Manuka Oval Hydration Policy for PM’s 11

By 14 January, 2014 36

I’m going to the cricket this arvo with my two boys; knowing that its going to be hot, I’m planning for our hydration. I’m intending to take some soft drinks (three sealed 1250 ml plastic bottles) and some ice (frozen tap water in used 1250ml plastic soft drink bottles). I’ve heard some chatter on 666 ABC that my unsealed ice bottles may not be permitted (but nothing on the sealed soft drink bottles) but I’ve not been able to find out anything definitive on the Manuka Oval website. Cricket Australia has decreed in its ’2013-14 Conditions of Ticket Purchase and Entry to the Venue’ (with which I had to agree to buy the tickets) that (inter alia) ‘no alcohol, glass, cans… may be brought into the venue’ (clause 8) and ‘that [patrons] are required to take appropriate care for their sun protection and hydration’ (clause 14).

In the complete absence of official info on the venue website, does anyone have a more definitive /authoritative response?

Cheers,

Purgy

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36 Responses to Manuka Oval Hydration Policy for PM’s 11
#1
m_ratt11:58 am, 14 Jan 14

Was a post yesterday stating that the limit for sealed bottles was 600mL. Can’t search for the source right now, but wouldn’t surprise me.

#2
maxblues12:22 pm, 14 Jan 14

Hopefully the fun police are armed with 9mm semi-automatic water pistols.

#3
EDDCommunity12:37 pm, 14 Jan 14

The terms and conditions of the 600ml allowance of sealed water bottles has been reviewed due to the extreme weather conditions today. Patrons will be allowed to bring larger sealed bottles of water to the match and refill stations will be available.

Other commercial beverages will not be permitted.

#4
Holden Caulfield12:54 pm, 14 Jan 14
#5
MarkJ12:58 pm, 14 Jan 14

Seems restrictions on sealed bottle size has been eased:

http://esa.act.gov.au/2014/01/14/normal-plastic-water-bottle-restrictions-eased-at-manuka-oval-today/

The unsealed ones are still no go.

#6
Zeital1:00 pm, 14 Jan 14

I wouldn’t think soft drink is the best thing to keep you hydrated?

#7
gecko1:12 pm, 14 Jan 14

Normal plastic water bottle restrictions eased at Manuka Oval today

Usually only sealed bottles up to 600mls are permitted but for today’s event patrons can take in any sized plastic bottle as long as it’s full and sealed or any sized plastic water bottle that is empty which can be refilled at hydration/water stations at the ground.

http://esa.act.gov.au/2014/01/14/normal-plastic-water-bottle-restrictions-eased-at-manuka-oval-today/

#8
Holden Caulfield1:35 pm, 14 Jan 14

Zeital said :

I wouldn’t think soft drink is the best thing to keep you hydrated?

Quite right. The ESA statement states:

“The ACT Health Directorate advise consumption of alcohol and soft drinks dehydrate the body so it is important spectators drink plenty of water through the day, wear a loose fitting long-sleeved shirt, a hat, apply plenty of sunscreen and take regular breaks out of direct sunlight.”

#9
maxblues3:21 pm, 14 Jan 14

Zeital said :

I wouldn’t think soft drink is the best thing to keep you hydrated?

Hell no. Soft drinks are not the best thing which is why I dilute mine with whiskey and/or whisky.

#10
carnardly4:39 pm, 14 Jan 14

from the ESA website.

12:53pm Tuesday 14 Jan 2014

Normal plastic water bottle restrictions eased at Manuka Oval today

The ACT Ambulance Service reminds spectators going to the Prime Minister’s XI cricket match today that usual bottle restrictions have been relaxed by the venue because of the extreme heat.

Usually only sealed bottles up to 600mls are permitted but for today’s event patrons can take in any sized plastic bottle as long as it’s full and sealed or any sized plastic water bottle that is empty which can be refilled at hydration/water stations at the ground.

ACT Health also reminds the community that soft drinks and alcohol are dehydrating and should be used in moderation during extreme heat conditions.

11:49am Tuesday 14 Jan 2014

Bowl yourself over with water at the cricket

Prime Minister’s XI cricket match spectators are urged to take plenty of water with them today to Manuka Oval to keep well hydrated in the hot weather conditions.

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast a top temperature of 37 degrees for the ACT.

The ACT Health Directorate advise consumption of alcohol and soft drinks dehydrate the body so it is important spectators drink plenty of water through the day, wear a loose fitting long-sleeved shirt, a hat, apply plenty of sunscreen and take regular breaks out of direct sunlight.

#11
m_ratt5:47 pm, 14 Jan 14

Does the fact that the restriction can be removed so easily due to the heat, not demonstrate that the restriction was farcical in the first place?

#12
p15:51 pm, 14 Jan 14

It is the sugar and/or caffeine in soft drinks which make them dehydrate you. A nice mineral water with a twist of lime won’t do any dehydrating. Unless increased burping from the carbonation results in losses additional to respiration?

Of course, adding vodka to that will tend to dehydrate you…

#13
Queen_of_the_Bun9:09 pm, 14 Jan 14

Apparently Manuka Pool had to be closed because some cricket fans used the traditional walk from the oval to the shops/bars/restaurants between innings to take a dump. In the poo-l. Charming.

#14
thatsnotme10:00 pm, 14 Jan 14

To be honest, the OP needn’t have been worried, because the bag searches were nothing short of a joke. A disinterested looking security guard taking a cursory glance into a bag and passing you through if nothing jumps out as being wrong achieves nothing but slowing down the line to get into the game.

I could easily have had a bottle of scotch and a 6-pack in my bag today, and I would have been passed through no questions asked.

#15
Alderney8:11 am, 15 Jan 14

thatsnotme said :

To be honest, the OP needn’t have been worried, because the bag searches were nothing short of a joke. A disinterested looking security guard taking a cursory glance into a bag and passing you through if nothing jumps out as being wrong achieves nothing but slowing down the line to get into the game.

I could easily have had a bottle of scotch and a 6-pack in my bag today, and I would have been passed through no questions asked.

It’s the same at raiders games. Security isn’t even interested in my long winded public service explanations as to what’s in my bag. They just wave you through; a complete joke.

Given that these searches started due to security risks (I.E terrorism) and have now morphed into protecting the commercial interests of the venue they should rethink their need. After all, they achieve little, slow entry, and reduce profit margins.

#16
Holden Caulfield8:51 am, 15 Jan 14

Queen_of_the_Bun said :

Apparently Manuka Pool had to be closed because some cricket fans used the traditional walk from the oval to the shops/bars/restaurants between innings to take a dump. In the poo-l. Charming.

I heard it was just a chokito.

#17
Holden Caulfield8:54 am, 15 Jan 14

Alderney said :

thatsnotme said :

To be honest, the OP needn’t have been worried, because the bag searches were nothing short of a joke. A disinterested looking security guard taking a cursory glance into a bag and passing you through if nothing jumps out as being wrong achieves nothing but slowing down the line to get into the game.

I could easily have had a bottle of scotch and a 6-pack in my bag today, and I would have been passed through no questions asked.

It’s the same at raiders games. Security isn’t even interested in my long winded public service explanations as to what’s in my bag. They just wave you through; a complete joke.

Given that these searches started due to security risks (I.E terrorism) and have now morphed into protecting the commercial interests of the venue they should rethink their need. After all, they achieve little, slow entry, and reduce profit margins.

Given they couldn’t manage pass outs at half-time I’m not surprised they can’t look into a bag properly. Perhaps they figured if they took a proper look and discovered the bag was made from paper and was wet there’d be no escape!

#18
Gismondo9:00 am, 15 Jan 14

Is somebody going to start up a separate thread about the farcical nature of the selection policy. Based on last night’s effort, if we are going to protect the interests of the T20 comp then there will be much fewer patrons requiring hydration next year.

#19
Thumper9:07 am, 15 Jan 14

Gismondo said :

Is somebody going to start up a separate thread about the farcical nature of the selection policy. Based on last night’s effort, if we are going to protect the interests of the T20 comp then there will be much fewer patrons requiring hydration next year.

Yeah, a team with a state number 9 batting at five and an Under 19 with no first class experience batting at three.

That was embarrassing.

#20
Holden Caulfield9:38 am, 15 Jan 14

Gismondo said :

Is somebody going to start up a separate thread about the farcical nature of the selection policy. Based on last night’s effort, if we are going to protect the interests of the T20 comp then there will be much fewer patrons requiring hydration next year.

Better yet, let Canberra have its own T20 team!

#21
MrBigEars10:09 am, 15 Jan 14

thatsnotme said :

To be honest, the OP needn’t have been worried, because the bag searches were nothing short of a joke. A disinterested looking security guard taking a cursory glance into a bag and passing you through if nothing jumps out as being wrong achieves nothing but slowing down the line to get into the game.

I could easily have had a bottle of scotch and a 6-pack in my bag today, and I would have been passed through no questions asked.

I have heard from security types that bag searches are less about looking in actual bags, but useful in identifying people who are nervous about having their bags searched.

#22
Ghettosmurf8711:11 am, 15 Jan 14

Thumper said :

Gismondo said :

Is somebody going to start up a separate thread about the farcical nature of the selection policy. Based on last night’s effort, if we are going to protect the interests of the T20 comp then there will be much fewer patrons requiring hydration next year.

Yeah, a team with a state number 9 batting at five and an Under 19 with no first class experience batting at three.

That was embarrassing.

Ummmm? I think you mean Cutting batting at 6 who usually bats at 8 &/or 9 for QLD and Ben McDermott batting at 4?

I agree that the composition of the team was ridiculous though. 6 out and out bowlers, of which Cutting was as close as you get to an all-rounder, but he’s hardly a number 6. And 5 batsmen which included the wicketkeeper…who does that?!? I don’t know how much involvement the PM actually has in the selections, but that was atrocious.

#23
IrishPete11:39 am, 15 Jan 14

Gismondo said :

Is somebody going to start up a separate thread about the farcical nature of the selection policy. Based on last night’s effort, if we are going to protect the interests of the T20 comp then there will be much fewer patrons requiring hydration next year.

Does Tony Abbott select them? Perhaps he needs more women in the team/squad/platoon, whatever you call it.

IP

#24
Alderney11:40 am, 15 Jan 14

Ghettosmurf87 said :

Thumper said :

Gismondo said :

Is somebody going to start up a separate thread about the farcical nature of the selection policy. Based on last night’s effort, if we are going to protect the interests of the T20 comp then there will be much fewer patrons requiring hydration next year.

Yeah, a team with a state number 9 batting at five and an Under 19 with no first class experience batting at three.

That was embarrassing.

Ummmm? I think you mean Cutting batting at 6 who usually bats at 8 &/or 9 for QLD and Ben McDermott batting at 4?

I agree that the composition of the team was ridiculous though. 6 out and out bowlers, of which Cutting was as close as you get to an all-rounder, but he’s hardly a number 6. And 5 batsmen which included the wicketkeeper…who does that?!? I don’t know how much involvement the PM actually has in the selections, but that was atrocious.

If Abbott is that bad at selecting teams, it doesn’t bode well for his cabinet.

Sorry about not culling excess quotes but I’m using the phone and it’s just too difficult.

#25
maxblues12:12 pm, 15 Jan 14

Ghettosmurf87 said :

Thumper said :

Gismondo said :

Is somebody going to start up a separate thread about the farcical nature of the selection policy. Based on last night’s effort, if we are going to protect the interests of the T20 comp then there will be much fewer patrons requiring hydration next year.

Yeah, a team with a state number 9 batting at five and an Under 19 with no first class experience batting at three.

That was embarrassing.

Ummmm? I think you mean Cutting batting at 6 who usually bats at 8 &/or 9 for QLD and Ben McDermott batting at 4?

I agree that the composition of the team was ridiculous though. 6 out and out bowlers, of which Cutting was as close as you get to an all-rounder, but he’s hardly a number 6. And 5 batsmen which included the wicketkeeper…who does that?!? I don’t know how much involvement the PM actually has in the selections, but that was atrocious.

I was surprised that there were no players from WA or SA selected and I thought there were only four ‘recognised’ batsmen. After the ‘performance’ yesterday, maybe even their mothers won’t recognise them. Cruel to be kind in the right measure…(Yes HC that’s ’79, ’81 and ’82 on RA in the last week…your turn)

#26
Purgatroyd1:29 pm, 15 Jan 14

Not that I’m a student of organisational theory, but when an organisation makes up a set of rules (with strict criteria) then comprehensively fails to enforce them, it makes you wonder at their ability to organise in the first place.

By the time I set off to the cricket yesterday, there had been no official word on the Manuka Oval /Cricket Australia /Startrack Stadium website to formally revise the drinks restrictions – despite the clear and careful advice posted by the ACT Emergency Services people and the conflicting advice spread by 666 ABC radio. Nevertheless, I took in as sufficient a stock of fluids as commonsense would dictate and anticipated having to argue my case with the bag-nazis and ditch the rest. Guess what – that didn’t happen! The bag search was a cursory affair and my large bottles of softy and unsealed bottles of ice went through without a second glance (literally!).

I now feel entitled to ask: ‘why have rules if you don’t intend to (or cannot) enforce them in the first place?’ And don’t get me started on the ‘policy’ and ‘procedure’ for controlling people crossing through the ‘sight screens’ behind the bowler’s arm.

Sadly, in the end, the game didn’t last long enough for us to drink all our fluids but I did enjoy watching Binger, both with ball and later with bat.

Purgy

#27
Holden Caulfield1:41 pm, 15 Jan 14

maxblues said :

(Yes HC that’s ’79, ’81 and ’82 on RA in the last week…your turn)

The correct and only appropriate response to those three magnificent years!

#28
IrishPete1:54 pm, 15 Jan 14

Alderney said :

If Abbott is that bad at selecting teams, it doesn’t bode well for his cabinet.

Sorry about not culling excess quotes but I’m using the phone and it’s just too difficult.

That’ll be one of dem smart phones then…

IP

#29
Thumper2:01 pm, 15 Jan 14

IrishPete said :

Gismondo said :

Is somebody going to start up a separate thread about the farcical nature of the selection policy. Based on last night’s effort, if we are going to protect the interests of the T20 comp then there will be much fewer patrons requiring hydration next year.

Does Tony Abbott select them? Perhaps he needs more women in the team/squad/platoon, whatever you call it.

IP

CA selects the side.

#30
Thumper2:09 pm, 15 Jan 14

Ghettosmurf87 said :

Thumper said :

Gismondo said :

Is somebody going to start up a separate thread about the farcical nature of the selection policy. Based on last night’s effort, if we are going to protect the interests of the T20 comp then there will be much fewer patrons requiring hydration next year.

Yeah, a team with a state number 9 batting at five and an Under 19 with no first class experience batting at three.

That was embarrassing.

Ummmm? I think you mean Cutting batting at 6 who usually bats at 8 &/or 9 for QLD and Ben McDermott batting at 4?

I agree that the composition of the team was ridiculous though. 6 out and out bowlers, of which Cutting was as close as you get to an all-rounder, but he’s hardly a number 6. And 5 batsmen which included the wicketkeeper…who does that?!? I don’t know how much involvement the PM actually has in the selections, but that was atrocious.

Sorry. heat must have addled my brain.

Yes, McDermott did bat four and Cutting six. But my original statement stands, the PMsXI had no-one who could bat.

Rose at seven? HS in first class cricket, 21 or so.

Handscomb, a good no 7 opening?

Anyway, still a good day out :)

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