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Everything posted by mattygs

  1. I agree in regards to the home nations hostings. It's got to a point where every time a home nation wins the hosting rights, all the other home nations have at least a 5% chance of hosting matches. It's getting a little bit ridiculous, almost alternate home advantage. I'd be keen on South Africa, Argentina or Italy. Technically, it is the Southern Hemispheres turn.
  2. It should also be of note that lawn bowls is a compulsory event, not really iconic. Surely this is a great chance to boost a very mainstream sport of cycling in South Africa? It can certainly be done on the cheap. This is the Avantidrome in the town of Cambridge (population: 19,000) - New Zealand. It is now the home of high performance track cycling in new Zealand and seats 1500 permanently and can be expanded to 4000 It's cost - NZ$28.5million This is the SIT Zerofees velodrome in Invercargill, New Zealand Permanent seating for 1600, expandable The cost was NZ$11million Surely somewhere near Durban could do with this kind of facility , pretty good price for a sporting legacy.
  3. No cycling? That's unbelievably crazy. The Commonwealth is pretty strong in track cycling - Australia, New Zealand and England are 3 of the top track cycling nations in the world. If they don't have a suitable venue (and Im sure they could come up with something), surely at least farm it out to another city.
  4. I would say they would require a lot of extra lighting. There is no way the stadium would be ready fit with the lighting required for a stadium show. The lighting of the stadium structure is all very pretty, but it doesn't do too much for the field of play. It wouldn't be the first time external structures were used to support ceremonies overlay, the Athens overhead rigging was connected to stand alone structure as the roof structure was holding up that portion of the ceremonies preparation.
  5. Geees, good match . I was getting a little sick of batting dominated huge blowup easy victories of teams in this tournament so far, so it was fantastic to have a tight battle. Both teams fudged their batting, but a great result. Geees, still can't help dislike the Aussie cricket team though hey, except Shane Watson - I'll have him. And yet again, the big crowd does it again, well done Auckland for a great day. Australia is still dangerous and in (in an All Blacks at the world cup kind of way), still the team to beat , but so enthused about our bowling.
  6. Amazing performance by the Blackcaps, how anyone can still be a Baz hater is beyond me, he's an absolute legend. And obviously Tim Southee, epic. I think this match also showed that while the winds of change in NZ seem to be our smaller boutique cricket grounds, you can't beat a packed stadium with the sun shining, like we saw here in Wellington (and I imagine the same will apply for the ANZAC match in Auckland) I guess it really is a case of horses for courses.
  7. I kind of enjoyed the Athens closing concert. Obviously , not well known to the international audience, but it reminded me of the swarms of tourists who flock to the Greek islands and party to their music. I thought it kind of fit pretty well, and it seemed to get the crowd going. Anna Vissi in particular seemed to go pretty well. I'm all for the majority of performers being local, but I can't help but think the Olympics are gagging for a Beyonce or Katy Perry to make an appearance when it comes to the Closing Ceremony concert. London did well (especially for someone like myself who generally prefers British music), this is all personal taste though I guess.
  8. Agreed. The Blackcaps certainly did impress me. And you're right, Hagley did look fantastic. While it did shine during the one day series earlier this summer, I was sceptical it would be up to the standard to host a world cup, but it certainly was worthy of the event. I think it's going to be one of the great things about this world cup, being co-hosted, we are going to see a fantastic contrast of venues and atmospheres. We're going to have matches in the heart of Melbourne at a gigantic stadium like the MCG, and then we're going to shift to some of the great boutique grounds in NZ - like by the ocean in Napier. It'll give so much variety, a good thing.
  9. Interesting to know if anyone saw the Australian opening ceremony from Melbourne. I just watched it from mysky Now of course with the backdrop of the skyline it had that added x factor, but for those who didn't see it, it was exactly the same format to the Christchurch opening. It was concert based, a few led screens and a stage, and a bunch of singers. Brief cultural performances from each participating nation, and a few Aussie singers. Oh, and a welcome from a native (just for Scotguy) by the name of Aunty Joy. The one different item would be a puppet of the cwc logo. To be honest, it actually looked less impressive than the Chch one, with far less people by the looks of it. Of course, fireworks over Melbourne are always gonna look lush.
  10. Martyn Guptill (NZ Cricket), Richie McCaw (All Blacks Captain), Ross Taylor (NZ Cricket)
  11. Well I don't suppose it was their fault they didn't screen them. Is this still ESPN India in control?
  12. I don't think it was. I had the stuff live commentary up at the same time, and they were all *getting near to the fireworks* but the feed had already stopped. Seems very very odd.
  13. Ohhh do you not know who that is? It's Ginny Blackmore. She's actually pretty famous. Duet with Stan Walker, sang Bones, writes music for Chistina Aguilera...
  14. I've decided I liked this show. It was never really trying to be a traditional opening ceremony, and I think it worked well for where it was staged. It may not have been flashy, but it was a good community event full of heart that worked for a city still suffering and rebuilding. As darkness often does, it also turned out to be visually half decent. The shots at the end with the towers, the stages and the crowd all lit up actually looked quite stunning . A good backyard themed friendly show.
  15. Oh I think you must be a lil delayed. This next segment you're up to is the one I thought was quite cute, a few nice video sections. Shapeshifter finishing off the show live. Looks awesome from the sky,
  16. Gotta say, the set up looks fantastic at night, with the main stage, sat stage and the *city towers*
  17. Not my kind of music, but very talented and charismatic (more so for the 50 shades brigade) This is actually quite cute and well done Liking this celeb cricket team thing
  18. Not entirely sure about a countdown off broadcast, but no I don't think there was. May have missed it though. Pan over Christchurch and to Laura was the first thing I saw.
  19. Random fact. Members of the black caps have played cricket in my living room using a loaf of bread as a bat.
  20. I think that's a little bit of a silly analogy don't you? That was a couple of speeches in a conference hall. This is infront of thousands outside featuring cultural performances, sporting celebrities, music and dance (including popular music acts) and fireworks. More like a Christmas in the Park/ Symphony Under the Stars I'd say. And Granada didn't have him I guess also, while on the theme of music..... While the 2015 cup doesn't have an official mascot, it does have an official song/theme music. *Bobs Beat* by WDL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KQlzkd9K4Y
  21. The pre opening at Hagley appears to include various stages around the place, themed. There are also 4 gigantic games of backyard cricket being held, with 80 school kids. The fields are separated into 4 different ovals representing the various playing nations. So Beige, Caribbean As, Spicy As, and Traditional As As much as I love a good old fashioned bit of stadium theatre, I like this angle. It's suiting a city where it would almost feel still a tad inappropriate to have anything too flashy. Amazing weather down in Crikers by the looks of it.
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