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mxhornet
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Apr 26, 2019, 7:30 AM

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Location: Norwich
Team(s): Watford, Celtic, Ajax, Kings Lynn Town and all local ladies teams.

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Thursday 25-04-19 8 pm
Tasburgh - 26 Hellesdon Hawks- 22
Central Venue Norwich Summer League
City Academy Norwich

A month on from my first game as umpire at this level, I get a second bite of the cherry I would like to do more but am limited to when my mentor is available and when there are gaps to be filled. Hawks led 5-4 after first quarter and Tasburgh led 11-10 by half time, Tasburgh extended their lead by three quarter time (20-15) before Hawks closed the gap to four by the end. Three until my next appointment and it's Hellesdon Hawks again.



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

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


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Apr 27, 2019, 11:39 PM

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Gaelic Football:

Bit of advanced notice of London's big football date of the year.
Their Connacht Senior Football Championship quarter final against Galway has been fixed for Saturday 5th May at 3.30pm. Ticket details are likely to be announced soon. There are usually tickets on the day, but they can be bought in advance too.


Ticketing update: no tickets on sale on match day, and stock running low.
https://twitter.com/.../1122138807393050624


Mark
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Apr 28, 2019, 10:39 PM

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Chattanooga Lookouts 7-3 Biloxi Shuckers
Thursday 25 April 2019
Southern League (double A baseball)
Attendance: 3,728
Admissions: $7
Prog: 68 pages (first of maybe 2 or 3 issues over the season), free, plus free photocopied rosters

After a day of continuously contradicting weather forecasts, the potential storm brought only light rain a couple of hours before game time and again during the 6th & 7th innings. A decent crowd made it to the park in the circumstances, again some school parties were present despite it being an evening game, and this was another close contest that was won by the team with the fewest hits.

The Lookouts used a play at Engel Stadium, one of the most fondly remembered old-time ballparks. They moved about 20 years ago but a preservation order was placed on the park soon after and the venue still stands today, presumably now used for college, school & amateur games.

The new park was apparently modelled on the ballpark in Portland, Maine, after Chattanooga's owner paid a visit and came away impressed. The move was criticised in some quarters and it certainly has little of the charm of Engel, but I believe the latter was in a residential area with limited parking, had little room for expansion and didn't offer lucrative VIP suites. The new venue, on the other hand, has everything you'd expect of a modern ballpark and is in a very visible location on a hill (covered escalators lead up to the entrance) in Chattanooga's re-generated downtown.

Most of the seating is behind home plate, extending out to first base and down right field, with cover over the back rows as far as first base and large fans hang from the roof for those hot summer evenings. There are smaller sections of seating heading out to third base and again in the outfield. There's also a rather pleasant hilly backdrop, not unexpected I guess since the local area forms part of the Appalachian Trail and is home to Lookout Mountain, which we had climbed earlier in the day (albeit in a train). The only real drawback to the park was that, like Portland and several others in the North-East, the upper seating sections are built from aluminium, which lends the place a temporary feel. Overall though, I thought it was well-designed with all spectators very close to the field and our seats, despite being metal benches, were behind home plate which represented excellent value for only $7 and we could have freely moved to more comfortable (and expensive) seating after a couple of innings.

A typical warm southern welcome was available inside the park, with staff happy to chat. The programme was a pleasant change from the norm, being a non-standard tall-thin size, with plenty of info. Concessions were mostly under the stands with a large, well-stocked souvenir shop and reasonable food menus available. On the beer front it was Thirsty Thursday, so only $1 for a (bland) beer from some of the national breweries, but there were also half a dozen more palatable options at regular price and I was recommended a local hoppy alternative by the very pleasant girls on the beer stall, after showing ID of course. There were plenty of food & drink options in the surrounding area before & after the game, though with it being downtown you have to pay a bit more for parking.


Mark
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Apr 28, 2019, 10:49 PM

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Atlanta Braves 4-8 Colorado Rockies
Friday 28 April 2019
Major League Baseball
Attendance: 40,282
Admissions: $15
Prog: 20 pages, free, issued for the 3-game home series with the Rockies

A hugely enjoyable evening at a simply superb ballpark. On the field it was very tight until the Rockies scored 3 in the 8th and even at the death the Braves got 2 men on base to hint at a late rally.

We didn't get off to the best of starts as the near capacity crowd and K-Pop concert over the road meant that parking was at a premium and a traffic cop told us that the jams around the stadium were the worst she'd seen. After not moving for ages we noticed that the Sheraton had event parking for a modest $8 and was only a 15-20 minute walk from the park. If heading here, I'd recommend either pre-booking a parking space & arriving well over an hour before the game or use the Marta public transport.

The Braves have only been in SunTrust Park for a year or two, having decamped after barely 20 years residency at Turner Field, which was generally considered to be one of the poorest among the new ballparks. It was also the main stadium for the Atlanta Olympic Games - who'd have thought that an athletics stadium re-modelled at vast expense would ultimately prove unsuitable for another spectator sport?

Unfortunately the new park isn't downtown but is a key component of a huge business / leisure / living complex in suburban Cumberland, with a mall also just over the road. I guess this means that transport options are perhaps not as well developed as would be ideal and on our walk to the stadium we saw several car drivers desperately asking where others had parked.

Getting closer on our approach to the park, music piped into the pedestrian areas gave the place a Disneyesque feel as we walked past the numerous bars & restaurants. Once inside, it was clear that this is an extremely well designed park that lifts the bar even higher than other MLB new builds. Unlike football grounds in the UK, baseball has truly embraced the idea of combining tradition with modern demands, while making efforts to give each ballpark a unique feel.

The park comprises four tiers of seating between both foul poles, with a roof covering the top two tiers. There's a steep rake and no tier is too large, ensuring that everyone has a great view and is pretty close to the field. As usual, we went for the top tier behind home plate, which was fantastic value at $15, and escalators took us most of the way to the top. The outfield, meanwhile, contains an interesting mix of various seating options, a massive scoreboard with excellent clarity and lots of new office buildings behind. There seemed to be a decent range of food & drink options on ground level though we didn't dwell as the concourses were crowded the whole evening, and it was noticeable that the more interesting food options weren't available on the fourth tier. If you fancied a drink and were from overseas, it looked like you had to go to a special stand for an ID check and be allocated with a wristband.

The atmosphere within the park was lively, although maybe a bit manufactured for the major leagues. Most popular with the fans was a Native American-style chant while making a tomahawk chopping motion with an arm - it was especially effective when the floodlights were dimmed and fans switched their mobile phone torch on - but this act has attracted criticism for being offensive towards the Native American community.

The game took longer than average at 3:21, and by the time we'd watched the post-game fireworks and navigated the traffic chaos back to our car (we saw the police bollocking drivers for jumping reds and pedestrians for trying to cross 8 lanes of traffic without permission), it was pushing midnight, meaning that we arrived back at our Atlanta hotel later than the previous evening's game in Chattanooga, two hours away!


mxhornet
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Apr 30, 2019, 7:35 AM

Posts: 1475
Location: Norwich
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Monday 93-04-19 7pm
Thoroughbreds Foals - 34 Venus - 46
Norwich & District Summer League Division Two
Old Catton Recreation Ground

My first visit to Old Catton for netball for a while, I'm pretty sure it wasn't used at all last season, now down to one court which runs at 90 degrees to the two previous courts and resurfaced too. Once again Foals featured in a game I was watching and like last week they kept it close before losing though this time they were in the game for far longer. Venus led 10-6 after first quarter before Foals pulled it back to 22-20 and drew level and ahead by a goal before Venus recovered to lead 33-28 at three quarter time and then 46-34 by the final whistle.



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

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


mxhornet
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May 2, 2019, 8:08 AM

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Location: Norwich
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Wednesday 1st May 2019 4-40pm
University of East Anglia - 31 University of Essex - 30
Derby Day 2019
UEA Sportspark

Derby Day is an annual event between the two universities with them hosting alternately which matches taking place across several sports and a total of 35 matches.
I was acting as scorer for UEA for this match, as with thee football earlier it was a close contest decided by one goal. Essex had led 9-8 after the first quarter which UEA had started well, UEA had their best quarter in the second period to go off 18-15 up at half time. Essex had the better of the third quarter to make it 25-24, a drawn last quarter saw UEA hang on having been three up with a few minutes to go.
As I'd cycled over for this my only footballing option was the Norfolk Junior Cup Final at Carrow Road, which was quite tempting but I opted for more netball closer to home.

Wednesday 01-05-19 7pm
Thoroughbreds Shetlands - 40 Norwich City Flyers - 34
Norwich & District Summer League Division Six
Old Catton Recreation Ground

A swift return to Old Catton as this looked a more appealing fixture than either of those being played at Hellesdon, I have umpired friendlies for NCF several times and wanted to see them. Shetlands led 12-5 after first quarter before NCF pulled it back to 20-17.A drawn third quarter made it 31-28, Shetlands led 40-34 by the final whistle.



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

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


mxhornet
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May 14, 2019, 7:43 AM

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Location: Norwich
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Monday 13-05-19 7pm
Venus - 58 Belton - 41
Norwich & District Summer League Division Two
Open Academy

Venus led most of the first quarter but managed to be 11-9 down, but really got in gear in the second quarter to lead 30-20 at half time, by three quarter time that had become 46-30 and then 58-41 by full time.



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

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


mxhornet
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May 17, 2019, 7:33 AM

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Thursday 16-05-19 7pm
Hellesdon Hawks- 13 Eagles - 62
Central Venue Norwich Summer League
City Academy Norwich

Three weeks on from last umpiring allocation I covered by third game in this league. Not unexpectedly a very comfortable win for Eagles, quarter scores of 19-3,36-7,49-10 and finally 62-13. Five weeks until my next appointment, though I am covering a junior tournament on Saturday.



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

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


oftenscore6
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May 19, 2019, 12:09 PM

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Location: Saddleworth
Team(s): FCUM, MUFC, Hammarby, St Pauli, Hawthorn (AFL)

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Saturday May 19 19:00
Ulster Senior Championship QF Cavan v Monaghan
Admission: 20 (18 plus 1.95 booking fee to pre-book...)
Attendance: c 14000

First visit to me to Kingspan Breffni Park in Cavan for this local derby and key game. Monaghan had won all the recent Championship contests, having reached the national semi final last year.

It's a cracking venue, substantial open terracing on 3 sides, with seating the length of one side, half of it covered. The terracing behind the goals is neither straight nor curved, with sections of straight at different angles providing something in between. Food and drink behind the stands, Gaelic stadiums other than Croke Park are alcohol free. So pre-match visit to Blessings Bar in the town where as well as the St Mels' Pala Ale from Longford on draught, they have a couple of bottled beers from Cavan brewer O Cleirigh - Virginja (an APA) being the pick.

Cavan started fast - scoiring in 15 seconds and with a questionable penalty call resulting in a goal, jumped out to a 6 point lead. At the other end, they defended exceptionally in the opening half forcing the visitors to shoot from wide and under pressure - and they were pretty inaccurate. The lead stayed betwen 5 and 7 points for the rest of the half. No doubt there were some harsh words in the dressing room, but Cavan came out strongly again. After trading points, Monaghan began to get on top though and had brought the gap down to 3 points with 15 to go, and Cavan were looking tired. A point steadied the ship and Monaghan never looked like getting enough points or a goal thereafter to even it up. So an upset 1-13 to 0-12.

The losers are not out of the national title contest, going into a repechage competition (the Qualifiers, colloquially known as 'the backdoor'. Cavan face Down or Armagh in the semifinal on June 2.

Down to 2 of the Ulster main venues left for me. Next NI visit June 22/23, hoping for Tyrone or Dongel at home in Qualifiers or possibly the Ulster final, though not sure they'd play that at either.



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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)


mxhornet
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May 21, 2019, 8:05 AM

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Monday 20-05-19 7pm
Winterton - 45 McCarthy Stars - 45
Norwich & District Summer League Division Three
Open Academy

Acting as scorer for this game. Winterton on top for most of the first quarter and 12-9 up, Stars turned it around in the second quarter to lead 24-22 at half time. During the second half it was a case of one side leading only to be pegged back and the lead changed numerous times, three quarter score was 33-31 in Winterton's favour before they ended up level at the end.



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

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


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May 27, 2019, 9:11 PM

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A fine weekend of gaelic games in the west of Ireland via Knock Airport

Saturday 25 May
Connacht Senior Football Championship semi-final
Mayo 0-17 Roscommon 2-12
McHale Park, Castlebar
Adm E30 (pre-purchase, seated), prog E3

An epic encounter as Roscommon finally won in Castlebar for the first time since 1986 sparking wild scenes in the stands and on the pitch.

Nothing seemed out of the ordinary as odds-on favourites Mayo put over the first two points on what started out as a pleasant evening but ended up in driving rain. However, Roscommon promptly responded with two goals in the first ten minutes and led by 2-2 to 0-4 after 15 minutes. The lead stretched to as much as 5 before a flurry of Mayo points closed the half time deficit to just two.

The second half was nip and tuck with Mayo drawing level a couple of times but Roscommon finding another point each time. Finally Mayo got their noses in front by a point on the hour 0-17 to 2-10 and you thought maybe that was the turning point and the natural order would be restored.

But a Roscommon free on 63 minutes levelled things again and the scores stayed that way into the 5 added minutes. At this point Roscommon had a player black carded but had used all their subs, so played out time with 14 men. Despite this they scored again in the third added minute. Just as the Roscommon fans began to dream, Mayo got a fairly easy free about 40m out, half way in from the side line, but it was skewed agonisingly inches wide and the final whistle went to launch the bedlam.

Mayo aren't out with the qualifier system. Roscommon go on to the Connacht final against Galway.


Sunday 26 May
Leinster Senior Hurling Championship round robin stage
Galway 0-16 Wexford 0-16
Pearse Park, Salthill, Galway
Adm E15 (terrace, pre-purchase), prog E3

Another very absorbing game with a frantic finale. The conditions, while dry, were very windy which played a big part in the game with a total of 30 wides shared by the sides.

Galway started off well with the wind to their backs, building up a 6 point lead, aided by Wexford failing to score for the first 20 minutes. They did get themselves back into the game eventually cutting the lead to 4 at one point, but still trained by 6 at the break.

Wexford did indeed grab a point straight from the restart, but Galway got three more to apparently tighten their grip. The next thing to happen was Davy Fitzgerald, the Wexford manager and well known hothead, got sent to the stand for remonstrating with the side line officials after a Wexford player was taken out off the ball. Wexford promptly roared back into the game and Galway went 20 minutes without registering a point. Seven unanswered points got them the lead for the first time in the game on 64 minutes. Galway finally scored again, twice, to retake the lead, but Wexford found an equaliser. Then in the dying seconds Wexford broke clear and the player could surely easily have taken a point, but tried to go for goal and was blocked. The whistle went seconds later on an exciting and probably fair draw.


mxhornet
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Jun 4, 2019, 6:33 AM

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Monday 03-06-19 7pm
Thoroughbreds Fillies - 19 Norfolk United Blue - 100
Norwich & District Summer League Division One
Old Catton Recreation Ground

I had turned up to watch but ended up acting as a scorer. A depleted TB side v top off the table NU side. A match that looked likely to be quite one-sided became even more so when Fillies started with just 6, by the end of the first quarter they were 22-4 down but up to 7 players. At half time Blue led 49-8, could a 100 be on ? By three quarter time it was 74-14 and a century still looked possible. With four minutes to Blue had 92 a looked like falling just short but a late rush of goals brought the 100 up with seconds to spare.



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

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


mxhornet
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Jun 6, 2019, 6:43 AM

Posts: 1475
Location: Norwich
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Wednesday 05-06-19 7pm
Merlins - 43 Icenians - 40
Norwich & District Summer League Division Five
Sewell Park Academy

After Monday's very one sided game I was glad to a very competitive and close match. Merlins led 14-12 after the first quarter, before Icenians pulled it back to be level at 24 all by half time, Merlins edged ahead by three quarter time (35-33) and extended their lead by a goal by the end.



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

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

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