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Another day at the Cricket, another Manuka Oval failure

By johnboy - 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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Another day at the Cricket, another Manuka Oval failure
Ghettosmurf87 3:25 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

Jivrashia 3:11 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.

Purgatroyd 1:39 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!!!

johnboy 12:03 pm 15 Jan 14

The bar that ran out of beer was resupplied.

thatsnotme 11:49 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.

cegee 11:45 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?

Holden Caulfield 11:31 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.

Ben_Dover 11:30 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.

Roundhead89 11:17 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.

JessP 11:17 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.

Rollersk8r 10:59 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.

CrocodileGandhi 10:46 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?

Mothy 10:30 am 15 Jan 14
maxblues 9:36 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.

Holden Caulfield 9:19 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.

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