The MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) is one of the great iconic stadiums of the world. The 1956 Olympic Games, football World Cup qualifying matches, Test Match cricket, Aussie Rules clubs matches(the state of Victoria is the game's heartland. I have visited 3 times including a few hours watching England struggle against the bowling of the Aussies.
Yesterday was one memorable moment in the stadium's history.THE BIG BASH League Melbourne Stars fielder Rob Quiney carried a lifeless seagull over the boundary rope after Perth Scorchers batsman Adam Voges struck a shot that hit the bird,resting on the outfield of the grass pitch. A few balls later and to everyone's surprise it sprang to life, puffed out its chest and flew away- back to the outfield where it had been hit, to thunderous applause. No cremation and burial necessary.
All the way across the world at The European Parliament in Brussels, the not so great were meeting to discuss the future of FIFA. Organized by Tory MP Damian Collins and attended by some European MEPs and the press, he had to leave early to attend a European fishing meeting. FIFA, that hot bed of un-democracy, is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, and the country is not a European political member state.
Potential candidates Jerome Champagne and Harold Mayne-Nicholls from Chile were in attendance as was Australian whistleblower Bonita Mersiades, but it was a Little Bash with little achieved. www.newfifanow.org. I got an invite but no mention of travel expenses mentioned. I only found TV coverage on one TV network news.
Having snow outside I have enjoyed watching lots of matches at both the AFRICAN CUP OF NATIONS from four cities in EQUATORIAL GUINEA and the ASIAN CUP from East Coast AUSTRALIAN cities. The African version was organized at the last minute after original host MOROCCO dropped out due to the Ebola epidemic. Lots of exotic teams, uniforms, anthems and fans and decent crowds in Malibu and Bata so far. Also glad to see a big improvement in the officiating.
the BIG STRIKE came today at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane,Queensland. In the 49th minute of the Q.F. Aussie TIM CAHILL scored a spectacular overhead kick past Chinese goalie Wang Du. He also scored with a header in the 65th minute from a cross from Jason Davidson to make it 2-0. The Socceroos will probably face Japan in the SF in Newcastle NSW if the BLUE SAMURIA can get past UAE. Watch for fireworks tomorrow at Canberra Stadium where IRAN play political rivals IRAQ.