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AFL match goes meat pie free for first time since 1897

By damien haas - 9 March 2013 29

Tonight I attended the AFL pre-season NAB Cup match at Manuka Oval, to see Essendon and Greater Western Sydney trial their latest crop of youngsters and watch old stagers like Dustin Fletcher, Brendon Goddard and Jobe Watson run around the paddock. Manuka Oval was in superb condition, and the new lights are lovely. The match was a little one-sided, but entertaining. I didn’t even mind that they didn’t open the gates for a 6.10 PM game until 5.30 PM. No, what I found simply incomprehensible was…

No meat pies.

None.

I’ve been attending footy matches since the 70’s and i cannot recall any VFL or AFL ground not having pies on offer. Tonight, I could avail myself of Turkish food or a kebab, or that good old artery hardener the corn dog, but NO MEAT PIES.

Did some genius at Manuka Oval assume the 8000 footy fans would not at least like the choice?

While in the queue for hot dogs (four for 22 bucks…) I heard several people phoning back to their friends ‘There are no meat pies, do you want a kebab, turkish or hot dogs?‘ So i know I am not the only footy fan stunned to see that in 2013 a tradition over a century old can be dispatched by an idiot somewhere in Manuka Ovals management chain with a penchant for kebabs.

For shame Manuka Oval management, for shame…

What’s Your opinion?


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29 Responses to
AFL match goes meat pie free for first time since 1897
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AG Canberra 1 9:26 am
09 Mar 13
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Fair dinkum…that’s just un-Australian!

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dks00k 10:17 am
09 Mar 13
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+1

Also, 40 minutes and $36 later for 3 Kebabs and 2 cans of soft drink….

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Instant Mash 10:25 am
09 Mar 13
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Thumper 10:41 am
09 Mar 13
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I don’t like, or use the phrase ‘unaustralian’, however….

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switch 10:54 am
09 Mar 13
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dks00k said :

+1

Also, 40 minutes and $36 later for 3 Kebabs and 2 cans of soft drink….

Stop moaning. Have you heard about the waiting time at Brodburger?

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Jethro 11:23 am
09 Mar 13
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Did they limit you to two beer purchases at a time?

I could not believe it at the cricket when it was my turn to buy a round for the group of 4 I was in, I had to line up for 35 minutes and then was told I could only purchase 2 beers.

About an hour later they ran out of beer altogether.

Who the hell is in charge of the catering decisions at Manuka Oval?

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Holden Caulfield 11:49 am
09 Mar 13
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Meat pies are a well known peptide masking agent.

Who was playing again?

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gooterz 12:37 pm
09 Mar 13
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Damien why not take advantage of this business opportunity?

As a friend said, there are two types of towns. Ones with fish and chips (meat pies and sausage rolls) and Kanab towns, Canberra moved to the later at the turn of the last century.

Canberra has never been an afl town, no coloured lime milk products have ever been sold in support of AFL in Canberra.

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Primal 12:48 pm
09 Mar 13
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Vili’s were selling them at all games last year… wonder where they were this time around.

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Skidd Marx 1:00 pm
09 Mar 13
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Manuka – tryin to be all progressive n shit.

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damien haas 1:25 pm
09 Mar 13
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No, I didnt stand in the beer line i was with a kid.

8 year olds dude.

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bikhet 2:42 pm
09 Mar 13
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gooterz said :

As a friend said, there are two types of towns. Ones with fish and chips (meat pies and sausage rolls) and Kanab towns, Canberra moved to the later at the turn of the last century.

And what’s wrong with Kanab? It’s a nice enough town for somewhere in the middle of nowhere. Great scenery in the area though.

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resident_weevil 3:36 pm
09 Mar 13
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Are you pointing out the price of four hotdogs because they seemed expensive or good value? Seems a pretty good price for a hotdog. Maybe you should consider eating just one hot dog instead of four next time. It will be better for your arteries as well as your wallet… Probably a good thing they didn’t have pies by the sounds…

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Instant Mash 5:17 pm
09 Mar 13
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resident_weevil said :

Are you pointing out the price of four hotdogs because they seemed expensive or good value? Seems a pretty good price for a hotdog. Maybe you should consider eating just one hot dog instead of four next time. It will be better for your arteries as well as your wallet… Probably a good thing they didn’t have pies by the sounds…

Note the child he was with; possibly more.

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dks00k 5:45 pm
09 Mar 13
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switch said :

dks00k said :

+1

Also, 40 minutes and $36 later for 3 Kebabs and 2 cans of soft drink….

Stop moaning. Have you heard about the waiting time at Brodburger?

I have actually.

Which is why I choose not to go there when its likely to be busy.

I also expect caterers at such an event to have their shit together and be able to churn out a reasonable amount of their product in a reasonable period of time.

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