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John Mills
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Monday 3rd August 2009 7.30 pm

Elite League Speedway
Poole Pirates 43 Coventry Bees 46
Admission 15, Parking 1, Programme (also covers Bournemouth Buccaneers match here this week) 2, Thimble of coffee 95p

Hard times on and off the track for British Speedway's biggest club, and tonights attendance for a rain-threatened, Sky-televised meeting away from normal race night won't have helped the coffers much. Continuing light showers ensured a swiftly run meeting though, and there was plenty of interesting racing in a closely fought contest.

On paper, Poole probably have the best stadium facilities in the sport, with a huge glass-fronted restaurant complex on one side, and the equally impressive grandstand on the other, but a shortage of elevated standing positions stops it from being one of my favouries. Some nice touches though - the skull and crossbones logo is cut into the paving slabs all along in front of the stand, and the flags of the competing teams riders' nationalities are hung from globes in the centregreen.

For what it's worth (having completed the Elite League tonight) I'd put Coventry as top stadium, followed by Ipswich and Eastbourne. Of the others, Wolves suffers from being one-sided and Belle Vue leans that way. Swindon is a little bit tatty and disjointed to get top marks, with Lakeside and Peterborough being a bit bleak in their different ways. I have thoroughly enjoyed every track I have visited nonetheless!


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Both pubs were indeed in Toulouse, the George & Dragon is run by an Englishman that has lived in France since about 7 but still has a southern accent as I like to put it. They do Pedigree on hand pump there. The Frog & Rosbit however is something else. As far as I recall there were at least 7 different cask ales to choose from, including a porter which was very nice indeed. The place is a brew pub as I think the term is used.



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John Mills
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Wednesday 5th August

Pro-40 League Div Two
Surrey Brown Caps 282-5 (40.0)
Derbyshire Phantoms 286-6 (39.1)
at Whitgift School, Croydon
Admission 12, Parking 5, Programme (for whole festival, good content by cricket standards) 3, Scorecard (A3) 50p, Sausage and Chips 3.80

This is a very nice festival ground. It has a huge grass bank for seating, and the leafy backdrop would give the impression of Croydon being a very pretty suburb!

Surrey's young side looked to have posted a very strong total, but didn't have the bowling to protect it. They did well in the end to take the match to the final over, before Derbyshire won it with a six onto the A236 off its first ball.


John Mills
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Thursday 6th August

The Co-operative Championship One (great name for division three)
Oldham Roughyeds 28 London Skolars 22
Admission (see below), Programme 2.50 (Eight A4 pages wrapped around 2 worth of Game On)
Attendance 1,419

I was pleased that this match existed on a night when it made sense to break a journey to Scotland for it, but didn't have any expectations of an entertaining encounter. This was relected in the bookmakers' assessment of the handicap for the match, suggesting Oldham to be 50-54 points the stronger. As it was, after opening the scoring early on, Skolars led until five minutes or so from the end, when the home side finally wriggled in front. I have absolutely nothing against Oldham, but it's absolutely delicious, as a neutral, to be sitting as amongst the home fans as such events unfold!

It was 'Think Pink' Charity Night in aid of the club's partner cancer charities in Oldham. Match admission was free, with donations encouraged. As well as being good for the charities, I'm guessing this was planned to ensure the healthiest possible attendance in front of the Sky cameras that were taking the game live to the nation.


DavetheGlassboy
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Aug 9, 2009, 12:06 AM

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Saturday 8 August 2009
Challenge Cup Semi Final
Warrington 39 Wigan 26
at the Halton Stadium, Widnes

By heck, they put you through the ringer sometimes!

18 entry, 4 programme, 2 for a meat & potato pie (1:20 for a bag of chips from the local fish shop on the way to the station!)

Wigan took an 8-0 lead then it was all Wire for the first half - five unanswered tries saw us 28-8 ahead at the break.

An early score for 32-8 should have killed it off, but Wigan got second wind and Wire looked knackered as the Piemen scored three converted tries to bring it to 32-26 at which point I thought we'd blow it.

But, a Lee Briers drop goal in the 71st minute and a Chris Hicks try two minutes from time put paid to the revival.

In three weeks time, the Wire are off to Wembley!



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Wednesday 12th August

Friendly.

Valley End Cricket Club v Camberley Town Football Club in a 16 over cricket match.

Valley End won the npower Village Cup in 2008 but put out a much weakened side for this friendly including colts etc. One of their first XI players and one of the second XI play football for Camberley and the pair of them proved to be the deciding factor with a great second wicket partnership of 60 something with both eventually retiring due to being so good!

Valley End got 130 for 5 off their 16 overs, Camberley Town won by getting 134 for 5 off 14.

Pleasant little ground, the bar was open - a perfect way to spend a summer evening.


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Vale of Rydal Sheep Dog Trials and Show
Thursday 13th August

Admission 4.50
Programme 2.00

Excellent day out at Rydal which is a couple of miles from Ambleside.

The day also included a hound trail competition


John Mills
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Tuesday 11th August

LV County Championship at May's Bounty, Basingstoke
Hampshire v Yorkshire
Admission 20, Parking 7 (I know!), Scorecard (A3) 1 - also bought Hampshire Pro40 programme (3)
Crowd - at least 3 or 4 deep right round

Lovely tree-lined ground on the fringes of the town centre. Expensive affair especially when I was only squeezing in half a day's play. Still glad to have fitted it in though, as there is no guarantee they will use the ground again. Hants reached 134-2 by the time I left but ended up losing by an innings

National League Speedway
Wightlink Islanders 50 Weymouth Wildcats 40

Very enjoyable and user-friendly little jaunt. You simply have to purchase a Speedway Flyer ticket from the FastCat terminal at Portsmouth Harbour (same building as railway station) and you are fully provided for. The ticket covers i) Trip on FastCat from foot of the Spinnaker Tower to tip of pier at Ryde ii) Train along length of pier iii) Special bus from esplanade to stadium iv) Admission to meeting with complimentary programme. Excellent.

Many, many re-starts due to wild and largely unpenalised riding meant that the usual bus connection with the 2145 ferry was missed and we all had to wait until quarter to eleven, but a highly recommended trip all the same. It's hard to imagine how the figures all add up with the costs of running on the island, and I'm sure if Wightlink stopped their involvement, speedway (and ice hockey) over there would be gone.


John Mills
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Saturday 15th August

12noon
Gilette Academy Championship
Warrington Wolves 18 Wigan Warriors 34
at Wilderspool
Admission 3, 4-page programme free, Coffee 70p (from tea-girl of the year)

Very pleased to get the chance to visit the still intact and impressive former home of Warrington rugby. Worth looking out for early kick-offs in this competition, Wigan at Orrell is the other chance to visit a major ground that I never went to.

6pm
Co-Operative Championship
Leigh Centurions 26 Toulouse Olympique 6
Seat 16, Programme (impressive) 2.50, Hot dog 2.80
Attendance 1,502

Leigh eased relegation worries slightly with a convincing win, and are running free buses for their supporters to go to the key clash at Gateshead on Sunday. Only the main stand and one standing end are open for games - the other two sides have been used once in total so far.


John Mills
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Sunday 16th August

Co-Operative Championship One
Blackpool Panthers 30 Oldham Roughyeds 30
Admission 10, Parking 1 or 2 not sure, Programme 4 pages inside Game On 2, Pie and Chips 3, *Star Bargain* Large Waffle cone ice cream with flake, hundreds and thousands, nuts and three flavours of sauce 1.50!

Enjoyed every aspect of this one. Fylde RFC is a super ground, with huge modern clubhouse at near end complementing attractive old wooden stand flanked by terracing which also features for the full length of the opposite side. Brilliant game too, Oldham fighting back from 30-14 down after the sides had swapped some excellent tries.


IAN S
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Aug 22, 2009, 10:23 AM

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Ince Rose Bridge 10 Wigan St Judes 28
Rugby League National Conference Premier
Admission 1
Programme free - see below
Att. approx 1,000

Arrived at ground at 6.30 for a 7.30 KO, got parked at 7.00. Terrible parking around ground with most side streets little dead ends.
Great game decided in 1st half when Ince had a player sent off for kicking. 6-4 at h/t.
Four quick 2nd half tries sent Wigan well clear. Large crowd with a third from St Judes, even team came in a coach for that short distance.
Programmes sold out at 6.30 according to gateman, got mine off a nice lady.



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Have just spent 2 days at the Oval, and it was rather good. 15 wickets fell yesterday and only 5 of them were EnglandsCool



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Whitehaven 20 Batley Bulldogs 12
Co-operative Championship
16th August 2009
Crowd 1,500 appox

Admission 13 to stand (rip off)

Programme 16 large pages full colour glossy (the original Haven large style programme) - FREE OF CHARGE

Hats off to Haven for reintroducing their matchday programme and not a "Game On" in site - marvellous.

Really scrappy game with some old style "Biff" provided by Batley.


therebelhopper
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Will be spending the next 3 days (weather permitting) watching the minor counties championship game between Staffordshire and Buckinghamshire at Stone Cricket Club.


DavetheGlassboy
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Aug 23, 2009, 9:33 PM

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Friday 21 August
Super League
Warrington 28 Wakefield Trinity 40

Brought forward two days to allow extra preparation for Wembley and a much improved performance on the game at Wigan seven days previous.

Bit of a scare when Lee Briers went down clutching his shoulder but he went on to play the full 80.

Getting a bit twitchy for next week now. Especially after seeing Huddersfield's performance against Saints!



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Not really sport (so not sure if it is relevant!) - Sunday 30th August: the Hull Motor Show.


Rob North
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Bank Holiday Monday I'm travelling over the border for horse racing at Newcastle. The centre of the card is the 'Blaydon Race' a mile contest for two-year-olds, so I could say I'm 'ganning down the Great North Road to see the Blaydon Races'.

Report to follow Tuesday.


DavetheGlassboy
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Saturday 29 August 2009
Challenge Cup Final
Huddersfield 16 Warrington 25
at Wembley Stadium

Cracking game, albeit a nerve-wracking one. Been waiting 18 years for this. Still not sunk in properly!

26 ticket, 6 programme, 3 for a burger away from the official stands!

Disappointing lack of relevant souvenirs compared to the last final I went to two years ago - just a load of England RL stuff.

Ah, what the heck, we've finally WON SOMETHING!



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Ah, what the heck, we've finally WON SOMETHING!

NICE ONE!!!! Cool Always had a soft spot for the Wire, and was cheering them on like an idiot yesterday at work. First game I've watched on the box in about three years.



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Rob North
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Monday August 31

Horse Racing - NEWCASTLE

Grandstand/Paddock Admission - 10 (13 less Racegoers' Club discount)
Programme - 2.50



I work for an English based company so we take Bank Holidays rather than Scottish Holidays. It means we are out of kilter with many others and my wife still had to play host to the 200-odd ankle biters in her Kirkcaldy Primary School. That left yours truly free to himself and I tend to favour horse racing on Bank Holidays these days and it was a good chance to take in a meeting at Newcastle. I could perhaps have managed football in the morning, but these days leave at 7.30 a.m. and back at 8.45 p.m. would take its toll! The going was good to firm and it has much been much drier at Newcastle than in Scotland, a fact testified by dry weather in North East England and teeming rain when I left Dunfermline.

The races were all a mile or less and run on the straight course due to drainage work on the round course. The drainage work was either completed or didn't happen, but the course line was that since the programme was in the Racing Calendar then it couldn't be changed. That's not true as other courses have changed a programme at short notice, but ultimately it's up to the Gosforth Park management. in the event the racing was decent and entertaining.

The best view of the straight course is from the top section of the 'Grandstand', a large covered terrace. The crowd was 3 or 4,000, but Newcastle has bags of space and I had about half the stand to myself! That I don't mind since it means no distractions for race reading and note taking. The parade ring is in front of the stand which always strikes me as a decent arrangement which saves the toing and froing prevalent at other venues.

The race commmentator Mark Slater is a fine professional and does a solid job. However one couldn't say the same for the un-named racecourse announcer who spent the whole afternoon mispronouncing horses' names.

2.15 7f 2yo Maiden
Unshakable Will had looked very immature when I saw him at Hemilton back in June. The intervening time has been well spent since he was much better behaved in the parade ring and looked to have grown a bit. He ran well enough in second place and looks like to pick up a race over a stiff seven furlongs or upped to a mile. The race was won by Mark Johnston's newcomer Cono Zur. He was well clued up on debut and Johnston's newcomers normally come on for the run so there could be more in hand.

2.50 1m Claimer
An event where the runners can be bought (claimed) for a set price as set by their trainer. The higher the claiming price the more weight so it's a balancing act for the connections when they enter. Invariably the better horses are at the top of the weights so that's where to look for winners. Top weight Wovoka went a way to providing proof, winning tidily in the hands of useful apprentice Amy Ryan.

3.25 7f Fillies' Handicap
Fillies often struggle up against the colts and geldings as they are not as strong in the hustle bustle of a race. By this token careful reading of form in 'mixed' races can pay off in these slightly easier contests. Poppet's Lovein was a decetn winner in mixed company at Chepstow and is progressing well judged by a comfortable victory in this event. Fillies often start to blossom at this time of year and this one is worth keeping in the notebook.

4.00 1m 2yo Handicap 'The Blaydon Race'
This day has been labelled the 'Blaydon Races' after the festival of yore captured in the words of a local song. The Blaydon Races themselves were knocked on theh vead followed regular punch ups. The Family Day crowd here were slightly more amenable.
Mark Johnston's Layali Al Andalus sluiced up at Doncaster in june and even in a handicap threatened to be a cut above his rivals. I don't often bet at short odds, but having seen this fine looking animal in the paddock I had a bet. He duly obliged under hands and heels riding and moves on to better things, possibly the Royal Lodge Stakes at Ascot.
Bonfire Knight beat off the rest in second and all things considered is virtually a 'winner without penalty' next time.

4.35 6f Handicap
A familiar bunch of performers to the northern racing public in this event. Most have raced plenty of times and their credentials are there to be seen.
Avontuur has not got that close recently, but he showed plenty of determination having been headed by Incomparable and was going away at the end. A fine effort from the front of the field.

5.10 5f 3yo Handicap
Sadly racing occasionally demonstrates it's less palatable side. Tony Culhane headed across to the rail early on Mazzola, squeezing up Dispol Grand and forcing All Spin into the rails. The latter took a horrible fatal fall and rider Paul Mulrennan was catapulted into the ground and perhaps lucky to suffer only a broken collarbone. Not good for racing and Culhane has much to answer for. More to the point, finding out the full story about the incident was impossible at the time, a non-committal reference to a stewards enquiry the only evidence of any action, and courses seem to think that if they stick up 'the screens' then out of sight is out of mind.
Sources tell me Culhane got a 14 day suspension which doesn't seem suffucient punishment for an appalling piece of riding.
Back in the race and the consistent Noodles Blue Boy tracked a decent pace to lead inside the final furlong. Front runner Fasliyanne is the perennial bridesmaid and once agian finished second after a decent front running effort.

5.45 5f Handicap
A lowly sprint handicap of the 'whose turn is it today?' type. It turned out to be Nomoreblonde's day as the mare repeated her 2007 win in this race. She sprinted clear and will presumably pay the penalty by being upped a decent amount in the handicap. Conversely though her value as a broodmare rises with each win.
My own selection Garstang was stymied in a closely matched event as he was slow out of the gate. There's precious little chance of recovery in the hurly-burly of a sprint. He did pick up late on though and should pick up a race before long if he gets his act together out of the stalls.

Quick exit by the back way out of the course to the A189 and back home in two and a half hours is pretty good going.


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Sunday 6 Sept
RL Harry Jephson Semi final

Blackwood Bulldogs 24 West London Sharks 38

Venue: Old Richians RU,Longlevens,Gloucester
Attn 60 (h/c). No admitt or programme (as Chris's printer really had given up the ghost)

The first ever game of Rugby League at this venue,which is set to be Gloucestershire Warriors new home for the 2010 season.Pretty basic ground,an undulating pitch,only railed on the sides,nothing at the ends.

I maintained a strict code of neutrality as this was my 46th most watched team in the world, ever, playing my 32nd.



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Ice Hockey
Blackburn Hawks 2 Nottingham Lions 3
Admission - Normally 6, but we had free tickets. Programme 1 (Had all the basics, but little reading material).
Attendance - approx 350?

My first Ice Hockey match for about four years. Have had a bit of a love-hate relationship with the sport, used to go regularly in the late 80's/early 90's. Fell out of love with it, mainly due to the appalling way it has been run over the years.
The Hawks play in the English National League Div 1 North which is now effectively the third division.
Standard of play was ok, with Nottingham looking the sharper of the two teams. Controversial ending as Hawks thought they'd scored with 20 seconds left of the game, but ref and presumably the goal judge didn't give it.

Quite enjoyed the game (as did my other half!) so will probably go again in the near future.


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Friday Sep 4
Fell walking
11.00 start from Coniston saw us take Walna Scar road (tough start!) up to Boo Tarn and then an intermittent grassy path until joining the main Coniston Old Man path close to the summit. Only sheep for company on the grassy path, with excellent views over Coniston lake and out to sea. A couple of brief showers, but the sunshine was out as we approached the top. It didn't last long though and summit photos were in gusty wind and low cloud. Decided to have lunch and see if it cleared, but no sooner were the sarnies open did it start hailing! That persuaded us to decamp and we took the very stony main path down, which also had some good scenery. The hail quickly ceased and the latter part of the walk was in sunshine and a bit easier than the Boo Tarn route up. Adequate rehydrating refreshment was taken on in The Black Bull, Yewdale, Crown Inn, Ship Inn and Sun Inn. My joints were no longer sore after thatCool



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Saturday 5th September 2009

Wolverhhampton Races

10 (5 as i had a 50% off return voucher)

2.50 Racecard

Great night made even better by seeing and backing Kieron Fallons first winner back from his ban.


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Sunday 13th September - off to Dale Head Buxton for some National League Speedway

Buxton 'Hitmen' v Mildenhall 'Fen Tigers' 3pm start

Cannot recommend this wonderful little track higly enough, deep in the Peaks outside Buxton, served by superb scenery, excellent pubsLaugh, the track can be seen from the road to Buxton (A53), follow the cattle gridsa and it is next to the stocks track and on a warm day the beautiful views and the smell of methanol make for a heady mix!

Will Mildenhall win, very unlikely, does it really matter, no it doesnt




2011/12 Season

Games: 1

Grounds: 1

New grounds visited this season: 0

In the madness of my 3am's, I'm lost without a guide.

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