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A significant rugby league match to celebrate our centenary

By johnboy - 1 October 2008 26

Caretaker convention be damned, there’s an election to be won!

Jon Stanhope has again donned his Chief Minister’s cap to announce that he’s had talks with the National Rugby League about having an important Rugby League game in Canberra for the centenary of Canberra.

State of Origin? The Grand Final?

Er no. How about the City-Country game? (yes it appears they still take place). Or maybe if we’re lucky an instantly forgotten match against New Zealand.

But wait, there’s more:

    Mr Stanhope said negotiations were continuing for several more high-profile sporting fixtures in 2013 as part of an exciting, well-coordinated program of celebrations and cultural activities.

    “We have already reached preliminary agreement with Golf Australia for Canberra to host the 2013 Women’s Australian Open Golf Championship, as part of the centenary celebrations,” Mr Stanhope.

    Mr Stanhope said other Centenary projects already underway include the development of a Centenary curriculum unit to teach students how and why Canberra became the national capital, a special Centenary Premium Shiraz and Riesling wines, and the creation of a new flower – the Centenary Rose and a native to mark the capital’s 100th year.

Must… keep… eyes… open…

So obviously the team working on this centenary thing need a lot of help. What would you suggest could make it worth staying awake for?

(My opening suggestions: A cricket test match, An international rugby sevens tournament, a leg of the Big Day Out. Over to you)

What’s Your opinion?


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26 Responses to
A significant rugby league match to celebrate our centenary
p1 11:01 am 01 Oct 08

They could run a special Centenary edition of summernats, with extra burnouts.

Perhaps a tallship re-enactment of the first fleet landings held on LBG?

johnboy 10:54 am 01 Oct 08

We’re after suggestions here people.

Thumper 10:26 am 01 Oct 08

They all congregate around shopping centre entrances and hold stuff in your face. And often give you disparaging looks if you politely say no thanks. Actually CAP seems to be the less intrusive of all of the majors.

It p*sses me off no end. If I wanted to read it then I would ask for it.

Frankly I think the practice should be banned.

jakez 10:18 am 01 Oct 08

Thump: Do they go right after you or do they just hold it out and say something?

D-Man 9:59 am 01 Oct 08

Thumper said :

Fair call, but I’ll add that if I were given an anti Stanhope flier in civic I’d throw it straight in the bin. Just as I’d throw pro liberal, pro ALP, pro CAP, pro/ anti anyone campaign material straight in the bin.

In fact my major pet hate at election time is being accosted by political volunteers of any persuasion determined to shove their material down your throat.

Ditto on the materials. Mercifully i haven’t been doorknocked yet.

p1 said :

…Stanhope will soon be getting blamed for the Cuban Missile Crisis, malaria etc etc…

It is the “etc” that worries me. What else it he responsible for? Faking the moon landings? Hiding the alien base under Lawson?

Stanhope IS an alien, sent to slowly destroy Canberra over three terms through such nefarious tactics as failing to replace street lights, building mind-altering scultptures and planting ‘arboretums’, which is an anagram of ‘A teror bums’. Coincidence? I doubt it.

p1 9:46 am 01 Oct 08

…Stanhope will soon be getting blamed for the Cuban Missile Crisis, malaria etc etc…

It is the “etc” that worries me. What else it he responsible for? Faking the moon landings? Hiding the alien base under Lawson?

Thumper 9:45 am 01 Oct 08

Fair call, but I’ll add that if I were given an anti Stanhope flier in civic I’d throw it straight in the bin. Just as I’d throw pro liberal, pro ALP, pro CAP, pro/ anti anyone campaign material straight in the bin.

In fact my major pet hate at election time is being accosted by political volunteers of any persuasion determined to shove their material down your throat.

D-Man 9:38 am 01 Oct 08

Thumper said :

I really couldn’t give a stuff about the ACT election

Then why does it bother you so much?

Good question. I guess it doesn’t really. It just seems like we’ve reached a point where Stanhope will soon be getting blamed for the Cuban Missile Crisis, malaria etc etc. I got handed an anti-stanhope Lib flyer in garema yesterday, all that was missing was ‘666’ stamped on his head.

Thumper 9:24 am 01 Oct 08

Either way, I still like to see a test match here, or even a one dayer involving Australia.

And limited first class status for the ACT.

jakez 9:16 am 01 Oct 08

MrMagoo said :

I think the Centennary is a very important thing and if anyone is trying to raise awareness and in that attract major events to the city for the 100th Birthday then all is the good I say. We seem in this place to never want to show any form of pride in the place where we live. If Jon Stanhope or anyone on the Centennary taskforce is suggesting ideas thengreat, let’s hear them and then see if they can be reality.

Personally we have got buckley’s of a Test Match, just won’t happening no matter how hard ACt Cricket tries to tell us they are an important player in the market.

Anyway, lets get behind the 100 Birthday celebrations its OK to be proud of the place where we live you know.

I’m proud of the place that I live every day (every day that I don’t have to deal with the public service that is). I don’t need a woman’s golf tournament to brighten up my local fervor.

Besides, I think johnboy wasn’t so much saying ‘let’s not have events’, but rather ‘let’s not have events that completely suck’.

Thumper 9:15 am 01 Oct 08

I really couldn’t give a stuff about the ACT election

Then why does it bother you so much?

D-Man 9:12 am 01 Oct 08

Thumper, I really couldn’t give a stuff about the ACT election, and you’re obviously a smart, well informed person, but your endless jabs at Stanhope et al are getting a bit tired, and frankly, predictable.

Thumper 9:02 am 01 Oct 08

A cricket test match would be just fine but it’s never going to happen.

They won’t even give the ACT limited first class status which is a joke considering Bermuda have first class status and would be lucky to beat Ginninderra second grade.

Anyway, this is just more electioneering by a leader who appears to be getting desperate, which is odd as I can’t see him not getting back in.

p1 9:00 am 01 Oct 08

…and the creation of a new flower – the Centenary Rose and a native to mark the capital’s 100th year.

I don’t know if I am missing something, but is it possible to create a new native?

MrMagoo 8:59 am 01 Oct 08

I think the Centennary is a very important thing and if anyone is trying to raise awareness and in that attract major events to the city for the 100th Birthday then all is the good I say. We seem in this place to never want to show any form of pride in the place where we live. If Jon Stanhope or anyone on the Centennary taskforce is suggesting ideas thengreat, let’s hear them and then see if they can be reality.

Personally we have got buckley’s of a Test Match, just won’t happening no matter how hard ACt Cricket tries to tell us they are an important player in the market.

Anyway, lets get behind the 100 Birthday celebrations its OK to be proud of the place where we live you know.

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