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    The sporting life

    At the suggestion of the wonderful Cassini, here’s a thread dedicated to things about sport…

    So feel free to post musings about sporting topics, teams you support, visits to sporting events, watching on TV, or participation in sport for any brave souls who do that sort of thing (I won’t tell Atos ;) ).

    As a starter, by request, here’s my set of photos from the England-France Six Nations rugby match at Twickenham last Saturday. Where it was brass-monkey weather but a lot of fun was had. And my companion became a TV star:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/15437467@N07/sets/72157632849933967/

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    #87915
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    A freezing day at Twickenham for the rugby last Sunday, watching England play pretty badly and just about scrape an undeserved win against Italy. The Italian fans seemed to enjoy it a lot more.

    On this form, I’d have a bet on Wales to win the Six Nations next weekend.

    A few pics, anyway: http://www.flickr.com/photos/15437467@N07/sets/72157632972821040/

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    #87914
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    I am thinking of giving F1 a rest this season – its all got abit, bland.

    Going to see if the heart can stand the twitching, gasping and terror of MotoGP :P

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    #87916
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    You got some awesome pics there Peter!!! And I feel flattered at being called ‘wonderful’…muaha big head!! You really do get good seats at the rugby don’t you?!

    Tomorrow it is Wigan Warriors vs Leeds Rhinos (Rugby League) and it’s a midday match which means I’ll miss it :( Arsenal won last night which was hilarious but I still hate them :twisted:

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    #87917
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    @Cassini wrote:

    You got some awesome pics there Peter!!! And I feel flattered at being called ‘wonderful’…muaha big head!! You really do get good seats at the rugby don’t you?!

    Tomorrow it is Wigan Warriors vs Leeds Rhinos (Rugby League) and it’s a midday match which means I’ll miss it :( Arsenal won last night which was hilarious but I still hate them :twisted:

    Ta, Cassini, though I wasn’t totally happy with the latest set of photos. Being behind the try line, we were a bit further away from the action most of the time. But the wheelchair access seats at Twickenham are pretty good, right at the side of the pitch in front of all the other seating. I’ve also now worked out where and when you need to be to watch the players arriving at the ground, and the stewards there are good at letting wheelchair users through to the front of the crowd.

    I’m always surprised that they tend to play RL matches on Fridays. Can’t be much good for the spectators, surely?

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    #87918
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    Hey I wouldn’t have thought you’d been unhappy with the photies! Make sure that next time you queue by the back door you get some autographs!! I got Jason Robinson’s autograph after his last match for the sharks…pretty cool considering he hardly ever stops for fans!! Friday matches are a pain in the back side they really are…people must make so many excuses to turn up to those matches!!

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    #87919
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    @amgmod wrote:

    I am thinking of giving F1 a rest this season – its all got abit, bland.

    Going to see if the heart can stand the twitching, gasping and terror of MotoGP :P

    Saw the opening race of the season yesterday (Melbourne). Bear in mind I’m still bedbound with the pulled groin muscle, and watching on my little TV in the bedroom, where the text is so tiny, I can’t read it. I nearly dropped off to sleep, and about 10 laps to the end, said to my beloved, “so who’s winning then?” It wasn’t in any way gripping, but on the circuits where overtaking is more possible, it looks like it could be an interesting season. I’m pleased Kimi Raikkonen won. The Iceman did well to keep in front.

    But I have agree with you, AMG, Moto GP is scary. So very dangerous.

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    #87920
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    I got into Ice Hockey this season. I really recommend it if you can catch a game – you’ll need jumpers and a blanket (at least I do)….alas, the season ends next week.

    What about second breakfast?

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    #87921
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    @Cassini wrote:

    Hey I wouldn’t have thought you’d been unhappy with the photies! Make sure that next time you queue by the back door you get some autographs!! …

    Ah, I just thought the match pics were a bit distant this time, as we were behind the posts. Could do with a better zoom…

    Usually try to catch the players as they go in rather than after the match (when it’s often too cold to contemplate hanging around longer than necessary – back to the car to begin to defrost one’s extremities!). So they’re not usually up for autographs at that point – all trying to get “in the zone” and often plugged into their ipods. Except Martin Castrogiovanni at the Italy match, who seemed to snog a fair few people in the crowd on his way in. He then got injured early on in the match, so may have overdone it!

    Given the England performance on Saturday, I’m glad I wasn’t in Cardiff. I’d’ve had to reclaim Welsh ancestry.

    Edit: By the way, Cassini, the Wales-England match last Saturday could be regarded as a clash between two old Wigan favourites: Shaun Edwards (Wales defence coach) v. Andy Farrell (England backs coach). There was a clear winner.

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    #87922
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    Being a mad Tottenham supporter we have a saying around this time of year & it’s true to form yet again this year… Tottenham are Spursing it up. The gooners have all but caught us up, we got thrashed by Inter & lost to Fulham & Liverpool, which really grates.

    So, not happy with football at the minute. Was angry bloomin ferdinand got called up by England again, what an (unfunny) joke that person is. Don’t think I can bring myself to watch the England games.

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    #87923
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    Well, today’s officially the first day of the county cricket season.

    And it’s (at long last) a sunny day, I’m sitting here wishing that I was at Chelmsford watching my lovely Essex, filled with hopes for the new season (which, given that it’s Essex, will soon be dashed).

    A few years ago, I’d’ve sneaked off work to be there. It’s far more difficult skiving now that I’m less mobile. Hear that, IDS and friends. ;)

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    #87924
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    I wish I understood cricket. I’e never watched or played it but, it’s always on & there’s also Indian cricket on ITV4 too. I believe a mate supports the Rajasthan Royals.

    Maybe I should have a cricket session & study up on it.

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    #87925
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    @woogy wrote:

    I wish I understood cricket. I’e never watched or played it but, it’s always on & there’s also Indian cricket on ITV4 too. I believe a mate supports the Rajasthan Royals.

    Maybe I should have a cricket session & study up on it.

    Ah, Woogy, there’s nothing like a warm sunny day at the cricket, long cold drink in hand. 8-)

    I was taken to my first proper cricket match at about the age of 10, and then spent a few years going to watch Essex cricket in the summer and West Ham in the winter. Till we ran into the football hooliganism problems of the 70s, and my dad decided he didn’t think it was safe to take me to Upton Park any more. So we switched to Romford in the old Southern League for the football, which in many ways was more fun. Eventually I got into rugby as my alternative winter sport.

    When I was more mobile than I am now, I used to spend every spare summer moment following Essex County Cricket Club around the county circuit. Those were the days… and I still get longings for it at this time of year.

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    #87927
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    Great Posts.

    Cricket is my life. No one in the world has watched more cricket than I have (seems like).

    My teams are Somerset, Essex and the Rajasthan Royals.

    Spent five years living in Essex in 1980’s, but rest in Somerset. Every event in my life I can
    remember what cricket match was going on at he time. If I need the date just flick open the relevant Wisden.

    Last went to a match four years ago at Taunton, where I was the only one in the Trescothick stand. That
    must tell you something. Love the Rajasthan Royals owned by Shilpa Shetty who you might
    remember for her poise and dignity on Big Brother a few years ago when people judged her on what she looked like.
    She loves cricket too.

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    #87929
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    I stopped watching Big Brother because of the way she was treated. I am guilty of being hooked on it prior to that but, have never watched it since. By channel 4 allowing that to happen & Shilpa to be bullied they were condoning it. As for that horrible jade person, I am not happy she’s dead or the way she died but, she certainly wasn’t a nice person at all & I didn’t shed a tear.

    Seems like The Royals are the team to follow then chaps. I can only assume Buckinghamshire used to have a cricket team. I never hear anything of one & despite Aylesbury having a home for Aylesbury United F.C. they don’t play in the town anymore either. We’re starved of live sport locally. I think it’s for financial reasons “The Ducks” don’t play at Buckingham Road anymore. Shame, I’m sure the chariot could get to there & back, much nearer & cheaper than WHL :( .

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    #87928
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    @ Petered, I’ve never seen a cricket match but, you wouldn’t have to twist my arm to sit in the sun with a cold glass of something. I do miss fishing for doing exactly that. I can’t do that alone & my brother that used to take me doesn’t seem to have the time anymore. Never caught a lot but, it was so relaxing.

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    #87926
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    Huh, we do have a cricket team, BCCC. Here’s the schedule http://www.bucksccc.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=12&Itemid=28

    Not one game/match in Aylesbury :(

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    #87930
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    @taungfox wrote:

    …Spent five years living in Essex in 1980’s, but rest in Somerset…

    I’d guess there’s a fair chance that we were at some of the same cricket matches in Essex in the 80s, foxy! Essex were good back then, but sadly have fallen a long way. I’m lucky if I actually get to go to see them more than a couple of times a season now, because of mobility issues, but I do always try to get to see them when they play at Colchester, which is a lovely place to watch cricket.

    Somerset are, of course, everybody’s “second” team in English cricket, so always follow how they’re doing. Good luck to them for the season ahead!

    Woogy, Buckinghamshire do have a county team, who play in what’s called the Minor Counties Championship, at the level below the top two divisions. In football terms, think League One, or possibly more like Conference status: http://www.bucksccc.org.uk/

    If you’re starting off with cricket, probably the IPL isn’t a bad place, or the English T20 competition which is mostly played in June/July. I began, back in the old days, with the old Sunday League (the JPL), when 40 overs per side was a daring new innovation. A good way to spend a Sunday afternoon, though I soon decided that my heart lay in the longer stuff, and I do love the way a match stretches over several days.

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    #87931
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    We missed each other’s posts by minutes, I had just found that exact same information :D

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    #87932
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    @petered wrote:

    @taungfox wrote:

    …Spent five years living in Essex in 1980’s, but rest in Somerset…

    I’d guess there’s a fair chance that we were at some of the same cricket matches in Essex in the 80s, foxy! ….

    Somerset are, of course, everybody’s “second” team in English cricket, so always follow how they’re doing. Good luck to them for the season ahead!.

    We would have been. I lived at Wivenhoe, just outside Colchester. Kenny McEwan and Neil Foster (from Wivenhoe)
    were my favourites.

    Somerset, 2nd twice recently. This could be the year.

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