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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » MCG May 20th 2017

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia The highlight of Oz was the 4th Test in Melbourne. Another life ambition fulfilled – to watch the Ashes in Australia. Alas, England were outclassed. True, they troubled Australia on the 5th day, but even if Waugh had been given out (when England failed to appeal for that catch), somebody would have knocked off the required runs. I'm amazed England won the final Test. My theory is that Australia were jaded – AND they were missing McGrath & Warnie. Anyway, back to the 4th Test… McGrath was strangely ineffectual – we didn’t realize at the time he had hurt himself. But he still managed to catch & bowl Nasser Hussain – a feeble stroke from our captain. He was a most unconvincing batsman – uncertain, unstylish. Vaughan was a revelation – a thoroughbred ... read more
Matthew Hayden
Michael Vaughan

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » MCG January 1st 2017

After a late night on New Years Eve and not getting to bed until after one, we had nothing planned for the morning. Very unlike us, we slept in until about 8, but didn't get out of bed until almost 9. We decided to try to breakfast the hotel had to offered, but in our opinion it was nothing special and probably not worth the $17 we spent on it. So we will stick to the food we bought. At 12 we went to see the movie Sing at Melbourne Central Hoyts. It was surprisingly good and we had a few laughs at it. It was definitely better than what we thought it would be and left feeling quite pleased. We grabbed some lunch from the food court and then headed back to our hotel where ... read more
Warming up
Renegades fielding, Stars batting
During play

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » MCG January 7th 2015

We are hoping to get to the ICC Cricket World Cup match in Melbourne on February 14th. Anyone else planning on being there? Update. Tickets bought 😊👍... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » MCG March 24th 2014

After a connecting flight via Sydney we finally landed in Melbourne from Christchurch. We got a taxi to Discovery Hostel as two girls from the Kiwi bus in New Zealand (Leanne and Tayla) were there and said it was much better than the other hostels they had stayed in. We checked in and popped up to say hello to the girls but it was quite late so a couple in their room asked us if we could go to our room and talk. Instead we just said goodnight as we were also tired and went and got in bed. The room was ridiculously hot and all the lights were off so I climbed up to my top bunk and dived onto the bed. It killed my arms as there was loads of stuff on my bed ... read more
Flinders Street Station
Royal Botanical Gardens
Olympic Park

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » MCG March 19th 2014

My sincere apologies - on my last blog I forgot to mention that I am now an Australian and English citizen, just waiting on the passport but I have a certificate to prove it! Gees, that was quick between blogs!!... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » MCG March 2nd 2012

Today we had tickets to watch Sri Lanka v’s Australia at the MCG. It had been raining for the past few days so we crossed our fingers for sunshine but went prepared with rain coats and umbrellas! We packed a picnic of frittata, Turkish rolls, muffins and a bottle of wine disguised as a soft drink bottle, and caught the tram to the MCG. We had good seats in the front row of our terrace, with a cross section view of the wickets – which gave us the best chance of following what was happening in the game. It turned out to be a very sunny and hot afternoon so we peeled off the layers and applied the sun cream before settling in to watch the game. With cash prizes on offer for the best dressed, ... read more
MCG pitch
Will hanging out at the MCG
Stepping out onto the MCG pitch

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » MCG February 17th 2012

From Federation Square it was only a short walk to the ground past the river where a sustainability festival was in full swing.Whilst walking up the concourse with a selection of weird sounds playing from speakers built into the bridge, the magnitude of the 100’000 seater stadium really begins to impress you. We met Max our guide for the afternoon and after a quick introduction we walked out into the lower stands. With the sun shining on us Max pointed out each of the three stands that make up the ground, as well as the history of how the stadium had evolved; interestingly the ground was originally located where Spencer Street station now stands. With the South Australian Red Back’s warming up on the pitch in preparation for their game the next day, he also pointed ... read more
Views of the pitch
The yellow seat

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » MCG May 3rd 2011

G'day team. How's it going? Well can you believe my time in Melbourne is nearly at an end?! It's insane how quickly this trip has whizzed by. Spent the morning pottering around at Wilson and Karen's, packing, unpacking, repacking etc! I frustrate myself sometimes. Anyway, had a lovely walk along Brighton beach and had a look at the brightly coloured Beach Huts there. Also went for a wander around St Kilda and had a spot of lunch there. It was so bitterly cold - just because of the wind chill but the sun was shining. We popped to Luna Park too - it was closed but got some pictures outside in front of the scary clown face!!!!! Yuk. Was really tough to say goodbye to Wil and Karen, it was really lovely to see them and ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » MCG September 25th 2010

R Writes: Apparantly I have to take the blame I've been told, well by Carmel anyway. On Friday night the five of us were making our predictions on who would win the big game. All of the girls were tipping the Saints, I think more for the fact that they were playing Collingwood more than anything else. I had this weird feeling, I blurted cockily to the girls that I thought it would end in a draw. I just had a feeling, I know it's easy to say that now, but I sometimes get just this little inkling about things. Carmel berated me, saying that I'd be in big trouble if the result ended with no winner. Fast forward a few hours, the only trouble I was in was that I didn't put $20 on it ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » MCG September 25th 2010

R Continues: ..... As we made our way to the ground you couldn't help but notice the signs a lot of people were holding.... "wanted ticket for desperate fan" ..... "was here in '66 ....pleeeasee give me a ticket" . In a way it was sad, and in another it made me feel a little guilty that I didn't support either team. In the end you reap what you sow and I was glad to be able to be at this game with the TRICK crew. Teresa and I had been to a few GF's but for Carmel, Irena and Keara it was their first. We made our way to our seats hmmmm Gate 1 Section 33 Row QQ....QQ I thought omg these are going to be sitting on the roof. After a few pitstops ... read more

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