Category Archives: Football

Socceroos vs Bahrain 10 June 2009

Pretty unconvincing team in the first half but they managed to play more cohesively in the second. We are lucky that they won 2:0 because their defence left a lot to be desired. The Bahrainies had a few good players but also weak links (lucky for us). Some of them were feigning injury and adding acrobatics to make a small knock look like a major foul.

While it wasn’t a world class game we had a great time anyway. Just being at ANZ Stadium and watching the players in real life is always a brig thrill. The match against Bahrain was the coldest we had ever been too and we ended up wrapped in blankets and warm jackets. We were saying afterwards that it was probably better to be cold than wet, because we got drenched last time we went to see the Socceroos.

American Football game

Last night we all went to the St George Hockey Centre to watch a game of American Football (Gridiron) between UTS and the Bondi Raiders. It was a really enjoyable evening. The venue was excellent. The ‘Kyeemagh RSL and Community Club’ has behind it a good quality synthetic-surfaced hockey field owned by the St George Randwick Hockey Club. The field is also marked to play American Football.

The street address is 1 Tancred Ave which google maps, and others, says is down near the corner with General Holmes Drive, but it is actually at the other end next to the hockey field. This is obvious on the map below.

We’d never seen a live game before. Callum and Conrad play Madden and Callum is a fan of the Kansas City Chiefs so he watches replays via their website. I was a bit worried that the quality of play would be really low in a local game after the boys were used to watching world-class athletes on the screen. But the quality and level of skills was excellent.

UTS got off to a slow start and after the first quarter we thought that the Raiders might beat them easily. The UTS team seemed younger and lighter and looked like they might get smashed. But as the game progressed UTS gained in confidence. In the fourth quarter Bondi made three bad handing errors which resulted in 3 UTS touch-downs. I think the final score was 37-18. Callum can probably add some more details.

Something totally unexpected was that Barbara met a guy she used to work with years ago. He, Roger, and his mate, Eric, are both big fans of the game and we spent most of the evening with them. Roger and Barbara talking about the good old days. Eric, the boys and me throwing around a football. We swapped phone numbers and plan to meet up again at other games.



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Setanta broadband sport

The Euro 2008 semi-final between Germany and Turkey wasn’t being broadcast on free-to-air SBS TV so I investigated alternatives. The SBS website mentioned Satanta, which I had never heard of. But we really wanted to watch that match so I paid for a one month subscription. It worked out well. I already had a small PC I had used as a cheap media centre so I knew it would display ok on the TV. I also ran an ethernet cable from our ADSL2+ router rather than trust the 54 mbps wireless connection. Surprisingly the picture quality was ok. Not as good as normal SD TV but watchable. It was streaming at 450kbs and seemingly didn’t drop a frame.