10 January 2007

Futsal nationals, but not on the slab

| johnboy
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Andrew Barr has joyously announced (and my, hasn’t he aged in that photo!) that Canberra is hosting the “28th Australian National Futsal Championships”.

Nowhere in the media release does it actually inform us what the hell futsal is (something about soccer right?).

One thing we do know is that Canberra has a “futsal slab” occupying prime real estate on Commonwealth Avenue, often used to pitch large tents on or land helicopters. So is the slab finally being put to its avowed use?

Competition will take place at four venues across Canberra – ACT Netball Centre (Lyneham), Southern Cross Stadium (Tuggeranong), MPOWER Dome (Chisholm) and the AIS Arena (Bruce). Competition continues throughout the week with the tournament finals to be held on Friday 12 January 2007.


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“stanhope fanboys” ???

That conjures up some scary images…

if we have the energy for revert wars on the wiki against the stanhope fanboys.


As JB says, “for we will write it”!

Just browsing through the wikipedia pages of both Carnell and Stanhope demonstrates what an effective opposition can actually accomplish (although majority government evidently plays a significant part).


Gee that Kate Carnell did some pretty dodgy stuff. Her wikipedia entry just reminded me. If this were US-controlled Iraq she’d be at the gallows already.

The slab was stupid; however, having seen heaps of Futsal players/families about, I am more inclined to support its annual pilgrimage to Canberra and swat the summergnats.

What I’d do if I were the government is put up a big sign to let everyone know exactly where the Kate Carnell Futsal Slab is. Really rub it in as an embarassing folly of the Libs when they were in power. If ever the Libs get back in power, no doubt they could repay the embarrassment with the Jon Stanhope memorial Al Grassby statue-orium, the Stanhope Tree Extravaganza, the Stanhope Wet T-shirt prize (to remember the $300k donation to Chic Henry).

Er…that should be “Carnell”. Obviously.

The futsal slab dates back to the days of Ms Canell. It even rates a mention on her wikipedia page. At the time, a lot of people questioned the wisdom of using such prime land for an outdoor field for a predominantly indoor game. That criticism would seem to be being borne out 🙂

can anyone explain why we have the futsal slab?

thanks eggman.. doesnt seem so strange to me now 🙂

Perhaps there’s a lesson to be learned here for the supporters of a dragstrip – even if the ACT government delivers on the promise, there’s no guarantee that we’ll be able to use it for it’s intended purpose.

does anyone use that god damn futsal slab for futsal ?

sounds all rather strange to me!

No. Futsal is usually played indoors (depending on which country you are in). Futsal uses a slightly decompressed, smaller soccer ball. Not one of those stupid fluffy yellow ones.

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