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mxhornet
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Sep 16, 2019, 8:18 AM

Posts: 1584
Location: Norwich
Team(s): Watford, Celtic, Ajax, Kings Lynn Town and all local ladies teams.

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Sunday 15-09-19 1230
Norfolk United - 45 Eclipse - 47
Mizuno Premier League Division Three
UEA Sportspark

A real nip and tuck game, with rarely anything much in it, Eclipse leading right from the start and NU never quite managing to ever get ahead. Eclipse 12-10 up after first quarter, then 24-20 at half time and starting to look like they might get on top, early in third quarter this had become a six goal lead before NU got it back to a two goal deficit. Last quarter was pretty much goal for goal as Eclipse held on for their first ever Premier League win for the Kent side, also their first game after promotion via the play offs.



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.


americanrich
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Sep 26, 2019, 1:35 PM

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My initial attempt at following this up was eaten by the posting system, and I c/b/a to try again until now. Probably a slightly truncated version to follow ...

27 July 2019
Philadelphia Phillies 7-15 Atlanta Braves
28 July 2019
Phillies 9-4 Braves
National League (MLB)
Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia

Citizens Bank Park was opened in 2004, replacing the very outdated Veterans Stadium, whose most notorious moment was fans of the NFL Eagles booing Santa Claus. Fans here have a deserved reputation, but I got little more than the odd sarcastic jibe despite wearing my Braves t-shirt (I think the NJ Devils NHL hat got more remarks, in fact.)

CBP is a nice place to watch a game, built right in the heyday of retro ballparks. Paid $79 on the Saturday, which got me a seat at the top of the lower level (in a section that tapers to a point, including two single seats at the top, one of which I nabbed). For the Sunday, I paid $43 to sit in the outfield seats, not somewhere I typically go and bloody hot on a sunny Sunday afternoon!

Home runs were the order of business both games -- the HR rate is dramatically up this year, many say because the ball has been "juiced", and that was in full evidence, as the teams combined for six in each game. Saturday night was all Braves, as they raced to a 14-1 lead and cantered home despite some late runs. This was a "Saturday Night Special" retro night, with the Phillies in garish all-maroon uniforms that they wore once and once only in 1979. The scoreboard was also "retro," with a monochrome look.

Sunday was rather the opposite, as the Phillies did the bulk of the hitting, including a backbreaking grand slam in the 6th to make it 6-0.

Concessions were, as is common in MLB now, varied, plentiful and expensive. Being a non-meat eater, I was keen to sample a vegan cheesesteak offering, which was pretty outstanding (as it should have been for $14...). Sunday's main food sampling was of the "crab fries" from Philly institution Chickie's and Pete's .... again, $14 or so, but that gets you a large bucket of fries and also dipping sauces -- completely functional as a main meal of the day, if painfully unhealthy!

Beer offerings, too, are far more varied than they used to be - still get the standard American domestic flavored water, but a variety of craft offerings as well. These all carried double-digit price tags, but that at least got you a decent-sized can.

Getting to the stadium is easy enough -- it's on the south side of Philly, and while many drove, it's easily reached on the Broad Street line of the SEPTA system -- just ride it until the end, come out of the station and follow the crowds. The other major league stadiums are all down here as well.


mxhornet
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Oct 10, 2019, 6:55 AM

Posts: 1584
Location: Norwich
Team(s): Watford, Celtic, Ajax, Kings Lynn Town and all local ladies teams.

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Wednesday 9 th October 2019 3-15 pm
University of East Anglia - 77 De Montfort University - 36
BUCS Midlands 3B
UEA Sportspark

A very comfortable win for UEA and a rather high scoring game at BUCS level. Quarter scores 19-8, 40-19, 56-26 and 77-36.

I was acting as scorer for the game.



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

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


Rob North
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Oct 16, 2019, 3:43 PM

Posts: 1681
Location: Dunfermline
Team(s): Didcot Town, Reading

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HORSE RACING
Friday October 11
YORK
Admission - 26 (County Stand)
Programme - Free (marked 3.50 but handed out at the County entrance)
Food - Carvery 11.50 (I've had better, late sitting and vegetables were lukewarm); Drink - John Smiths 3.75 (voucher)
Going - Soft (Race times indicated this as accurate)
First day of a double header and my first visit to York. Facilities a cut above most courses, though it's a trifle irritating that of 6 levels in the Ebor Stand the hoi-polloi only get to view from the lower 2. Plenty of seating which kept my wife happy, but her 'best course' vote would still go to either Sandown or Ascot. Stayed in the Grand Hotel near York station and got Shuttle bus 'door to door'. Paid through the nose, but it was that sort of trip with First Class rail travel between Edinburgh and York!
Viewing generally pretty decent, though various buildings in the centre impede the view from 1m 4f start to 1mile start and 7 furlong races start from behind the tress. There are two big screens which helps immensely. If you aren't too worried the view from the Buzzardthorpe stand located a furlong down the course is as good as any, and it's a lot quieter.
Racing of a decent standard, big fields and very competitive. That said I managed to find 4 winners from paddock inspection (taking two against the field) at 12/1. 9/1, 13/8 and 16/1. Getting something that's fit and acts on the testing going was the key here. Lee McKenzie does MC duty at York and provides a good guide to paddock watching.
Three to take from this day's card:
HAMISH won the 1m 6f handicap on the bridle and looks a Group class horse for next season.
ART POWER a two-year-old who is a neat looking colt and glided over the soft ground to win very easily.
HAFEET ALAIN won the final handicap with a fair bit to spare, fairly lightly raced to date and should win again in these conditions.
Saturday October 12
YORK
Admission - 28 (County Stand)
Programme - Free (marked 3.50 but handed out at the County entrance); decent read with plenty of background articles
Food - Carvery 11.50 (Pre-booked in advance, slightly better than the previous day but if you are going to York there are loads of food outlets and I'd take your pick on the day); Drink - Pimms 3.75 (voucher - more refreshing than the John Smiths!)
Going - Soft
More fiendishly difficult contests but we did manage to dig out a couple of winners between us at 7/2 and 6/1.
Hamish's half-brother CONVICT was just pipped in the opening two-year-old handicap contest. I'd expect him to grow into his frame over the winter and promises to step up on this next year.
Feature sprint handicap featured a host of regulars and Gulliver, often thereabouts in these contests, got his head in front in a race dominated by horses drawn on the far side. Nothing drawn high got into the mix and for a half the field the race form can be ignored.
Lightly raced Godolphin animal DUBAI ICON was the closing handicap and is progressive.
Significantly bigger crowd than on the Friday and the mess left at the end of the day had to be seen to be believed, a covering of plastic and paper litter inside and out. Looking after the environment doesn't seem to be high on the list of priorities for this crowd. Downing large quantities of alcohol however...


mxhornet
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Oct 18, 2019, 7:48 AM

Posts: 1584
Location: Norwich
Team(s): Watford, Celtic, Ajax, Kings Lynn Town and all local ladies teams.

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Thursday 17-10-19 8pm
Norwich Medics - 25 Hollies - 21
Central Venue Norwich Winter League
City Academy Norwich

Umpired this game, my first senior game in over three months, took me a little while to get in to it. A close encounter that was enjoyable to umpire. Medics behing 6-5 after first quarter but turned it around to lead 12-9 by half time. They then looked to be taking control as they led 20-13 at three quarter time, before Hollies made a comeback in the last quarter to close the deficit to four goals.



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

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


Wheelbarrow
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Oct 20, 2019, 6:37 PM

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Gaelic Football

London Senior Football Final
Tir Chonaill Gaels 1-11 Fulham Irish 1-10
Adm 10, free teamsheet, tea/coffee 1, bar and food stalls open

An excellent county final with Tir Chonaill Gaels winning their 18th title in the third consecutive final between these two teams. The proverbial game of two halves saw Fulham dominate the first thirty, but fall to a storming comeback after the break.

Opening points were traded before Fulham found the net after 5 minutes or so. At this point, on his way back from the goal area the scorer was felled by a punch to the side of the head. The ref was unsighted so no sanction! Fulham continued to add points and TCG couldn't match them playing against a stiff breeze. Shortly before the break the same Fulham player was laid out again by a different Gaels player. This time there was a yellow card. When there was a burst of laughter about this from the guys next to me, someone in the row in front turned round and said in all seriousness "rightly so, he ran into his hand". Half time score: Fulham 1-06, TCG 0-03

TCG simply outplayed Fulham all over the pitch in the second half. Like Fulham in the first, they got a goal after 5 minutes of the half, and soon had a two point lead. They were never headed although Fulham managed to draw level heading into injury time. TCG then broke clear and with all their crowd roaring at him to bury it in the net, he fisted over a point. Nerves were jangling, and Fulham managed to level again, but TCG got a free 45 yards out and Liam Gavagan flighted it over the bar and they comfortably saw out the final seconds.

The winning score:
https://twitter.com/.../1185932590961872897

TCG now go on to represent London in the Connacht Senior Football Championship, entering at the semi-final stage on 10 November hosting the winners of the quarter final between Padraig Pearses (Roscommon) and Tourlestrane (Sligo).

The hurling final (Robert Emmetts v St Gabriels) is still to come. Whilst I haven't seen a date I assume it is next week since the Connacht Intermediate Championship tie that the winners go into is slated for the 2/3 November.

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