspecting the field it was finally given the thumbs-up, albeit it with a 1 hour game delay. Programmes soon appeared, with hurriedly photocopied inserts, and it wasn't long before more spectators arrived. The published gate of 1,221 was 435 higher than the figure announced on the night.

The park, which also hosts the NY Mets spring training, has a capacity of just over 7,000. It was built in the late 80s and the concrete roof is probably typical of the time - just a few years later the desire for retro-style parks took hold. It's dated well, even if the choice at the concession stands was pretty limited. It was only $1 for hot dogs though, so we had several.


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Monday 24 July
Vermont Lake Monsters 7-0 Auburn Doubledays
New York - Penn League (short season A)
Admission: $4
Prog: 50c
Attendance: 3,304

The evening didn't begin well when we crawled to the ballpark only to be told that all the parking lots were full and the attendant couldn't give us an address for the park & ride for our sat nav. If only they'd put 'lot full' signs further back along the road.

When we finally arrived there were long queues at the ticket office and plenty of people turning around to return home. The only tickets remaining were restricted viewing or standing, so we opted for the latter. As is common in minor league baseball, there are always plenty of sold tickets that don't get used (presumably by season ticket holders) so we later snuck into some decent unused seats behind home plate.

It turns out the cause of the chaos, and the highest attendance of the season, was the attraction of 25 cent hot dogs. I expect that 'Oral hygiene night' won't prove quite so popular. Anyway, it would have been silly not to take advantage of the cheap hot dogs, so I had 4. I noted that the catering staff had this running like clockwork so it took only a matter of seconds to get served, whereas I'm sure the UK equivalent would have been a lengthy queue and then to be told "we're waiting on hot dogs". This was all washed down with a local Long Trail blueberry wheat beer.

The game itself was a non-event, decided by Vermont's 6 runs in the 3rd inning. The highlight of the evening was the actual ballpark though. Based at the University of Vermont's Burlington campus, it dates back to 1906 and contains some well-worn features such as a wooden roof, wooden box seats and low-hanging steel supports that are now padded to prevent you from knocking yourself unconscious. Some recent upgrades have meant the facilities now meet minor league expectations and these appear to have been paid by the club in exchange for a $1 annual rent. The only downside is that the diamond is further from the stands than would normally be expected.

The programme was available in 2 separate parts. A glossy 64 page yearbook sold for $3, with the 14 page matchday insert included free, or you could buy the latter for 50c.

The evening was completed with free popcorn handed out after the game, presumably left over as everyone had stuffed themselves on hot dogs.


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We thoroughly enjoyed our day at the Olympic athletics last year. The only downside was that we went to a morning session so there were no finals and just a few big names. However we managed to secure tickets to the Anniversary Games on Saturday 27th. This allowed us to see Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah and Usain Bolt amongst others and a fine time we had. I did, however, come away thinking of the downsides rather more than the positives:

The Olympic Park is now principally a building site. This was not a surprise but it changed the atmosphere enormously. Instead of people milling about enjoying the occasion it was just a case into the stadium, watch the athletics, leave.

The 'pre-show' entertainment was hosted by the execrable Colin Murray.

All the media ahead of the event told us that tickets were sold out within 75 minutes of going on sale. So why were there so many empty seats? Several large blocks were unused, presumably because the site couldn't secure a safety certificate for its full 80,000 capacity, but there were plenty of other empty seats scattered around the stadium.

The commentators in the stadium seemed far more interested in telling us how brilliant everything was and encouraging everyone to make a noise / do the Mobot / kiss the person sitting next to you than actually offering any information about the events taking place. I would have expected them to make an effort to sell the athletics rather than treat it as a lap of honour from last year's competition. Maybe this attitude is why an easily understood sport like athletics can't maintain a coherent professional circuit that is widely followed, when other individual sports that are far more complicated (golf, tennis) do.

The field events were very difficult to follow. There were three different events going on at the same time, so it was impossible to watch everything, but there was no way of viewing the current standings. They were largely ignored by the stadium commentators (apart from when a big name was about to throw / jump). The women's long had a particularly thrilling conclusion, being won on the final jump by the ludicrously named Katarina Johnson-Thompson who had lost the lead a couple of jumps beforehand. However the denoument clashed with Mo Farah's race so we didn't know until we were told afterwards.

Music was played over every event apart from the sprints. Why?

At one point (while field events were still going on) the cameras focussed on apparently random people in the crowd who were encouraged to 'do something bonkers' with the promise of one person receiving 250,000 nectar points, which I assume to be worth about 12p but who knows. Astonishingly the winner was a man wearing a Sainsbury's shirt. Sainsbury's were the main sponsors.Crazy

Anyway, rant over. As I said we had a good day. It was a packed programme and even Mrs Part-Timer managed to avoid having her mid afternoon doze during proceedings.

Following the athletics we made our way to the West End to watch Alan Ayckbourn's Relatively Speaking featuring the fragrant Felicity Kendal, which I would heartily recommend.


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Friday 26 July
Portland Sea Dogs 5-7 Harrisburg Senators
Eastern League (Double A)
Admission: Should have been $9
Programme: $3, 116 pages for a glossy half-season issue plus 4 page game insert
Attendance: 6,379

I'd planned to go to Portland's midday game the following day but when idly browsing their website at 5.15 realised that Saturday's game was being held at Boston's Fenway Park. So it was a quick dash up to Hadlock Field to catch this 6pm game instead.

Upon arriving I saw a guy offering tickets and assumed he was a tout. In fact, he was offering us free tickets behind home plate as some people had dropped out of his party due to the iffy weather forecast. In this case there was a possibility of showers, although Portland are one of the few baseball teams that have games fogged off.

His party weren't the only no-shows as the attendance was about 2,500 below the announced figure, which is unusual when there's a firework display after the game. Those that turned up generated a surprisingly noisy atmosphere to accompany this very enjoyable & closely fought game.

The ballpark is 20 years old and is a delight. Seemingly squeezed into a tight plot of land, right field has limited space available although both this & left field have been expanded to cope with consistently high attendances. There's also an unusual new stand in the outfield, which houses the $25 all-you-can-eat tickets. As Portland are one of Boston's minor league clubs, the field dimensions have been altered to resemble those at Fenway, with Hadlock's own version of the Green Monster, an imposing wall in left field.

The concourse under the stands had a lively big park feel, with a decent selection of food and the beers included local offerings from Geary's & Shipyard. In fact the only real downsides of this park are the lack of a roof and parking.

As well as the impressive post-game fireworks, the evening was also billed as Flat Screen Friday, with 2 TVs being given away. Other promotions this season include a poetry day, Mike Piazza's Dog Tricks and a Cinderella Tea Party, although these days the term 'tea party' has become somewhat tarnished.


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Sunday 28 July
Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide 7-6 Brockton Rox (13 innings)
Futures Collegiate Baseball League
Admission: $5
Programme: single sheet, free
Attendance: 320

Away from the professional minor leagues, there are several short-season leagues that give college players the chance to hone their skills in something resembling a minor league environment. The best of these are the Northwoods League (Wisconsin & Minnesota) which has some great ex-minor league parks, the Coastal Plain League (Carolinas & Virginia) and 3 leagues in New England - Cape Cod League, New England Collegiate Baseball League and Futures Collegiate Baseball League.

The New England leagues contain a mix of clubs. Some are looking to return to professional baseball, some are based in old ballparks that no longer meet minor league standard, a few are based at quaint community ballparks that are never likely to host minor league baseball and several play at basic high school fields.

The ballpark at Old Orchard Beach is a former minor league park with quite an interesting history. It was built with a capacity of 6,000 in the early 80s at a time when attendances were still depressed and there was little competition between cities to acquire minor league teams. Incredibly, the small seaside resort of Old Orchard Beach in Maine was able to obtain a team to play at Triple A, the top level in the minors.

It was hoped that tourists would help boost attendances but things didn't go according to plan. Gates were low, surrounding woodland meant that mosquitos were a constant menace, there were road access problems and fans in nearby Portland shunned the team as baseball's market restrictions prevented Portland from acquiring its own team. With The Old Orchard Beach club losing money and subsequent new ballparks being built to a much higher spec, they lasted only 5 years before re-locating.

The ballpark remained largely unused and deteriorating until local volunteers restored it a few years ago. They've done a great job with the park largely back to its former glory, although its still difficult to regard this as a former Triple A park when you see the chain-link boundary fence and dirt concourse.

The actual game was delayed by 15 mins due to the late arrival of the visitors. Play began in a light drizzle with about half the announced gate present. The lead changed hands a few times as the drizzle became heavier and the spectators fewer. Less than 50 were still present when the 9th inning drew to a close and only the die-hards hung around for the 4 extra innings which took the game time beyond 4 hours.


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Aussie Rules Football

June 23 - Gabba, Brisbane
Brisbane Lions v Geelong Cats
Admission: €30

Brisbane lay 13th/18 and Geelong 2nd, and the opening quarters went to form with Geelong opening a 2 digit quarter lead and 25pts at half time. Approaching 3/4 time, the lead was 88-36, Geelong well in control, but after a long break between goals, Brisbane got 2 late ones. Still 38 points behind at the last change (30points is usually as far as you'd say was in with a shout), but Brisbane kept chipping away and got back to 20 points down half way through the final quarter, only for Geelong to add a goal (6pts). But Brisbane hit straight back and were suddenly winning all the stoppages. With 1.5 minutes to go they kicked themselves level - but Geelong won the ball out of the middle, kicked to the 50m line and lined up for goal - but a little wide for a single point. With just seconds left, Lions had to be quick, direct and lucky. They were all 3, with Ash McGrath, in his 200th game taking a mark just outside the Cats 50m line wide on the right. As he went back to take the shot, the siren sounded, but the game would not finish until after his shot - and he put it straight through the middle to win the game 103-98. Pandemonium in the stands, the 8th biggest comeback of all-time in the top level. A good few fans of the other Lions team in Brisbane this weekend enjoyed this one too, a few converts to the game made!

I'd been to the Gabba for an Ashes test back in 2002, but this was my first visit for AFL there. There's a good poem as you wander round the upper level. Sight lines not great near the screens, best to get tickets immediately behind the goals or at the side if possible. Recommend the Story Bridge hotel on the walk there/back to the north part of the town centre.

June 30 - York Park, Launceston
Hawthorn Hawks v Brisbane Lions
Admission: €33

An early flight from Melbourne had me in Launceston in good time for the lunchtime ball up at York Park (Aurora Stadium). There's a variety of stands here to cater for all tastes - seating, terracing, hard standing and a grass bank, so a good bit of character. We had some rain but not that heavy, and on the back row of the terracing for much of the game I was fine. Whilst Hawthorn also built up a good lead over the first 3 quarters, unlike the previous week's game, they never looked like letting it slip and ran out comfortable winners 143-85

There's a much greater variety of catering outlets here (bratwursts, a barbecue, and several pie stalls) than the uniform blandness of the Gabba. Plenty of Hawks merchandise too, though the current Aussie dollar exchange rate (1.6) made it quite expensive. It's somewhat of a Tassy AFL day out, with plenty of other teams's jerseys being spotted in the crowd. Is only a short walk north from the town centre - Royal Oak probably the pick of the pubs I tried.

July 27 Burnage RFC
Manchester Mosquitoes v Leeds Minotaurs

This was the AFL Central & Northern England final. Leeds had finished last season in last position, but their 2nd season (aided by some visiting Aussie exchange students) has been totally different, having been unbeaten all season, though run close a few times. Manchester were reigning champions and finished 2nd in the regular season and playing at their home base would surely give them a run for their money though. I was on goal umpire duties for this, so had a special view of the game and an intimate knowledge of the score throughout! Manchester kicked the first goal, as they would do in each quarter, but Leeds were far more clinical thereafter, taking a 24pt 1st quarter lead and 55pt half time lead (74-19). Would Manchester be able to come back like Brisbane had done? Well, they brought it back to 50 points at the final change and then got on a charge. Half way through the final term, the gap was down to 24 points and they were on a roll, which had the crowd excited and Leeds defenders worried. But Leeds were able to steady the ship and kicked the next 4 goals to run out deserved 126-83 winners. Leeds will lose a good number of their squad next year, though Aussies on the pitch are limited to a maximum of 5 at any one time anyway. Other than these 2 though, they don't have 5 anyway and Huddersfield and Wolverhampton don't have any Aussies.

Burnage RFC is a nice place to visit with an elevated beer garden terrace overlooking the pitch and grass banks beneath. There are 2 handpumps but sadly nothing on tap todayUnsure

Post-game talk was of the upcoming Euro's in Dublin this weekend and next, with GB playing Denmark, Sweden and Germany in the group stage.



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Last new football ground (923) Sportplatz Aspern SV Aspern 4-2 Maccabi Wien
With FC United: 132
On the agenda:
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16/6 York City Knights v Rochdale Hornets (rl)
22/6 Antrim v Kildare (gaelic football)


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Tuesday 30 July
Lowell Spinners 6-4 Auburn Doubledays
New York - Penn League (Single A)
Admission: $10 in advance ($12 on the day)
Programme: $1 for 100 static pages plus 4 page insert
Attendance: 3,374

Just under 20 year's old, the ballpark is located in what must have been a dilapidated district of old mill buildings, but which is being turned around through the presence of loft conversions and a University of Massachusetts campus. Several parking lots around here serve the ballpark, all seeming to charge $5.

The brick facade of the ballpark fits in well with the area. Upon entering you go up some stairs to the main concourse, which is at the very back of the seating. There were several promotional stands here and with hawkers charging up & down the seating aisles throughout the game, the park was certainly lively. The food stands offered the usual ballpark fare, but I could only spot 1 local beer in Harpoon IPA (that's still 1 more than most English football grounds though) and at $6.75 for less than a pint, I decided to skip.

The seating offers some good views of the surrounding area and the right field seating was unusual in that it curved around to face home plate, giving those spectators no view of the outfield. The only downsides were the lack of a roof and the fact that all the seating was attached to a metal bleacher-like frame, giving the park a somewhat temporary feel.

Today's promotion was a travel bag giveaway to the first 1,000 fans entering the park. Between innings there were loads of 'fun' events, including a hot dog eating contest, and almost every pitch was interspersed with sound effects or something on the video screen. The purists would surely hate it but I thought it fitted well with the atmosphere inside the park.

The game itself looked like becoming a comfortable win for Lowell until Auburn came up with 3 error-assisted runs in the 7th inning before wasting some good opportunities in the 8th.


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Wednesday 31 August
Boston Red Sox 5-4 Seattle Mariners (15 innings)
Admission: $30 (or just a little more than a pre-season friendly at Gillingham)
Programme: $5 for a 108 page monthly issue with a single sheet match insert
Attendance: 35,059

The game that started in July and ended in August. Seattle brought the scores level in the top of the 7th and neither team could muster another run until a dramatic 15th inning when Boston won the game immediately after the Mariners had looked as though they'd hit the winning run.

Fenway Park is the oldest major league ballpark at just over 100 years old and anyone who knows anything about baseball will be aware that it's a wonderfully quirky gem. Within comfortable walking distance of the main downtown areas, it takes you back to a time when sports grounds had to work their dimensions into whatever plot of land was available. This has prevented significant expansion, making Fenway the most intimate major league park and also bringing about the Green Monster, a large left outfield boundary wall whose height compensates for the lack of distance from home plate, preventing home runs from being hit too easily. Nevertheless, we still saw one homer hit over the Green Monster, over the seating behind it and into some parked cars below.

All this history has it's disadvantages though. The old wooden seats were increasingly uncomfortable for a 5 hour game, legroom was minimal, many seats have pillars obscuring part of the infield and the concourses were crowded.

Although most games seem to sell out, getting tickets a couple of months in advance was no problem.


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I've enjoyed reading Mark's reports on the baseball and his trip to America's oldest ballpark has prompted me to report back on my recent visit to the second oldest!

Monday July 29
Chicago Cubs 0-5 Milwaukee Brewers
Attendance: 32,848
Admission: $32.80 (from stubhub... I think this was cheaper than face value)
'Game day' program and scorecard: $2.50 (the program itself actually covered all the home games in July)

Watching a game at 99 year old Wrigley Field is a real slice of Americana, oozing in tradition. Uniquely in MLB, there is no big screen here and, other than old time organ music, no between-innings gimmickry - it's all about the game. From the magnificent old stands, the beautiful and unique hand-operated scoreboard, the meticulous hedge around the outfield and the makeshift stands bolted onto the roofs of the neighbouring houses, you know you're in a very special place. And old timer newsreader Bill Kurtis popping out onto the press-box balcony in the 7th innings stretch to lead the singing of "Take me out to the ball game" topped it all off nicely.

Simply put, this place is a must see for any stadium aficionado or anyone who has an interest in sporting tradition, even if baseball doesn't particularly float your boat. And the stadium tour is also well worth it - I'd suggest doing that before taking in a game rather than after it, as it will help you appreciate the game day traditions more. Located adjacent to Addison station on the local subway (cta) red line, 15 minutes or so from downtown, it's a doddle to get to too.

Two nights previously I'd seen cross-city rivals, the Whitesox, lose 1-0 to Kansas in barely two and a half hours. And after 8 scoreless innings I feared another low scoring affair this time. But the Brewers unloaded at the top of the 9th, at which point most of the crowd left, and the Cubs never looked like salvaging it.


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First time in my life i went to the Greyhounds at Kinsley

Entrance was Free
Busy restaurant on a pleasant afternoon.

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I've sent OnionBag a PM, have to say his action shots are very impressive.



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In Reply To
First time in my life i went to the Greyhounds at Kinsley

Entrance was Free
Busy restaurant on a pleasant afternoon.

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What settings did you use to take the action shots?

Shutter speed, iso etc



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Mr Rambler,

The camera settings can be seen via this link
http://www.flickr.com/...et-72157634932121804

for a modest camera the white balance is superb. The ISO was only 200 i may try 400 next time and see what happens.
On each photo you can see the settings via flickr, which is useful info.

The hardest shots were on the winning line, i had to use a burst 2-3 seconds before and after.



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Friday 2 August
Pawtucket Red Sox 5-2 Norfolk Tides (15 innings)
International League (Triple A)
Admission: $12
Programme: $3 for a 260 page season-long static issue with a 20 page game insert
Attendance: 9,328

Another long game, going to 15 innings and 5 hours. Both teams struggled to get hits but the Pawsox really should have won this one as in both the 7th & 8th innings they had a runner on 3rd base with no men out, but couldn't bring him home.

Although Pawtucket have been Boston's Triple A team for many years, they are possibly best known for hosting baseball's longest ever game, which is commemorated with a mural on the concourse. Played in 1981 they kept going until after 4am, by which time only 19 fans were remaining when they completed the 32nd inning, even though the extra 23 innings had brought only 1 extra run for each team. They resumed a few days later and the game was settled almost immediately in the 33rd inning.

The park mainly consists of a large 10,000 capacity curved stand that wraps around from left field to 1st base, with a roof covering most seats. There's also bleachers in the outfield, as well as a grass bank from which a few dozen fans watched the game.

Unusually, the stand is about 10 feet above field level, with both the executive boxes and dugouts directly underneath the front rows. As this removes spectator access to players, kids have got around the obstacle by placing baseballs & photos into sand buckets and lowering them on ropes. The players then take these items out of the bucket, autograph them, tug on the rope and the kids pull the bucket up!

Today's promotion was a free Pawsox cap to the first 4,000 spectators, so we made sure we were early enough. There was also a decent package available to families of 4 - tickets, hot dogs, crisps & a drink for only $44.

No food tonight as we were stuffed full of pizza from the excellent Bob & Timmy's in Providence (as featured on Man vs Food). And I think there was only 1 local beer available - Narragansett.

Thus endeth my baseball season.


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As a long-time resident of the States and now four-year resident of the UK, I've used this board for researching various football grounds. Although I have little to contribute in that regard, I'll put some posts up next month with my own baseball travels.

For this my first post, I'll point out a couple of details on some of the more recent baseball ones, one being that although Fenway did have a long sellout streak, this ended at the beginning of this year, in the wake of their disastrous 2012 campaign. I think tickets are a bit easier to come by now, and certainly advance tickets would be, but anyone who wants to visit (and it's high on my own list) would still be well-advised to book in advance for anything on a weekend or indeed most of the summer.

Wrigley, meanwhile, will soon have a video board and a lot of the other nonsense, as part of the latest extortion by the owners to keep the team at Wrigley. They'll also get a bigger allotment of night games -- these are severely restricted by local ordinance, and so the Cubs play far more day games than any other MLB team. Wrigley didn't have lights at all until the middle of the 1988 season; up until that point, they usually had two or three suspended/shortened games a season, if a game went long or was delayed by rain and succumbed to darkness.

And bloody hell, 13, 15 and 15 innings -- you picked some interesting games. My longest in probably 50-60 major- and minor-league games is 13. (Of note in that legendary 33-inning game is that it featured future Hall of Famers Wade Boggs and Cal Ripken.)


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Looking forward to your reports, americanrich. I've probably been to over 30 baseball games in the US and have yet to see one go beyond the nine innings!

Interesting comments about Fenway and Wrigley. I did Fenway years ago while on holiday and, although I'd heard about the sellout streak then, I had no difficulty buying tickets just before the game. I guess in those days - before StubHub really established itself - these would have been returned tickets which, even if the club couldn't re-sell them, would still be regarded as having been sold. Hence a sellout... even if the stadium was not full.


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British Hillclimb Championship/ Aston Martin Centenary Event, Shelsley Walsh Sunday 18/08/13

Entry £15, Programme £3 (excellent). Proper restaurant serving breakfast for £6.50 and bacon rolls for £3. Real Ale available also at £3.

Hugely enjoyable day at this extremely scenic venue ticked away in the Teme Valley about 10 miles from Worcester. It claims to be the Worlds oldest continuous motor sport venue. The Hill has lots of bench seating (they call these grandstands but they are simply wooden slat benches arranged on slopes and sheltered under trees) as well a plenty of room at the fenceline. The setting is very picturesque.

I haven't been to a hillclimb for several years but will go again sooner than that as this was good fun with a fantastic variety of machinery including many things you just won't see competing in any other form of motorsport such as Audi Sport Quattro's and the like.

The big 3.5-4.0 litre top class machines are very fast and loud and you are really close up to the action as they go past at 130+MPH. The Second run off featured a tie for 2nd place and a storming final run by Scott Moran who just blew both of them away.



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New York City has two minor league baseball teams and both play in impressive small stadia in very atmospheric locations. Brooklyn Cyclones (affiliated with the Mets) play in Coney Island, right on the ocean front next to the amusement park, but tonight they visited their city neighbours and Yankee affiliates…

Wednesday August 21
Staten Island Yankees 5-3 Brooklyn Cyclones
New York-Penn League
Attendance: 4,701 (I’d say no more than 3,000)
Admission: $20.50
Beer $7 (craft and fizz both available), delicious beef nachos $6.50
No gameday programs left (despite the name, I think these are issued monthly) but there was free advert-filled newspaper available.

Richmond County Bank Ballpark is ideally located right next to the island’s ferry terminal and offers stunning views across the water to Manhattan and Brooklyn. The ferry is free from/to the Whitehall terminal in Manhattan and operates 24/7 – every 15 minutes at peak times, then half hourly and, through the night, hourly. The trip is 25 minutes, offers great views and, sailing past the Statue of Liberty, must be one of the most evocative commutes on the planet!

The game was keenly contested with the Cyclones seemingly in control until a three-run homer at the bottom of the sixth turned the game in favour of the home side, after which they saw the game out comfortably.

As always, a very pleasant atmosphere at the game, part of which I spent sat near an overweight, whining 8 year old whose timid grandmother suddenly snapped, telling him to “shut your big fat mouth!”, much to the amusement of those nearby. The effect was only temporary, as later I saw the same kid being chastised by an old bloke wearing a “World War 2 Veteran” baseball cap. First Pearl Harbor, now this..


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Will put the baseball in shortly, but first something I'm not sure I've seen here before.

Friday, Aug. 23
High school football
T.C. Roberson 22-20 North Henderson
Asheville, N.C.
Admission: $7
Programme: Was available, although I didn't grab one. Looked like a card paper job with rosters. Probably free or $1 at most.
20-ounce Diet Pepsi: $2
Peanuts (in a zip bag): $1
Also available were nachos ($3), burgers, hot dogs, popcorn, etc. No alcohol, obviously.

As evidenced by Friday Night Lights and others, high school football is a big deal in the States, particularly in the South and in Texas. Basically, if you're there between late August and early November, there's guaranteed to be a game somewhere relatively nearby. Playoffs typically start in mid-November. No child protection or any of that nonsense to worry about: These are community events, with all welcome. Most places play games on Friday nights, though there are those that play on Saturdays during the daytime if they have no lights, and very occasionally on Thursday nights as well, generally in places where schools don't have their own facilities and therefore have to share stadiums. (Bear in mind that these will very often be in major cities, and the stadiums may well not be in particularly nice parts of town.) I think $7 is probably fairly typical, and I'd be surprised if for a non-playoff game it were ever more than $10.

This was basically an add-on to a trip to Asheville, something to do of a Friday evening -- although I'm aware that drinking beer would be considered a far more normal activity. This particular campus is relatively easily found in the south part of town. When in doubt, just look for the lights.

The atmosphere is generally friendly, although if you're easily irritated by free-range kids, you're likely to find something like this annoying. Kids of all ages -- primary right through to high school -- wander through the stands throughout, paying little attention to the actual game.

As for that, it wasn't brilliant, despite the close score, plagued as it was by penalties and mistakes. Roberson, generally a strong program but reportedly a bit down this year, raced to a quick 13-0 lead and should have led by more, but they allowed their opponents back into the game in the second quarter and needed a field goal at the end to lead 16-14. Having scored again in the third quarter, they made the very odd decision to attempt a 2-point conversion, rather than the much simpler 1-point kick that would have made the margin 9 points -- more than can be managed with a touchdown (6) and 2-point conversion. That left the door open for the visitors to tie the game, but they failed to score on three separate possessions inside the 10-yard line, including one remarkable one during which they were backed up by penalties from the 9 all the way to the 40!

But North Henderson did finally score with 1:16 to play, a long pass play setting up a short run for the score, and an opportunity for the tying 2-point play. But in keeping with the rest of the game, this was undone by mistakes, first a 5-yard false-start penalty to push the try back to the 8-yard line, then a defensive pass interference penalty that put it back on the 4. From there, however, the play failed, and an ensuing short kickoff (called an onside kick) to try to get the ball back did as well. I didn't stay to watch the final minute being run off.

Close game, but not a great one, but nevertheless enjoyable to see a football game for the first time in about five years.


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Baseball
South Atlantic League (full-season low class A)
McCormick Field, Asheville N.C.
24 Aug: Asheville 2-8 Charleston (S.C.)
25 Aug: Asheville 5-8 Charleston (S.C.)
Parking: I walked, but I think it was $5 a car.
Admission: $11 (box seat -- in front of the walkway). $8 general admission (see below)
Programme: Free on Saturday, didn't see any on Sunday. Newsprint magazine-style covering the second half of the season. Didn't contain a scorecard and none seemed to be available, which was annoying.
Peanuts: $3.50, I think
Beer: As wide a selection as any ballpark at any level I've been to, including a number of Asheville's many local breweries. The good stuff is $5.50 for a small (maybe 16 oz.?), $7 for a large (22 oz.?). Several were sampled over the two days.
Attendances: 2,888 (Sat.); 2,289 (Sun.)

A ballpark long on my list more than lived up to expectations. Do a Google image search if you'd like to see it, but it's one of the prettiest parks anywhere. Some odd dimensions, probably because it's carved into the side of a hill and therefore can't be that big, so it has high fences all the way around, but particularly high in right field, where it's just 297 feet down the line. Straightaway center is just 373 feet -- a normal park would be 400. Completely ringed by trees in the outfield.

Originally built in 1924, the park was completely overhauled in 1992, but it retains a lot of the charm you'd expect of something its age. It plays a minor role in the film Bull Durham, as the Tourists are the team Crash Davis briefly signs with to hit his record home run and then hang 'em up.

Word to the wise re: tickets. The general admission tickets are $8 and include the bleachers all the way around the park, including behind the plate. The box seats were fine on the Saturday evening, but on the Sunday afternoon, they were actually in the sun and baking hot, so I retreated to the top level of the bleachers for a different view. Unless you need armrests and a cup holder, GA tickets are fine. Box seats consist of about seven rows in front of the walkway that divides the concourses. There were hosts taking orders and bringing things back, but they seemed to take a while and the concession stand lines weren't that long. I assumed they would want a tip, so I didn't bother.

Concessions are the typical, with a few extras. Given that Asheville is full of hippies, there's a veggie burger available, and a few other options. To be honest, I didn't look that closely.

Games both featured something I'd never seen before. On Saturday, the hometown Tourists, a Colorado Rockies affiliate, led 2-0 going into the ninth and final inning, only to concede an incredible eight times in one of the most remarkable meltdowns I've yet seen, capped by a three-run home run over the high scoreboard in right field.

The hometown side again raced to an early lead on Sunday, but saw it slowly eroded away and killed off completely in a four-run seventh for the visitors, who are an affiliate of the Yankees. They loaded the bases with one out in the ninth, and a beaten-out double-play grounder appeared to have cut the lead to 8-6. But the runner who was out at second was called for runner's interference, causing the runner at first to be declared out and ending the game. So two unusual endings. Four home runs in the Sunday game, all over the short right-field fence.

Asheville is a fantastic city in western North Carolina, and McCormick Field is a ballpark from another era. It's a destination worth visiting in both respects.


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Visted McCormick Field myself on the 17th July 1992 during my first tour of southern ballparks and saw the Tourists beat the Columbia Mets 6 - 3. I remember being made particularly welcome by the Tourists. I kept in touch with their Assistant GM who later moved first to the Martinsville Phillies and then to Clearwater. He is now Director of Minor League Operations for the Phillies. Did you know that McCormick Field features in that great baseball movie Bull Durham? In the movie Crash Davies hits his last home run there to broke the minor league home run record before retiring.


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Sunday 1 September 2013: Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. London.

I had already planned to spend much of Sunday strolling along the Thames-side paths, culminating in a viewing of the tall ships currently offering expensive excursions between Woolwich and Greenwich. Arriving at my start point in St Katherine’s Dock at 8:30 in the morning I was surprised to find it teeming with yachty types. It turned out I had arrived just in good time for a prime view of the official send-off for the 12 clipper class boats taking part in an 11 month round-the-world race. Each boat has a professional skipper and up to 55 amateur crew – some of whom will be undertaking the full circumnavigation and some just individual stages. The boats are of identical design, 70 feet long and colourfully painted with sponsors logos. There was much bustle around the dock with lots of friends and family waving off their loved ones and plenty of spectators too.

The yachts were going to pootle around in the Pool of London for a while and pass under Tower Bridge for the cameras before setting off on leg one of Race One to Brest in France, and then off to Rio de Janeiro. I resolved to catch up with them later when they were due to pass Woolwich at around 2:30.

So it was that with a couple of friends I joined a small crowd on the sea wall at Woolwich to watch them pass. To be honest, it was a little underwhelming, and of less spectacle than the tall ships with whom they shared the river. All 12 passed in procession at around 1 minute intervals. Disappointingly they were not under sail, motoring down-river rapidly on the falling tide and clearly not racing. In fact I found out when I got home that the racing was not actually due to start until the following morning, with a group start off Southend Pier.

The paper-conscious will wish to know that there was a leaflet detailing the route through London with estimated timings. Plus there was an enormous, full-colour, 150 page event programme available free from the race HQ in St Katherine’s Dock, containing everything one could possibly wish to know about the race. I can’t tell you who won as they are not due to finish for another 11 months. But I hope to be somewhere on the riverside on 12 July 2014 to see the survivors return.


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New York week over - boooooooooooooooo

Monday 26th August - US Open evening session at Arthur Ashe stadium - Programmes and Daily Guide a staggering 18 dollars (the Daily Guide was 5 dollars on its own) - saw Serena Williams demolish Francesca Schiavone, but then the rain came and we missed seeing Roger Federer

Tuesday 27th August - Baseball - New York Mets 5 Philadelphia Phillies 0 - Programmes 5 dollars - a bit of a dead rubber this one as both sides have had pretty disappointing seasons, so, the crowd of 25,000 were a bit low key as was the match

Thursday 29th August - US Open ground admission - a terrific day spent on court 17 watching amongst others Dan Evans beat Bernard Tomic, and then we went on to the Louis Armstrong Court to see John Isner play Gael Monfils which was really entertaining under the lights and finished just before midnight. Almost 13 hours of watching tennis in the day.

Saturday 31st August - Baseball - New York Yankees 2 Baltimore Orioles 0 - Programmes 10 dollars - much more exciting than watching the Mets due to these two teams both still in the hunt for a wild card place. Robinson Cano hit a home run to put the Yankees two up, although the Orioles went very close to a two run homer in their 9th inning. Over 42,000 here - lots of tourists amongst them, not surprisingly.

Saturday 31st August - Soccer as they call it - New York Red Bulls 2 DC United 1 - full account on the Where Did you go section


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Baseball
26 Aug
Southern League (Class AA)
Tennessee Smokies 6-0 Mobile BayBears
Smokies Park, Kodak, Tennessee
Parking: $3
Admission: $11 (box seat, four rows behind home plate).
Programme: $1, included scorecard. Could have had all four "souvenir" covers for $3. The one I got had the mascot on it; the other three had a board game theme.
Beer: Dreadful selection. Killian's the best of a bad bunch; there were two Leinenkugel seasonal taps at various outposts, but these were sold out and would have been awful anyway. Settled for a $6 large Old Style, a dreadful Chicago lager -- the Smokies being an affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. Didn't bother with any other concessions.
Attendance: 3,042 (I doubt it was much over 2,000)

Took a day to drive over the Blue Ridge Parkway southwest from Asheville. Fantastic scenery, albeit on a single carriageway with a speed limit no higher than 45 mph. Not a fast drive, for sure. You eventually end up in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which drops you into Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, a tourist trap if ever there were one. Carry on a bit further and you end up in Kodak, which as far as I could see has nothing to recommend it. Alternately, the ballpark is literally right off a junction on Interstate 40, probably 20 minutes east of the university town of Knoxville, which is the team's primary market. There are two entrances, both of which take you to the same car parks. There was a sign on the corner directing traffic, not that there was any, to go in either of the two directions.

Can't say I'd recommend this as a destination in itself. If you're in the area, it's not awful, but there's nothing particularly special about it. Constructed in 2000, it looks rather like a newer build high school, but it does at least have the advantage of a wrap-around concourse that allows a view of the action. Cheap, though, especially given the quality of seat I got. Technically, mine was next to two other people, but they told me from the off that the seat the other side of us was supposed to be for their son, who wasn't coming, and the rest of the row was unoccupied anyway. There is no center concourse, so the box seats comprise all the rows behind the plate and along the lines (about 20 rows), with the $9 general admission pricing covering only the bleachers along the lines towards the outfield. Unlike Asheville, this is one where the extra $2 does buy you a significant upgrade.

Though I didn't bother, the concessions struck me as decidedly average. Having finished my drive early, I struggled to find somewhere to eat that wasn't a chain restaurant, but after doubling back happened upon Tony Gore's Smoky Mountain barbecue restaurant, which you can only see from the other side of the road (state highway 66). Perfectly acceptable, if virtually empty (it was 5:45 when I walked in), and even had free WiFi.

Game was a nonstarter, the Smokies scoring two in the first and the BayBears, an Arizona Diamondbacks affiliate, not mustering so much as a hit until the fourth. Shortstop Javier Baez drove in four runs, including a 415-foot home run to left field in the sixth, and the Smokies clinched the Southern League Northern Division (yeah, really) second-half title. This was feted to some extent, but with four of the league's 10 sides qualifying for the playoffs, it's not that great an accomplishment.

Relaxed atmosphere, relatively reasonable prices, wholly unremarkable facilities. Worse ways to spend an evening, but not something worth going any great distance out of the way for. And not necessarily in a destination anyone here is likely to find themselves in for an extended period of time.


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29 Aug
Northwest League (short-season Class A)
Hillsboro Hops 9-2 Eugene Emeralds
Hillsboro Ballpark, Hillsboro, Oregon
Parking: $5
Admission: A frankly obscene $14, plus a total of $7 in various fees because I booked (two tickets) in advance; for one ticket, it would be $5 in fees.
Programme: Free from a table near the gate and included scorecard; a teamsheet turned up on another table
Burger: $7, included fries
Beer: $7 for a large; selection was limited but decent, with several from the local BridgePort brewery, including a special one for the ballpark itself
Attendance: 4,535 (probably slightly higher than reality)

Baseball returned to the Portland, Oregon, area for the first time since the Class AAA Beavers moved out after 2010 with the advent of the Hops. Portland actually has a history of losing AAA teams, replacing them with Northwest League teams, then getting bumped back up to AAA. The last incarnation of the Beavers was forced out after the 2010 season when obstacles were encountered to a plan to build a new stadium that would have replaced the one torn down to build a home for the MLS Portland Timbers -- surely the only time in U.S. history that a soccer team has bumped off a baseball team.

The Hops were formerly the Yakima (Washington) Bears, relocated and renamed, complete with angry hop mascot, in time for the 2013 season. The ballpark was built in less than a year and is within a larger recreational complex, sharing a wall with the adjacent multipurpose stadium. Hopefully the baseball facility is still a work in progress, for although it has its charms, it's clearly not a finished article. Most objectionable was the all-turf field, which is coloured in the infield to look like dirt. In fact, only the pitcher's mound and home plate area are real dirt, and the turf infield causes some awkward hops, pardon the pun, on ground balls.

This was the only park for which I booked tickets in advance, having found seats plentiful several weeks in advance but severely limited a few days before the game, and knowing that I had accompaniment for this game. The seats we ended up with were the last in the box seat section, roughly level with third base and, crucially for a game plagued by rain showers, not under cover. Only the outermost box seat sections are not under cover, which is worth bearing in mind given that the Pacific Northwest is not one of the world's drier places. The stadium itself is well sign-posted off Exit 62A of U.S. Highway 26, roughly 10 miles out of Portland proper. Don't make the mistake we did and park nearest where you come in -- these spaces are the farthest from the actual entrance.

The field is visible from the concession areas, although on the third-base line in particular, these are fairly far back, so the view is likely to be limited. First-base concessions are nearer the field. Given the proclivities of the Portland population, a veggie burger was on offer, as were several deluxe burgers (bleu cheese, etc.). Otherwise, it seemed like normal concessions, although as with other games, I wasn't looking that closely.

The rain was off and on for the first four innings, chasing us to the cover of the concourse several times, but the game rather remarkably wasn't stopped, and once the Hops had built a 7-0 lead through four, the result was in the bag. At this level, you're likely to see a combination of second- and third-year pros who were drafted from high school and those who played at the university level and were selected in the current year's draft (which is held in June). The Hops in particular were heavy on the collegiate contingent.

The team are clearly still working out how to present a game, and a lot of the promotions, tannoy announcements, music, etc., seemed to be drawn from a dog-eared copy of "How to Run a Minor-League Baseball Team." (Somewhat remarkably, this was the only one of the three ballparks I visited where YMCA and Cotton-Eyed Joe were played.) But there's clearly enthusiasm in the area, as evidenced by the number of tickets sold and the seemingly earnest cheering for even relatively minor occurrences during the game. For a ballpark rather thrown together on short notice, there's some potential there, albeit with some work still left to be done. But the logo is a clear winner.

$14 is insanely high for short-season Class A (the third of the five levels below Class AA), but I would imagine the market will bear it for another year or two. Portland has enough to recommend it on its own, including a well-supported MLS team, so if you're there anyway, this is a worthwhile trip. Further afield, the league's two other Oregon representatives, in Eugene and Salem, are within driving distance, and Portland's only about four hours from Seattle.


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Inspired by Windy's report of his visit last week, and still kicking myself for missing out on Andy Murray's win in last year's delayed final (meaning tickets were readily available), I decided last night to take the plunge and so today I made the half hour trip by subway up to Flushing Meadow for Day 11 of the US Open.

US Open Tennis
Arthur Ashe Court, Day session
Admission: $87.45 ($75 plus add-ons, bought on stubhub at slightly higher than face value). Seats were in the lower half of the top tier, to the side of the court.
Tournament program plus day program: $13 and $5 respectively, the latter being the best value.

I like tennis and have always wanted to experience a Grand Slam, and this did not disappoint at all. The organization was excellent, the pace inside the complex was relaxed, staff were helpful and friendly and, all in all, it was a very enjoyable day out.

Arrived around 11.15am, left at 6.15pm and felt I got my money's worth, seeing two and a half matches as well as a few legends close up, with lots else to see and do too. Upon arrival, had a quick look at a couple of junior and wheelchair matches on the outside courts, then wandered around the stadium grounds including the Court of Champions display and a small museum. Also had a gawp at the TV panel (including Chris Evert) broadcasting from the South Plaza, as well as browsing the myriad concession/merchandise/sponsors stalls.

Parked myself at my seat just after the start of the men's doubles semi between the seemingly unbeatable Bryan brothers from the US, going for a calendar Grand Slam, and 4th seeds Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek. This was a high quality and very entertaining match which the underdogs deservedly won after dropping the first set.

Next up was the main event as Britain's champion became Scotland's loser Tongue, Stan Wawrinka destroying Andy Murray to advance to the semis in straight sets. Murray never looked his usual self but that shouldn't detract from Wawrinka's performance, at times sublime and constantly relentless, which endeared him to an appreciative crowd which included Sean Connery.

As this was over quicker than expected, there was time to head to court 11 to see the second of two sets in a veterans match between the McEnroe brothers and Mats Wilander/Cedric Pioline. A real thrill to see the legendary Johnny Mac, who still has the touch and even treated the crowd to a tongue in cheek "you cannot be serious" rant to the umpire! The Macs won both sets, and John stayed on to sign autographs courtside before joining the ESPN commentary team for the night session.

Ended the day with a final mooch around, almost bumping into Billie Jean King doing an interview in the museum and Monica Seles doing a book signing in the book store! OK, lots of name dropping but I found it both surprising and refreshing just how accessible all these stars were to the paying public.

All in all, I'd say if you have the slightest interest in tennis, definitely try to get to a Grand Slam. Weather permitting, it's a great day out.


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Tour of Britain

Stage 1 - Peebles to Drumlanrig Castle

Crowd - quite a lot, admission free, no programmes


Despite a typically autumnal day in Scotland - driving rain and a bit of a breeze. Sir Brad, Cav, Quintano, assorted Europeans, Brits and Antipodeians take a wee jaunt through the Borders and Dumfries & Galloway for the third year in a row. Disspointgly this year they dont run within 200 yards of my house so its a short drive into the town centre to see them come down the Whitesands.

To be honest it really is a blink and you miss it event as the 5 man breakway zip past followed a minute or so later by the peloton - given the rain pretty much everyone is still in the rain capes so seeing who is who isnt easy - the Sky team are at the front so Wiggins was one of them.

What is impressive is the organisation though as the rolling road block of motorcycle outriders sweep up the road in front of the riders to close off all the side streets - that and some of the following team cars on seeing a stretch of wide road, that the sands is, do some break neck manouervering to get a better position in the convoy.

The two previous years the Sands has been the finish of the race and then theres the caravans, teams and sponsors stalls set up so much more to see - with them this year just passing through its a very brief affair.

When they make the finish Cavendish gets himself blocked in so doesnt complete a hat trick of wins with Viviani winning the sprint. Back in the house to watch this on the TV by then.


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Cycle Racing

Sunday 22 September 2013: Tour of Britain – Stage 8; att: many, many thousands; Entry free; Programme issued.

After an Olympics-induced gap last year, it was good to see this Tour back on the London streets. The Tour of Britain is growing in importance, particularly as several riders are now seeing it as ideal preparation for the World Championships. As qoscrofts has commented, the organisation is excellent, and the riders do really seem to appreciate the big crowds which turn out for cycle road racing in the UK.

The circuit this year was based on Whitehall and included a long fast stretch along Upper and Lower Thames Street to Tower Hill. Ten laps of an 8.8km circuit affords plenty of viewing opportunities, particularly as along much of the route it is possible to see the riders on both outward and return legs. Several of the team busses were parked on Westminster Bridge, where there were also some stalls to visit. After gawping at the bikes for a while, I made my way to the start line and squeezed into the big crowd to see all the surviving riders sign on for te day’s race. Bradley Wiggins signed on last (as befits the race leader). Always a bit of a comedian, he was asked something like “Will your team be riding today to preserve your 26 second lead?”. To which he replied “No, we’ll be riding to lose it”. The race started promptly at 3:30pm, but with crowds five or six deep at the rail on Whitehall, I opted to watch the first couple of laps from the Embankment where it was merely two or three deep. A group of six broke clear on the first lap and built up a lead of 40 seconds at one point before being chased down by the leading teams.

After around four laps, I jumped on a tube up to Tower Hill to watch the latter stages here, where the crowds were a bit thinner. The Walrus & Carpenter pub was open on the route – perfect, as it was possible here to watch live TV coverage, dash out and see the riders pass twice then dash back in again in front of the telly. The race held together until the penultimate lap, when a lone rider made a bid for glory on the back of the circuit – I’m pretty sure it was Alex Dowsett, it certainly looked like his style. TV showed the race all back together again for the final lap – and the crowd realised that, baring disaster, this would effectively be a lap of honour for Bradley Wiggins, who was cheered all the way around. The bells of St Magnus the Martyr, just down the road from my vantage, had already begun to peel in honour of a Londoner winning on the streets of London. To cap it all, Mark Cavendish (no doubt still smarting from being labelled last year a ‘flop’ by somebody on this message board) won the sprint for the stage victory. A great day’s sport – London really does love its cycling.

An official Tour Programme sold around the start/finish area for £5 – a bulky, full-colour, 96-page job. An unofficial programme (issued by Cycling Plus) was also freely available around the circuit, and in my view had rather better content.


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Wednesday 18th September Cycling The Tour Stage 4 Llanberis.

Seeing 2 attendee's reports at other stages I wondered if Kempsterites may have been present on each day so I am throwing day 4 into play. Come on guys let's make a clean sweep. I too obtained the Cycle Plus programme with locally produced map and agenda of the day from other sources. Am on a promise of a free official programme from the organisers.

Stood at 200m mark where Cavendish took the lead in the group finish, thereby losing various photo opportunities as he very late arriver next to me somehow got his body between me an the perfectly set up shots I had waited around an hour to get.

Good to see local Welsh Alliance side CP Llanberis open their ground for toilet and tea bar facilities hopefully being well rewarded with a good income flow with their industriousness. With Lakeside parking at the usual £4 and a ride up Snowdon before they arrived at £27 it wasn't the cheapest free event I have been to but a great atmosphere made it all worth while. All washed down by the excellent beers at Snowdonia Parc Brewery and an incredibly cheap Chinese from the Jewel in Caernarfon.


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Gaelic Football - Derry Senior Football Championship Final
Ballinderry 3-10 Ballinascreen 2-07
Admission: £10
Attendance: 7326

A first visit for me to Celtic Park, Derry for the club final. The ground looks even more impressive from the city centre, from which you can see the Main Stand and the back of the opposite terrace. Both that terrace and the one behind the Brandywell End (Derry City's ground is only 100m further down the road out of town) are uncovered standing. On this occasion, the seats were full, but there was ample room on the terraces. Usual at GAA grounds, no bar, but a catering outlet seemed to be serving chips. The 4th side has no 'furniture'.

It's higher than the Brandywell and a good bit more exposed, with the flags fluttering and the wind gusting. Ballinderry had it at their backs, but it was Screen who made a fast start, bursting into a deserved 5-2 lead with an early goal. Ballinderry clawed their way back to parity before a 2 goal burst gave them a 6 point lead. But Screen came back and had a penalty for a foot block - which they put wide. With other missed opportunities, Ballinderry led by 8 at the break. They added the first point of the 2nd half too, before Screen ended their barren run. However, another goal widened the gap to 12 and it looked game over. Ballinderry eased off and played possession football, which they did quite effectively, with scoring slowing. With 10 minutes to go though, and Screen 10 behind, they got another penalty - would this be the truning point? Alas not, as this time they thumped it against the bar, and it really was game over. A consolation goal deep in injury time brough it to a 6 point gap in the end.

Nightmare exiting by car afterwards, but good day out.



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Saturday 12 October 2013
Women's Hockey League Conference North
Stourport 0 Wakefield 1
No admission, no programme

Although at the same Kingsway complex as their previous main pitch this was far enough away (and indeed across the road) to be counted as a new venue, albeit I wasn't aware of this until I got there so bonus!

Stourport had been switched from the West to the North section since I last saw them. Visitors Wakefield were unbeaten and maintained this record with the only goal in the second half.



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National Football League
Jacksonville Jaguars 10 San Francisco 49ers 42
Admission £35
Programme £10
Attendance 83,559 @ Wembley Stadium

Having been a Niners fan since the mid 80s, I had been looking forward to this for a year since the game was announced. I bought my tickets in January going for the cheapest option but the seats we got were superb. Behind the goal virtually sat right on top of the big screen giving a brilliant panoramic view of the action.

I'd watched a few London Monarchs games in the mid 90s but this was something else. An AWESOME AWESOME night I'll never forget. Yeah the game was over as a contest after 20 mins but I'm a Niners fan so who cares SmileSmile

I'll definitely return for one of the 3 games next year, most likely the Atlanta v Detroit game.

Jacksonville's mascot Jaxson De Ville was hilarious and just added to the entertainment factor of the evening. Yes the Americans are brash at times but they know how to put on a show and the actually game itself is a good enough product to keep me interested as I love the Sport anyway.

Steelbacks win a Trophy AND I see the Niners live within the space of a couple of months, too good to even have dreamt about Smile



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National Football League
Jacksonville Jaguars 10 San Francisco 49ers 42
Admission £35
Programme £10
Attendance 83,559 @ Wembley Stadium

Having been a Niners fan since the mid 80s, I had been looking forward to this for a year since the game was announced. I bought my tickets in January going for the cheapest option but the seats we got were superb. Behind the goal virtually sat right on top of the big screen giving a brilliant panoramic view of the action.

I'd watched a few London Monarchs games in the mid 90s but this was something else. An AWESOME AWESOME night I'll never forget. Yeah the game was over as a contest after 20 mins but I'm a Niners fan so who cares SmileSmile

I'll definitely return for one of the 3 games next year, most likely the Atlanta v Detroit game.

Jacksonville's mascot Jaxson De Ville was hilarious and just added to the entertainment factor of the evening. Yes the Americans are brash at times but they know how to put on a show and the actually game itself is a good enough product to keep me interested as I love the Sport anyway.

Steelbacks win a Trophy AND I see the Niners live within the space of a couple of months, too good to even have dreamt about Smile


Also at this. I was at the Vikings - Steelers game last month too. I was sat in Club Wembley as it is much preferable to the normal seats. Pity the game was so one sided as they really want people to get behind the Jags as they are here for 4 years. Always going to be an uneven match up though.
Unfortunately I have yet to see my team play here, and they won't be coming next year either.
The atmosphere, while good, is nothing compared to a game in the US but is friendly. And its good to see all the different team colours being proudly worn by very committed UK fans


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I came across hundreds of American Football fans on the tube last night (when I was returning from my Eurostar daytrip to Belgium - see WDYG) and they were almost all carrying lots of irritating little flags which must have been given out free by Wembley Stadium, or whoever was organising the whole thing. I wondered how long it would be until an eye was lost by one of these flags being jabbed accidentally in a child's face. I saw only one person with a copy of the programme, although if it was £10 then that it is perhaps not surprising. I wonder what proportion of the crowd were US citizens / ex-pats / tourists?


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Yes the programme was a tenner but to be fair it is really good with tons of reading, I've still not finished reading it yet.

There was a good mix of accents around the place with a few Germans as well. We had some Irish people sat in front of us for half the game, the other half they spent going to buy more alcohol or getting up to go to the loo thus blocking everyone's view.

The Jaguars flags were given out free on EVERY seat, some job for whoever did that although I would have preferred a Niners one. The whole experience was superb & I would 100% recommend people to give it a try



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WEDNESDAY 20th November (EVENING SESSION. 7PM.)
SNOOKER - CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS @ RICOH ARENA .COVENTRY.
GROUP C. FINAL.
JUDD TRUMP v STUART BINGHAM.
ADMISSION £ 7.50 ( EARLY OFFER PRICE. )
PROGRAMME £ 3

This was the first time I had been to a live snooker tournament. It is also a new tournament in which 16 players compete for the £100,000 first prize. 14 of the players qualified for the tournament by winning a tournament last year, plus 2 wild card places made up the 16. There is 4 groups of 4 and each day sees a group semi final in the afternoon and the winners facing each other in the evening in the group final. It was staged in the Jaguar Hall at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.
The group C final was between 3rd Seed Judd Trump v 11th seed Stuart Bingham . Trump looked like he was going to win the first frame with a break of 60 but made a bad mistake and Bingham them made him pay by making a break of 63 to win the frame 64-60. Bingham them won the next 2 frames,Firstly 111-4 with a break of 111 and then 78-0. with a 78 break to go 3-0 up. Trump won frame 4 to trail 3-1 at the interval. A comeback looked on as Trump won the 5th but it was not enough as Bingham won the next 3 frames to win 6 frames to 2 and book a semi final place against Mark Selby on Saturday. Bingham deserved to win as Trump made to many mistakes. A really enjoyable night .


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UK Snooker Championship
£7.50 per session £5 programme
York Barbican

Wednesday 4th December
Evening session (7pm)

Table 1: Ronnie O'Sullivan 6 v Robert Milkins 0

One of the fastest sessions I have ever seen - it took The Rocket 67 minutes to trounce The Milkman in a very one sided session.

Table 2: Neil Robertson 6 Joe Perry 1

Not one of the greatest sessions overall - a lot of safety play especially from Mr Perry, a far too easy win.

To make the day even better MAN U LOST TO EVERTON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday 5th December
Afternoon session (1pm)

Table 1: Ronnie O'Sullivan 4 Stuart Bingham 6

The Rocket didn't look to take off and looked more like a damp squib than a banger. Stuart won the session fairly comfortably and was the deserved winner.

Table 2: Neil Robertson 6 Stephen Maguire 2

Neil wasn't tested in this fairly standard game of snooker apart from Stephen pulling back a couple of frames.

By the way - did I mention MAN U LOST TO EVERTON??!!


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Horse racing travels:

Thursday 26th Dec: Happy Valley Racecourse, Hong Kong

Nothing quite prepares you for the sight of a floodlit Happy Valley racecourse in downtown Hong Kong, surrounded by high rise tower blocks. The real estate must be worth billions. It has been there since 1864 though and the gambling turnover probably more than compensates for it.

As a tourist you are able to buy a guest members badge for $130 (about £11), or just go in with the masses for just $10 (80-something p). The former gets you access to some plusher seating on the first and second floors and a nicer quality of betting lounge but the $10 entry is hardly slumming it either. Both have elevated seating for a good view of the undulating track and there are two jumbo screens to beam out the races and the betting odds. It's all tote pool betting here so only one set of odds to look at but a wide range of multiple bets, some of which I never did figure out.

Some familiar names on the racecard with Neil Callan, Umberto Rispoli, Andreas Suborics and Gerald Mosse out there at the moment, though Suborics was injured and Mosse suspended while I was there. Traditional racecards (published by the HK Jocey Club) and independent colour photo versions were both available once you knew to ask for them.

All flat racing, generally shorter distances, it was a frenetic evening with a big holiday crowd in creating a good atmosphere. Lots of good value catering, both local and western style available throughout the course. An eight race card with the highlight the Class 1 $2m Happy Valley Handicap finished at 10.50pm and I strolled home to the hotel in shirt sleeves and a light jacket, having just received a text from someone saying they had 5 layers on the football in England.

Saturday 28th Dec: Taipa Raceourse, Macao

A day trip from HK to Macao is very easy to do with jetfoils leaving every 15-30 minutes throughout the day and taking an hour. The old town is a pleasant spot to while away a few hours with some old colonial buildings worth seeing, the highlight being the ruins of St Pauls church where only the facade remains.

A short bus journey will take you across the bridge to Taipa island where the Macao Jockey Club is based. From the glitz and glamour of Happy Valley, this was a much more work-a-day setting. No guest membership, so only the $20 entry was available (about £1.50) to the main grandstand which was a more basic affair than HV. Attendance was also considerably lower for a 7 race turf card, interspersed with simulcasting of other races from the Penang Turf Club in Malaysia. Bizarrely all the races were named after northern towns: The Salford, The Leeds, The Halifax (two divisions), The Bradford and The Castleford Very similar betting set up and counters that accept Hong Kong dollars as well as Macao patacas. This is also the case in town with $HK accepted widely, so no real need for day-trippers to worry about changing too much and either being stuck with it or losing out changing it back.

There was a catering stall at the track but was all in Chinese, though I suspect someone would have manfully helped me get something to eat had I not been still very full from a rather fine Portuguese lunch in town.

A different bus took me straight back from the track to the ferry terminal where I managed to get a standby seat on an earlier sailing than I had booked.

Sunday 29th Dec: Sha Tin Racecourse, Hong Kong

Hong Kong's second race course is little over 30 years old and is up in the New Territories, north east of the main tourist bits of Kowloon. Easy to get to though, as a special racecourse metro station operates on race days, dropping you along the back of the two main stands. And staggeringly enormous stands they are too with huge amounts of public seating/standing before the upper tiers of boxes and hospitality tower over these. I read that a crowd of 18,500 was there and at no time did it seem busy anywhere.

The same entry methods and prices were available as had been at Happy Valley ($130/$10). The guest member ticket gets again you entry into a plusher lounge and nicer seating and slightly less frenetic catering options. The latter were, based on my choices, great value and delicious: a Vietnamese style shredded chicken noodle bowl for about what you'd pay for a lukewarm pasty at a course in Britain.

It was a mixed turf/all weather card of 11 races and again, concentrated on shorter distances, so the action was again thick and fast. Neil Callan rode a treble including the top race of the day, the Class 2 $1.4m Chek Keng Handicap. A touching victory for trainer J Moore who left his wife's bedside in hospital to see the race, she was in a critical condition with cancer. One sad note in the last race when the horse Chok Chok clipped heeld in the final 150 metres, clattering to the ground at full speed. Chok Chok had to be put down and jockey M L Yeung was speared into the ground, receiving a broken collar bone.


All in all, three very different days at the races and all good fun. Racing is clearly very popular in HK and part of the fabric of life here, so makes a good day or evening out if you are out there. Happy Valley is more central and the more dramatic setting, especially under lights, but either tracks is worth seeing and certainly no problem at all in getting to or getting around once you're there. I don't know how bearable it would be at one of the biggest meetings with a bumper crowd. Macao was a little more downbeat but if you're there for a day or two, it's a way to spend a few hours.


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Saturday 15th Feb
National Hurling League Div 1A
Tipperary 2-13 Waterford 0-16
Semple Stadium, Thurles
Adm E10, prog E3, tea E2, att 4786

The opening weekend of the National Hurling League spread over Saturday evening and Sunday meant a two game weekend. First up was Tipp v Waterford at Semple Stadium. Waterford played with the breeze in the first half and took advantage, going into a 0-8 to 0-5 lead by the break, and even stretching that to 0-10 to 0-5 shortly into the second half. What cost them the game was the 13 wides they hit over the 70 minutes. Tipp then got the breeze behind them, scored a neat goal on 47' which levelled the game. It was nip and tuck after that but Tipp were never behind again and the win was sealed by a freak second goal a minute from time. The Tipp keeper took a free from the 45 line in his own half and lofted it long into the square. He probably overhit it as it cleared the forward line but the Waterford keeper lost the flight of it and it went over his head and just inside the post.

Sunday 16th Feb
National Hurling League Div 1A
Clare 1-16 Kilkenny 0-18
Cusack Park, Ennis
Adm E10, prog E2

A crowd of 10,125 crammed into Cusack Park to watch a cracking game between the reigning All Ireland hosts and the current National League title holders from Kilkenny. I expected a reaction from Kilkenny as last season was the first time in over 60 years they didn't play a championship match at Croke Park, so early was their exit. That and having to give Clare a guard of honour onto the pitch... Clare started well, especially Colin Ryan who scored all the first 1-5 inside 20 minutes (he ended the game on 1-9, 0-7 in frees). This put them 3 points ahead, and this stretched to a 5 point advantage by 25. Kilkenny then put a run together to draw level by the interval. The second half was nip and tuck all the way, although Kilkenny missed a great chance to take the lead when a penalty was brilliantly saved by a combination of the keeper and Colin Ryan on the line. Clare just hung on in the end, and in fairness a draw would not have been undeserved. Ryan's scoring exploits were matched by Henry Shefflin for Kilkenny who scored 0-12, including 8 frees and 2 65s.

This year tickets for National League games can be bought in advance from certain branches of Centra and Supavalu. This costs E10 whereas on the door is E15.


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National Football League Div 4
London 1-08 Clare 2-14
Adm £10, prog £1, tea 70p

A few rungs down the GAA glamour stakes after last week, and a cold, windy day at the Emerald Grounds in Ruislip to see a basement football game.

A desperately disappointing performance from London who were deservedly beaten, being outfought pretty much throughout. Clare had the benefit of a strong wind blowing straight down the length of the pitch in the first half although both sides opted to use a short passing game for most of the game which made it a good spectacle, though reduces the scoring opportunities as it takes longer to move the ball. That said there were two early goals for Clare both from defensive howlers. Clare's point shooting took a little while to find its range in the conditions with a number of early wides but they had reached 2-07 by the break against the hosts 1-03, London's only goal also coming from a mix up at the back.

I hoped that the wind might boost London in the second half but Clare's defensive strength and quick breaking made sure of the points. Scoring was much more even but the lead in the bank from the first half made life fairly easy for Clare. London did have a great chance for a goal that would have cut the lead from 6 to 3, as a loose ball was collected 25 yards out but the resulting shot crept past the far post.

It's going to be a long season for London after an 11 point defeat in Wicklow first time out. Even after their Connaught Championship heroics last summer, the quarter final against Galway at the end of May is looking pretty daunting at the moment.

Fortunately the 1pm start meant I was able to watch three quarters of the epic Kilkenny - Tipp hurling match on the big screen which finished 5-20 5-14 to the Cats despite training by 10 points in the first half. The game was described as "gloriously bonkers" by the official GAA twitter feed. The Clare management had also been thoughtful enough to raid the trophy cabinet and had brought the Liam McCarthy cup with them, won last September by their hurling brethren. This was handed round to one and all for photo opportunities including one tiny baby wearing a Clare GAA bib who was snapped whilst sitting inside it.


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Saturday March 1 going to

Horse racing - Kelso

Playing the part of racehorse owner as one of the horses I have small interest in, The Village, bumbles around in the opening novices' hurdle at Kelso. There are two or three reasonable types entered so a place is the best we can hope for. He will need decent ground so wouldn't much rain over night.

My presence as an owner is bad news since I have an abysmal record when on 'paddock duty', form figures reading 0P7U6P!

Rob


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Saturday March 1

Kelso

The Village failed to sparkle finishing ninth out of 10 so my form figures as owner on course now read 0P7U6P9! Outlaw Tom is likely to run on March 13th at Hexham in a four mile chase. Good news is that I can't make it, so fill yer boots!

That aside this meeting is the best of the season at Kelso with a Grade 2 Hurdle and a Listed Chase. CLEVER COOKIE, impressive against more experienced opponents at Musselburgh previously, showed a clean pair of heels to a decent field of novices here. This one would be well worth glance if pitching up at Cheltenham or Aintree.

The Premier Chase has seen the warm up of the Grand National winner in 2 out of 3 years. Kruzhlinin and Mr Moonshine are entered for the GN, but neither seems quite good enough. Mind you, Aurora's Encore didn't sparkle here before last year's win. The race winner MAGGIO will go to Aintree, but at a shorter distance than the National, possibly for the Topham Trophy.

Some of our group were chatting to Stuart Crawford who used to train The Village. He was asked why he had entered staying chaser Mister Philson in a two mile chase at Carlisle when he needs much further. Mr Crawford admitted he had hit the wrong button when doing the entries!

Rob


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Friday: Rabotnicki v Kozuv - 17:30 - Macedonian top division Basketball - Depends on time. Land at 12:30, want to get to the hostel, check in and have a walk round, bite to eat. May be too early.

Sat: Vardar v Zagreb - 1745 - South East Handball. Never watched it before in my life but told on Facebook it will be worth going to.


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South East (Europe) Handball League
Vardar 33-24 Croatia Zagreb

Admission: 60 Macedonian Denar, around 90p.
Att: 700 estimate

I spent the 1 hour 15 or so I had to kill between the football and this walking round taking more photos. I had a portion of burek and a coffee in the centre before walking along the north bank of the Vardar for about 10 minutes to SRC Kale. The arena apparently holds 2500, almost identical stands on both sides with a balcony at one end and the scoreboard at the other.

I found this to be very entertaining, it was the first time I'd ever watched this sport and loved every minute. The 2nd placed visitors were never in this.

Vardar 2-0 up early on and never relinquished the lead, the scores on seven occasions. The first half was definitely more of a contest

10: 5-4
20: 9-9, Vardar had been 8-4 up
Half time: 16-13

Second half
40: 19-14 - just 4 scores in the opening stages of the half.
50: 26-17, the lead continued to grow
Full time: 33-24, the lead was as much as 11 points. Frantic last five, with 8 points scored, 5 in the 56th minute Shocked

Excellent experience, attendance was a pure guess but well worth the 60MKD. The ultras were a shock too.

Tom


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Macedonian Basketball League - 6pm CET
Vardar 68-56 Sturmica

Admission: Free
Att: 160 estimate

A stunning third quarter that Vardar won 23-9 made all the difference. Played at SRC Kale, basketball arena - capacity 300 or so - next to the handball arena. 4 rows of benches down one side, two rows behind the near end and 3 rows behind the far end. 160 or so in attendance, never heard so much noise from that few people. The Ultras were brilliant. Not a great standard but it was FREE :D excellent way to finish off a superb weekend in Skopje.

1st: 13-19
2nd: 19-17
HT: 32-36
3rd: 23-9
4th: 13-11


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Sunday 13th April 2014
Heckmondwike Saints 57 Northumbria Vikings 93
Northern Cycle Speedway League
Free admission, no programme
Attendance 15 (h/c)
No refreshments available

Keen to photograph a sport new to me - having pointed my camera at rock climbers last week - I headed for Firth Park, Heckmondwike, and a Northern League cycle speedway fixture. I used to be keen on the motorised form of speedway but, for various reasons, fell out for good with the sport about six years ago. This, however, was great fun. If anything, the action was even faster, more furious and elbow-to-elbow than regular speedway. And it's free! The hosts were missing two of their best riders and trailed from the first of 15 heats. Saints included two teenage girls - Sheffield-based Pole Sandrsa Tamborska and Laura Watson - in their eight-rider line-up. The visitors, whose track is in Cramlington, led 50-30 at the interval, held after eight heats, and eased away for a comfortable victory.

The Heckmondwike track, in the public Firth Park, is a very tidy set-up. Hardstanding surrounds the circa 90-metre, banked, shale circuit, allowing close-up views of the action. There is no cover but the track is floodlit. It appears few cycle speedway clubs issue programmes these days. Saints skipper and No 1 Darren Kent gave me a blank scorechart to fill in. Of programmes, he said: "We don't do one because we don't get any spectators." Most of the sparse 'crowd' had travelled with the visitors. Ages of the riders ranged from teens to fifties. The scoring system - 4,3,2,1 - is slightly different from regular speedway. As with the motorised version, the bikes are specialised machines, lacking brakes and operated with a single gear.

I understand cycle speedway's numerous ups and downs mirror those of motorised speedway. The latter, certainly in Britain, is pretty much on its last legs (or last lap, maybe), and cycle speedway is also struggling. The Heckmondwike club, formed in 1971 and based at Firth Park since 1983, is short of riders, though this senior match was followed by a junior (under-13) encounter. We didn't stay to watch that, opting instead for a stroll on the nearby Spen Valley Greenway, a former railway line transformed into a 'linear park'.

Happy to attend another cycle speedway meeting. I've now got my sights set on two other Yorkshire tracks - at Hessle (near Hull) and Sheffield.

For more about this niche sport, check out www.britishcycling.org.uk/cyclespeedway

A few shots from the meeting:

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Sunday 20th April 2014
Astley & Tyldesley Team Green 78 Edinburgh Falcons 96
Northern Cycle Speedway League
Free admission
Programme £1 (28pp, a commendable effort)
Attendance 30 (h/c)


With little in the way of tempting sport, I opted for a second dose of cycle speedway in a week. Again, it was a positive, enjoyable experience. I was told the facilities at Gin Pit Raceway rival the best in the country. Certainly, the venue was a cut above Firth Park, Heckmondwike, where I went last Sunday. There are several sections of raised spectator seating, a snack bar serving hot and cold food and drink, and covered pits for the riders. A very good programme, too. Astley & Tyldesley club secretary and press officer Mike Hack, who refereed the main match, said the Northern League demands all clubs issue programmes. Heckmondwike, it seems, have ignored the requirement for many years.

The racing here was much more physical than at Firth Park. There was plenty of bumping and barging, and several spectacular tumbles. The only negative (something for which the hosts cannot be blamed) was a strong wind, which blew down the track and whipped dust into the faces of spectators. Conditions must have been pretty testing for the riders, who looked whacked by the end of the 18-heat contest.

Edinburgh, who arrived in a mini-bus jammed with bikes, led from the first heat and were 50-38 ahead at the interval. There were 10 points between the teams after heat 15 but the Scots confirmed their superiority in the closing stages.

Gin Pit Village is a most interesting place. The track is part of the Astley & Tyldesley Miners' Welfare complex, which caters also for football (two pitches), tennis (four all-weather courts), cricket and flat green bowls. The village, consisting of 63 terraced former mineworkers' cottages, claims to be the best preserved ex-pit community in the long-lost south-east Lancashire coalfield. Information panels feature eye-opening aerial shots of the site when three coal mines surrounded the village. All that survives is the pit head baths of Nook Colliery. The building is now in private hands. A memorial winding wheel on display was acquired from Clipstone Colliery, Notts. The brutalised landscape has been transformed wonderfully thanks to a planting programme, and now offers pleasant wooded walks and cycling, with Leigh and Tyldesley reached quickly and easily. There are two blots on today's landscape: a new housing development, four-bedroom design horrors wholly out of keeping, and the construction site of the Leigh to Manchester dedicated busway, set to cut an unkind swathe through the countryside.


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Sunday 25th May
Connact Senior Football Championship
LONDON v GALWAY @ Ruislip
Kick Off (or is it Tip Off or Bounce Up?) 3pm
Handy as a Plan B to Middlesex v Hampshire if the Cricket pitch at Old Merchant Taylors School hasn't recovered in time from previous 2 days rain, forecast looks more promising.


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HORSE RACING
Kelso - May 25th
Admission: Annual Membership
Racecard: £2
Food and drink: Pie £2.10 (quality as good as ever), decent coffee £2 from the drinks wagon near the paddock where the tray bakes are £2.20 each but way too scrummy to ignore!

Ladies' Day at Kelso and one of the busier days of the year for the Borders Course. Not quite the pain that such events are at some courses as most of 'ladies stuff' is kept separate from the racing bit, and in general there's a pretty knowledgeable crowd at Kelso.

Rain in the air but nothing of any note until a right drenching for 20 minutes before the seventh race.

I walked the course before racing. A tough old slog over a mile and a quarter as the grass is kept few inches high to give a decent cushion for the horses to race on. The course is in good nick after a pretty decent winter and spring and my estimation of the going was 'good to soft' at worst with parts of the course 'good'. Clerk Of The Course Hazel Peplinski is normally on the mark and I was surprised that she had the going as 'soft, good to soft in places', but that was changed to 'good to soft' after the first race.

Some decent racing at a time of year when jump racing quality tends to fall away a bit. The opening novices' handicap hurdle was won very comfortably by GOLD FUTURES who looks way ahead of the handicapper, should win again and looks capable of mixing it in decent company.

The two divisons of the stayers novices' handicap chase were pretty moderate but nice to see a Kelso regular GLEANN NA NDOCHAIS finally come good over fences. He's a fine looking animal who really should have won more often but I supsect something mental or physical ahs held him back. DOUBLE WHAMMY doddled in the second dviision, but it was a covntest full of 'professional losers'.

ROSIE'S COMMAND ditched his jockey and got loose but, though elusive, didn't expend too much energy and this progressive animal had no problem winning this. Entertainnig commentary on his antics when loose from course commentator David Fitzgerald who has made a serious mark in the commentary stakes in the last couple of years.

Popular stayer EVERAARD won the feature 3m 2f handicap chase in fine style and is now 10 wins from 38 runs over jumps and still on a workable handicap mark. While this race was going on those of us in the Kelso rooftop viewing area were treated to 'Upper Class Twit Of THe Year' meets 'Spot The Chin Competition' by a group of tweed wearers!

I sheltered under the old number board by the paddock when the rian came down before race seven. I chatted to a chap whose father was a trainer back in the 60's and 70's and was regaled with some tales of past racing!

The closing bumper was won in imprrssive style by last week's Tipperary winner and three times point-to-point winner GROUND INVASION. Bumpers here are generally pretty decent, this one had any amount in hand and may be one for shrewd Northern Ireland trainer Stuart Crawford to take to decent hurdling contests in the next year. JENNYS MELODY set a genuine gallop, kept on well once passed and is another to look out for when going hurdling. Back in third MAJOR IVAN has run three sound races, unfortunate to run into decent types on each occasion, and is a good marker.

Kelso now shut up shop for the summer with the next meeting a twilight fixture scheduled for early evening on September 17th. I look into my crystal ball and predict an early departure from work and a trip south...

Meanwhile the two horses I have an interest in...

OUTLAW TOM was dropped 11lbs and given a golden opportunity by handicapper in April, taking it in emphatic style on his favourite track at Hexham. Back there on May 10th he ran a cracker to finish second in horrible conditions, earning a thoroughly deserved holiday. He will be back in training in July with a view to racing again in September and can win off his current handicap mark.
Novice hurdler THE VILLAGE had a little ailment and needed some minor treatment, but is now back in full training and likely to be seen out at Perth in July.


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CYCLING
Pearl Uzumi Tour Series - Round 6
Edinburgh
Admission - Free
Programme - £3 though didn't buy a copy as I'd printed details from the website and peering over another spectator's shoulder for a look I probably had more information.

A really enjoyable event based around the Grassmarket. Course started on the north side of the Grassmarket, quickly turning left up the steep cobbled climb of Victoris Street, right and levellling out along George VI Bridge, then hairpin turn down Candlemaker Row and then downhil lto the bottom of the Grassmarket, turning back up the slope to the finish. Not an awful of level on the course and a real test. Total lap 1.3km.

Plenty of decent viewing points with Victoris Street being very popular. I walked round the circuit a couple of times, once during each of the main races.

Women's race began at 5.30 and was quickly spread all round the course as many competitors some found the climb a real struggle. The raqce last 45 minutes plus a lap and some of the straggelrs were already lapped after 15 mniutes or so. Helen Wyman took the race to the others early on and her efforts quickly reduced the leading group to seven or eight. Scot Katie Archibald then proved very strong in the latter stages moving well clear, Wyman sticking at it to finish a clear second and another Scot, Belgium based Claire Thomas filled third place.

Watching on the downhill section back into the Grassmarket it's not difficult to see the difference between the top riders and the rest. The front-runners pedal full-out down the hill whereas those many back in the field were easing off and free-wheeling.

Course viewing places were well filled by the start of the men's race at 7:30. The field stayed together for hte first few laps but a leading group of a dozen or so soon formed. Around halfway in the 1 hour plus plus 5 laps contest a group of three worked their way clear, Jon Mould, Tom Scully and Kristian House, all three having being prominent in the sreies so far. They stayed together until a few laps from the finish when Jon Mould powered clear and maintained the advantage to the line. Marcin Bialoblocki was prominent early, and yo-yoed back and forth off the chasing groiup before a strong finish took him to fourth place, while Frenchman Matthieu Boulo had made persistent brave efforts to close down the leaders but never quite made it and had to settle for fifth. The following chasing group had three Raleigh riders amongst them and they secured the team honurs on the night.

Lapped riders have to finish the race three laps early and so punishing was the test that only a dozen were left at the end of the full course. Of the less prominent riders mention should be made of Andy Coupe from the guest team Wheelbase Altura. He was well out the back early on and spent much of the race riding on his own, but kept passing riders in the latter stages and ended up in the top 30. Another guest team that didn't disgrace themselves were Scottish based Rigmar Racers.

Plenty of encouragement from the crowd all round the course for the riders, particularly on Victoris Street where every bit of support was needed as the race went on.The event was well marshalled and spectators generally very careful when crossing the course. A wheelchair got stuck being pushed across the cobbles, but there was plenty of assistance to move before the riders appeared. One incident which I saw that could have effected the race was a punch-up outside the Greyfriars Bobby pub that threatened to spill on to the course. Swift action by stewards and nearby spectators ensured the race wasn't affected.

The event seemed to be a great success and hopefully Edinburgh will be on the roster again in 2015.


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French Open tennis at Roland Garros on Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th May - Wednesday 80 Euros for Phillippe Chatrier Court and Thursday 30 Euros for Ground Admission - Programmes free

Another two great days at the French Open - travel via the first Eurostar train out on Wednesday morning and back via the last train back on Thursday evening meant that we had a full day at the tennis on Wednesday and a full day until we had to leave at 7.40 on Thursday evening to get back to Gare Du Nord.

Wednesday was Djokovic, Sharapova and Tsonga wins but a Venus Williams defeat, and Thursday was spent on Court 7 watching less big names like Kevin Anderson, Andrea Petkovic, Jack Sock, Steve Johnson and the french girl Pauline Partmentier before an hour on Court 2 watching Fernando Verdasco.

Always one of the highlights of my year as I've been going to Roland Garros for around 15 years now - weather a bit drizzly on Wednesday but not enough to stop play until late in the evening, while Thursday was much better and very hot when the sun came out. Question though is why do the French dress up like its mid winter when the temperature is in the mid 60's ?


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Sun June 1 1530
Ulster Senior Gaelic Football Quarter Football
Fermanagh v Antrim

Admission: £13/€15 (standing) - £20/€25 to sit. Under 16's free in standing area.
Programmes available
Attendance: 8000

A first outing for the two underdogs in this year's Ulster championship. Fermanagh had a mixed league season in the 3rd division, finishing mid-table but performing well. Antrim had a disastrous year in the bottom (4th division) finishing 3rd last with only 2 wins. So Fermanagh entered this in the unusual position of being favourites.

They started the game perfectly for them too, adding a point within the first 30 seconds. But that's where it all started to go wrong. Despite playing with the wind, Fermanagh's long ball's forward constantly found Antrim hands, whilst their well-worked short passing to runners breaking from midfield, or forwards coming out to channels to pick up, paid dividends. After nearly half an hour, the game looked like the most one-sided I'd seen in person, with Antrim having added 1 goal and 10 points. However, to some relieved cheers from the home crowd, Fermanagh finally got another score. From the kick-in, the ball was returned directly and the Fermanagh forward tipped the ball over the onrushing keeper. Panic set in in the Antrim play and at half time, they were relieved to still have 5 of the 12 point lead they had previously, still intact.

The 2nd half showed a similar pattern - an early break and good chance on goal for Fermanagh but the forward opted for safety and a point. Then Antrim scored a goal and kept the lead round the 8 point mark for a while before going 11 in front with 10 minute to go. That was enough for the Fermanagh supporter next to me, who'd been contemplating leaving 1st half. But he went too soon. A goal and 3 points quickly followed and the lead was back to 5. It stuck there until we entered injury time, but a Fermanagh goal brought the gap to just 2 points and time for a last attack. Fermanagh won the ball got it downfield, got a player free in on goal, he shot, beat the keeper - only for a goalline clearance from a covering defender. But the rebound came back out - and Fermanagh tried to get another shot off, but to no avail and Antrim hung on for a famous win, 2-18 to 3-13. Donegal await Antrim now though, a much tougher test. Fermanagh have another chance at National level in the qualifiers (aka 'the back door') - as I'll be watching one of those in 4 weeks time (draw still to be made), I may yet see Fermanagh again this summer.

Brewster Park is close to Enniskillen town centre, with a low covered seating stand down one side, and open seating on the other (East) side. 25-step terraces behind each goal (the far end unused today) complete the picture. There was a shop with hot & cold drinks, sweets and crisps. As usual at GAA, no alcohol or hot food. Pre-match I popped into the GBG Wetherspoons, the Linen Hall, for a decent Hook Norton Special Dark Mild.



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With FC United: 132
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16/6 York City Knights v Rochdale Hornets (rl)
22/6 Antrim v Kildare (gaelic football)


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Sunday 15th June 2014
Sheffield 98 Poole 78
Elite Cycle Speedway League
Free admission
Programme (20pp) £1
Attendance 45 (h/c)
Refreshments available


My third cycle speedway meeting of the 2014 season - but first at Elite League level. This really was a big step up from the regional events I'd watched at Heckmondwike and Astley. The action was appreciably faster and much more physical. Amidst some excellent racing, there were several high-speed crashes. Thankfully, nobody appeared to suffer anything more than bruises. Neither Sheffield nor Poole has set the Elite League alight this year, and both teams were desperate for a victory. It was 25-25 after five of the scheduled 18 heats, but the hosts eased away to lead 51-38 at the interval. Poole scored just two heat advantages, both in the second half. The Elite Combination League match that followed, featuring junior riders and contested over 13 heats, was closer. Poole, assisted by two guest riders from Heckmondwike, triumphed 70-68 after a last-heat decider.

Sheffield, boasting 250 riders, claim to be Britain's leading cycle speedway club. Elite League matches are staged at the Graves Leisure Centre, off Bochum Parkway, at Meadowhead, south of the city centre. The 73-metre track, safety fence, pits and general facilities were completely revamped three years ago. There is raised hardstanding for spectators around the first and second bend, and along the back straight. Refreshments - and impressive programmes - can be obtained from a portable building above the second bend. This structure is home to the track announcer, who I felt did a great job keeping spectators informed. The referee chose to officiate from the centre green. No cover, which was a little irksome because the meeting began in fine drizzle. Happily, this soon abated. Yet again, however, the sun was conspicuous by its absence.

The Sheffield club has another track, Cookson Park (77 metres), in the Hillsborough district of the city. This hosts Northern League matches.

A few action shots from the Elite League fixture:

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Sunday 15th June

Peterborough Saxons 15-0 Leicester Falcons
(British American Football Association National League Central)
@ Thorney RFC
Adm / prog: none

Hot and cold drinks + burgers for sale

A change of shifts at work allowed me to watch my first game of American Football this year. Not a great performance from either side to be honest, though Peterborough always looked likely winners from the off. Two touchdowns, one in the 2nd quarter and one in the 3rd was enough to give them the victory. The Falcons offered very little on the offence and were well contained by the Saxons defence.

The two sides meet each other again next Sunday in the reverse fixture.

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Sunday 22nd June

Leicester Falcons 7-22 Peterborough Saxons
(BAFA National Leagues Central Division)

Adm: free
Prog: £2
Other merchandise for sale including hats, baseball caps and polo shirts + some NFL head wear as well.
Bottle of water: 50p
Chili Hot Dog: £3

Att: around 50-60

Leicester still play at Babington College in the Beaumont Leys area of the city and there are no spectator facilities on the college playing field. This season they have started issuing programmes and selling merchandise and food & drink.

A better game than last weeks reverse fixture, though Peterborough again fully deserved their victory. Three TD's (one 1 pt conversion, one 2 pt conversion and a failed 2 pt attempt) + a safety were the scores for the visitors, while Leicester scored a 1 point converted TD.

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Sat June 21 1930
Central & North Aussie Rules UK division
Huddersfield Rams 74-118 Manchester Mosquitoes

@Huddersfield YMCA
Admission: free
Attendance: approx 80

Cracking tie between 2nd and 1st, which was closer than the final scoreline suggests. Rams took an early lead before Mozzie took over late in the 1st, with the lead extended to 22 at ht. That was brought back to just 2 with a minute to go in Q3 before 2 late goals gave Mozzies breathing space again. Mozzies started the 4th as they finished the 3rd, with the help of several controversial refereeing calls, and ultimately stretched out to win comfortably - I had the final margin at 33, but offically was 44. The best team clearly won, although the all-Brit Rams line-up gave their predominantly Aussie counterparts a good game. The rematch is part of a double-header at Leeds on July 12 and the two teams could yet meet in the semifinal in Manchester on July 19, or the final in Sheffield on July 26.

Huddersfield YMCA is a multi-sport venue close to M62 J23. The main pitch (used by Huddersfield Giants reserves) has a 1000 or so seat stand with scoreboard and railed the other side and near end. There's a clubhouse with hot food afternoons, and a bar with 3 handpumps (only 2 off, Platinum Blonde was OK).



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Got a double header lined up for Saturday 28th June - 1400 Carlow v Waterford at Gaelic Football; followed by 1900 hurling Waterford v Laois - both first qualifying round. There is a suitable train service between them, but I've had to hire a car to get to Carlow from Cork in time!



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Last new football ground (923) Sportplatz Aspern SV Aspern 4-2 Maccabi Wien
With FC United: 132
On the agenda:
15/6 Milford Marlins v Saddleworth Rangers (rl)
16/6 York City Knights v Rochdale Hornets (rl)
22/6 Antrim v Kildare (gaelic football)


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Wimbledon
Ladies final, ladies doubles final, gents doubles final
Centre court

Attendance 15,000ish, admission £124!!!!, programme £8, nae pies or bovril, strawberries £2.50


We make a ballot application each year these days and have been lucky to get something most times, the eldest miss qc lives in crawley and loves her tennis so normally takes them. This year with it being final Saturday mrs qc can actually go as term time has ended and she's finished with her class of psychos so needs a break. Handily she'll also not be complaining about the price of a ticket to the football now either.

So a trip down to crawley to stay with miss qc and then an early rise and drive into London for a big day out. Decided on pushing the boat out and paying to park opposite grounds, surprisingly easy drive in with hardly a delay and parked easy to then walk the 2 mins into the grounds.

Like most on here its a venue you've seen for years and years on TV and it's a little surreal to be there in the flesh. First thing you notice is how incredibly compact it all is and just how quintessentially british/English it all is. We are in as the grounds open so have plenty of time to wander round and see all the courts, the hill, the shops and take in the atmosphere. We stumble across some players practising and note the next court has big crowds so try to get closer, some bloke called Federer is getting a bit of practice in.

After a spot of lunch it's into centre to find our seats which are very back row and above where players enter. Good views from it and nicely shaded, though not an issue today, first reaction is the actual court is small but the stands give it a special atmosphere. As to the games the ladies singles and doubles are both very one sided and over quickly. Kvitova doesn't half smack a shot and as someone whose never seen it in real life I'm surprised at how low they hit the ball. The men's doubles final is a cracking 5 setter with the under dogs beating the favs to the delight of the crowd, also noted that the speed of men's game wasn't too much higher than women's at times.

All in all an excellent day out, ticket price was it worth it? In terms of quality of games probably not, in terms of experience definitely. I'd say a visit to the grounds in the first week would be a grand day out (£20 a ticket I see).


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Baseball

Wednesday 2 July
Lake Elsinore Storm 6-2 Inland Empire 66ers
California League (High A)
Attendance 2,202
Prog: 36 pages, free (and free teamsheets available)
Admission: $13

With the 66ers having a dreadful season this was a predictably one-sided game, albeit played in a very attractive ballpark on an ideal, cloudless evening.

The park looks out onto the barren Californian hills and comprises a single tier of seating that extends beyond first and third bases. There's a roof, but oddly this only covers the concourse at the rear and doesn't extend over the seats, although it provided enough shade to keep us out of direct sunlight.

As always in the minors, game-day promotions are a big thing. Today's was free hot dogs, but I was still quite full from lunch so could only manage five. Had I gone for the $8 seats this could have been an even better value for money evening.

Still, the free food wasn't enough to entice the locals in big numbers as I thought the actual attendance was no more than a thousand, leaving a large majority of the 8,000 seats unoccupied. Such is the reliance on game-day promotions that the Storm were reduced to publicising one evening as 'baseball au naturele' - not a clothes-free game but actually a 'no promotions promotion'.

Not much in the way of local beers unfortunately - I only saw San Diego's Red Trolley on draft. Better news for the wine connoisseur as there was another promotion in place - local producers were selling their wares and there was a $2 tasting session during the 7th inning at the glass-fronted Diamond Lounge down in left field.

Finally, the prog was one of the best I've seen in the minors as it was specific to the team's 3-game stand against the 66ers, whereas many tend to be half-season issues.

Friday 4 July
San Diego Padres 2-0 San Francisco Giants
National League
Attendance: 31,126
Prog: 4 pages, free
Admission: $22.50

An enjoyable afternoon in downtown San Diego where the high-flying Giants were strangely subdued on the field, which kept their travelling support of several thousand fans quite.

With it being 4 July I thought the afternoon would be much more lively, but attendance looked to be nearer 20,000 than 30,000, and there was little in the way of celebrations other than some Navy Seals parachuting onto the field before the game. No fireworks after the game but I suppose many fans hung around for the downtown displays later that evening.

The 10 year-old park is a great venue and is easily accessed via the city's light rail. It looks more modern than many of the recent retro-inspired parks and blends in with other downtown buildings, although an old red brick building has been retained as part of the outfield. With a capacity of 42,000 it's also more intimate than many parks, as well as having smaller field dimensions.

As usual, we opted for seats in the top (third) tier directly behind home plate, which offered fantastic views but were among the cheapest seats in the house. The outfield area is deliberately underdeveloped, giving fans a spectacular view of downtown which seems to gradually rise up above the parkland immediately behind the stadium.

Like Lake Elsinore, there's only a small roof at the back of the stands. Fortunately there were enough empty seats that everyone was able to relocate to somewhere in the shade as the sun moved during the course of the game.

Again, I didn't see much evidence of local beers other than Red Trolley, surprising since San Diego is one of America's leading craft beer cities. In any case, the weather dictated that plenty of soft drinks were required, so the 4 of us took advantage of the excellent $10 unlimited refills offer and the absence of queues meant we managed 1 refill each inning.

Unusually, I saw no evidence of a bulky monthly-magazine-style prog, which you find at other major league teams. Just a large, 4 page glossy card containing the team rosters.


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Sunday 20th July

A two sport double...

LEICESTER FALCONS 20-16 LINCOLNSHIRE BOMBERS
British American Football Association National League Central

First time that I have seen the Falcons win in four attempts. No scoring in the first quarter, with a two point safety giving the visitors the lead early on in the 2nd. It was the Falcons defence that prevented the Bombers increasing their lead, and with pretty much their only decent offence drive they took the lead with a unconverted TD.

The 3rd quarter was a lot better from the home side and they scored two converted TD's to lead 20-2. The Bombers hit back in the 4th and scored two TD's to bring them within four points. The Falcons defence did their job and this allowed their offence to run down the clock and record the victory.

GREYHOUND RACING @ COVENTRY

Adm & racecard: £5

First time I have been to the Coventry Stadium in over ten years, with this being a first for greyhound racing. Four winners from twelve races meant we came home with as much money as we left with.



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Saturday July 5th

HORSE RACING

LYSA NAD LABEM (Czech Republic)

Admission - 100Kc (about £2.75)
Proramme - 60Kc (about £1.80) - decent value, glossy full colour, plenty of information and form lines are pretty much the same to understand in any country.

Attendance - about 800 for the first race at 1pm, but up to around 2,000 by the htird race of a 10 race card.

We were in Prague as part of a 3 city trip in Central Europe along with Vienna and Budapest. Timing of the trip meant we missed both Czech and Magyar Derby by a few days either side, but the Czech Jockey Club website showed a meeting at Lysa Nad Labem a 30-40 minute train trip at 93Kc return from Prague. Two trains an hour from Prague, one from Praha Hlavni nadrazi (main station) and one from Praha Masarykovo nadrazi (suburban service terminus). The latter station is a bit of a dump, but the services are run using the rather swish double-decker CityElefant. We went out from the latter and I assume tickets are valid to all Prague stations since we didn't get thrown off the Prha hl. n. train on the way back! For drivers it's 50Kc to park the car and there's plenty of parking.

Devil of a job to get transport to the course once in the small town of Lysa Nad Labem. Despite a prominent sign in the street outside teh station advertising 'horse racing' nobody seemed to know anything about it, no buses to the course either, so eventually managed to track down a taxi courtesy of a helpful guy in a bar near the station. Taxi driver intimated that he would pick us up after the meeting, but he didn't turn up and we were left with a 2.5km hike back to the station. Taxi drivers in the Czech republic have a tendency to take the mickey over prices, so make you have agreed a price before the journey or that it's on the meter. In Pregue we were given prices up to 500Kc for a journey to the staion that was only 117Kc in metered taxis.

Faciitlites are rather rustic and would be nearer to point-to-point standard here. Stands are open to the elements and basically scaffolding with planks. Parade ring setting nice enough, wooden buidlings for food and drink with a decent range of hot food. Might struggle if you want a salad though!

Racing consists of a mix of flat racing, steeplechases(cross-country), a race over wickerwork obstacles (something akin to hurdles), with a pony race (riders 10 to 13 years of age) and a contest for unregistered horses slipped in as extras between the thorughbreds. Ground was very firm and a few eyebrows would have been raised if they had raced on similar ground in the UK. A handful of horses pulled up lame during the afternoon.

Racing was competitive enough ranging from bottom end Category 5 sprint to a decent feature event, a Category 1 cross-country steeplechase, an event in which you need to follow the course map closely to work out where the runner are. Course is only seven furlongs round, so very sharp, but affords decent viewing from the stands. Prize money is poor with the equivalent of £400 total prize pot for the Category 5 event and only £3,400 for the feature event. Owners and trainers here don't appreciate how lucky we are here!

The course is in a pleasant forest setting and easy access to most parts of the course gives a chance to see the start of races up close.

This would be a fair to middling track in the scheme of things in the Czech Republic. Top tracks are the Prague track Velka Chuchle, venue of the major Czech flat races, and Pardubice which holds the top Czech jump races including October's Velka Padubice Steeplechase which is often contested by UK trained horses.

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Baseball
Thursday 17 July
Inland Empire 66ers 10-2 Modesto Nuts
California League (High A)
Attendance: 1,972
Prog: 40 pages (free, probably 3 issues a season); separate 10 page line-up & stats insert ($1)
Admission: $11

The two worst teams in the California League faced each other and the 66ers raced into a 7-0 lead after only 2 innings. They remained comfortably on top as their starting pitcher failed to give up a single run in his 5 innings.

Inland Empire is the name given to a collection of cities in LA's sprawling eastern suburbs. The largest is San Bernadino, which has a solid recent history in hosting minor league teams, and this is where the ballpark is located.

The 20 year-old park is nothing out of the ordinary, comprising a single uncovered tier that stretches out to left & right fields, although there's an attractive backdrop with the Californian hills rising beyond the city. The colour scheme of yellow paint and red roof tiles is presumably a nod towards local Mexican influences. In fact, this evening was designated Hispanic Heritage Night and featured a wrestling contest by third base after the game.

It was also Thirsty Thursday, a cheap beer night, with domestic beers at $2 and local beers at $4. The fact that local beers are also domestic beers didn't seem to register - in this context I think the terms 'domestic' and 'tasteless' tend to be interchangeable. I opted for the local Betty IPA from Hangar 24, which was very good.

In fact, the range of concessions was noticeably better than the norm. There was a Mexican food outlet and other items available included baked potatoes, baked yams and ice cream sundaes. Upcoming promotions included an ice cream appreciation evening and a bacon appreciation evening, which I'm sure they said would feature chocolate-covered bacon doughnuts!

We won free milk shake vouchers as we were sitting in the lucky section drawn during the 7th inning, but were able to give these away to a nearby family. We had no such luck with a free tyre rotation we won last summer in Florida.

Something I've never seen before happened during one of the between-innings sponsored contests. It was stopped because the players wanted to play baseball - a rare outbreak of sport interfering with the needs of advertisers in the minors.


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Saturday 26th July

Commonwealth Games 2014, Glasgow - Games Programme £10 and daily programme £5

Mens Hockey - National Hockey Centre - Admission £20

9am - Game 1 - New Zealand 8 Trinidad & Tobago 0
11am - Game 2 - Malaysia 2 Canada 0

In the initial ballot i got tickets for the afternoon and evening sessions at the boxing whilst a pal gets hockey and afternoon boxing - we suggest if only we could have had the same 3 sessions it could have saved a ca trip for one of us - a phone call last week gets me the Hockey ticket and him the evening boxing one. So a 6am depart from Dumfries sees us parked and waiting for the 7.30 am train at Newton along with maybe 50 other slightyl bleary eyed folk.

First ever visit to Hockey and in truth in game one the old joke about if both Trinidad and Tobago had fielded sides they still wouldnt have won holds true - they get a thorough doing, lucky to get nil and lucky to only let in 8. The second game is much closer with Malaysia converting a short corner to lead and looking value for the win before we knick away with 10 minutes to go to get a train to the next venue.

The hockey Centre is a terrific little venue and its a shame that 3/4 of the stands will be removed after the games leaving only the impressive main stand - ok its limited to hockey use but it was cracking little stadium.

Boxing - SEC, Glasgow - Admission £30

1.30 pm Various weights and 18 bouts

So after a short train ride to Exhibition centre its join the literaaly thousands walking in to the complex for the various sports - despite the crowds its pretty easy to get in through the security and as we expected we do indeed miss the first bout of the afternoon - typically its apparently a cracker as the Welsh boy beats the English one. Last time i was in the SEC was to see the mighty Rush and its strange to be in only a small part of the main hall with other parts of it sectioned off for Netball and Judo - you'd never know it wasnt a small hall all the time and not a sectioned off part of a large hanger. The action is non stop with bouts following one after the other and most of them decent stuff - not one knock down on the day and only two being stopped shows that the fighters are of a decent standard and theres no total mis matches as may have been in previous years. SEC is baking hot inside and its a bit of a relief after the 4.5 hour session to go out and find its raining. Walk round to the exits and before we exit get directed through a side entrance for those with tickets for later so we dont have to go through security again as its..............


Boxing - SEC, Glasgow - Admission £30

7pm various weights and 17 bouts

Back in and seats only two rows from our earlier ones - again no knockdowns on the night and no stoppages. Biggest cheers of the night go to Josh Taylor of Scotland who wins well enough. Most impressive though on the day was Englands Maxwell in the afternoon session who looked very tasty, We left with two bouts to go to get the train back to Newton and are back in the car for 11.15 and home for 12.30ish - along long day but most enjoyable.

Massive crowds at SEC complex but a most enjoyable atmosphere, big queues on trains but again all done in humour and trains are pretty well organised - loads of clydesiders to direct you and all in all a good experience. Would i go to Hockey again - if in Dumfries yes but not if i had to travel for it. would i go to Boxing again - certainly though i must admit two sessions of nearly 8 hours was getting tiring by the end.

Programme - overall brochure standard stuff plenty of reading and priced the usual sort of price for these things - the daily programme is excellent plenty of reading in it and probably better value too.


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Sunday 27th July

Commonwealth Games, Glasgow

Tollcross International Pool

Swimming - evening session, admission £70, attendance 4000 ish i think

Programme - overall tournament brochure £10 (previously bought), Daily programme £5


Accompanied today by Mrs qc and Miss qc its off to the swimming. Dire warnigns of the centre of Glasgow being a traffic no go mean we elect to go and park up at Westerton station near Partick and get the train into the centre and on to Carntyne for the pool. The Centre of Glasgow is indeed very busy with enormous queues to get into the official merchandise store in George Square. Queen Street station is very busy with folk going to and from various venues but we safely get a train out to the pool and are in the venue with a minimum of fuss. After yesterdays sauna like SEC i was fearful that the swmming would be even worse but in truth its pleasant, certainly not cold but equally not too warm.

Our tickets are at the end of the pool and given that the swimmers are under water its maybe not the most easy of spectator sports but you can tell whose winning and the numerous big screens and commentary only help. The atmospher is i have to say fantastic with all the home nations getting loud support but its nothing at all compared to the noise when 13 year old Erraid Davies gets up to win her bronze medal - ive been at big football games but i honestly am struggling to think of a noise to compare to this one - ear splitting it was. Next race its matched as Hannah Miley gets a bronze too and its almost surpassed in the final race as Scotland run the Aussies very close in the relay. Most of the big name swimmers from this games are seen what with many of them competing in so many races and miss qc is particularly pleased to see Rebecca Addlington who has ''lovelly hair''.

Transport back to centre is well organised and parking where we are gets us on the road quick and back home for 12.30 again. Tickets are probably too expensive at £70 each for a 'behind the goal' seat but it was a great atmosphere - plenty of finals to watch with big names a stack of games record times and medals for the hosts make it a very good night and Mrs qc says shes not complaining about the price given the entertainment. in the test of would i go again to it - yes i would so a pass for it id say


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Monday 28th July

Commonwealth Games, Glasgow

Athletics evening session - Hampden Park

Admission £70, Programmes tournament brochure £10, Daily programme £5

Attendance 44,000 ish


Monday morning scottish news stories are full of tales of woe for the previous days park and ride scheme for which todayim booked in for but assurances that problems would be addressed appears to be true as i find the system pretty good. Arrive at Hamilton P&R at about 4 its onto a waiting bus which leaves when full at around 4.15 - drive up to Hampden takes a little longer than the promised 30 minutes but not much. Walk up the road to halt at the end of a lage queue but with a view of an even more massive one coming from mount Florida station. We can see the security barrier/screening area from our place and you can see Hampden isnt open yet so its wait it out - the queue gets moving on opening of the gates and the only glinch of the day is the total lack of movement of our side while the other queue is moving - it takes the intervention of 2 of the mounted plois on duty to take things in their own hands and escort our queue up the road, cross it and in to the flow of people going in - why the stewards who stood and did nothing couldnt do that is beyond me and most of the queue who give the stewards a few words of advice about their jobs. I would have to say that i fail to see why there is only one entrance for the crowd at Hampden - i know theres added security measures but the surrounds are big enough that there could be one entrance up at Mount Florida end (for the station uses) and an other on Aitkenhead Road for the bus usere - to use only Aitkenhead road is baffling. Despite that we are sat in our seats for 6.10 and it appears to be full for start time of 7.00.

First time at athletics and theres plenty of action all over from the off with 2 decathlon high jumps, the hammer and shot going on at the same time as track events - to be honest too much going on and its difficult to follow the field events. The announcer though does draw you attention to the important throws and jumps so they get the attention they deserve. On the track its the 100m semi finals and finals but the biggest cheer goes to Libby Clegg's win in the Para 100m for the hosts. Okagbare and Bailey-Cole are impressive winners of the main 100m's with Adam Gemili getting a fine silver to huge cheers. Ive sung F of Scot at Hampden a good number of times but i dont think its been belted out so well as it was for Clegg's medal ceremony.

Now to the stadium - Hampden divides opinion some love it some hate it - i love it, the atmosphere and aura of the place swinging it for me but i know that some of the views from low down are frankly awful and you are a long way from the pitch. in an ideal world youd rebuild it better than they did but it is what it is. Today as an athletics venue it looks like its been like this for ever and isnt a temporary solution - so on that score this remodelling has been done very well. Our seats are at the Jim Thomson end - ok only a Queen of the South fan will call it that as its the end big Jim equalised at in the Cup final - its more commonly known as the Celtic end and we are in row UUU so about as high as you can get so get a good view.

Catering is plentiful and queues dont look too bad but honestly the choices are very poor and its way over priced - drinks are available and £4 for a bulmers is according to missqc well over the top, £2.50 for Irn Bru is too but its warm and folk are paying it.

Getting back to the P&R again proves easy enough as we leave the stadium to the strains of the SA national anthem at 10.03 and are sitting on our bus at 10.28 - again the journey back to Hamilton is smooth enough when you get into the flow of traffic and we are in the car park for the back of 11.


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Sunday 14th Sptember
NFL
Jacksonville Jaguars 10 Washington Redkins 41
FedEx Field
Att 80037

A weeks holiday in Washington gave me the opportunity to take in a game at FedEx. And most worthwhile it was too. Despite being very one-sided.
The Redskins had a terrible first quarter losing RG3 and Jackson to injury but it made no difference at all. Jacksonville were awful and even having to use back up QB Cousins there was only ever one winner.
I managed to get fantastic front row tickets from NFL ticket exchange and being so close to the pitch was a real bonus.
The stadium is pretty good with a capacity of around 84000 on three levels. As usual in The States food and drink options are plentiful.
The atmosphere was amazing. Not really any chanting as you would find at football but more of a concerted noise at important moments. And when I say noise I mean noise. It was deafening.
All in all a great day out and well recommended


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Tuesday 23rd September

Horse Racing

Beverley Racecourse

Adm: £13
Prog / Racecard: £2

This was our first time ever going horse racing for myself and the wife, and this meet luckily coincided with our holiday. I don't have anything to compare the course with, but I liked it.

In regards to the racing we had four winners from the eight races which made an enjoyable afternoon even better



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Beverley's a lovely course. Visited it back in the 90s and enjoyed the meeting there. We have five nice racecourses in Scotland if ever you are up this way!


HORSE RACING

Sunday September 28th

Musselburgh

Admission - free as Reciprocal day for Kelso members
Programme - £2.50

'Royal Scots Day at Musselburgh, the equivalent of which was my first visit to Musselburgh (then known as Edinburgh) just over 20 years ago.

quite a busy day with a ncie buzz about the place. Derek Thompson was MC and in usual motor-mouth mode. Thommo does know how to work a crowd and is very popular, but I do need to walk down the course a bit to get away from the continuous prattle!

Watch out for PENELOPE PITSTOP who finished with a rattle in the opening maiden. She looked as if the race would bring her on fitness wise and. although held by the first two, she may go some way to emulating her full-sister Captain Secret who has won five races. For cartoon buffs it's not completely out of the realms of possibility that she might meet Tim Easterby's The Hooded Claw in future seasons!

The fillies handicap was fought about between two progressive sorts in REKDHAT and WHO'S THAT CHICK who were clear and both look capable of further successes.

IRISH GIRL'S SPIRIT won the closing sprint. It was a poor event, but she's a decent little mare over five furlnogs on quick ground. She's one of the fastest sfro mthe stalls on the northern circuit and quickly gained the rail position in front, being briefly threatened by Saxonette but more than enough in hand.


Monday September 29th

Hamilton Park

Admission - free as Reciprocal day for Kelso members
Programme - £2.50

Taking advantage of my Kelso membership which gives me a good selection of reciprocal meetings plus 14 Kelso meetings in the year for £130. Over the year it has worked out at about £8 per meeting so far with more freebies left.

Just 21 hours after her last appearance IRISH GIRL'S SPIRIT appeared in the opening 5 furlong handicap, a tougher looking contest than the Musselburgh one, and the opinion amongst the grandstand sages was that she would struggle once hitting Hamilton's stiff finishing slope. Not a bit of it! Straight into the lead and rattling away in the first downhill two furlongs, if anything she then relished the uphill section even more and was well clear in the final furlong. The handicapper will probably bump her up 10-12lbs, and she will now be forced into a tougher grade, but she is still worth bearing in mind over five furlnogs on quick ground. I don't know many sprinters on the northern circuit who can live with her in the early stages of a race.

Other than that first winner I really struggled to find any winners. Baron Run held off two other Hamilton specialists to win a competitive 6 furlong race. Stanarley Pic fought hard to see off the gallant veteran Dhaular Dhar in Hamilton's last race of the season. Now 12 it would be nice to see Dhaular Dhar pick up one final race before spending his old age in his own meadow, and I wouldn't count out a return to the track at thirteen as he clearly retains enthusiasm.

I can't get down to see him run, but the steeplechaser I have a small ownership interest in, Outlaw Tom, appears this Friday at Hexham. He's as well as I've seen him at this time of year, he loves Hexham, the prize money is decent and there won't be many runners, so we are hopeful of a good return. Our other horse is hurdler The Village who has had his fitness problems and has been on the easy list for a few weeks. We hope he will turn out to be competitive at a lowly level once fully fit, but the jury awaits more convincing evidence.


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Was expecting a sport free Saturday as I headed off to Madrid, but getting on the same flight I spotted a couple of Manchester Mosquitoes (Aussie Rules) polo shirts and found out they had a post-season friendly at Madrid Bulls, so Sat 18 Oct was:

Aussie Rules @ Universitario Autonoma Rugby ground, 11am ko
Madrid Bulls 19-104 Manchester Mosquitoes
Admission: free
Attendance: approx 25

The University is right by Cantabulo Cercenias station (C4 NE of the city), and the sports pitches are to the left as you exit the station. There is a fence on one side, with an uncovered terrace of 10 large steps and about 25m long, around half way. No other furniture. Temperature in the high 20's, but the pitch had been watered, so was wet.

As they were looking for volunteers, I took up goal umpiring duties - Spain is now the 3rd country I've done this in! Manchester were the Northern champs, whilst Madrid don't play in a regular league, just in European competitions - though they always beat Barcelona teams, they assured me. The gulf in competitive experience proved too strong as better handling, kicking and fitness showed. Madrid played well in 2 quarters though, and should have had a few more points on the board, but were shy at shooting from distance, instead electing to pass - often poorly. In the last period, they shot more, falling agonisingly short twice. One of their players joining for that quarter had just done a 10km mountain race, which was why he'd missed the earlier periods!

Great fun, the Mozzies are a good bunch. and we popped out for a bevvy or two in Madrid post-game...



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26/10/2014

NFL International Series @ Wembley Stadium

Detroit Lions 22-21 Atlanta Falcons

Adm: £149 (club seats)
Prog: £10
Game Specific pin badge: £4
Att: ?
Food - Olympic Games prices.

This was my first visit to the new Wembley Stadium and I went along with my dad who kindly paid for the tickets. This was a fantastic experience and brilliant atmosphere with fans of most, if not all NFL teams represented along with fans of the two competing teams. Excellent seats with excellent views were had in the Club section and we were level with the Falcons end zone.

The teams went into week 8 of the NFL regular season with contrasting records - Atlanta 2-5 and Detroit the opposite. The match was a tale of two halves with the Falcons dominating the first, leading 21-0 at the break with QB Matt Ryan in impressive form, while opposing QB Matt Stafford very poor. The second half was the opposite with Stafford and the Lions looking a lot better side. A 59 yard TD from wide receiver Golden Tate brought the Lions into the game, until with I think 1.38 on the clock they trailed by two points and had the ball deep in their own half. They got the ball down to the Falcons 25 yard line with four seconds on the clock and went for a game winning field goal. The kick was missed but the start of the play was delayed [for those unaware every play has to start within a certain amount of time] and this meant a five yard penalty and the play had to be restarted. No mistake and the fg converted to give the Lions are dramatic one point victory.

Note: even if the kick had been converted first time around, it would still have to have been retaken.

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NFL International Series @ Wembley Stadium

Detroit Lions 22-21 Atlanta Falcons

Adm: £149 (club seats)
Prog: £10
Game Specific pin badge: £4
Att: ?
Food - Olympic Games prices.

This was my first visit to the new Wembley Stadium and I went along with my dad who kindly paid for the tickets. This was a fantastic experience and brilliant atmosphere with fans of most, if not all NFL teams represented along with fans of the two competing teams. Excellent seats with excellent views were had in the Club section and we were level with the Falcons end zone.

The teams went into week 8 of the NFL regular season with contrasting records - Atlanta 2-5 and Detroit the opposite. The match was a tale of two halves with the Falcons dominating the first, leading 21-0 at the break with QB Matt Ryan in impressive form, while opposing QB Matt Stafford very poor. The second half was the opposite with Stafford and the Lions looking a lot better side. A 59 yard TD from wide receiver Golden Tate brought the Lions into the game, until with I think 1.38 on the clock they trailed by two points and had the ball deep in their own half. They got the ball down to the Falcons 25 yard line with four seconds on the clock and went for a game winning field goal. The kick was missed but the start of the play was delayed [for those unaware every play has to start within a certain amount of time] and this meant a five yard penalty and the play had to be restarted. No mistake and the fg converted to give the Lions are dramatic one point victory.

Note: even if the kick had been converted first time around, it would still have to have been retaken.

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Was also at this. Agree with everything written. Definitely the best game and best atmosphere of any Wembley game I have attended. Not quite up to US standards of atmosphere yet though!!
And in your picture of Sam L Jackson on the big screen I spotted myself (Also in Club Wembley) Cool


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Was also at this. Agree with everything written. Definitely the best game and best atmosphere of any Wembley game I have attended. Not quite up to US standards of atmosphere yet though!!
And in your picture of Sam L Jackson on the big screen I spotted myself (Also in Club Wembley) Cool


Hoping to go to Lambeau Field next October as part of a 11 night trip to the States, and this has just wetted my appetite even more.



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I have been to two. Was at a Redskins game in week 2 this year. The atmosphere was brilliant. Not the same as football here. Not much in the way of chanting. But the noise is incredible for big plays. It well worth going. Make sure you wrap up warm for that Packers game. It can get a bit nippy Wink


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Muay Thai - Hua Hin
7 fights of varying age groups.

Fight 1: 4th Round, Fight 2: Went the full 7, Fight 3: 1st Round - 25 seconds (brutal knockout!)
Fight 4: 3rd Round, Fight 5: 5th Round, Fight 6: 4th Round. Fight 7: 2nd Round

Admission: 500 baht
Chang: 80 baht

Excellent night at the Muay Thai and they allow you to bring your own beer in from 7 Eleven round the corner. Was some really brutal blows, first martial arts meeting watched and I'll watch more of this, awesome entertainment.

Start was supposed to be 9pm, but it started at 9:30 Thai time (I won't explain that one!) and finished nearing midnight.


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NFL International Series
Dallas Cowboys 31-17 Jacksonville Jaguars

at Wembley Stadium

Second visit to the new Wembley, six and a half years after the first. First time I had ever been to either the old or new Wembley when it was dark, which gave a different experience, and first time I had been to a sell-out event there. Arrived in plenty of time to take in some of the atmosphere and still get to our seats with an hour or so to spare, needed some recovery time after climbing all the steps to the next-to-back row! A fantastic view from way up in the top tier though, I wouldn't mind being a bit further forward on another occasion but it was good to have such an overall view of the game.

Expected a relatively comfortable Dallas win and so it proved, even if they started a little slowly and fell 7-3 behind after Jacksonville replied to an opening field goal with the game's first touchdown. The Jaguars made too many crucial mistakes, no more so than the fumbled punt which gave Dallas perfect position to take a 10-7 lead in the first quarter. After another touchdown made it 17-7, the Jaguars wasted one of the biggest offensive plays of the game when on the very next play, having got into Dallas territory, a fumble cost them possession. Then, after a Dallas fumble gave the Jaguars one more chance to score before half-time, they were unable to take advantage and gave up another big touchdown play in the closing seconds of the half to make it 24-7.

That was game over really, and when Dallas scored again early in the third quarter to make it 31-7 it looked as though it could end up a big score. Jacksonville rallied in the fourth quarter though to make it respectable, getting two points back on a safety for a holding penalty in the Dallas end zone. Any hope of a miraculous comeback ended with an interception shortly afterwards, but the Jaguars did get the final score of the game with a couple of minutes left on the clock. A penalty against Dallas had wiped out another interception and Jacksonville took advantage by finding the end zone, and adding a two-point conversion to make it 31-17. When they failed to recover an onside kick, Dallas could just run out the clock for a win which really seemed much more comfortable than the scoreline looks.

We didn't rush out of the stadium at the end, but were still back at the car near Hillingdon station just after 10.30 and back in Plymouth at 2.00. A really good day out overall, and considering going back again for one of next season's three games.


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Women's Hockey League Conference West
Stourport 2 Oxford Hawks 1
No admission or programme

My first chance to get down to Kingsway this season and naturally that's just before the winter break kicks in! Very nice club house here. No spectator facilities other than a standing area along one side (about normal for club hockey in my experience) and the main pitch is floodlit.

A bit of a late late show in each half of a fairly even game, Oxford taking the lead with 2 minutes left before a last minute penalty corner led to a home equaliser. Stourport then scored the winner with 2 to play in the 2nd half but before claiming the win had to defend four stoppage-time penalty corners.

Good win for the home side who are struggling of late.



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Women's Hockey League Conference West
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No admission or programme


There should be a programme - it is a requirement of the league, who provide a generic glossy cover for teams to use.


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The only time I've ever seen a programme is at Olton. Never seen one at games at either Stourport, Cannock or UoB.

So if it is a requirement it seems to be one that isn't being enforced.



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It is enforced. Clubs need to make them ore visible. Always worth asking for one.


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Can't say I'm that bothered TBH.



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All Ireland Intermediate Club Hurling Championship
Quarter Final
Kilburn Gaels (London) 1-10 v 1-08 Mullinavat (Kilkenny)
Emerald GAA Grounds, Ruislip
Admission £10, prog £2.50, cheeseburger £3.50

Ona glorious day, but a heavy pitch, the two teams served up an entertaining game that was in the balance till the final whistle. The fare on offer was aided by some sensible refereeing, taking the conditions into account and letting the teams get on with it. A decent crowd had turned out too, to give a decent atmosphere with quite a number having travelled over from Kilkenny plus some UK-based supporters.

The teams were well matched and kept pace with each other during the first half. There was rarely more than a point between them and I don't think ever more than two, leaving them at 0-05 to 0-04 at the break. Mullinavat did, however, shoot a lot of wides in the first half and should have been kicking themselves given that they had the bright and low sun at their backs before they turned around.

At the break I was chatting to the man filming the tie for the GAA authorities and we agreed that whoever got a goal first would probably win the game given the sparsity of close in chances.

Mullinavat's team talk had clearly been along the same lines since they spent the first five minutes of the second half trying to puck or run the ball in close enough to get a goal. Some heroic keeping by the home keeper kept them at bay. After one of the long puck outs to relieve the pressure, a Kilburn player sent the ball long and high into the air, presumably aiming for a point to keep the score ticking over. The visiting keeper lost the flight of the ball in the sun and it dropped a few inches below the bar into the net for a Kilburn goal. With another couple of points, this put Kilburn 1-08 to 0-04 ahead mid way through the half.

The game was not over though, as Mullinavat didn't give up, took some steady points and then got a goal shortly afterwards to pull to within a point of Kilburn. The exiles were not to be dined though, and after both teams traded a few points in the closing stages, they managed to keep themselves ahead despite a couple of goal scares late on.

The camera man also updated me on the planned upgrade of the Ruislip complex. The plans have been delayed slightly and now the plan is to play the Connaught Senior Football Championship game in late May then close the place to allow the work to start. The pitch will be moved about 30 yards east and a few yards north to allow the stand to go along the south touchline, straddling the middle and stretching to the 20 yard line each way. There will be a synthetic training pitch behind the main pitch to the east.

Not sure what happens if they beat Roscommon as they are due to be at home in the semi final v Sligo. None of the other GAA pitches in London have any sort of spectator facilities as at Rusilip so maybe home advantage would have to be surrendered. There was some talk about using the new London Irish HQ in Sunbury, and while they have just announced that the senior football team will indeed be training there, there was no mention of using it for matches. Would be bloody handy for me though!

Next up is Tir Chonnail Gaels v Corofin (Galway) in the QF of the All Ireland Senior Club Football Championship, Sunday 14th, 1pm throw-in.


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Saturday 6th December
Peterborough Greyhounds


My first visit to the dogs for quite some time and nothing much has changed. I had a couple of winners but finished down overall and had a dreadful basket meal covered in more salt than I usually consume in a month necessitating the consumption of some passable products supplied by Theakston's, one of which was regrettably in a plastic container. However it's always a good evening out (although I can't work out why), the place was packed (as usual) and the company excellent.


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Saturday January 31st
Cycling Revolution Series 2014/15 (Round 4) - Evening Session
at Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow
Admission - £22 for a seat at the start of the bend just past the finish line,. Seats overlooking the middle of the home straight and finish are a bit more expensive and tend to be snapped up straight away.
Parking - £% (Celtic FC car park)
Programme - £3, decent effort with plenty of content about the evening's events as well as the Series itself.
Food - £8.80 Scotch pie, tortilla chips 'n dip, 2 bottles of water (expensive, but it's a sports event...)
We treated ourselves to an overnight stay in the Westerwood Hotel at Cumbernauld, Aberdeen FC checking out no the way to Hampden as we arrived. If you are looking for a bit of luxury then you can do plenty worse.
The velodrome is part of the Emirates Arena complex opposite Celtic Park. Velodrome parking is restricted to competitors and guests but there are 300 places available in the Celtic FC car park opposite, admittedly £5 but very convenient and no traffic problems before or after the event.
As near as damn it sell out for the afternoon and evening sessions of this event. Doors opened at 6pm for a 7pm start and plenty of opportunity for rider spotting as the competitors warm up on the track prior to the racing. The event is well 'choreographed' with the competitors for the following event ready to go on the track as the previous event finishes, so the action flies thick and fast. Sir Chris himself was on hand to do an interview before the racing and then fired the starting gun for the first race.
A number of different race series on the go:
  • Elite Men's Series (Team Event)
  • Elite Women's Event
  • Elite Men's Sprint Event (Sprint & Keirin)
  • Hoy Future Stars Events for 15/16yo Boys and Girls

Jason Kenny looks back to his best, recording a sub 10 second last 200 in the Sprint qualifying and seeing off Scots John Mitchell and Callum Skinner 2-0 in the semi-final and final. Mitchell is only 19 and pushed Kenny hard so looks a promising prospect.
Olympic road race runner-up Lizzie Armitstead was thereabouts in all the women's events having lapped the field 3 times to win the Points Race in the afternoon session. Paralympian Sarah Storey wasn't so prominent but I suspect was using this as a warm up for an attempt on the world One hour record at the next Round in London.
Orica-Greenedge took the honours in the Team Event with Adam Blythe looking particularly strong. It wouldn't surprise me if he shows up well in big race events on the road this year as he oozes ability and has the confidence to go with it. The Madison Elimination Race is 'Anarchy On Wheels' but Blythe and his team-mate Yeori Havic controlled the event from the start.
Rui and Ivo Oliveira are 19-year-old twins who represented Team Ignitr and produced a fine performance to win the Madison 1km Time Trail, beating Orica by 0.002 seconds, 2 seconds clear of any other team. Watch out for the twins because they can shift!
JLT Condor's youngster Stuart Balfour is another to keep an eye on for the future. He shadowed the likes of Martyn Irvine (a World Scratch race medallist) and Adam Blythe for much of the 15km Scratch race but lacked enough pace in a bunch finish headed by the American Bobby Lea.
Rhys Britton came out best in the Boys' Events and showed the class to control his races but, as in the Girls' Events, there's a whole host of up-and-coming talent on show.
The programme lost its way a little at the end, the team and junior presentations being done before the closing Keirin final. The result was that a significant portion of the audience upped and left before the final event. A good evening though.


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Fairyhouse races

31 Jan 2015

Admission £10 (in advance)

Weekend in Dublin with the missis centred around a day at Fairyhouse races, Fairyhouse racecourse can easily be reached on the 105 bus from Dublin city centre - the journey was €8.60 return and took about 40 mins.

This was my first experience of racing in Ireland, the course it's self is of a fair size with large pre parade ring and a stand similar in size to Kempton.

The day it's self provided me with three winners although less good for the girlfriend who lost about €40 euros !.... Her usual luck not with her today !

Was a bit surprised at the low crowd, I had no idea what kind of crowd there would be but for a Saturday meeting I expected a lot more, not sure why it was so low really.

The weather was sunny but very cold and the bus back being 30 mins late didn't exactly sit well with me but oh well I left with more money than I arrived with so can't complain.

Toured some of the pubs of Dublin in the evening and had a great night even if I was shocked at how expensive everything was.

Hopefully go to one of the rural courses in Ireland at some point this summer
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Hopefully go to one of the rural courses in Ireland at some point this summer


Got to have Killarney on the list: stunning scenery in the backdrop and the town is a nice spot for a couple of days.


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Hopefully go to one of the rural courses in Ireland at some point this summer
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From experience I can recommend Bellewstown racecourse. Essentially the village common gets turned into a racecourse for two 3 day meetings a year. Not the easiest place to get to but well worth the effort.

Rob


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First couple of hockey games in 2015

Sunday 8 February 2015
Men's Hockey League Conference West
Barford Tigers 3 Whitchurch 0

Played at the Hamstead Hall Academy in Handsworth, a short walk from Hamstead railway station or else there's a more than adequate car park. As with most hockey venues that I've been to in the UK there's no cover and TBH no spectactor facilities at all apart from a viewing area next to the pitch.

Barford are playing their first season in the National League having been promoted last season and were 3rd from bottom but facing bottom club Whitchurch. A hat trick from the home no.8 game the Tigers some breathing space above their visitors from South Wales.



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Saturday 21 February 2015
Midlands Regional Hockey League First Division
Old Halesonians 2 South Nottingham 2

Other commitments meant I had to miss Stour's trip to Grantham (no great loss) and needed something local. I had originally intended to do the Premier Division fixture Harborne v Hampton-in-Arden at 12.30 but on arrival at Harborne Cricket and Hockey Club I was informed that Harborne Hockey Club don't actually play at Harborne Cricket and Hockey Club! I was given three alternative venues where the game could possibly have been played but didn't really have time to get round them all! (It turns out that Harborne HC play at the King Edwards School in Bournville although this isn't immediately obvious from the club website).

So plan B and off to a 13:30 start at the Ormiston Forge Academy in Cradley Heath. An entrance that could easily be missed (I did twice) with a long driveway leading to the school playground which doubles up as a car park! A 3G pitch in a cage but no problem with spectators watching from inside (there were 4 of us!) The pitch also has markings for a football pitch - I don't know if this is hired out to any local teams.

My first experience of hockey at this level and I was pleasantly surprised that they still have the usual 2 refs at this level. I was also pleasantly surprised to witness an entertaining game in which Halesonians took the lead in each half with the visitors equalising on each occasion.



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Fakenham Racecourse

Friday 13 March 2015

Admission £15 (grandstand)

Although it may have been gold cup day, I'm not a fan of the mass crowds of Cheltenham and I've wanted to go to Fakenham for ages, so with a day off work it seemed the perfect chance.

Fakenham isn't the easiest place to get to from London, couldn't be bothered driving so got the train to Kings Lynn then the bus that runs every hour and takes 45 mins... Very rural bus route as be can told by the smells of the landscape !

I loved the course though, small grandstand and a nice feel about the place in the chase races they tend to do three circuits and you can get some great views by the final fence. Small fields seem par for the course here but what the racing lacked in quality it made up in competitiveness with a couple of really exciting finishes.

Enjoyed the sea food stall where I was able to indulge in some jellied eels ! All in all an enjoyable day in nice surrounds , and after my last couple of race days having been big Saturday meetings it was nice to be somewhere where people are there for the racing not just for a big piss up !


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Monday 16th March 2015

Southwell Racecourse

Admission: £12
Race card: £3
Attendance: not many

Only my second visit to a racecourse with the only other being back in September at Beverley. Where we (the better half and myself) had four winners that day, this time we were out of luck with no winners from the six races.

An enjoyable afternoon out with it being less than an hours drive from our home in the western suburbs of Leicester.



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Wednesday 1 April 2015

Towcester Racecourse

Admission Free

Nice place to spend a day this, all with the added bonus of being free to get in !

Two winners on the day for me but I would think the best horse was the nicky Henderson bumper winner in the last which went off a well backed odds on favourite and looked like a future chaser judging by its size !

Towcester has recently opened a greyhound track which I thought looked ridiculous being in the middle of a racecourse plus it blocks your view when watching from the grandstand and Towcester hardly seems the kinda place for a night at the greyhounds on a Friday or Saturday night, walthamstow or Wimbledon it ain't !!!!....

Also me and my mate got refused service at the pub opposite the course prior to racing being told unless we were having food then they were not interested in our custome which I couldn't believe considering the place was only half full !


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Saturday 28 March 2015
Midlands Regional Hockey League First Division
Old Silhillians 3 Bridgnorth 2
No admission, coffee £1, bacon roll £2

With Stour's match against FC United at Curzon being rained off, it was on to an alternative.

Played at the Silhillians Sports Ground, which is also the home of Old Silhillians RUFC, albeit they play on the grass pitch.

There's a huge clubhouse here with the bar open and a table selling hot drinks as well as bacon & sausage buns.

Silhillians were 3rd from bottom above South Nottingham on goal difference - I don't know for sure how many relegation places there are but in a 12-team league any more than 2 would be bonkers so I'm assuming that the home side managed to retain their status with this win.

Sils moved into an early 2-0 lead, the visitors pulled it back to 2-2 in the early stages of the 2nd half with the winner coming ten minutes from time.

There was a rugby match on the grass pitch after this but at the two overlapped I didn't bother staying for that one.



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Sunday 5th April 2015
Stockport 2006 107 Hull 71
Northern Cycle Speedway League Division One
Free admission
Programme 70p (12pp)
Attendance 28 (h/c)
Tea 50p


Glorious spring sunshine greeted me upon arrival at St Thomas's Recreation Ground, home in Offerton of Stockport 2006 Cycle Speedway Club. The club, originally called (and based in) Gorton, dates from 1957. It later became Tameside, racing at a picturesque circuit in Longdendale. As the name implies, Tameside relocated in 2006 to St Thomas's Rec, a lovely public park and former home of the defunct Stockport club.

Stockport 2006 have dominated the Northern League First Division in recent seasons and claimed the championship again in 2014, winning every match. The team has started the new season with four straight victories. Hull, whose track is at Hessle Foreshore, in the shadow of the Humber Bridge, arrived without a win to their name. The outcome, then, was fairly predictable. No 1 Andy Angell, the reigning British champion, starred for the visitors. He scored 19 points and featured in all the best races. Pick of his team-mates were Lewis Aylmer (11), Chris Cooke (11) and David Cooper (9). Stockport led 56-34 at the interval, held after nine of 18 heats. Leading lights for the hosts were Jack Lush (19+1), Chris Eaton (18+1), Terry Norman (15+3) and Mat Lush (13+2). The Lush boys are twins.

A Division Two match, over 15 heats, followed. Stockport won 82-66 but the Cheshire team were given a points handicap because they tracked a couple of riders with too much experience - and therefore ineligible - for the division. Once this was factored in, Hull triumphed 105-82. Speedway (in any form) is never straightforward, is it? There was also a Third Division fixture, which I didn't stay to witness.

Owing to the circuit's location, only the track and safety fence are permanent fixtures. Everything else, including the starting gate and tapes, is erected on the day. Trackside features included two gazebos, one housing the PA announcer and referee, and the other shading a car boot from which were dispensed hot drinks, snacks and the match programme. Given the weather, the park was very busy with joggers, dog walkers, strollers et al, and many passers-by paused to watch a bit of the action. Friendly club, enjoyable afternoon.


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Sunday April 5
Gaelic Football - League First Division
Derry 2-15 Cork 1-11
Attendance: c900
Admission: £13 or €15

Usually Derry home games are played at Celtic Park in Derry, but league fixtures with less appeal are sometimes played in the very modern Owenbeg, near Dungiven on the main Belfast-Derry road, where the county training is based. This was originally scheduled for Celtic Park, but switched - I'm not sure if it was down to poorer attendances than expected in the other games, or because Derry were already relegated - no doubt related. Good choice for me though to tick off this venue!

There's a large car parking area at the front before the turnstile block, which also contains a small shop. There's only flat standing behind each goal with a large pitch length seated stand one side and a few steps of uncovered terracing facing it. Almost everyone was in the seats today. From there, you have a good view of the Sperrin mountains.

Derry have been criticised for defensive play in the press - keeping Dublin to a 4-4 draw until the last 10 minutes the previous week. In fairness, they've had a long injury list and having trained last year for the League, which they did well in, they had a disastrous Championship, losing at the first attempt in both their Ulster championship and qualifier games. So emphasis has switched to the Championship this season. Cork, meanwhile, were already confirmed league winners, so the squad saw a number of changes in preparation for playoffs the following weekend.

Cork were quickly 4 points ahead, looking deadlier in front of goal, as Derry put many shots wide. The half time 7-4 lead to Cork seemed fair and my friend remarked that whilst it was only 3 points, you couldn't see Derry winning it. How wrong he was to be, as Derry starved the Cork forwards of good possession, restricting them to just 2 points in the first 30 minutes of the second half. Meanwhile Derry themselves added 2 quick goals and kept the score turning over. A late Cork goal and a couple more points made the score more respectable but Derry were clear and worthy winnersCool.



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Chester Races

Friday 8 May 2015

Tatterstalls Admission £35

Wet would be a good word to describe the days experience. It didn't stop raining from the moment I got off the train till the moment I got on the train for home.

Although the constant rain did take some of the fun away from the day I loved the course, Just about enough room to wander around although the bars were packed and ordering a drink reminded me of being in a nightclub , nice atmosphere though. Tough day for punters all the big fancies getting turned over including an Adian O'brian even money shot.

Must say this course seems to have the best views for non paying customers I've ever seen, you can stand in the street outside the course and get possible the best views, and even with the pouring rain many stood under there umbrellas enjoying a free day out.


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some American Football action...

PETERBOROUGH SAXONS 30-3 LEICESTER FALCONS
(BAFA National Leagues NFC 2 South)

@ Thorney RFC, Crowland Road, Thorney, Cambridgeshire

After a tight first half in which defences dominated the Falcons went in at the break with a solitary field goal. The second half was completely dominated by the home side, and more specifically running back Chris Dahl who scored three of the Saxons four TD's.

This result leaves the Saxons joint top of the division with the Sandwell Steelers with them both having a 4-0 record. The Falcons find themselves at 1-2 with their only win coming against league new boys Humber Warhawks a couple of weeks ago.



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I will be going to racing at Perth tomorrow evening(Wednesday 13th May).
Milnathort Racing Club, in which I have a small interest, will have our gelding The Village running in 6.25 a 2m novices' handicap chase. His form to date doesn't read very well, although he did at least jump well when not totally disgraced against better animals on his chasing debut, if not particularly inclined to exert himself in the closing stages. Trainer Lucinda Russell has managed to find a low class event against four other duffers, with prize money down to fifth finisher, so we are crossing our fingers that The Village might have a chance. The horse looked well in himself at the stable on Sunday and if he gets round at least we get some money back into the pot. I wouldn't commit the mortgage money on him though...
Lucinda describes The Village as a 'speed horse' hence he's competing at the minimum jumps trip. The term 'speed' is relative in this instance!
Rob


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Wednesday May 13th
PERTH RACES
Admission - Complimentary as share holder in a horse
Programme - £2
Food - £6.50 (excellent comfort food - see below)
Geared up for at least a passable effort by The Village in a moderate race. He looked a picture in the paddock, but sadly didn't behave at the start, flung his head in the air and refused to race. Embarrassed owners and even more embarrassed trainer! The horse is fit and will probably be given a last chance in the next fortnight, but if that doesn't work out then he will go for re-homing/re-training. I did suggest to the trainer that she might try a race at Cartmel, an idiosyncratic course that has galvanised many a quirky horse into action.


Our trainer Lucinda Russell had a double, winning The Village's race with her other runner THROTHETHATCH, who improved nicely for going chasing and might well win again, and more unexpectedly with hurdling newcomer WIND OF HOPE who won the opener.


It took me two races to get some of the disappointment out of the system. I missed part of the 6.55 queuing for fish and chips, and I don't normally miss any of the action. However, fish and chips at Perth are excellent and a good antidote to racing setbacks!


Racing brain back in gear, I saw useful amateur Kit Alexander coax CHANCEOFALIFETIME home in the three mile hunter chase. I don't think he really stays three miles, but when his main danger Special Portrait unseating two out he was left clear and Alexander had kept enough in the tank. Kit's uncle Jamie Alexander makes light of his 52 years and drove Royal Chatelier to close to the line.


Richard Johnson made the long trip north, suggesting he's determined to step out of the shadow that now retired AP McCoy cast, and brought RUSSIAN REGENT with a well timed run to win the three mile handicap chase. Johnson has been runner-up to AP numerous times and no one would begrudge him the 2015-16 title.


Out and away very quickly after the 8.55 closing race and back in Dunfermline well before 10.


Rob


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Wednesday 13th May 2015
German Bundesliga Womens Handball
Leipzig 41 Koblenz 29
Admission €11


Leipzig only led by a point, 18-17 at half time, but turned on the style in the second period to win very comfortably.
Very enjoyable, and no reason whatsoever why this sport has never caught on in this country.


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Friday 22nd May

Pontefract Races

Grandstand Admission £15 Racecard £2.50

An excellent evening at Ponte Races. Even managed t select three winners


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Sunday May 24th I'm off to Kelso races. It's Ladies Day and my wife has one of her more expensive dresses selected to wear.

We should be in the paddock for the fourth race as The Village will be running, assuming he consents to start this time! (see Perth report for details of previous offenc!) Senior stable jockey Peter Buchanan takes the ride and we hope he can instill a little discipline in our wayward gelding. This really is 'last chance saloon'.


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Sunday 24th May
Horse Racing
Kelso
Admission - Annual Member (my wife used our allocated owner's badge)


A decent afternoon's racing to complete the spring campaign at Kelso, the course taking a summer break now with next fixture Sept 16th.
THE VILLAGE ran passably well in his novices' handicap chase though still finishing last of the 7 runners, beaten about 12 lengths. The tongue tie which had been applied at Perth was removed and this appeared to calm the horse down as he was much more amenable. He jumped well enough, but hit the fourth last when progressing and then hung away from the rail coming into the straight and lost ground. He made up the ground to challenge for third at the last but faded on the run-in. He was 13lbs out of the handicap in this class so probably ran to his best. Jockey Peter Buchanan was upbeat afterwards and feels The Village can win a similar race on quick ground and a right hand track. The problem is that summer options are limited to Perth or Market Rasen and we are looking for races in the lowest grade over two miles, but we'll canvas club members and then discuss the future with Lucinda Russell this week.
Lucinda Russell won 'our race' with her other runner BIEDH TINE ANSEO, who looks in very good heart and may pay to follow this summer.
MAKE IT HAPPEN was another Russell winner. He made a serious blunder four out but stayed on well in the latter stages for a narrow win and is likely a bit better than the bare form suggests.
Watch out for young rider Rachel Sharpe who won the 148cm and under pony race on Mr Straight before the jumps card. She turns 16 before long and looks like a jockey rather than just a rider.
Karen McLintock has been a specialist in National Hunt flat races and her BANKS O' HOUXTY won the closing contest in impressive style. He has the build of a hurdler and can progress.
For those looking for a horse for the future keep an eye on the progress of BAYSBROWN. The latter is a big baby at the moment, but there's plenty of stamina in his pedigree and he should come into his own in time over jumps and a longer trip than two miles.


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Wimbledon Dogs

Friday 29 May 2015

Admission Free via Voucher

This was the third night of the greyhound Derby trails at Wimbledon & in an attempt to get bigger crowds they are giving free vouchers on there site where you get free admission , free racecard and a free drink (pint of carling, coke or alcopop) My girlfriend was with me and she enjoyed it, I wander if a bit more money was ploughed into the sport it could appeal more... With it being fast it should appeal to the market of today.

The stadium is like a blast from the past , having not been for a few years I had forgotten just how dilapidated it was, 90% of the place is falling apart and with the constant rumours of Afc Wimbledon moving there I guess there's not much hope of it being done up in the near future.

I have mixed feeling about if it should stay a greyhound stadium, on one hand I think it would be the perfect home for Afc Wimbledon although with so many greyhound stadiums in London having closed it would be so sad to lose another. Much to my annoyance I never saw greyhound racing at Walthamstow, Wembley or Hackney.


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London Skittles
Tuesday 2nd June
Freemasons Arms, London, Hampstead

I'm sure there will be those reading this post and wondering if London Skittles is actually a sport or what it is? Well I'm aching this morning from giving it a go for the first time and I certainly had to concentrate. I was pursuaded by a drinking and cricket watching pal to head to the club night of the Hampstead Lawn Billiard & Skittle Club, which is held each Tuesday. Alleys were found in London pubs around the war but the Freemason's is the last remaining. It's downstairs in the pub. There's some superb memorabilia on display and some very old furniture and playing equipment.

I wasn't sure what to expect, but basically it's throwing a discus shaped piece of solid wood at nine large wooden pins. It's definitely more skilful than that sounds. It has many nuances, a plentiful glossary and an initially confusing scoring system. Ideal for a cricket nut! Two volunteers stand by the frame where the skittles stand and replace them after players turn. Even that is strenuous work.

I made my debut against the current 'world champion' (well it is the only place and club playing) before winning my second game against a fellow novice.

I recommend anyone curious to give it a go either at a club evening or hiring the facility for a works do or party.

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Thursday June 4th
Sporting Double Header
HORSE RACING
Hamilton Park
Admission - Free (Reciprocal with Kelso membership)
Programme - £2.50
Food - Fish and Chips £6.50, Coffee & Chocolate Brownie £4.25


A pleasant afternoon at the Lanarkshire track for a generally low key card, but competitive racing nevertheless.
Nice looking filly in newcomer COMPARINKA in the first. I backed her at 40/1 and she ran a gallant second to Risk Adjusted, if never looking like catching the winner. She picked up nicely up the hill and should win a race in the near future.
Lightly raced FIRST SITTING is one to note from the main handicap. He hit the front inside the last two furlongs and was always doing plenty enough to win without over exerting himself. He had plenty in the tank and looks capable of winning in better company assuming he continues on a likely upward curve.
A near miss for me in the 6f sprint. I identified Munjaaly and Orient Sky as likely to have a 'pace advantage' in a race full of hold up horses. The plan almost worked and if the race had been 6 furlongs and 4yards instead of 6f 5yds then I'd have landed a sizeable Exacta dividend. As it was Rock Canyon spoilt the party by nailing Orient Sky for second right on the line.
Straight out of the car park after the 5.00 race and back in Dunfermline just after 6 for...


CYCLING
Event - Squirrel Criterium
Venue - Dunfermline, circuit round Pittencrief Park and the Abbey part of the Town


A tough circuit, with only one serious level section, the finishing straight in the Park. The rest was up and down, some serious inclines, with a length of cobbles past the Abbey House. It was difficult to walk the whole of the course but there were some coog viewing spots in the park and on the hill and the cobbled areas in the town.
Womens' Race (40 mins plus 2 laps) featured local riders Charline Joiner and Eileen Roe, prominent recently Tour Series and decent at international level. Five riders stayed with the two favourites until 15 minutes to go when the two made a break. Nip and tuck to the finisher with Joiner having the edge in the final sprint. Credit to Erika Allen who headed the five pursuers to take third and recorded the fastest lap of the race. The rest of the competitors were strung out around the course and some lapped twice or more.
Mens' Race (50 mins plus 2 laps) was dominated by Scottish Road Race, Hill Climb and Criterium champion Steven Lawley. He didn't appear on the original entry list but I presume he was an invite. Lawley attacked on the first lap, was 40 seconds up after 3 laps and then 'time-trialled' to the finish to win by over 3 minutes, lapping all bar 6 riders. As Lawley went clear Phil Trodden, leading the chasing group, called out "Come on, help me!". Hard as they worked the group never got near, Trodden dropped off the pace late on and it was left to Fraser Martin, Peter Murdoch and Ruari Yeoman to fight out the sprint for the places. All talented cyclists but couldn't live with the winner. The rest of the field were spread round the course mostly in groups at their own level and there were a few sprints at the finish to establish local supremacy.
This is a cracking event, tough could do with better publicity. My wife's friend asked the tourist office when the cycling started, and not only did they not know the start time they didn't even know the event was on, and the course went almost past their front door!


Rob


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Tuesday 16 June 2015

Brighton Races

Admission £16

With Royal Ascot not being my cup of tea I headed to one of my favourite race courses Brighton for there evening meeting after spending the afternoon lazing around Brighton beach.

7 race card with typical tight brighton handicaps, I liked the look of the Rae Guest 2 year old newcomer in the 2nd race which came in at 4-1, beating a newcomer from Mark Johnstone , the Johnstone horse looked very green in the paddock.

Sadly only a small attendance for this meeting I suppose in part due to it clashing with royal ascot. For anyone who hasnt been to Brighton Racecourse before on a sunny day/evening it's a lovely place, where you can see the sea from both the paddock and main Stand.... Can't think of another racecourse where you can see the sea ??

Back home in London in under an hour made the day even better :)


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Can't think of another racecourse where you can see the sea ??

You might be able to see it from Laytown Wink


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Ha ! Yeah think your right on that Sly


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Sat 20 June 1315
Aussie Rules Central and North Region
Manchester Mosquitoes 196-27 Birmingham Bears
Admission: free
Attendance: approx. 25

Due to be a double header but Wolverhampton have a slew of injuries and players unavailable due to work so had to forfeit. Four players from Wolverhampton still came, with one acting as umpire and 2 as goal umpires. Birmingham were a bit short too, boosted by a few Huddersfield players (who'd been due to play Wolverhampton). But this was one-sided from the off, with the well drilled Mozzies putting in what some described as their best performance of the season, never giving the Bears any time on the ball and finding space as soon as they got the ball. Actually all the Bears' goals came in the last 25 minutes, whilst the Mozzies added at least 40 points every quarter. I was helping on the scoreboard, which was pretty busy! Next week is the big game though - with Mozzies facing the only team who've beaten them, Sheffield, who unexpectedly lead the table. That's away at Sheffield Tigers Rugby Union next Saturday

The venue for this was the usual one for Mozzies, Burnage Rugby Union club. This is the first time I've seen Aussie Rules played on the 3G pitch though, but Mozzies prefer this if available. There's a barbecue with sausages and burgers (inc veggie ones) and the usual rugby club bar, although they don't use the handpumps over the summer alas. It's a very friendly environment with everyone having a beer together post-game.



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Chillaxing weekend , so an amble to South Cheshire College for American Football on Sunday @ 14-30.

BAFA. Div 2 West.

Crewe Railroaders 20 v Carlisle Sentinels 0.

Poor game and a crap Carlisle team.



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Can't think of another racecourse where you can see the sea ??



You can see the sea from the stands at Musselburgh.

You can also see the sea from the stands at Goodwood on a clear day, though you do have to turn your back on the racecourse.


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Monday June 29th
Horse Racing
Musselburgh
Admission - £20 Programme - £2.50 Food - Coffee and sandwich (cheese and chutney) £5.50


A run of the mill meeting for which the admission charge is excessive. The 'feature race' was a Class 4 £8,000 0-80 handicap full of exposed types and the rest of the fare Class 5 and 6. The racing was competitive enough but it's hard work trying to pick winners at the scrag end of racing. After admission, programme, food and a few bets you wouldn't have much change out of £50. The course really seem to have lost the plot these days as the programme used to be free with admission and prices for run of the mill meetings have risen well above inflation. Exit from the course car park was disorganised, the gate back to the main road being closed and we were routed along a poorly signposted route round the back of the stable block and along a potholed track parallel wit the back straight. Musselburgh recently lost there IIP accreditation and it's not difficult to see why.


Not too many signposts for the future from this meeting, though Mark Johnston's WELFORD showed plenty of ability and determination in breaking his duck in the two-year-old maiden.
The seller winner SMART MOVER was dropped in class from a much better race at York. In the preliminaries to the previous race I heard the jockeys discussing the seller, Smart Mover's jockey Joe Doyle saying he thought she would win the race but that she wasn't 'going forward' with experience. As it was she just held on from the fast finishing TOTAL POWER, who was outpaced early but does at least have a bit about him to win a race at a stiffer track. The winner was retained by the owners for £11,000 at the auction and looks expensive. The way the rules work the owners don't have to pay the full whack to retain their charge but it still cost them a fair chunk to retain her.
A good evening for Scottish yards with the ever cheerful Jim Goldie notching a double, Mike Smith (a multi discipline trainer who also trains jumpers, point-to-pointers and showjumpers successfully) winning with Eilean Mor, and Keith Dalgleish and Alistair Whillans bagging winners. Add to that a winner from Middleham based Scot Mark Johnston, a regular at Musselburgh.


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Sunday 5th July

LEICESTER FALCONS 26-13 PETERBOROUGH FALCONS
(BAFA NL NFC 2 South)

@ Leicester Road Stadium, Hinckley
Admission: £5

After watching and photographing a few innings of the Leicester Blue Sox Baseball team, I made my way down to Hinckley for a first Falcons home game of the 2015 season.

Having lost their last three previous encounters against the Saxons and scoring just ten points in the process, the odds were not in their favour especially as the Saxons' Chris Dahl ran in a td on their opening possession. Come the end of the first half and the Falcons were level through a td from #6 Glenn Herring. The 3rd quarter saw the Falcons take the lead for the first time when Ron Mason intercepted a pass and ran in unopposed for a pick six td. A field goal at the end of the quarter increased their lead to ten points. On the opening play of the 4th quarter the Saxons got back into the game with a 60 yard td, though the pat was missed, making the score 17-13. The Falcons were not to be denied as they scored another td from their #24 and a fg with the last play of the game.

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Sat 28th June 1500 @Sheffield Tigers RU
Aussie Rules
Sheffield Thunder 15-10 (100) Manchester Mosquitoes 15-13 (103)
Admission: free
Attendance: approx. 40

Popped down to Dore Moor on the very edge of Sheffield for a game between the top 2 in the Northern division. The clubhouse has 2 cask ales from Abbeydale - they vary, which had me wishing I hadn't driven! Burgers were on sale from a barbecue outside. Today's game was on the top pitch due to a junior event taking part on/near the main pitch. The exposed location means the wind can play a key role - and it certainly appeared to in the 1st quarter with the home side taking a 45-23 lead. Manchester won the 2nd quarter 40-15 to take a 3 point lead at half time. They managed to shut Sheffield out quite effectively in the 3rd quarter, and actually managed to increase their lead by a point against the wind for a 79-75 final change lead. And they added a couple of goals early on to have a 3 score lead, but Sheffield dug in and came back for a grandstand finish. With 2 minutes to go they had a set shot at goal but it just dropped short and failed to score, with Manchester holding on in the end of an absorbing contest.

The game was increasingly fractious, which the umpire certainly contributed to with a very laissez-faire attitude prompting increasingly physical contests. Sadly this ended up with a visit to casualty for one of the home players, I hope he's OK. A number of friendly rugby club members were down to paint / visit the clubhouse and watched the game, their first experience in some cases but I think they'll be back. Some of Sheffield's squad

Saturday 4th July 1400 @ O'Connor Park, Tullamore, Offaly
Gaelic Football - Qualifier rnd 2
Offaly 1-13 Kildare 1-15
Attendance: c4000?
Admission: €15

O'Connor Park is a short stroll from the Tullamore town centre, where we found the 'Bo Bristle' local ale in Eugene Kellys. The ground has got a large pitch length covered seated stand opposite a similar size terrace. There's a small terrace behind one goal and a gravel gentle slope behind the other, which is where the turnstiles are. We went on the terrace, which had the usual sweets / crisps / drinks stalls at the top. Offaly started well, the underdogs taking a 2 point lead before Kildare could score, but in reality, when Kildare went forward, they looked far more dangerous. It wasn't long before they took the lead, which they then never relinquished. Briefly the lead went out to 5 points, but a goal brought it back to a nervy margin. But they never had a shot to get back to level and Kildare comfortably held out in the end. But it was a decent game.

Post-game drove up to Longford for football.



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22/6 Antrim v Kildare (gaelic football)


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Wimbledon, Sat 11th July 2015

Court 12 and then Centre Court

ticket £133, programme £8, strawberries £2.50, drinks £2.40, no scotch pies!

Attendance 15,000 or so


After getting lucky in the ballot last year for tickets for ladies finals day another application sees us getting the same again so Mrsqoscrofts gets a day out at the tennis. And a most enjoyable day it is too. Staying with eldest Miss qoscrofts its a drive from Crawley to Wimbledon and pay the parking fee of £25 to park outside the main gates - dear but we'd have to apy for a train and given you dont know when play will finish we didnt want to miss any action if we could help it - as it was plenty did as by the end of play many had left for trains before 9pm.

In as the grounds open its off to court 12 to watch Barhami & Leconte play Elting & Haarhuis in the invitational doubles - you know its not going to be serious but its very entertaining and in some ways it must be harder to deliberatley miss hit shots than to actually do it right the first time. A picninc lunch by the empty court 10 and then a glimpse of Novak D having a practice and then its off to Centre for the finals - Willaims completes leg 3 of the GS with a hard fought win over Muguruza, Jamie Murray cant provide a home win as he and Peers go down before the best game of the day with Hingis and Mirza overcoming their Russian opponents in a fine game. With a slight delay to close the roof its after 10 we leave the grounds after a little retail shopping.

Programme is excellent value with loads of reading, while we took a picnic and you can take in wine and limited beer the food prices are fairly standard big event prices and given its also in London not as eye watering as you might expect. Souvenirs are much the same as football club prices though i think towels are a bit dear given you can get hte same ones cheaper at oyutlet centres not too far from home.

Another application for the ballot for next year and surely cant get lucky for a thrid year and land finals day tickets - Mrs Qos hopes for the mens final but surely we are using up the luck on this one.


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Sun 19th July 1400
Ulster Senior Gaelic Football Championship Final @Clones, Monaghan
Monaghan 0-11 Donegal 0-10
Attendance: 31997 (packed)
Admission: €30

These sides have contested the last 3 finals, with Donegal having bragging rights from last year and favourites to repeat the trick. However, Donegal haven't really got going in this year's Championship labouring to wins over Tyrone and Derry. And despite 3 early points for the visitors, a reluctance to shoot from range, coupled with a dogged defence, saw them frequently lose the ball in attacking positions with almost a 30 minute gap between scores, by which time Monaghan had steadily popped over 7 points. A late point aswell gave Monaghan back a 4 point half time lead. Donegal clearly started the 2nd half with more shooting intent. But inaccuracy was costing them dear - in the first 15 minutes of the 2nd half they must have kicked 8 or 9 wides and despite dominating play, had made no impact on the scoreboard thanks to some well taken chances on the few time Monaghan got forward. With 10 mins to go, Donegal were trailing by 5, but a final push brought them 4 points and a shot from in front of the posts 30m out. But the defender's desperate attempt to put the shooter off worked as the ball drifted wide again. Three minutes of injury time came and went and it was the Farneymen celebrating.

I was disappointed with Donegal's style. They swamped defensive midfield but often played with only 1 up front - only in the last 10 minutes did they have 3 up front, and scored frequently when they did so. Often breaking from midfield, they had no-one to pass to and were forced wide before being robbed or taking on difficult shots. Monaghan played with 2 up front most of the time and scored from wide angles from 1-on-1 contests. It seemed to me strategy was key here, so 'Chapeau' to the Monaghan coach.

Monaghan go straight through the Quarter Finals of the All-Ireland, whilst Donegal now enter the repechage competition, facing Galway a week on Saturday to meet a provincial winner. As I understand it, if Donegal win, they'll face Mayo (who scored a whopping 6-25 against Sligo in the Connacht final). However, if Galway and Sligo win, one side will have to face Mayo, even though both have already lost to them in the provincial championship. I'm not sure if that's simply an open draw, or Galway would get the honour having lost to them in the semis rather than the final. More likely is Tyrone will see off Sligo anyway though, and they haven't played either provincial winner yet. The Leinster/Munster half last repechage round play this weekend with Cork facing Kildare and Westmeath facing Fermanagh for the right to face Kerry and Dublin. Teams from the repechage (aka qualifiers, 'the backdoor') may not be in the same provinces as the champions they could face - so Fermanagh are one of 3 Ulster sides in the last qualifying round whilst Munster only has Cork.

In the crowd was former GAA player (and rather more famous for his other sporting exploits) Paul McGinlay. Everyone was mixed in with at least a third of the crowd from Donegal. No bother although it seems not the done thing to clap points for the other team, even when they're very well taken. I was on a row full of Donegal fans, perhaps unsurprising given I'd bought my ticket (the last they had) in Supervalu in Ballybofey. Note you can buy tickets for Croke Park from the UK, but not any other GAA venue. Sometimes they allow international visitors to pick up tickets, but when I looked online, there were no tickets available. I was prepared to pop into a few Supervalu stores if necessary, as it seems they each have physical tickets rather than it being a printing and payment collection operation.

St Tiernach's Park is a fabulous venue, in part a natural bowl with the huge open stand on a hillside, further open stands behind each goal and a covered stand (although only the back half is covered). It's wooden bench seating - since I only saw it full I can't be certain it's the same all the way round, but it looked like it. It was packed today, I presume a sellout, and a good atmosphere. There was an empty beer barrel by the VIP tent, I didn't see any on sale to Joe Public.

Called in at the Brewers House in Donaghmore, Co Tyrone on the way back to my digs. There is a handpump (usually Whitewater Belfast Ale) but they were awaiting a delivery, so I had to make do with the keg beer brewed in house (Red Hand Pale Ale) - nowt special. It's the only real ale outlet in Co. Tyrone though, and also has some southern Irish craft beers too.



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Last new football ground (923) Sportplatz Aspern SV Aspern 4-2 Maccabi Wien
With FC United: 132
On the agenda:
15/6 Milford Marlins v Saddleworth Rangers (rl)
16/6 York City Knights v Rochdale Hornets (rl)
22/6 Antrim v Kildare (gaelic football)


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Thursday 23 July 2015

Hove greyhounds

Admission £5

Nice summers evening at one of the better kept greyhound tracks. Decent crowd in attendance although most seem to stay in doors at the tables which I find a bit strange.

It was sussex cup semi finals night with the final next week, although I enjoy greyhound racing I still find finding a winner a bit of a lottery, Winston Churchill apparently called it canine roulette which I think is brilliant !


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Sunday 9th August

Leicester Racecourse

Adm: £10
Racecard: £2.50
Food: over priced

First visit to my local course and 3rd overall and it was very busy with it also being a family fun day as well. Didn't manage to find a winner from the seven races, but came close on a few occasions. An enjoyable afternoon all the same.



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Leicester Racecourse


Food: over priced


I haven't been to Leicester for a good few years, but some things don't change!

I did once apply fro the job as Course Manager at Leicester but they didn't spare me the courtesy of a reply! Shooting at the stars admittedly, but would have been nice to get a reply.

My next racing trip should be a bit different as we are heading to Jersey to take in the Clarendon Meeting at Les Landes racecourse. The Jersey Jockey club secretary was very efficient in issuing the tickets and they seem a well run set up. Looking forward to it.


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Very jealous, wanted to go to Les Landes for years, please post your experience on here !


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I will do John, my wife has booked a table for lunch in the members marquee so going a bit posh. I walked the course the last time I was in Jersey, well looked after turf and a lovely setting. Had it down as a must do!
Hoping for Pardubice as next year's big racing trip.


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Also envious and interested in a report.

When we went to Guernsey for the football a couple of years back they were setting out the course for their only meeting. It made Chester look like a wide open galloping track...


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HORSE RACING

Monday August 31

Les Landes (Jersey)

Admission - £20 (Members), public enclosure is £10
Programme - £1.50 sufficient detail for most but but lacking in some information notably horses' headgear
Transport - £9 return by coach from Liberation Station in St Helier, bookable in advance from the Jersey Race Club website.

The course is located in the north west corner of island in a pleasant but exposed location in the parish of St Ouens. The weather was rather damp and dreary, but not too windy and it did brighten up a little late in the afternoon when Guernsey, Herm and Sark appeared out of the mist.

We took advantage of the meal package in the members marquee package at £29.95. It's a buffet so there's plenty of chance to get good value for your money as seconds and thirds seemed to be taken by some patrons! I don't normally drink at the races but two of us downed a jug of Pimms between us.

Spectator viewing is from a grass bank built over the permanent officials and jockeys quarters and the course toilet block. The bank gives an excellent view across the course. Public refreshments are provided by means of a bar marquee and mobile catering stalls.

Going was initially described as Good to Soft, but was changed to soft after race three though there was no rain after mid-morning!

The racing consists of a hurdle race followed by four flat races. Feature of this final meeting of the season was the Clarendon Trophy Handicap over a mile and a half. The course is a mile around and tight but has a stiff uphill finish.

There aren't many hurdlers on the Channel Islands roster so fields are generally small for the opening hurdle. The mare FOURNI, a Punchestown winner in 2014, was well in command turning for home and won eased down.

COUNTRY BLUE won the sprint handicap, just holding off Purley Queen and securing the points to win the Champion Horse title.

The main event was won in impressive style by AUSSIE LYRICS who was bought out of a Chantilly claimer by ex-jockey Ron Vibert. The winner sprinted clear in the final furlong and might well be worth taking for a tilt at races in the UK. If not there will be some lop-sided handicaps in Jersey next year!

Credit to Wicked Tara racing from 23lbs out of the handicap to take second. As the same horses turn out regularly keeping a horse in condition can be the trick and this mare looked very well in the preliminaries. She's 3 from 8 in Jersey and could well progress next season.

The Glory Bee Trophy for Channel Islands horse who haven't won in the current year was won by LADY PETRUS, another mare running from out of the weights. She beat the 'professional runner-up' Carrera who regularly gets beaten at short odds.

A competitive closing handicap was won by LARCH, previously trained by Richard Hannon and representing the Jersey branch of Highclere Thoroughbreds.

A great day out at a course that has a point-to-point feel about it. A very professionally run outfit and decent racing.


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Major League Baseball

Friday 25th September

Chicago Cubs v Pittsburgh Pirates
@ Wrigley Field

Paid $50 each for two tickets on the front row of section 420 (upper section) from Stubhub back in May. Could sell them for a lot more now that the Cubs are pretty much certain of competing in the post-season.

Also doing the stadium tour before the game.



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Friday 25th September

Chicago Cubs v Pittsburgh Pirates
@ Wrigley Field

Paid $50 each for two tickets on the front row of section 420 (upper section) from Stubhub back in May. Could sell them for a lot more now that the Cubs are pretty much certain of competing in the post-season.

Also doing the stadium tour before the game.


This sounds excellent. Even if, like me, you only have a rudimentary grasp of baseball, the stadium tour is really interesting, capturing both the history of the place and the identity of the Cubs. Watching a game at Wrigley was one of the sporting highlights of the three years I lived in the U.S.


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Major League Baseball

Friday 25th September

Chicago Cubs v Pittsburgh Pirates
@ Wrigley Field

Paid $50 each for two tickets on the front row of section 420 (upper section) from Stubhub back in May. Could sell them for a lot more now that the Cubs are pretty much certain of competing in the post-season.

Also doing the stadium tour before the game.


This sounds excellent. Even if, like me, you only have a rudimentary grasp of baseball, the stadium tour is really interesting, capturing both the history of the place and the identity of the Cubs. Watching a game at Wrigley was one of the sporting highlights of the three years I lived in the U.S.


Been getting into the sport and try and catch it when I can on BT Sport. I understand the basics of the sport - i.e: scoring system and some of the terminology to understand it.

Wrigley Field is in my mind one of the most iconic stadiums of any sport in the world and I can't wait to visit. Just hope it stays dry as my camera will be going on overdrive!!!



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Saturday 12th September – 5:05pm – Taiwan time
Chinese Professional Baseball League
Uni Lions 7 Lamingo Monkeys 9

Adm: NT$400
10 cans of Budweiser, water, rice bowl – NT$550
Att: 2500 estimate

On the day I moved down to Tainan in south west Taiwan, I decided to go to my first baseball game. My new apartment had no wi-fi and not having a residence card means I can't get a sim-card so had to rely on wi-fi in 7 Eleven to get maps up on my phone. It was about a 2 mile walk to the ground from my apartment which in the late afternoon heat was quite a distance.

The Tainan Municpal Stadium is one of the oldest, if not oldest sports grounds in Taiwan and was a great place to watch baseball. The stadium is on a main road, to the north of downtown and you don't notice it when walking from the east until you actually reach it. Tickets were sold from the back of the West Stand, right hand baseline side of the ground and you just point to where you want to sit. I picked block D and the ticket was 400 Taiwanese Dollars – about £8.

I bought a rice bowl, which had a piece of Taiwanese sausage, a chicken drumstick and 2 or 3 other pieces of unknown things, an egg and what I think was morning glory. I also got myself a bottle of water with it still about 34C as the time ticked towards the 5:05 start. I entered and it turned out my seat was on the left hand baseline side of the ground but you could freely walk round between the two sides.

The baseline sides of the ground were identical, 15 blocks of seats. Each block was 15 rows high and about 15 seats wide with a roof held about by substantial pillars behind row 13. Between was a smaller stand, which was a couple of food outlets inside including a pizza hut and somewhere to pick up a few beers. The curved side round the outfield was split into two tiers, a smaller 4 row lower and an uncovered upper tier which had 11 or 12 rows of green steps – no seats just concrete.

Shortly before the game started I went and bought a few cans, and to my surprise Budweiser was on sale at NT$45 for a 330ml can. It was my first time watching an American sport so I felt I should indulge and be happy I'd got to the ground! With drinks holders in every seat, it meant I could sit and just drink my beer through a straw, so it was minimal effort to sit, sip and enjoy.

I have to admit whilst I had done a bit of research I wasn't 100% sure how baseball 'worked' or how long the game would last. I imagined about 2-3 hours, it really was a weird feeling not knowing if A) I would actually like the sport or B) Knowing much about it! I took a seat in block H, 14 rows back just to the left of 3rd base and the view was very good.

The first 3 innings were without score. The first lasted 13 minutes, the second 18 minutes and the third half an hour, and I was beginning to get a bit worried about a low scoring game. The pitching was pretty good and hits were being kept to a minimum. That said, not knowing exactly how many hits for a game is normal I didn't know what kind of game I was watching!

In the 4th inning Lamingos opened the scoring with a massive home run that flew well over the fence. It was an entertaining inning to watch as Lamingos got a number of hits but the score stayed at 1 to 0. The Lions 4th inning was not that impressive and unsurprisingly they remained on 0 after 4 innings.

The 5th inning turned out to be the best of the game, Lamingos started with a few hits and got their second home run of the game, and with 2 men already on bases they came away with 3 runs. They were unable to add to that, and ended their 5th inning ahead by 4 to 0. Uni Lions needed some kind of miracle to stay in the game and they pulled two runs back.

The crucial inning of the game was the 6th as Lamingos extended their lead to beyond the reach of the Uni Lions. It lasted a total of 46 minutes but was only the 2nd most entertaining of the game! 6 got home for Lamingos before the second triple home run of the night and it came in style. 3 smashed the ball just to the right of centre and it went into orbit, not clearing the fence but the outfield stand and out of the stadium. It took the score to 8 to 2 and that was that.

Uni Lions got their first home run of the night in their 6th innings and added a further run to it but were still 8-4 behind with 3 innings to play. The 7th inning was a comedown after 2 6 run innings and was over within 13 minutes.

The 8th inning saw Lamingos 3rd home run of the night and ended the game as a contest as it made it 9-4 Lamingos. Surprisingly the home side did start a comeback and managed to get themselves 3 runs with just 1 man out to take the game to 9-7. It was helped by some poor fielding by Lamingos and they somehow survived being pegged back further as they led 9-7 with an innings to play.

Uni Lions failed to complete the comeback even after skittling Lamingos with 5 minutes. Their own 9th inning lasted a matter of minutes and Lamingos wrapped up a 9-7 win.

Got to admit I really enjoyed it, the game lasted 4 hours and 2 minutes in the end. A new sport for me so I was always going to be open minded. It was an interesting culture collision, a mix of a very American sport, being played in Taiwan which is in the Far East. I was the only one I saw with a beer but the locals were enjoying pizza and popcorn but washed down with tea rather than alcohol.

A great evening and I will be back. Given my new apartment has no internet connection, I was can confirm a second report from Sunday's game does follow but it is shorter.

Tom


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Sunday 13th September – 5:05pm - Taiwan time
Uni Lions 7-9 Lamingo Monkeys

Adm: NT$400
Pizza, water, rice bowl – NT$200
Att: 1100 estimate

Set off a similar time to the previous day but it was noticeably hotter so I decided to walk slower. The 2 miles took about 40 minutes and I arrived about 1620. A lot fewer people around, I think Saturday was a family day and I was beginning to wonder if a game was taking place at all! Same ground, same opponents for what was the 3rd day running.

It may have been the same score but the game was very different. This time I sat in block D on row 14 and the crowd felt sparse. The opening inning for the visitors saw hitter 2 caught below the 400 feet sign but two mistakes allowed hitter 1 and Nguyen wearing 31. Surprisingly the Uni Lions replied with a similar innings, two runs made to take it 2 to 2, the first inning took 37 minutes to complete and it looked as if a long night was in store.

The next 2 innings were dull, but it was helped the 'Uni girls' (the cheerleaders for the Lions) started. A bit cheesy but entertaining nonetheless. Second inning, 14 minutes to complete with no score and the third took 20 minutes. Lamingos 4 and 5 were both dropped and they got a run to make it 3 to 2. Lions couldn't reply in their 3rd and the 4th inning passed in just 12 minutes with no score.

The 5th inning saw 2 Lamingos players immediately caught and their inning lasted just over 4 minutes. It looked as if the same would happen to the Lions before Fu-Hao Liu scored the opening home run of the night with a huge hit over the fence in front of the scoreboard, 3-3.

In the 6th, Lamingos edged back ahead in an otherwise fairly dull innings for both sides before an entertaining 7th inning to really put some runs on the board. It lasted 40 minutes and the score was taken to 8-5. 55 put a home run in the 2nd tier of the deep centre right field, and then 3 runs to make it 8 to 3 and seemingly put the game out of the Lions reach. They fought back with 69 and 58 making it home to pull the score back to 8-5.

The 8th inning lasted 14 minutes, both sides were out pretty quickly and as a contest it was pretty much over. Nguyen hit a home run down the right base line to make it 9-5 and it was a case of trying to make the score look a bit more respectable for the Lions. Their final inning lasted 25 minutes and they almost came back to win the game.

It started with 3 hits in a row which saw men on bases 1, 2, 3 and 58, and 56 both got home. It was 9 to 7 with one out. The Lions were finding the gaps well, and it was another case of men on bases, 1, 2, 3 with 2 outs left. A home run at this point would have won the game but it ended badly. The remaining two outs were used up fairly cheaply and whilst it was a bit of anti climax it was a very entertaining end to the match.

Great night but yet again, the Lions left themselves took much to do. 4 behind with 2 innings left on Saturday and 4 behind with only their own 9th innings left on Sunday. Another defeat for the Uni Lions.

New job starts this week so I won't be able to go to the 4 games in the week but it isn't a cheap night even if it is great value. I think I've spent NT$1700 in 2 nights which is about £34 that said, it has been great fun and I can only attend weekend matches anyway.

Tom


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Tuesday 15h September – 6:35pm – Taiwan time.
Chinese Professional Baseball League
Uni Lions 2-1 Eda Rhinos

Adm: NT$350
2 hot-dogs, 2 budweisers, iced tea – NT$225
Attendance: 600 estimate

I didn't expect to get to a game this week as I didn't know my work schedule until Monday evening but things turned out OK. I left work at 6:10, cycled home quickly and got changed. Back on the bicycle and a 3km cycle to the Tainan Municipal Stadium, I quickly learnt cycling in a country like this is not for the faint hearted!

Arrived at 6:38pm, chained my bike up and bought a ticket, got in to find I had only missed 5 minutes of the game. Contrasting form for these sides, Lions on a very bad losing run whilst the Elephants were on a lengthy winning run and truth be told I expected a Lions defeat.

What we got was a very tight game of baseball and consequently a shorter game than the last two I had seen here. In the end we got 3hr 15 of baseball, as opposed to 4 hours worth but part of that was because the Lions 9th inning was not required. The first four innings were tight affairs and it looked at one point as if we weren't going to get any runs at all!

The nearest we got to a run in the opening 4 was a run out at the home plate for the Elephants. In the fifth we finally got a run and it came the way of the Elephants, after 2 hits 3 players found themselves on bases and 54 got home. The game remaining tight as the game went into the 7th inning when we got the first double of the game thanks to 34, who then got to 3rd with 2 outs. The 9th hitter then sent a shot spinning into midfield and 34 got himself home, 1-1.

In the 8th the Elephants struggled and used their 3 outs within 7 minutes. The Lions responded as Ho hit to get to 1st. The Elephants then committed a catastrophic fielding error trying to run him out at 2nd and he got to 3rd with 1 out. Incredibly the Elephants committed another error, and Ho was allowed to run home to put the Lions 2-1 ahead with an inning to play.

The game lasted just 9 more minutes, the Elephants failed to get a hit never mind a run in their 9th inning and the Lions secured victory without needing their 9th inning. It was a close game, and a shame it was fielding mistakes that gave Lions the winning run. A good win for the Lions, and one I didn't see coming as late as the end of the 6th inning.

No idea when I'll next be back but an enjoyable evening. Getting back on the bike was easier with less traffic and a bit quicker, it did help to curb the alcohol intake as well. Limited myself to just two cans.

Tom


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American Football

29 August
Denver Broncos 19-12 San Francisco 49ers
Pre Season Friendly
Attendance: 76,149
Admission: $75.73 (including transaction fees)


A lot of money for a pre season friendly but the attendance figure is an indication that these games are taken pretty seriously. Our seats were way up in the top tier in the corner (better ones were astonishingly expensive) but the view was fantastic and the price included a very good, glossy programme which entitled everyone to a $1 McDonalds breakfast the next day. I am not sure I would fancy sitting where I was in the depths of a Denver winter but on a balmy summer's evening the lack of a roof meant a pleasant breeze was most welcome. The stadium is huge but with wonderful sight-lines and good legroom - most welcome for a game lasting three hours.

They certainly know how to put on a show. There were pre-game skydivers coming in amazingly fast, a woman on a white bronco riding up and down the pitch from time to time and the singing of the national anthem was incredibly moving although I found it slightly strange that they felt it necessary to display the words on the big screen. Various local heroes were presented to the crowd throughout the game and all got raucous ovations (even the police - imagine trying that at a Premier League game).

In the first half the teams used their top men. Denver were on top but failed to capitalise and led just 8-3 at half time (two field goals and a safety to a field goal). The legendary Peyton Manning was unable to convert a number of opportunities for touchdowns. The lesser lights came on in the second half and a more even game resulted. The visitors notched three field goals for a 12-8 lead and another field goal apiece made it 11-12. Finally, with 2:08 remaining we had a touchdown. It was a one yard run after a penalty for pass interference in the end zone right in front of us followed by a two point conversion to give Denver a 19-12 win.


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9 September
Oakland Athletics 5-11 Houston Astros
Attendance: 13,387
Admission: $21.25 (including transaction fees)


Oakland share The Coliseum with the Raiders NFL franchise so it is rather larger than a typical baseball arena with large playing areas in foul ball territory which contain the 'bullpens'. It has none of the quirks that many ballparks do, it is just a bowl really, and lacks character as a result. It also lacked a bit of atmosphere being less than a quarter full. Access to the stadium is very easy. We travelled there from San Francisco via the rapid transit train which stops right outside but there is also plentiful parking.

The home team were bottom of the American League West and the Atros were top. The was the final game of a three match series with Oakland having won the first two but they didn't get going until it was too late in this one. In home run in the second put Houston 1-0 up. Three runs in the fourth made it 4-0. In the fifth they scored three more, including a homer, but finally Oakland also made an impact too with four runs including two homers. It was 5-8 after six innings and the visitors scored a run in each of their last three to make the final score 5-11.

One remarkable sight was Oakland pitcher Pat Venditte. I have seen switch hitters before but he is a switch pitcher. He pitches equally well with both hands. Amazing.

14 September
Texas Rangers 5-3 Houston Astros
Attendance: 27,772
Admission: $24 (including transaction fees)


I have no affiliation to the Houston Astros but coincidentally they appeared on my radar again at this game. Rangers fans had been asked to wear red for this game. Most people did. I didn't. The elderly lady in a red shirt with a classic Texan drawl sitting next to me enquired as to whether I might be an Astros fan. She was delighted with my response, because she hates the Astros Shocked, and my accent and insisted that I talked to her all night because of it. I think I was in there. If only she had been 50 years younger Tongue.

This was a very impressive ground. It is on the same campus as the Dallas Cowboys stadium so there are vast swathes of car parking available. Although only about 20 years old it looks good from the outside and has had some quirky shapes built into the playing area. There is a grass bank at centre field acting as a sightscreen (in cricketing terms), one of the stands looks old because it has columns supporting it and looks wooden (although it probably isn't) and the main structure at centre field is a four-storey office building with balconies and palisades on the ballpark side making it look very attractive.

These were the top two in American League West with just 1.5 games between them so this was a big game and the atmosphere was fantastic. The Astros took the lead in the first inning when the second batter homered from the first pitch he received. It was a deceptive start as the game remained very tight with few scoring opportunities. The Rangers levelled in the second but that was it until the fifth, despite a couple of unbelievably poor dropped catches, when Houston re-took the lead. A home run in the sixth which scored two put the Rangers 3-2 ahead but Houston levelled in the seventh after a poor piece of ground fielding. Extra innings seemed a strong possibility but a homer from designated hitter Prince Fielder (the irony of his name rather amused me) scored two in the eighth to win it for the home team but it wasn't over until the final pitch.

The best baseball game I have been to by a distance.


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14 September
Texas Rangers 5-3 Houston Astros
Attendance: 27,772
Admission: $24 (including transaction fees)


I have no affiliation to the Houston Astros but coincidentally they appeared on my radar again at this game. Rangers fans had been asked to wear red for this game. Most people did. I didn't. The elderly lady in a red shirt with a classic Texan drawl sitting next to me enquired as to whether I might be an Astros fan. She was delighted with my response, because she hates the Astros Shocked, and my accent and insisted that I talked to her all night because of it. I think I was in there. If only she had been 50 years younger Tongue..


Great reports! I was also 'adopted' by a family of Texan women when I visited the Rangers back in 2012, they even sent their two little girls to buy me a surprise gift during the game. Turned out to be "the boomstick"... a 2ft long hotdog! http://money.cnn.com/...f/boomstick-hot-dog/


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Chinese Professional Baseball League
Uni Lions 7-17 Brothers Elephants

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Since Tuesday the Lions had lost 9-5 and 9-4 to the Rhinos and beaten the Elephants 7-2. What we got on this occasion was just completely beyond words. The start of this match was insane. In the first inning the Elephants hit 420ft Grand Slam to take an early 4-0 lead, the Lions response was a rather pathetic 2 strike outs as their first inning closed within 5 minutes of starting.

The second inning saw an error in the field to allow a double, it was followed by a couple of hits, a couple of runs and a stolen base as the Lions seemed incapable of pitching properly. This isn't to mention the 3 walks! Bases were loaded, and I certainly feared another Grand Slam. The Elephants got their 7th run, a run out followed and then for the third time in the game bases were loaded. Luckily the Lions got the third out required and the score stayed at 7-0. Almost carbon copy of first innings for the Lions, but got their first two hits of the game in an 8 minute, scoreless 2nd inning for them.

Into the 3rd and 2 were out fairly quickly giving hope of a scoreless 3rd inning for the Elephants but oh no, a cock up in the field allowed a double, which was followed by a hit and then another run. The Elephants followed that up with their 2nd home run of the evening, about 355 feet down the right and it was a two run homer, so 10-0 Elephants. Same as the 1st inning, Lions were in for all of 5 minutes.

If the game wasn't already over the 4th inning killed it. No home runs but the Elephants were in for 23 minutes. A walk, followed by run 11 after the Elephants 11th hit of the game. A hit to deep left field led to run 12 and a further hit to deep centre left field, led to run 13. Incredibly 2 more runs followed after a hit right down the line into deep right field to make it 15-0. Things should have got worse, with a yet another walk and more inept pitching led to bases loaded which was becoming all too familiar. Further runs were avoided but with 1hr 44 played, it looked like the Elephants were on for 20, maybe 25 run win.

No score in the Lions 4th which involved 2 innings, a walk before a run out with bases loaded brought it to a close. Inning 5 saw mass celebrations as the Lions got through it without conceding a single run and they managed to reduce the deficit by 4. A 390 feet high into deep centre field led to run 1, a walk followed before a huge hit down the right went into the stands for a 350 feet three run homer to make it 15-4 Elephants. The Lions were in the mood for more but the Elephants somehow saw out the inning without any further damage, 19 runs and 26 hits after just 5 innings!

To be honest the game was past its best, and the Elephants scored 2 runs in their 6th inning after a fielding error to make it 17-4 with the Lions not scoring anything in their 6th which lasted 9 minutes and saw a further hit. Into the 7th and no score for the Elephants, their poorest inning of the game but the Lions did score after having two outs, they struck a 390ft two run homer to make it 17-6. The 8th inning was poor, Elephants didn't hang around too long and were out within 5 minutes. The Lions got their final run of the evening after a walk with bases loaded as the game ticked over the 4 hour mark.

The 9th and final inning was the only one without either team scoring a run and the match finished at 2131, 4 hours and 27 minutes after starting. Great entertainment, just a shame the Lions lost by 10 although after that opening 4 innings, 15-0 down, it could have been a lot, lot worse!

Tom



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Friday 25th September 2015

Chicago Cubs 2-3 Pittsburgh Pirates
(@ Wrigley Field, Chicago)

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Attendance: over 40,000
Pin badges and other merchandise also purchased including a new lead for the dog!!!

This was the highlight sporting wise of our trip to NY and Chicago for me. Wrigley Field is an impressive stadium that is the second oldest in MLB. I bought the tickets back in May and managed to get front row seats in section 420 which is right above the batting plate and gave us an excellent view of the stadium and the proceedings.

The game was as expected a tight one between two divisional rivals in the National League Central Division. With a swirling wind around Wrigley it was a pitchers game with very few hits and even less runs scored. The Pirates opened the scoring in the 3rd, but by the end of the 4th the Cubs had tied things up. Two more scoreless innings followed before runs in both the 7th and 8th for the Pirates gave them a 3-1 lead. The Cubs kept the Pirates scoreless in their 9th and with it some expectation that they could get something from the game. With one out on board the Cubs made it 2-3 and the noise really cranked up. It got even louder when they had men on 2nd and 3rd base, but unfortunately for the home fans the Pirates pitchers allowed no more hits and they held on for the victory.

Both these two will meet each other again in the National League Wild Card game, which at the time of writing will more than likely be in Pittsburgh, as with three games remaining the Pirates have two more wins than the Cubs.

I found the game very absorbing and despite it lasting over three hours, the time did not drag at all. I would definately class myself as a baseball fan now. Even the wife enjoyed it more than she thought she would.

Before the game we also did the stadium tour which cost $25 each and was worth the money. With our hotel being only a twenty minute walk away we had no issues regarding transport getting to the game.

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NFL International Series Game 12 (2.30pm)
Miami Dolphins 14 New York Jets 27
Admission £30 which is more than Ryman Premier League
Programme £10
Attendance 83,986

Not a great game this one as neither team was much cop and the Jets made hard work of beating a poor Dolphins team. The last 10 mins took an age to complete due to constant stoppages.

My Season Ticket means I'll be back in three weeks for the Buffalo Bills v Jacksonville Jaguars game which will be a good test of the appetite for an NFL franchise in London as it's probably the least attractive looking fixture so far but ticket sales have been very good and it's virtually sold out I think



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NFL International Series Game 12 (2.30pm)
Miami Dolphins 14 New York Jets 27


Also at this. Very long but still enjoyable day out. The Jets should have been out of sight long before they finally clinched the victory as the Dolphins struggled to get anything going offensively. Settling for field goals from a couple of good scoring positions stopped the Jets from extending the lead as much as they might have, and several big penalties helped the Dolphins particularly on their first scoring drive. The pivotal moment was in the fourth quarter with the Dolphins down by 13 and trying to close to within one score - having failed to get in the end zone on fourth down, a Jets penalty gave the Dolphins another chance but a penalty of their own nullified a touchdown that would have set up a tense finale and the Jets held on.

Will also be back for the other two games in three and four weeks' time, with a season ticket in the elevated position of one row from the very back.

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NFL International Series
Buffalo Bills 31-34 Jacksonville Jaguars


Great entertainment at the second of this season's International Series games as Jacksonville plucked victory from the jaws of a defeat which had itself been plucked from the jaws of a very comfortable win. Buffalo had got on the board first with a field goal but the first quarter ended with Jacksonville threatening to score the game's first touchdown. They duly did so early in the second quarter to take a 7-3 lead and suddenly Buffalo fell apart. A fumble recovery and an interception brought further Jacksonville touchdowns to make it 21-3, before a second interception gave Jacksonville great field position to score again. They quickly did so, but missed the extra point to leave the score at 27-3.

Buffalo needed a response before half time and got it, an impressive touchdown drive and a late field goal dragging them back to 27-13 down at the interval. Jacksonville got the ball to start the second half and looked set to extend their lead when they drove to the Buffalo 1-yard line, but the Bills kept them out and the ball was turned over on downs. As the third quarter ended, Buffalo were threatening another touchdown but eventually settled for a field goal to make it 27-16 early in the fourth quarter. Quickly getting the ball back, Buffalo were approaching the end zone again when they gave up another fumble which looked to have ended their hopes. However, Jacksonville were struggling to move the ball and the Bills kept getting it back.

Eventually they made Jacksonville pay with a long touchdown pass and two point conversion to pull within three at 27-24. The comeback looked to be complete on Jacksonville's next drive as an interception was returned for a touchdown, and incredibly Buffalo led 31-27. The Jaguars finally found some offense though, and duly drove down the field where a fantastic catch for a touchdown put them back in front in the closing minutes, 34-31. Buffalo had one final chance but when they failed on fourth down, Jacksonville ran the clock down for the win. One more game to go at Wembley this season between Detroit and Kansas City, and hopefully it will be as dramatic as this one.

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Also at Wembley for the NFL, admission was £30 with my Season Ticket, programme £10 and attendance 84,021 which was impressive considering it was the least attractive game of this years triple header (on paper anyway).

Game littered with QB errors but that made for a very enjoyable and exciting game. Love the fact that I can watch this awesome sport just 50 miles and an hour from home and hope the games continue for many years to come

Back next Sunday for Detoit Lions v Kansas City Chiefs at the later time of 2.30pm



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Love the fact that I can watch this awesome sport just 50 miles and an hour from home and hope the games continue for many years to come


The TV commentary said something about Carolina having one (or more) London games through till 2020 - presumably as part of a series. And there was more optimistic talk again of a London franchise.


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Love the fact that I can watch this awesome sport just 50 miles and an hour from home and hope the games continue for many years to come


The TV commentary said something about Carolina having one (or more) London games through till 2020 - presumably as part of a series. And there was more optimistic talk again of a London franchise.


The Jags have committed until 2020 I believe.



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The Jags have committed until 2020 I believe.


D'oh, yes, of course it is. I was getting my big cats mixed up! Possibly due to me going to see the Carolina Panthers at New Orleans in December - a scary task for the Saints looking at the table, but it didn't stop them against Atlanta so who knows.


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NFL International Series Game 14
Detroit Lions 10 Kanasas City Chiefs 45
Admission £30 with Season Ticket
Programme £10
Attendance 83,624

Easy win for the home team Chiefs against a woeful Detroit team. Final game of 2015's Wembley games and we await the details of the 2016 set of games. Four games next year PLEASE!!



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we await the details of the 2016 set of games


Which will include games at Twickenham!


http://www.bbc.co.uk/...an-football/34707958
The NFL has agreed a three-year deal with the Rugby Football Union to stage a minimum of three American football matches at Twickenham


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So there's going to be games at Tottenham, Twickenham & Wembley? Do people think that means 1 game per season at each, or will the NFL bring more games over? If the latter, expect further anger from the US fans.


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So far it's:

1) "The NFL already has an extended deal in place to stage a minimum of two games per year at Wembley until 2020"

2) "The NFL reached an agreement with Tottenham Hotspur earlier this year to play at least two games per year at the Premier League club's new stadium from 2018"

3) The Twickenham deal: a minimum of three games over three years (so presumably one-a-year) but with a proviso for two more during that period.

If Twickenham starts next year, that's '16, '17 & '18 and it overlaps with the start of the Spurs deal. And if Wembley runs from now to 2020, assuming I haven't misunderstood something, there should be 5 fixtures in the 2018 season: 2 at Wembley, 2 at Spurs and 1 at Twickenham.

I assume any extra Twickenham games would be squeezed into the '16 & '17 seasons before the Spurs games kick in. Which would give four games in those two years with one extra at Twickenham per year.

And all that's before invoking the "minimum of" clauses in both the Wembley and Tottenham announcements.

I wonder is this the way they've planned to smooth the way to a London franchise: keep up the number of games, then sell London as a way of halving the impact on the US teams, by meaning only one of them has to travel instead of two? If it comes to pass, it will be interesting to see how keen players would be to sign for London with the constant back and forth.


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Certainly seems as though they're laying the groundwork for a franchise with these announcements, particularly the vagueness of the three-in-three-years aspect of the Twickenham agreement. But indeed, NFL players are not seen to be keen on playing in London, given all the attendant issues. In addition to the traveling aspect (the NFL gives teams that play in London their off week the next week), there would also be tax considerations, which are complicated enough for professional athletes (many have to file state tax returns in every U.S. state they play in, reflecting the portion of their wage "earned" in that state!)

You'd also need, I would think, a significant on-the-ground operation in the U.S., which would still be where all the playing talent would come from. I'd also wonder where the preseason training camps would be held. I wonder, then, how much of a permanent presence it would really be.

What seems apparent is that any London team would play its home and away games in sets of two and three. Jacksonville has already said they would consider playing back-to-back London games, one as its annual "home" game and another as the "away" team.


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I'm sure I read somewhere - a few years back - that Twickenham wouldn't be allowed to stage any football. So why is an exception being made for American Football?


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I'm sure I read somewhere - a few years back - that Twickenham wouldn't be allowed to stage any football. So why is an exception being made for American Football?

They also make an exception for rugby football. Tongue


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I suspect it's something to do with arrangements (or lack thereof) for segregation.

I also have some memory that as part of Twickenham's licensing arrangements it was only allowed to hold a certain number of major events each year, and that the RFU were not keen to give up any of these to football (this would be during the time that Wembley was being rebuilt). As the number of major events at Twickenham appears to have increased in recent years I suspect that there may have been some changes to their arrangements with local authorities.


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Certainly seems as though they're laying the groundwork for a franchise with these announcements...
there would also be tax considerations, which are complicated enough for professional athletes (many have to file state tax returns in every U.S. state they play in, reflecting the portion of their wage "earned" in that state!)


During the commentary or half time chat in one of this seasons games they said the NFL management had been in, or were soon to visit, London to meet various government bodies which was assumed to be around the legal and financial arrangements for a franchise. Since I assume measures for the International Series would have already been set up.


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HOCKEY - NOW Pensions Men's Hockey League Premier Division
Holcombe 1 Hampstead and Westminster 1
Admission free, Programme £1 (not match specific), Attendance about 60.

Chatham Town had no game today, and Hollands and Blair were away in the Croydon Arena which is never an attractive prospect. But I knew that Premier League hockey was available within walking distance of my house and I'd never been, so today I put that right.

Holcombe, whose ground is adjacent to the BAE Systems works on the outskirts of Rochester, originated as Chatham Grammar School Old Boys. They absorbed a couple of smaller clubs, and then they got themselves a rich chairman who was willing to spend money on bringing in big name players. As a result, they've gone from obscurity to a place in both the Men's and Women's Premier Leagues in fifteen years, and they put out ten men's teams and five women's teams every weekend.

I don't know why no one much watches hockey, since it's a global sport and one that England is pretty good at. When I was a kid and played hockey at school, the game suffered from bumpy grass pitches and too many rules - but since then they've got rid of the grass and indeed most of the rules. (Bullying off disappeared years ago, there's no offside, and it's no longer a foul to turn your back on a guy who is trying to tackle you.) So the game is utterly different from the one I played at school, and to be honest it's much more watchable than I'd expected. Why don't people?

Spectator facilities are limited - there's an uncovered terrace along one side of the pitch which can hold about 150. It is accessed via the bar, which is considered a selling point of the venue. (A lot of hockey clubs have their bar off site, often at the cricket club with whom they used to share playing facilities, but here the bar is on site and has one counter for beer and stuff and another counter for tea, burgers, and so on.)

The game seemed destined for 0-0, both teams struggling with the pouring rain and with some puzzling decisions from two umpires who appeared not to like each other very much. But Hampstead took the lead on 67 from a penalty corner (or "corner" as we should now call it, since long football-style corners have been abolished as of this season). There was three minutes of stoppage time (caused by one of the umpires needing to change the battery in his walkie talkie), and Holcombe equalised from open play after 2½ of those minutes.


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Wednesday 18 November 2015

Chepstow Races

Admission £16

Originally I had planned to use this day to visit Hexham Racecourse which is somewhere I've been wanting to go to for a while but seeing the night before that there meeting was subject to an 8am inspection and the clerk of the course saying on Twitter that it was only a 50/50 chance of going ahead with forecast showers overnight I made the choice to visit another new course in Chepstow.

On arrival at the course I was fairly impressed with the views for the spectators and there was no premier enclosure today so you were able to watch from both main stands. It's not the kinda place I think would be that comfortable with a big crowd though.

The going was originally soft, heavy in places and then after heavy rain for the first two races unsurprisingly the going changed to heavy.

Local trainer Evan Williams won the first two races and stod infront of me in the stand during his second winner which I backed - had to be a sign didn't it ;)

Only one winning favourite on the day but 4 of the winners did have form on heavy ground so the clues were there ! Not a good day for champion to be jockey Richard Johnson he had several highly fancied mounts which all came to nothing.


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American football update: 2016 UK game schedule announced

http://www.nfl.com/...s-schedule-announced

Sun Oct 2, Wembley: Jacksonville Jaguars v Indianapolis Colts
Sun Oct 23, Twickenham: St Louis Rams v tbc*
Sun Oct 30, Wembley: Cincinnati Bengals v Washington Redskins

* NFC East team that finishes in the same position as St Louis do in NFC West - part of the schedule rotation formula used in the NFL - so either Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, NY Giants or Washington which could mean them playing in London two weeks in a row.

It says that game times and, interestingly, a potential fourth International Series game outside the UK will be announced later.


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