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Wallabies… worth the money?

By johnboy - 16 June 2009 35

[First filed: June 14, 2009 @ 15:18]

That the London Telegraph is running a match report of last night’s game between the Wallabies and Italy here in Canberra is testament to the importance of the event.

For the record our brave gold clad lads ran out winners 31-8. The teenage James O’Connor grabbed the headlines with a hat trick of tries but for mine the moment of the match was Stirling Mortlock’s brutal try breaking five tackles and restoring the momentum at a tricky moment in the match.

It was, however, a strange affair for the crowd of 22,468.

We were there firstly as set dressing for the TV cameras. And disposable set dressing as when, for the national anthems, a giant Wallabies banner blocked a large section of the crowd from seeing what was going on. To say nothing of playing at night in the middle of winter.

We were there secondly to absorb advertising. It was constant and a real step up from a normal super 14 game. The above video is from the half time entertainment, don’t have a drink every time a sponsor’s name is mentioned or you’ll pass out.

We were there thirdly to buy merchandise, food and drinks.

All of which is nice for everyone making a buck from it. But considering we’d paid nearly $70 each for uncovered seats in the inner bowl maybe it would have been nice to feel we were a little higher up the list as paying customers?

When the mexican wave (a sure sign of a bored crowd) is a highlight of the evening you have to start wondering about the cost of the ticket compared to the entertainment being delivered.

I know the ARU needs to make a buck. But I think they need to have another look at those ticket prices if they want to keep packing stadia.

UPDATE: Those of you looking for game highlights, including Mortlokkies’ bullocking runs will be pleased to know it can be found on YouTube

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Wallabies… worth the money?
johnboy 10:13 am 15 Jun 09

I didn’t apply for a media pass so hardly miffed about not getting one.

Even when I do apply for them I only get “miffed” when the organisation messes me around before saying no.

Nambucco Deliria 10:03 am 15 Jun 09

Maybe Johnboy’s just miffed that Riot Act didn’t get any ‘media passes’. I’m not really sure what sort of match JustBands was expecting – the opposition was Italy, who sometimes manage a shock win against the Scotch in the Six Nations. I note that people in the Canberra times keep mentioning that the crowd was bigger for this game than that for the Socceroos match. How does this impact on the ‘bid4Canberra’?

Did they rhow the NZ-France game on the big screen? That was a great game.

Peekz 9:43 am 15 Jun 09

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

We were there firstly as set dressing for the TV cameras. And disposable set dressing as when, for the national anthems, a giant Wallabies banner blocked a large section of the crowd from seeing what was going on. To say nothing of playing at night in the middle of winter.

We were there secondly to absorb advertising. It was constant and a real step up from a normal super 14 game. The above video is from the half time entertainment, don’t have a drink every time a sponsor’s name is mentioned or you’ll pass out.

We were there thirdly to buy merchandise, food and drinks.

I’m not quite sure what the point of these comments are…The first point in regards to the mobile banner blocking a section of the crowd from ‘seeing what was going on’, are you serious? You’re complaining about not seeing the back of player’s heads while the national anthems are being sung? That’s action you feel you’d rather see for your hard earned $$$?

Half time entertainment is always sponsor-driven advertising. It was a step up from Super14 because it was an international test, part of a series which was heavily sponsored. Again I’m not quite sure what the point is here.

Thirdly, when at a high profile sports event aren’t you given ample opportunity to buy related merchandise? The food and drink part is a given.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 9:17 am 15 Jun 09

God bless advertising.

Anna Key 6:52 am 15 Jun 09

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

You seem to be under the impression that any sporting organisation cares about paying fans at the ground apart from taking large sums of money.

Sport is business. Simple.

Exactly. But they like to give the impression that it is about the fans ie “we want everyone to come and cheer us” when really it is “we want everyone to pay top dollar for tickets, buy expensive food and drink and crap merchandise because I want a huge salary to kick/hit/catch a ball”

YapYapYap 11:02 pm 14 Jun 09

justbands said :

Could have been a better game…but the ref seemed intent on a stop/start affair…happens sometimes. Otherwise…sure, well worth the money to see the Wallabies run around right here at home. Robbie Deans seems to be a big fan of Canberra, I’m hopeful of more test matches here without having to wait another 9 years.

I had the benefit of having the Rugby Ears on and thought the ref did a reasonable job, oh and I paid $59 to sit on the Gregan Larkham side bleachers, right on the quarter line – the benefit of not buying tickets too early.

gertel 9:50 pm 14 Jun 09

It was eerily quiet at times where we were sitting – up high right next to the other grandstand (not Mal Meninga).

I guess atmosphere is one of those things you can’t buy. We perhaps needed to be playing someone we have more *feeling* towards – e.g. England or NZ.

But still enjoyable – happy to have now seen the Wallabies play ‘in the flesh’.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 8:37 pm 14 Jun 09

You seem to be under the impression that any sporting organisation cares about paying fans at the ground apart from taking large sums of money.

Sport is business. Simple.

luther_bendross 6:43 pm 14 Jun 09

Dry your eyes princess. I was there, I had a great time (and I was driving). All this talk of a premier sporting venue, and then people complain when we get a half decent event. You should be supporting local venues when we get games like this. Go to any othe major venue and you’d pay the same, so instead of rubbishing the prices, how about focussing on the good points, like “we got a test match this year”.

Holden Caulfield 6:05 pm 14 Jun 09

As mentioned, compare the pricing here to the prices at the other Test venues this season. The Canberra options are all less than every other venue, comfortably so in most cases, too. When you consider the likely demographic of your average Rugby fan I’d say Canberra comes out well in front.

In regards to the game itself, yeah, it was a bit flat, but that’s hardly anyone’s fault. Just the way these things happen. Those who went can all say we saw O’Connor score a hat-trick on debut.

How good was Gower’s pass to setup the Italian try. We were sitting right in front of that spot in the first half, but moved seats for the second half, haha. Oops!

Anna Key 5:44 pm 14 Jun 09

You seem to be under the impression that any sporting organisation cares about paying fans at the ground apart from taking large sums of money. Schedules are changed to fit whatever TV want. Viewing the match is secondary to sponsors and officials (not the refs, the ones in a blazer who think that blocking your view is part of their remit). Security is designed to stop anyone actually showing signs of enjoyment, although I have never found this much of a problem at Bruce compared to the SCG.

However, listen to the complaints from them all when people stop going.

GnT 5:27 pm 14 Jun 09

I picked the worst time to go to the toilet. Can anyone link to youtube footage of Stirling Mortlock’s try?

rugbyskier 5:14 pm 14 Jun 09

justbands said :

Could have been a better game…but the ref seemed intent on a stop/start affair…happens sometimes. Otherwise…sure, well worth the money to see the Wallabies run around right here at home. Robbie Deans seems to be a big fan of Canberra, I’m hopeful of more test matches here without having to wait another 9 years.

Totally agree justbands, it was worth it to see the national team at home. I was in Europe in 2000 and missed the Argentina test, so the last time I saw the Wallabies at home was the World Cup qualifier against Tonga in 1998.

One observation from last night was that we are far more boisterous for the Brumbies. A 22,500 crowd for a S14 match is deafening. On one occasion I started to yell out “C’mon Bru…” and the woman next to me laughed and said “if you hadn’t done it, I would have.”

Another tip, the silver tickets were good value at $45 adult and $22.50 child. I got tickets for a friend from my rugby club, his wife and their 7 year old son. As silver was the only ticket with a child price I got those. The gold seats were in the bowl behind the posts and the silver seats were on the arms of the Meninga Stand, which had a good elevated view of the ground despite being in the corners.

justbands 4:16 pm 14 Jun 09

Could have been a better game…but the ref seemed intent on a stop/start affair…happens sometimes. Otherwise…sure, well worth the money to see the Wallabies run around right here at home. Robbie Deans seems to be a big fan of Canberra, I’m hopeful of more test matches here without having to wait another 9 years.

Steve_Pedestrian 4:09 pm 14 Jun 09

I thought $70 was ok considering I have been to Bledisloes and other Test matches around the country where the Platinum/’best seats’ have been well over $100 and then on top of that you have the travel and hotel costs involved.

I just hope the ARU were happy with the crowd, considering the weather during the week which may have kept some walk up ticket buyers away, because I don’t want to wait another 8 years for a Wallabies Test Match in Canberra.

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