29 Mar 2015

Our summer of sport is over



We rounded out our attendance of World Cup Cricket with the game between Australia and Sri Lanka at the Sydney Cricket Ground. There's nothing like watching your national team. The crowd had a very large and loud Sri Lankan component so it was even more satisfying to see Australia win. There have been very few games on free to air tv, so we've been relying on the imternet to follow what's happening.

The final is happening as I write this, and the two host nations Australia and New Zealand are competing for the prize. It's been such a lovely time I'm sorry it's come to an end. And I (mostly) aren't that concerned about who wins. They've both played well and we really do feel a kinship between our nations.

6 Mar 2015

More World Cup Cricket, Canberra

The second game played in Canberra was between the West Indies and Zimbabwe. We saw a spectacular world record partnership from the West Indies, and were very pleased to see Chris Gayle in such fine form, Zimbabwe didn't embarrass themselves.

 It was quite cold towards the end of the game, as this player keeping his hands warm in his pockets shows. Just after I took this he took a good catch, so he was clearly paying attention while looking very casual.

The final game in Canberra was between South Africa and Ireland. We had much better seats for this, and my son and nephew picked up lots of autographs from the players.  They were very pleased about this, as it hadn't happened where we were seated for the previous games.  This is probably enough reason for us to pay for more expensive seats.  Not in this case though, since I won these tickets from the Hyundai promotion.  We enjoyed being able to give our original tickets away to another family.
It was a beautiful evening.

After attending all these games, I'm getting pretty good at catering for them.  I visit Costco, where I buy some baguettes, cucumber, a roast chicken and Pepsi. We take the prepared chicken baguettes in a softsided esky, along with the chilled 600ml Pepsi bottles. Only unopened drinks in plastic bottles, less than one litre are permitted inside, so these fit the bill perfectly.  They're also $2 each, as opposed to the stadium price of more than $5. An assortment of fruit, biscuits, some chips and jelly snakes, and we're set for 7 or so hours of cricket watching,

I've taken my knitting along to several games, and gotten very little done - I need to count doing my current pattern, and get far too distracted. Usually, I'd just start something new, but I'm trying knitting monogamously this year.

So far in 2015 we've attended 10 international games of sport, which is just astonishing. We're so glad the soccer Asian Cup and this cricket World Cup games have been held in Canberra - it's been fabulous.