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Wheelbarrow
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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.


sewnapart
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Mar 28, 2011, 9:27 PM

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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


LondonBuck
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Apr 16, 2011, 1:51 PM

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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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LondonBuck
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Apr 19, 2011, 8:00 PM

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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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rambler77
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Apr 24, 2011, 8:47 PM

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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.

Photos will be online @ https://picasaweb.google.com/allroadsleadsomewhere monday lunchtime latest.



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oftenscore6
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May 2, 2011, 12:56 AM

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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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Last new football ground Clandeboye Park (859) Ards 2-2 Dungannon Swifts
With FC United: 130
On the agenda:
Nov 15: Germany v Russia @Leipzig
Nov 16: Eilenburg v Plauen
Nov 17: Meuselwitz v Jena
Nov 18: Anadolou Berlin v SFC Staaken; Turkyemispor v BFC Dynamo


oftenscore6
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May 11, 2011, 1:38 AM

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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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Last new football ground Clandeboye Park (859) Ards 2-2 Dungannon Swifts
With FC United: 130
On the agenda:
Nov 15: Germany v Russia @Leipzig
Nov 16: Eilenburg v Plauen
Nov 17: Meuselwitz v Jena
Nov 18: Anadolou Berlin v SFC Staaken; Turkyemispor v BFC Dynamo


oftenscore6
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May 16, 2011, 1:06 AM

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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 Clandeboye Park (859) Ards 2-2 Dungannon Swifts
With FC United: 130
On the agenda:
Nov 15: Germany v Russia @Leipzig
Nov 16: Eilenburg v Plauen
Nov 17: Meuselwitz v Jena
Nov 18: Anadolou Berlin v SFC Staaken; Turkyemispor v BFC Dynamo


Wheelbarrow
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May 22, 2011, 1:24 PM

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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.


SKY BLUE TAT
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May 23, 2011, 6:11 PM

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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.


colpic
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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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oftenscore6
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Jun 2, 2011, 10:52 PM

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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 Clandeboye Park (859) Ards 2-2 Dungannon Swifts
With FC United: 130
On the agenda:
Nov 15: Germany v Russia @Leipzig
Nov 16: Eilenburg v Plauen
Nov 17: Meuselwitz v Jena
Nov 18: Anadolou Berlin v SFC Staaken; Turkyemispor v BFC Dynamo


Main Drain Man
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Jun 5, 2011, 12:05 AM

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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.


colpic
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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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oftenscore6
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Jun 5, 2011, 6:41 PM

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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 Clandeboye Park (859) Ards 2-2 Dungannon Swifts
With FC United: 130
On the agenda:
Nov 15: Germany v Russia @Leipzig
Nov 16: Eilenburg v Plauen
Nov 17: Meuselwitz v Jena
Nov 18: Anadolou Berlin v SFC Staaken; Turkyemispor v BFC Dynamo


DavetheGlassboy
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Jun 6, 2011, 12:57 AM

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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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Last game: as above
Football seen in: England, Wales, Scotland, Italy, France, Germany, Denmark, Netherlands, Spain, Austria, Croatia, Jersey, Sweden, Switzerland, Republic of Ireland, United States of America, Ukraine, Montenegro, Estonia, San Marino, Slovenia, Northern Ireland, Malta, Lithuania, Russia

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Mark
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Jun 8, 2011, 12:22 AM

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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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Jun 8, 2011, 2:48 AM

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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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Last game: as above
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DavetheGlassboy
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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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sandhurstbee
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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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sandhurstbee
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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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StephenHarris
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Jun 23, 2011, 12:49 PM

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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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paulh66
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Jun 24, 2011, 11:49 AM

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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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