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Another day at the Cricket, another Manuka Oval failure

By 15 January 2014 30

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I had a great day yesterday, it revolved around going to the cricket but that was the least of it really.

Swimming in Manuka Pool, sitting in the baking sun, drinking beer and joking around in a fun crowd, lunch at the Kingston Hotel, cycling around the lake after the game, sacking out on Aspen Island with friends and beers watching the shooting stars.

Not merely a good day, but a great day.

It’s just a shame the central part of it, watching the cricket at Manuka Oval was again marred by the staggering incompetence of the muppets who run the ground.

Running out of beer just an hour after play starts should not happen.

In 37 degree heat they should not be caught out with inadequate pass-outs at the innings break leading to hundreds being crammed together like cattle against the gate chanting “let us out”.

Given that public flogging is apparently out of the question an exemplary sacking should be made, or at least a public apology.

It’s in the calendar, they know how many people are coming, if they’re incapable of catering to that they should go and someone brought in who knows what they’re doing.

[Photo by Marky B]

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30 Responses to Another day at the Cricket, another Manuka Oval failure
#1
Holden Caulfield9:19 am, 15 Jan 14

I have to say despite the pass out debacle the crowd waiting to get out at the Kingston gates was incredibly patient and well behaved.

#2
maxblues9:36 am, 15 Jan 14

In my dim dark memory, somewhere in the Hansard of the ACT Assembly, a polly (can’t remember who) is bragging about:
a) The Manuka Oval Cricket keg records (I am pretty sure I can remember this…140 kegs for a PM XI and 210 kegs for the one-dayer.
b) That with the improvements to the oval, they would never run out of beer again. Maybe it was just the promise to reduce queue lines. I guess if you have no beer, there won’t be a queue.

#3
Mothy10:30 am, 15 Jan 14
#4
CrocodileGandhi10:46 am, 15 Jan 14

Canberra Times is reporting that thre was no repeat of last year’s long lines for food and drink. Though perhaps this was because they had run out of food and drink?

#5
Rollersk8r10:59 am, 15 Jan 14

Slightly disappointing, yes – but these sorts of things always happen when the ground is only filled to capacity 1 day a year.

#6
JessP11:17 am, 15 Jan 14

Hmmm hot hot day in January +12,000 paying customers who will be thirsty = We run out of beer?
FAIL!!

Doesnt this ring any bells about having a contingency plan to bring in more beer?

Isnt this exactly what happened with the fiasco of ‘Celebrate’ last year when they ran out of food/drink?

Sack someone.

#7
Roundhead8911:17 am, 15 Jan 14

Mothy said :

Doubted it was in Hansard… stand corrected.

“Let me turn to the catering issues. Improvements were made after complaints about queues at the PM’s XI. Malfunctions on some of the beer equipment at the PM’s XI were fixed for the one-day international. However, the consumption of food and drink exceeded those for previous PM’s XI matches, and this did put more pressure on catering. The previous beer record at the cricket match at Manuka was 110 kegs. This year the PM’s XI reached 140. The one-dayer hit that record for a six, with 210 kegs of beer being sold.” –Simon Corbell, 13/02/13 apparently.

Wow! Something to be proud of. Not. In the 1970s when the Northern Territory started receiving publicity about them holding the world record for beer consumption and foreign media started reporting on the devastating affect of alcohol on remote Aboriginal communities, the NT government responded with the Boozers Are Losers campaign. Perhaps we need the same thing here.

#8
Ben_Dover11:30 am, 15 Jan 14

“Running out of beer just an hour after play starts should not happen.”

It didn’t as far I can remember, I was still supping (too cold Aussie “beer”,) at 8.00 pm.

We had regular ale through out the match.

#9
Holden Caulfield11:31 am, 15 Jan 14

Mercifully, I was sitting in the shade covered (from a bit after 4pm anyway) lower terrace near the Menzies Stand. Nobody seemed to be complaining of a beer shortage in that area.

#10
cegee11:45 am, 15 Jan 14

didn’t hear about the pass outs problem, but running out of beer?? that’s just not true! plenty of beer going round where i was long into the evening. i bought two myself at about 7.00pm and could see plenty being poured…

my main problem yesterday was the PA system. it was impossible to hear the announcer – surely time for an upgrade?

other than that a fun day all in all – interesting that tony abbott didn’t stay until the end of the match to present the trophy. perhaps he was concerned he might get booed?

#11
thatsnotme11:49 am, 15 Jan 14

Holden Caulfield said :

Mercifully, I was sitting in the shade covered (from a bit after 4pm anyway) lower terrace near the Menzies Stand. Nobody seemed to be complaining of a beer shortage in that area.

Yeah, there was no issue with getting a beer from the bar behind the scoreboard either, and people all around me were bringing back trayloads of them well into the evening (well…as far as it went – can anyone confirm whether the folk in corporate hospitality managed to finish their desert before it was all over?!)

I managed to get food quickly, and the longest lines I saw anywhere all day were for snow cones, and water refills. The biggest fail of the day I think was the lack of water refill points – I only found two around the ground. Were there more? It’s not like they haven’t known for a week that yesterday was going to be stinking hot…there should have been a dozen of the things available.

Overall though, I thought most things ran pretty smoothly once in the ground.

#12
johnboy12:03 pm, 15 Jan 14

The bar that ran out of beer was resupplied.

#13
Purgatroyd1:39 pm, 15 Jan 14

Guys – I think you are being a little harsh on management! I did see two (2) hydration stations at the ground, each supplied with one (1) tap, and the queues were only about 50 m long. Surely, that is sufficient! Anyway, I took that as a ‘nod to a blind horse’ and went back to the beer tent and had a beer instead.

Purgy

PS Imagine having enough money to get drunk at the cricket!!!

#14
Jivrashia3:11 pm, 15 Jan 14

johnboy said :

The bar that ran out of beer was resupplied.

Re-supplied? Should be ashamed that it even ran out.

They’ve already broken Australia’s golden rule – if a place is serving beer then there must be ample supply of it. The song “Pub with no beer” was supposed to be just that, a song/poem, a metaphor. It wasn’t supposed to ACTUALLY happen.

#15
Ghettosmurf873:25 pm, 15 Jan 14

Jivrashia said :

johnboy said :

The bar that ran out of beer was resupplied.

Re-supplied? Should be ashamed that it even ran out.

They’ve already broken Australia’s golden rule – if a place is serving beer then there must be ample supply of it. The song “Pub with no beer” was supposed to be just that, a song/poem, a metaphor. It wasn’t supposed to ACTUALLY happen.

+1

#16
ronster3:40 pm, 15 Jan 14

I also enjoyed the day but have a couple of gripes/suggestions/bouquets;

1. Some shade in the General Admission area might have been great…peeps were falling like flies;
2. A bit more variety with the food vendors (given 12,000 attendees);
3. Some signage re the toilets would have been nice;
4. Great to see the free water stations…more would have been nice (& saved on queuing);
5. St John’s crew did a fantastic job given the weather; so did Police and Security!;
6. The electronic scoreboard replays hardly occurred…what happened??;
7. The oval looked a treat! Great job by the curators;
8. Nice to have the pollies there and NOT talking at presentations etc:
9. Great to see the littlies during the changeover….cute;
10. Think the PM’s team need more grunt (read: Australian team) to make it really competitive!

#17
EDDCommunity6:56 pm, 15 Jan 14

Thanks Rioters for your feedback today on yesterday’s PM’s XI. We welcome all feedback, and will take on board the comments posted here today for future major events. Please email us at EDD_Community@act.gov.au with any further feedback you’d like to pass on.

Manuka Oval welcomed a record cricket crowd yesterday, with 12,316 attendees. The crowd enjoyed plenty of beer, and the caterers have confirmed there was no point that they ran out of beer.

We acknowledge there was a delay at the east gate entrance with the gate running out of pass outs. However venue management made a quick decision to clear the lines, allowing people to leave without a pass out – the line was cleared within a couple of minutes.

The upgrades to Manuka Oval are still progressing, and the final stage of these works will be completed ahead of the 2014 AFL premiership season.

#18
Holden Caulfield7:44 pm, 15 Jan 14

Next year can we have more than three T20 squads to select the XI from?

#19
KB19718:09 pm, 15 Jan 14

Holden Caulfield said :

Next year can we have more than three T20 squads to select the XI from?

^^^^^
This, the only disappointing thing about the game for me was when I bought a beer when we were 7 for 92 (or whatever it was) and the game finished before it did……….

#20
lostinbias8:41 pm, 15 Jan 14

I was sitting in the blazing sun. In my perfect world the whole oval would have some form of cover, but I hate to whinge. The on-site shower was a godsend when I thought I was about to pass out from the heat (I’m not used to it).

I had no issues procuring beer, but I only had two at the beginning of the game and then two once the sun went down. If I had have had any more during the daytime then dehydration would have struck me down. I even used hydralite to stay alive in that heat.

I had a decent lunch of vegetarian quesadillas at the Kingston hotel, don’t think I saw JB though.

I didn’t have an issue with pass-outs, me and my friend got out and got back in without a pass-out during the innings break.

Finally, some awesome larrikins very close to where we were, were yelling shit at the English players (nothing terrible) and were blowing up beach balls for the crowd. Security didn’t like the balls but some of the cops and several of the players were partial to it.

#21
Anti10:42 pm, 15 Jan 14

To add to all the goodness, Action bus service I used from Gungahlin to a Civic to Manuka return was impeccable. I had a great day.

#22
thatsnotme10:51 pm, 15 Jan 14

EDDCommunity said :

Thanks Rioters for your feedback today on yesterday’s PM’s XI. We welcome all feedback, and will take on board the comments posted here today for future major events. Please email us at EDD_Community@act.gov.au with any further feedback you’d like to pass on.

Manuka Oval welcomed a record cricket crowd yesterday, with 12,316 attendees. The crowd enjoyed plenty of beer, and the caterers have confirmed there was no point that they ran out of beer.

Can I just say, it does fill me with some confidence when someone from the Gubmint responds to a topic like this in an official capacity, that the first thing they confirm is that in fact there was PLENTY of beer, and NOBODY ran out of beer, there were many people observed drinking a LOT of beer, and any suggestion of a beer shortage is just CRAZY TALK!!

#23
maxblues5:25 am, 16 Jan 14

Roundhead89 said :

Mothy said :

Doubted it was in Hansard… stand corrected.

“Let me turn to the catering issues. Improvements were made after complaints about queues at the PM’s XI. Malfunctions on some of the beer equipment at the PM’s XI were fixed for the one-day international. However, the consumption of food and drink exceeded those for previous PM’s XI matches, and this did put more pressure on catering. The previous beer record at the cricket match at Manuka was 110 kegs. This year the PM’s XI reached 140. The one-dayer hit that record for a six, with 210 kegs of beer being sold.” –Simon Corbell, 13/02/13 apparently.

Wow! Something to be proud of. Not. In the 1970s when the Northern Territory started receiving publicity about them holding the world record for beer consumption and foreign media started reporting on the devastating affect of alcohol on remote Aboriginal communities, the NT government responded with the Boozers Are Losers campaign. Perhaps we need the same thing here.

Settle down, we are but minnows in this area. I don’t know what their record is but PRIOR to the latest redevelopment of the Adelaide Oval, the COOLROOM capacity was 560 kegs.

#24
maxblues6:23 am, 16 Jan 14

EDDCommunity said :

Thanks Rioters for your feedback today on yesterday’s PM’s XI. We welcome all feedback, and will take on board the comments posted here today for future major events. Please email us at EDD_Community@act.gov.au with any further feedback you’d like to pass on.

Manuka Oval welcomed a record cricket crowd yesterday, with 12,316 attendees. The crowd enjoyed plenty of beer, and the caterers have confirmed there was no point that they ran out of beer.

We acknowledge there was a delay at the east gate entrance with the gate running out of pass outs. However venue management made a quick decision to clear the lines, allowing people to leave without a pass out – the line was cleared within a couple of minutes.

The upgrades to Manuka Oval are still progressing, and the final stage of these works will be completed ahead of the 2014 AFL premiership season.

Please keep the improvements coming so that we can attract some world class sport to Manuka. There was an excellent suggestion by another Rioter (sorry can’t remember who) to court the Pakistan cricket team to host some ‘home’ games. Their supporters are an enthusiastic bunch and would attract visitors to the ACT from around Australia. Good work on the improvements so far, but please keep them coming especially in the capacity and shelter areas.

#25
Thumper8:23 am, 16 Jan 14

Can we have full strength beer back again please?

#26
Growling Ferret8:33 am, 16 Jan 14

Shade was available – you just had to pay $75 a ticket rather than $30 General Admission (or whatever it was)

Keep the eastern side open and uncovered, as its a great spot to watch AFL from – standing in the winters warmth, can of Carlton in the hand, covering your eyes from the setting sun.

#27
watto239:29 am, 16 Jan 14

maxblues said :

EDDCommunity said :

Thanks Rioters for your feedback today on yesterday’s PM’s XI. We welcome all feedback, and will take on board the comments posted here today for future major events. Please email us at EDD_Community@act.gov.au with any further feedback you’d like to pass on.

Manuka Oval welcomed a record cricket crowd yesterday, with 12,316 attendees. The crowd enjoyed plenty of beer, and the caterers have confirmed there was no point that they ran out of beer.

We acknowledge there was a delay at the east gate entrance with the gate running out of pass outs. However venue management made a quick decision to clear the lines, allowing people to leave without a pass out – the line was cleared within a couple of minutes.

The upgrades to Manuka Oval are still progressing, and the final stage of these works will be completed ahead of the 2014 AFL premiership season.

Please keep the improvements coming so that we can attract some world class sport to Manuka. There was an excellent suggestion by another Rioter (sorry can’t remember who) to court the Pakistan cricket team to host some ‘home’ games. Their supporters are an enthusiastic bunch and would attract visitors to the ACT from around Australia. Good work on the improvements so far, but please keep them coming especially in the capacity and shelter areas.

Yes that was my suggestion, the grounds in the UAE are empty for their current series. I know its close to Pakistan, but surely say a series vs NZ or Sri Lanka perhaps they could have 1 of the two test matches they usually play in Canberra (maybe team up with another smaller ground or I hear Stadium Australia wants more cricket….. We wouldn’t fill Manuka, but you’d get good crowds vs no crowds. Be good for diplomatic relations too!

#28
Chop7110:59 am, 16 Jan 14

ronster said :

I also enjoyed the day but have a couple of gripes/suggestions/bouquets;

1. Some shade in the General Admission area might have been great…peeps were falling like flies;
2. A bit more variety with the food vendors (given 12,000 attendees);
3. Some signage re the toilets would have been nice;
4. Great to see the free water stations…more would have been nice (& saved on queuing);
5. St John’s crew did a fantastic job given the weather; so did Police and Security!;
6. The electronic scoreboard replays hardly occurred…what happened??;
7. The oval looked a treat! Great job by the curators;
8. Nice to have the pollies there and NOT talking at presentations etc:
9. Great to see the littlies during the changeover….cute;
10. Think the PM’s team need more grunt (read: Australian team) to make it really competitive!

TOP 3

1. Some shade in the General Admission area might have been great
10. Think the PM’s team need more grunt (read: Australian team) to make it really competitive!
6. The electronic scoreboard replays hardly occurred…what happened??;

Dear ACT Gumbymint,

Now that you have upgraded the lights (Great Job) and playing surface (yes the ground looked excellent), It’s time to put some $$$ into spectators, please upgrade the stands and facilities.

The sun belting in the back of the grandstand, is a simple fix with it even just being a little more enclosed.

#29
aceofspades1:02 pm, 16 Jan 14

This has been very interesting for me. I always wondered why people would actually pay money to sit in the sun for sometimes days watching the most mind numbingly boring game ever invented. After reading these posts from prior, during and after this game I think I get it. It appears it is all about the beer. Conversations about the beer seem to outnumber anything to do with the game. Even the outcome or highlights of the game are obscured by comments like “How much beer can we take?”, “How big can our beer containers be?”, “What! not allowed to take beer!, how much will the beer be?”, “We used to bring beer!”, “Was there enough beer? How much beer did we drink at past games?”, “At one stage, a bar ran out of beer”, “There was plenty of beer over the other side, I saw nobody without beer”, “Can we have full strength beer again”. So really a game of Cricket is just another name for “Beer festival in the stinking hot sun”. Interstingly enough I can’t even find what brand or brands of beer were offered, so apart from the actual strength of the beer, it seems that type of beer is not important, just so long as its beer. It also answers my question as to why parents never seem to attend their childrens cricket games, they are obviously not allowed beer at these games. Thank you RA for answering my questions.

#30
maxblues2:24 pm, 16 Jan 14

aceofspades said :

This has been very interesting for me. I always wondered why people would actually pay money to sit in the sun for sometimes days watching the most mind numbingly boring game ever invented. After reading these posts from prior, during and after this game I think I get it. It appears it is all about the beer. Conversations about the beer seem to outnumber anything to do with the game. Even the outcome or highlights of the game are obscured by comments like “How much beer can we take?”, “How big can our beer containers be?”, “What! not allowed to take beer!, how much will the beer be?”, “We used to bring beer!”, “Was there enough beer? How much beer did we drink at past games?”, “At one stage, a bar ran out of beer”, “There was plenty of beer over the other side, I saw nobody without beer”, “Can we have full strength beer again”. So really a game of Cricket is just another name for “Beer festival in the stinking hot sun”. Interstingly enough I can’t even find what brand or brands of beer were offered, so apart from the actual strength of the beer, it seems that type of beer is not important, just so long as its beer. It also answers my question as to why parents never seem to attend their childrens cricket games, they are obviously not allowed beer at these games. Thank you RA for answering my questions.

All your talk of beer is making me thirsty…or is the pretzels?

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