21 Nov 2014

Day/night at the cricket

We like cricket.  It's our summer sport, and if Australia are playing, it'll be on our television.  Unless they've sold the rights to pay TV only, which is diabolical and thankfully doesn't happen often.

So when it was announced that one of the five Australia-South Africa matches would be played in Canberra, I was sitting at the computer ready for when the first presale tickets went on sale.  We ended up in the third row back, in a dedicated family zone.  They were great seats, primarily because they faced away from the sun. (Last year, we were in bench seats, facing the glare from roughly 2 till 8. Which was extra annoying since I took the kids home at 8.)  This time, we were in the shade by 5, and stayed until the end.

Even better, we were right near the spot where the boundary fielder would nip off between balls and sign autographs.  Much appreciated.

 The family zone specification meant no alcohol in these seats.  I don't think it was policed in any way, but the environment was very family friendly in any case.

Miss 10 didn't want to attend, so had a sleepover at Grandma's house. Instead, our son got to bring a friend.  They had a great time together. Grandpa also joined us and enjoyed himself.  Two rows back, my sister and her family were there too.  

All these things added up to a good day. The performances by both cricket teams made it a great day.

I think my favourite part was as soon as the game was over, the Aussies congratulated each other, and shook hands with their opposition, and then went directly to the sidelines, spread out and started furiously signing autographs,  Lovely to see, and much appreciated.

Our summer's got some more action in it - this morning these arrived for next year's soccer tournament.  With that and the upcoming cricket World Cup, Canberra's summer of sport is looking fabulous!