[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.
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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