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Part of Our Rich Sports Heritage Baseball fever will descend on the SCG next year when our historic ground hosts the LA Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks for the opening round of the Major League Baseball season.
wonderful team photo from the SCG Museum collection was taken in 1928 as Stanford University took on NSW in a series of three ‘Tests’ at the Sydney Sports Ground (now the site of Allianz Stadium) and the old Showground. The popularity of those games, The two MLB games played in March will set baseball all won by Stanford, are credited with establishing a history as the first in the southern hemisphere, but foothold for the sport in Australia. these elite players are following in the footsteps of the sport’s pioneers more than a century earlier. Read the full story on page 14. The SCG hosted the cream of US baseball for exhibition matches as early as 1888, and this
Sixers’ Summer Set to Sizzle
ANZAC Cup – Lest We Forget
Lions Returned, French Arriving
Sydney FC Stars Return
From the CEO
See Red with Taylor Swift
Waratahs Revive Running Game
Review Summer of International Cricket 06
Swans' Finals Fever Begins
100th SCG Test – World’s Best Event 40
Inside the New SCG Stands
Members’ Dining: What’s New on the Menu?
Allianz Stadium – Planned Roof & Upgrade 48
On Tour with the SCG XI
Member Information & Offers 36
Test Seating & Membership Renewals
Member Upgrade Offer 51
Our Precinct’s Sports Central Future
Test Off-Field Plans
US Baseball at the SCG
Link Up with Trust Social Media 52
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to dine overlooking the field from the Members’ Dining Room, and with views of the city skyline from the roof terrace.
With football finals looming and anticipation of the summer of cricket ahead, this is always an exciting time around our grounds, but never more so than it will be this January.
The roof terrace will also give us a fantastic new space for post-match entertainment for Members. We are planning this for the Test and we’ll provide you with more details in an Ashes Guide you will receive in December.
Not only are we in for a second Ashes series within a year, you will be able to witness the debut Test for our new stunning Bradman, MA Noble and Messenger stands. We appreciate there has been some inconvenience for Members during construction, but now you will begin to reap the full rewards. In previous editions of ATG, we have spoken about the additional benefits and facilities these world-class stands will offer – more comfortable seats that are closer to the on-field action and 85% undercover. During the Swans season,
many of you will have experienced the superb clarity of the huge new videoboard that is the largest and most advanced in any Australian sports ground. And, of course, you would have seen the exterior of the stands materialising as construction progressed. In this edition, we give you a sneak preview of what to expect inside. These stands will be the most modern spectator facilities in the country, and we plan to match that by taking the range and quality of dining options to a new level for a sports venue. You will have choices such as a gourmet burger bar in the Noble Clock Tower offering a menu overseen by one of Australia’s leading chefs, a Doyles seafood cafe, a bar specialising in craft brews and numerous more options from an expansive food court. You will be able
Whenever you leave your seat to take advantage of these new facilities, you will remain connected to what’s happening on the field with 420 plasma screens on the walkways, in the bars, around the food outlets, and even in the toilets. For some of you, one of the most important benefits of the new stands is that they will give us an extra 2,000 Members seats. This has given us more flexibility for Club cards so you will be able to use them for days four and five of the Test, the ODI against England, all the Sixers matches throughout the summer and for all Swans games next season.
TOP 10 Not to be
Future vision: Trust’s master plan for Sports Central at Moore Park
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Local Derby 1
NRL Finals (TBC)
v Western Sydney Wanderers
v Melbourne Victory
September Allianz Stadium
26 October Allianz Stadium
9 November Allianz Stadium
Red Tour Taylor Swift Concert
4 December Allianz Stadium
This is a major milestone in the history of the SCG’s development, and an important one to keep pace with advances in sports and entertainment venues in other states and continue to attract world-leading events to Sydney. We are grateful for the Australian and NSW Government funding that has allowed this to proceed. In recent years, Melbourne has seen major redevelopments at the MCG (as part of its commitment for securing the Commonwealth Games) and the $380 million construction of AAMI Park. Brisbane sports fans have excellent facilities provided by Suncorp Stadium and an upgraded Gabba. The massive $770 million development at the Adelaide Oval will give South Australia an impressive 53,000-seat venue in the heart of their capital. When completed next year, both the city’s AFL teams will move there for their home games. Likewise, the $1 billion Perth Stadium currently under construction will invigorate the Western Australian capital.
Here at the SCG, our new stands are the latest stage in $300 million of upgrades and developments we have undertaken in the last five years. It’s not the end of our vision for the precinct (as you can see in the artist’s impression here and in detail on the following pages), but recent and current work has been instrumental in helping us retain our major traditional SCG events such as the upcoming Ashes Test and secure major new fixtures including the opening two games of next year’s Major League Baseball season and five 2015 Cricket World Cup matches. When the Diamondbacks and Dodgers take to the SCG ‘diamond’ in March, we will become the first venue in the southern hemisphere to host MLB. Our five Cricket World Cup games a year later includes quarter and semi-finals and brings the colour and spectacle of Australia, England, West Indies, South Africa and Sri Lanka to our hallowed turf.
In the meantime, we have a fantastic program of sport to look forward to in the coming months. I’ve picked my top 10 below and you can find a full schedule on the inside back cover. Finally, let me close by congratulating our premiership Swans and revitalised Roosters for making the AFL and NRL finals. The Swans have maintained the ‘Fortress SCG’ attitude that laid the foundations for grand final glory last year and the Roosters displayed some awesome attack and a defence that recorded a record number of shut-outs this season – including three in a row at Allianz Stadium. We hope these are good omens for bringing more glory to our grounds.
Jamie Barkley Chief Executive Officer
100th SCG Test World’s Best Sports Event The SCG recently won the global Sports Event of the Year Award for its staging of the 100th Test in 2012. See the full story on page 35.
Big Bash Derby
Classic State Rivalry
v Sydney Thunder
v Melbourne Stars
21 December SCG
29 December SCG
Local Derby 2
v Western Sydney Wanderers
Diamondbacks v Dodgers
19 January SCG
8 March Allianz Stadium
22 & 23 March SCG
v England 3 – 7 January SCG
Ashes to Ashes Ashes summers are always special, but the one coming up is unique as the second within a year. The traditional Ashes schedule has been shifted to accommodate the 2015 Cricket World Cup to be played here and in New Zealand. Australian fans may be tempted to try to block the first 2013 series from their memories, but it’s hard to deny the excitement of the next instalment of arguably the greatest rivalry in world sport coming just three months after stumps were called at The Oval. “Too much sport
is never enough,” as Roy and HG used to say. The big question is will home soil advantage be enough to return the Ashes? We shouldn’t ignore the competitiveness we showed we were capable of in the last series. England secured the Ashes in three Tests but with 14 more runs at Trent Bridge and better
weather at Old Trafford, Australia could have had one hand on the urn instead. We shouldn’t forget the Bradmanesque performances of Michael Clarke in recent home Tests, his 187 at Old Trafford and the first SCG triplecentury he hit last year. We should remember the spirited performances of our bowlers − Starc, Siddle, Lyon and Harris − or even the promise shown by debutant Ashton Agar. If the upcoming series becomes as tight as the last one was at times, the fifth Test at the SCG could be crucial. On a pitch that has traditionally been very
friendly to spinners, our batsmen could ominously be facing Graeme Swann.
your diary early before the other holiday commitments start rolling in.
The English offspinning veteran is in the best form of his career, and was a major weapon against the Australian batsmen recently in the UK. His importance to the English attack is probably only second to James Anderson.
The second unique feature about the January Test is that it will see us celebrate the opening of the new Bradman, MA Noble and Messenger stands. More detail appears on the following pages, and in a special Ashes Guide you can expect to receive in December, but the Trust can confirm now that there will be an additional 2,000 seats for Members this year.
Add in the English batting power, and keeping in mind that Alistair Cook averaged nearly 128 on his last tour here, and the old foe is looking formidable. But that has to be balanced against the special Australian fighting spirit generated by a home Ashes series. After the dust settles on the Test battles, we can also look forward to the One Day Internationals with the SCG hosting a daynighter on 19 January. It’s not a triangular series this summer, just the Poms, so there is only one Sydney ODI. Make sure you get it in
The stands bring a new standard of facilities to our ground and gives us the space to allow greater use of Club cards this summer. They can be used for the ODI, days four and five of the Test and all the Sixers’ T20 games. See page 36 for full details of Members’ seating arrangements for the coming international cricket, and page 38 for an overview of the off-field activities planned for the Test.
Ashes Summer NSW XI v England
Australia v England Test
Australia v England ODI
SCG, 13 – 16 November
SCG, 3 – 7 January
SCG, 19 January (2.20pm start)
The English warm up for their Ashes campaign with this four-day tour match against a state side that’s likely to include some future Test hopefuls.
Possession of the little urn could come down to the result here. Whatever happens on the field, this is the debut Test for the new Bradman and MA Noble stands.
A day-nighter against the old foe − summer memories are made of this! Remember, Club cards will admit so make it a holiday family outing.
Bumper 2014/15 Cricket Season Cricket fans are set to enjoy the most exciting and busiest international season in the SCG’s long history with tours by South Africa, India and England in 2014/15 as well as the ICC World Cup. The SCG will host five World Cup games, including a quarter-final and a semifinal in February and March 2015. This comes after the traditional January cricket Test against India and a triangular ODI series against England and India. Before that, South Africa is scheduled to play five One Day Internationals and three Twenty20 games in Australia in November 2014. The World Cup games at the SCG will feature Australia, England, South Africa, West Indies and Sri Lanka. Trust Members will be offered exclusive World Cup ticket pre-sales. We’ll keep you updated about these via the weekly e-newsletters and the Trust website. No World Cup venue, including the SCG, will be able to offer free access to its Members. As applies for international events such as the Olympic Games and Rugby World Cup, contracts with host cities suspend all commercial and member agreements with participating venues.
A Taste of the New Stands
It’s official. The names chosen for the SCG’s new stand development will reflect the same heritage as its predecessors – Bradman, Noble and Messenger. The Noble and Bradman names will apply to approximately the same places as they did on the old stands they replaced. Likewise the area around the new videoboard operating on the site of the former Dally Messenger Stand will carry the name of Messenger. Inside the development, there are numerous other areas and function rooms still to be named and a committee has been set up to 6
debate the merits of a long list of nominees and decide which will be honoured. As Members start to witness the final stages of the new Bradman and MA Noble stands taking shape, ATG thought it was time to give you a sneak preview inside at a couple of the new style of bars and food outlets coming to the SCG. Key among these will be a stunning bar on Level 2 specialising in craft beers, a Level 1 food court offering a wide selection including Doyles seafood, and a gourmet burger bar in the heritage Noble Clock Tower.
The Trust has teamed up with Australia’s original craft brewer to launch the Matilda Bay Brewers Pavilion, a bar for beer lovers that will have rotating taps featuring some of Matilda Bay’s stars of the craft beer world. Matilda Bay’s products include Fat Yak, the North American style pale ale, Minimum Chips, a new golden lager and Redback, the wheat beer that started it all for the brewer 30 years ago. If you prefer apples to hops and barley, the bar will also be serving Matilda Bay’s award-winning Dirty Granny matured apple cider.
Top level entertainment: roof terrace with CBD outlook
Private Event Member Special Stadium Events, the team that manages non-match day functions at the SCG is offering generous Member discounts to celebrate the opening of the new Bradman and MA Noble stands. Book before 31 October this year to have your next private or corporate event in the new stands overlooking the SCG and you will receive free room hire. The offer applies to all function spaces in the new stands ranging from corporate hospitality areas and meeting rooms suitable for small groups to the Brewers Pavilion, the roof terrace or the 600-seat Members Dining Room. Depending on the space you need, this offer could save you $1,500 to $5,000. This is an exclusive offer to Members. Minimum food and beverage spends apply, so contact the Stadium Events team for full details. Phone: (02) 9085 7716; Email: email@example.com; www.stadiumevents.com.au
New food style: Noble Clock Tower burger bar
Craft brews, great views: Matilda Bay Brewers Pavilion
If that’s too much choice, or if you’re unfamiliar with these craft brews, you’ll be able to buy a tasting paddle featuring sample sizes from the range. Bar staff will even recommend the ideal food match for each brew, so you can make the most of what’s on offer from the premium food outlets operating nearby on this level. That’s only a sample of the food and beverage options available to Members in the new stands. Down on Level 1 there will be a food court that alone will have more outlets than previously operated in the entire Village Green at Tests. Among these will be Doyles, who will bring to the new stands their
five generations of expertise as Sydney’s leading seafood specialists. Members will receive full details in an Ashes Guide that will be sent to you in December but your choice for food and drink will extend to the roof terrace, the new 600-seat Members Dining Room, and the Trust is enlisting the services of a leading Australian signature chef to develop a unique menu for the Noble Clock Tower burger bar.
Details were still being finalised as ATG was going to press but expect something a bit special to reflect a new standard of Members’ dining options. The Trust also wants to ensure it does justice to being served in this retained heritage icon that is being sympathetically integrated into the new development. WINTER 2013
Naturally brilliant: transparent roof creates prime playing conditions year round
While the SCG’s new Bradman and MA Noble stands near completion, the Trust has continued to develop its plans for Allianz Stadium and the wider precinct. Over the next six pages, we share the latest plans and artists’ impressions of our vision to transform Moore Park into a worldleading sports and entertainment precinct on the doorstep of Sydney’s CBD that will be more accessible to the public, more dynamic for spectators and more flexible for a variety of uses. We believe Allianz Stadium has the potential to be Australia’s leading fully-covered, allweather venue at the hub of this exciting ‘Sports Central’ rejuvenation. There would be numerous key stages to the Allianz Stadium development, but probably the one that has attracted the 8
most interest is the idea to construct a roof over the ground. The new roof would maintain the stadium’s iconic curved roofline, and would be constructed from the same special transparent ETFE plastic used for the
biosphere domes at the UK’s famous Eden Project. The material represents a new era for covered stadia. Unlike the solid, mechanical-sliding roofs used for Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena and Etihad Stadium, the EFTE material allows
Smart stadium: exterior will change colours and screen video
through sufficient sunlight for grass growth and for daytime events to be naturally lit. Construction will allow for natural ventilation. Apart from making the venue more comfortable and functional for fans (it will also improve the internal acoustics), the conditions will allow our turf field to remain healthy and consistent to provide prime playing conditions year-round. The roof will be lined with a cable net membrane that can be programmed to display event lighting, home-team colours or other special images. A similar effect will be used outside the ground to enhance the pre-match atmosphere. LED mesh will be fitted to the stadium’s exterior, allowing it to change colour for different events − sky blue for a Sydney FC game, green and gold for a Wallabies Test − or display video footage to build the excitement.
All the development plans stem from a ‘fans first’ approach. You can read on the following pages about the new precinct plazas and light rail connections that will make Allianz Stadium easier to get to and around, but there will also be new entries to speed up entry and exit from the ground. Once inside, the ‘fans first’ philosophy continues with upgraded public walkways, food options and bars. There will be much larger high-definition video screens behind each goal, and more comfortable seating with wi-fi access. New optic fibre connections will link Allianz Stadium to the NBN network, giving fans access to the exciting potential of ‘smart seating’. This will place the ground at the forefront of digital technologies − the practical benefits of which could range from using your phone to access a greater
range of video replays and TV services on demand to interacting with other fans via social media, or simply ordering food and drink and having it delivered to your seat. This would take the experience of being a fan at Allianz Stadium to a different level, combining all the unique atmosphere of being at a live event with the kind of modern spectator comforts that have previously only been available from your lounge room. All our future development plans are subject to funding. We’ll keep you updated in future editions of ATG and via the Member e-newsletters.
Sports Central: improved atmosphere and facilities for Members, public, players and administration
At the heart of the transformation of our two grounds into a unified exciting sports and entertainment precinct, is a phase of developments called ‘Sports Central’. This is an extensive series of improvements for the benefit of public spectators, Members, players and sports administrators that stretch from the area between the grounds and along Driver Avenue from the back of the Ladies Pavilion to the Allianz Stadium forecourt. Among the key planned innovations is the creation of a public plaza between the SCG and Allianz Stadium that will host a dynamic fan zone with large video screens, wi-fi, and cafes and bars that will operate on both match and non-match days. 10
Apart from providing new facilities and adding to event atmosphere, opening up this area removes current barriers to crowd circulation around the grounds and will improve access into the venues and into the precinct from Paddington and Moore Park. Beneath the plaza will be a new Sports Museum that will vastly expand the exhibition space of the current SCG Museum (to about 1,400m²), make our sports heritage more accessible to a wider public audience, and give Sydney a new major tourist attraction. ANZAC Plaza, as it will be known, will have a sculptural memorial dedicated to the NSW sports men and women that have played at our grounds and also served in the Australian defence forces. It also commemorates the origins of the SCG as
the Garrison Ground for soldiers based at Victoria Barracks. The A-shaped memorial will serve as an entry and natural skylight to a ‘Hall of Remembrance’ located in the museum below. A second museum entry, from a revitalised Walk of Honour, will be designed in the style of the iconic 1924 SCG scoreboard. Gym users will enjoy a larger fitness centre, to be built as part of a new Sports Central Pavilion on the current site of the Venue Services Office. Outside will be a 50-metre swimming pool and expanded tennis courts. The terraced Sports Central Pavilion will become headquarters for Cricket NSW as well as housing other sports administration offices, cafes and sports
ANZAC Plaza: fan zone with unique memorial that serves as an entry to the Sports Museum below
medicine and child care facilities. It will link to an underground Cricket Centre with state-of-the-art training facilities (including 12 indoor nets and digital coaching and analysis equipment) for cricketers ranging from junior to elite levels. There will be a further 20 outdoor practice wickets in the same position as currently alongside the Members’ Lawn. As part of the vision of creating a precinct that is active 365 days a year, plans are continuing with one of Sydney’s leading universities to locate a sports campus within the pavilion as a research facility and to develop opportunities for sport related business. The pavilion, flanking the Allianz Stadium forecourt opposite Rugby League Central, is designed to be a new public ‘front door’ into the precinct as well as serving as a northern entrance point into the Members’ areas.
State of the art: elite training facilities for all levels of cricket WINTER 2013
The Future: SCG & Surrounding Precinct SCG development doesnâ€™t stop in January. Plans are advancing for another new stand, light rail to the precinct, fan zones and pedestrian-friendly parklands.
Churchill and Brewongle development: modernising facilities and mirroring the appearance of the new Bradman and MA Noble stands
Fan zone: providing atmosphere and precinct links
When the finishing touches on the new Bradman and MA Noble stands are complete in 2014, the next stage of SCG development will focus on replacement of the Churchill and Brewongle stands. In appearance, the new development will mirror the Bradman and MA Noble stands, providing a sympathetic modern frame for the heritage architecture of the Members Pavilion and Ladies Pavilion. It will modernise facilities for public fans, media and Sydney Swans members, as well as giving the AFL club new administrative headquarters and a worldclass training centre for its players. There will be more seats undercover, they will bring fans closer to the on-field action and offer greater comfort. Fans can expect the same â€˜smart seatingâ€™ wi-fi and interactive digital technology benefits outlined earlier under plans for
Allianz Stadium with optic fibre links to the National Broadband Network.
between Randwick and existing services connecting to Central.
One of the greatest impacts though will be outside the ground with how the new stand will connect with a revitalised and more pedestrian-friendly Moore Park precinct.
Walking into the surrounding parklands from the direction of Central Station or Surry Hills will be made easier by building a pedestrian footbridge over Anzac Parade.
The stand allows for new entry gates and entry plazas from a pedestrianised Driver Avenue and Moore Park East, providing the opportunity to develop fan zones at the entrances to the stand that add to the match-day experience and link with surrounding parklands.
This vision will not only create a landscape that gives Sydney one of the worldâ€™s greatest central parks and sports and entertainment precincts, but also has benefits for the city that go beyond this.
Access to and around the precinct will be transformed by placing the current car parks underground (making it easier to maintain and develop the surrounding fields for player training and public recreation) and NSW Government plans to construct a new light rail line running through the precinct on a route that runs
Plans are progressing with a leading NSW university to establish a sports campus within the precinct. As mentioned on earlier pages, these future plans remain subject to funding.
The LA Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks will set Major League Baseball history next March when they play at the SCG, but their superstars will be retracing the footsteps laid by some of the sport’s pioneers more than a century earlier. The games, scheduled for 22 and 23 March, will open the 2014 MLB season and will become the first competitive matches in the world’s premier baseball league to be played on Australian soil. Only three other places outside the mainland US (Mexico, Puerto Rico and Japan) have hosted MLB. It’s regarded as a major historic milestone for the league according to their Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, who declared himself “thrilled” about the Sydney fixtures. “The globalisation of our game continues to be paramount to Major League Baseball, and Australia is an essential part of our
long-term efforts to grow the sport. We look forward to writing an exciting new chapter in international baseball history at the historic Sydney Cricket Ground.” But the latest tourists won’t be the first to paint a diamond on our hallowed turf − that honour went to the entrepreneurial Albert Spalding in 1888. The former pitcher for the Chicago White Stockings (now the Chicago Cubs) and founder of the Spalding sports equipment brand, led his past club and an American all-stars team from the rest of the league on a famous six-month world tour. The venture was partly exhibition series, partly marketing exercise for the fledgling
Spalding sports store and partly diplomatic mission with the endorsement of President Cleveland. The spectacle attracted a respectable attendance of 6,000 to the SCG stands, a figure that will be dwarfed by the capacity crowd expected for the 2014 fixtures. It was the Cubs’ cross-town rivals, the Chicago White Sox, that became the next trans-Pacific baseball ambassadors alongside the New York Giants when they played in an exhibition series that also featured a NSW state team at the SCG in 1914.
Dodgers v DIAMONDBACKS
There was a further American visit to the precinct 14 years later when Stanford University took on NSW in a series of three ‘Tests’ at the Sydney Sports Ground (now the site of Allianz Stadium) and the old Showground. The popularity of those games, all won by Stanford, are credited with establishing a foothold for the sport in Australia. Today, that legacy has seen the country develop its own national professional league, finish fifth at the last Baseball World Cup and claim silver medals at the 2004 Athens Olympics. We can also boast 60 players with MLB contracts, including Oakland’s Grant Balfour who made it to the pitcher’s mound for this year’s All-Star Game. Both the clubs visiting next year have Australian personnel. Perth-born Peter Moylan signed a $2 million contract with the Dodgers a few months ago, after a successful seven years as a relief pitcher for the Atlanta Braves. And Craig Shipley, an assistant manager with the Diamondbacks, grew up in Parramatta before beginning an 11-season MLB playing career that started as an infielder for the Dodgers in 1986.
Early venture: White Sox v NSW, SCG, 1914
Preparations for the latest SCG baseball games are going to be considerably more substantial than they were for those early pioneering tours, as the ground has to meet MLB venue specifications. Home plate will be located at the northern end of the SCG in front of the new Bradman and MA Noble stands, while a 2.4 metre high home-run wall will be erected 120 metres away at the southern end of the ground. Two team dug-outs will be constructed on the edge of the field of play, and 3,500 square metres of turf will be temporarily removed to accommodate the clay infield and outfield warning track. The centre wicket square will not be affected. Rival team bullpens, where relief pitchers like Peter Moylan warm up before taking to the central mound, will be located at the southern end of the ground in front of the Churchill and Trumper stands.
Sold Out (new seats possible – see story)
Arizona Diamondbacks v LA Dodgers Game 1: SCG, Saturday 22 March, 7.15pm Game 2: SCG, Sunday 23 March, 1.15pm
Trust CEO Jamie Barkley said the SCG’s transformation from cricket to baseball will take 10 days. “We are well aware of the playing field requirements laid down by the MLB and we look forward to showcasing the SCG as a new ‘field of dreams,” he said. As these games are not part of the SCG’s regularly scheduled events, Trust Members need to buy tickets to attend (same arrangements as for concerts at the SCG and Allianz Stadium). The special presale for Members in June proved extremely popular, and current Australian ticket allocations for both games sold out quickly after public sales opened. New allocations may become available from September if allocated tickets, such as those for club season pass holders, are not fully taken up. You can register for news of these on the Ticketek website.
Local talent: Australian pitcher Peter Moylan signed with the LA Dodgers this year.
Be there to see the elite of world baseball step up to the plate for the first MLB game played in the southern hemisphere. WINTER 2013
Proven performers: Returning magenta men include (clockwise form left) Hazlewood, Starc, Lee and Haddin
Count on being able to use Club cards for all T20 games.
v Sydney Thunder SCG, Saturday 21 December (7pm start)
What better way to get the BBL season going than with some Sydney cross-town rivalry. Be there to also get your first taste of the new SCG stands.
v Melbourne Stars SCG, Sunday 29 December (7pm start)
Looking for some family activities between Christmas and New Year? How about some traditional interstate rivalry for the second home game of the season?
v Perth Scorchers SCG, Friday 10 January (7.30pm start)
The BBL perennial runners-up make the trek across the desert. What are the chances that they have forgiven the Sixers for beating them in the 2012 final?
v Hobart Hurricanes SCG, Wednesday 15 January (7.30pm start)
Tasmanian cricket is feeling smug with a Sheffield Shield in their pockets, and this Hobart franchise boasts a quality bowling attack with Xavier Doherty, Ben Hilfenhaus, evergreen Dougie Bollinger and Ben Laughlin who troubled the Sixers batsmen with 4-31 in this fixture last year. Itâ€™s time to restore some SCG pride.
Sixers’ Summer Set to Sizzle The Sydney Sixers head into the new T20 Big Bash season with a strong blend of experienced Test players and proven Twenty20 performers, as they set about trying to reclaim the title that put them on the path to becoming world club champions two years ago. And to get the party started, the season kicks off at the SCG on 21 December with the Sixers v Thunder Sydney derby. Further good news for Members is that even though the new Bradman and MA Noble stands don’t ‘officially’ open until the January Test, they will be ready for action for this first Sixers game. That gives us an extra 2,000 Members’ seats this summer so count on being able to use Club cards for all T20 games. Captain Brad Haddin, Brett Lee, Moises Henriques, Nic Maddinson, Steve Smith, Stephen O’Keefe, Josh Hazlewood, Dan Smith and Mitchell Starc are all back for another season in magenta, and this year they’ll be joined by spinner Nathan Lyon, allrounders Marcus North and Sean Abbott, rising opening batsmen Jordan Silk, and accurate NSW paceman Trent Copeland. From an international perspective, bighitting batsman Michael Lumb becomes one of the only Poms to be tolerated in
an Australian dressing room this summer when he also returns for another season. Sixers coach Trevor Bayliss is excited by the retention of so many core and experienced Sixers players, plus the addition of North, Lyon, Abbott, Copeland and Silk. After a competitive contracting period and great consideration around the number of players who may be on international duty, the areas the team needed bolstered and of course who can actually pull off wearing magenta, Bayliss is confident he has assembled a strong squad. “Marcus North’s addition to the team will bolster the middle order and Copeland is coming off a strong showing in England for Northamptonshire,” said Bayliss. “Michael Lumb has been a great performer for us in the past and we look forward to welcoming him back, and we would expect to see more of Hazlewood this season after his good performances for Australia A in Africa. “The batting skills of Jordan Silk and keeping skills of Dan Smith, as well as the addition of spinner Nathan Lyon and all-rounder Sean Abbott, will improve the depth in our squad. Depth will be important with a heavy BBL and international schedule coming up this summer,” he added.
As if the on-field fireworks of the Sydney derby opener won’t be enough action to keep the family entertained, there will be plenty of pyrotechnics around the ground as well along with DJs and dancers to keep the atmosphere pumping. If you are in Sydney between Christmas and New Year, put 29 December in your diary for the Sixers’ clash against the Melbourne Stars. The Sixers other two SCG home preliminary games are against the Perth Scorchers on 10 January and the Hobart Hurricanes on 15 January.
Members’ Special The Sixers have an exclusive membership offer for Trust Members this summer to get you into the magenta spirit. Recognising you already have free entry to the home games, for just $25 for junior and concessions, $30 for adults and $95 for families, you can receive a membership pack and access to a range of exclusive offers and behind-the-scenes opportunities that only Sixers Members will receive. It’s your VIP backstage pass for this summer’s biggest party. For information on the Sydney Sixers, or to take up this exclusive SCG Membership offer, visit sydneysixers.com.au
Something Old, Something New,
Stars Return, All Sky Blue The arrival of Alessandro Del Piero in Sydney FC colours last season turned Allianz Stadium into a sea of Sky Blue delirium and that will continue as the Italian superstar returns, along with a host of new players, for the new season starting in October. Record average crowds of nearly 19,000 descended on Allianz Stadium in 2012/13 for Sydney FC games as Del Piero and his club helped push the A-League into the mainstream of the Australian sporting landscape.
Former Sydney FC favourite Nick Carle returns from a loan spell in the UAE and the attacking midfielder is excited about how his game can link with that of Del Piero. Also returning to the Sky Blue fold is defender Matt Jurman, after two successful seasons with the Brisbane Roar, as coach Frank Farina looks to strengthen a defence that sometimes leaked goals last season. “Matt Jurman is a good left-sided defender and he’s a valuable addition to our team,” Farina said. “We need to bolster the defence and Matt’s arrival does that. He’s a proven A-League player so I’m expecting him to step up and play an important part in 2013/14.” The other side of the Sydney FC defence has been bolstered too with the arrival of championship-winning right-back Pedj Bojic from the Mariners.
Del Piero’s arrival not only reignited fan enthusiasm, it also brought front and back page news for the club and league, increases in corporate support, and a substantial lift in hospitality and merchandise sales. However all the lustre and hysteria failed to materialise into results on the pitch, particularly in early games. But Sydney FC has added some exciting new players to capitalise on the tremendous late season form that saw the team go on a sevenmatch undefeated streak (six wins and a draw) at Allianz Stadium.
Completing the off-season transfers is another defender, fullback Marc Warren who signs after a season in the Scottish Division One, and exciting young striker Corey Gameiro who comes in after spending three years on the books of English Premier League club Fulham (during which he was loaned to FC Eindhoven and Wellington Phoenix). “We’ve managed to bring in some good players and retained the players from last season we wanted to keep to help us play the type of attacking, high-tempo football we are looking to play,” Farina said.
“We realise the need to entertain as well as put together a winning product on the pitch and hopefully we can extend the undefeated run at Allianz Stadium beyond the seven games we currently have by another 14. “Allianz Stadium is a great place to play football and we look forward to another season of bumper crowds for the 14 home games.” That challenge begins with a Friday night league season-opener between the Sky Blues and the Newcastle Jets on 11 October. Fans are also in for a treat with Allianz Stadium hosting two Sydney derbies as the battle for cross-city bragging rights moves into a second exciting season. The Sky Blues will “welcome” the Wanderers as early as round three, before the two teams clash here for a second time on 8 March. Last season more than 26,000 fans attended the Sydney derby at Allianz Stadium.
For those with a longer memory the clash with traditional rivals Melbourne Victory takes place on 9 November, rounding out an exciting opening stretch of matches at home.
v Newcastle Jets
v Western Sydney Wanderers
v Melbourne Victory
Allianz Stadium, Friday 11 October (7.30pm kick-off)
Allianz Stadium, Saturday 26 October (7.30pm kick-off)
Allianz Stadium, Saturday 9 November (7.30pm kick-off)
The season-opener is a replay of the fixture that saw 35,419 fans witness the home debut of Alessandro Del Piero last year.
The first local derby of the season will rock Allianz Stadium in what is fast becoming the biggest sporting rivalry in Sydney sport.
This highly anticipated clash between traditional rivals guarantees drama as the two biggest clubs in Australia come together for Sydney’s home instalment of the ‘Big Blue’.
He's back: Del Piero returns for a second season at Allianz Stadium
v Western Sydney Wanderers Allianz Stadium, Saturday 8 March (7.30pm kick-off) Allianz Stadium hosts its second Sydney derby. With just five weeks before the finals, this clash will not only settle bragging rights for 2013/14 but could be pivotal to the title hopes of both clubs.
Josh Millard from Adelaide experiencing his first big stadium game.
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Rolling Stone recently dubbed Taylor Swift a “true arena-rock goddess at an amazing peak”. That sort of glowing endorsement from the world’s most influential music magazine would be treasured by Swift at any time, but it will be particularly valued in the early stages of her global Red Tour, which comes to Allianz Stadium on 4 December. Much has been made of the tour’s focus on large venues − she will be the first female artist to conduct an Australian stadium tour since Madonna brought her Girlie Show to the SCG 20 years ago − so news of the hysteria this “goddess” is generating at the
tour’s early mega concerts will be building the excitement among her Sydney fans. They can expect a slick, multi-stage, highenergy, high-emotion performance with Swift going through a range of costume changes as diverse as her music has become. The one-time country pop diva has definitely branched out beyond Nashville. As Rolling Stone puts it: “Seeing Taylor Swift live in 2013 is seeing a maestro at the top of her or anyone's game. No other pop auteur can touch her right now for emotional excess or musical reach
– her punk is so punk, her disco is so disco. The red sequins on her guitar match the ones on her microphone, her shoes and 80 percent of the crowd. Her set is mostly new songs from Red, the slickest, smartest and just plain best mega-pop statement of our time. She's a master of every rock-star move, except the one about dialing it down a notch. But who would ever want that? (Besides the whiny exes she keeps writing songs about?)” To get a small taste of what they mean, see the sample video clips from the early Red Tour concerts at www.taylorswift.com.
It’s been a big year on the field for the reigning premiers, and it’s only going to get bigger with the club heading into another final series − their 10th in 12 years. While that sort of consistency is tempting to take for granted, nobody in the red and white camp is saying that 2013 has been an easy journey.
blood in their veins − Brandon Jack (brother of Kieren), Xavier Richards (brother of Ted) and Tom Mitchell (son of Barry) who won an AFL Rising Star Nomination in round 11.
‘Fortress SCG’ has delivered a home record that most other clubs would trade their draft picks for, but the Swans have enough finals experience to know that it is how they perform against the top clubs that is important when it comes to the September action. Early season losses to Geelong and Hawthorn, and the drawn game at home against the Dockers were a reality check.
The Swans have obviously been keen to get as many of their key players back fit and into the starting line-ups for the finals but unfortunately they won’t be able to call on defender Marty Mattner who was forced to announce his retirement in June after battling a degenerative hip condition that had caused him pain for several years.
That said, the depth of talent in the Swans squad came to the fore this year as they continued to win games despite spending several rounds mid-season without nine of the players that contested the 2012 grand final. When Sam Reid tore his quad for a second time against the Demons in round 15, he joined an injury list that included Adam Goodes, Lewis Jetta, Rhyce Shaw and Lewis Roberts-Thomson. Fortunately for coach John Longmire, midseason was also when he could call on the services of Kurt Tippett to help breach the gap, and his star recruit didn’t disappoint. Shaking off any rustiness from his 11game suspension, Tippett’s impact was immediate. In his first home game against Carlton, played in conditions better suited to Noah than AFL, he proved an ominous threat all night by kicking goals and handling the ball as if he was playing under some sort of personal dry micro-climate.
“I have been managing injuries for a long time and was hopeful that I could get through the remainder of the season, but my body is now telling me that this is the best option,” Mattner said at the time. “I have loved my time at this club and obviously the 2012 premiership will be a highlight and memory I will have for the rest of my life.” Longmire thanked Mattner for his wonderful contribution to the club since switching from the Crows in 2008. He played 222 AFL games, including 117 for the Swans and consistently polled among their top defenders in the club’s best and fairest award. “Marty has been one of our most unheralded players, despite his consistency and reliability over a long period of time,” Longmire said.
Co-captain Jarrad McVeigh continued to inspire throughout the season as he reached his 200-game milestone and consistently ranked among the team leaders for disposals. The club has also been impressed by the young players they nominated in the preseason edition of ATG as being key to their future, such as Dan Hannebery, Kieren Jack and Luke Parker, have fulfilled expectations and taken their game to the next level. They also point the impact of five debutants this year who took advantage of their opportunities including Dane Rampe, Jed Lamb and the three who have Bloods’
“We often talk about one-percenters and when you look back on his career, his highlight reel will be full of all the things that are so important to us - tackles, spoils, blocks, smothers and many other efforts that don’t appear on the stats sheet. “Marty’s tackle late in the 2012 grand final (bringing down Grant Birchall in the dying
Injury battles: Adam Goodes 22
minutes to deny the Hawks a final chance of going forward to regain the lead) is a great snapshot of his whole career − a really important tackle, at a really important moment of the game.”
Fortress SCG: Swans on fire at home
Swansâ€™ Depth Delivers Finals Fever Inspirational: Jarrad McVeigh WINTER 2013
Roosters Ready for Fina Return
Ball-playing bonus: Sonny Bill Williams 24
Big improver: Jake Friend
After two seasons of hovering closer to the wooden spoon than the league leaders, the Sydney Roosters have undergone a renaissance to become serious title contenders. There have been several factors contributing to the transition. Some were planned, some have worked beyond expectations, but nobody predicted they would produce one of their best defensive seasons in a generation. You have to go back to 1977 to find a Roosters squad as good at producing shutouts. At one stage early this year, no team scored a point against them for three consecutive games at Allianz Stadium. The club expects their defending to be a key strength in their finals campaign. Young coach Trent Robinson can take much of the credit. The 36-year-old is having a dream debut season at the Roosters’ helm, but it should not be forgotten that his last role with the club was in their 2010 grand final season as ‘assistant coach in charge of defence’. Most fans were expecting the big improvement to come at the other end of the park with the high profile recruitment of Sonny Bill Williams, Michael Jennings and James Maloney. Few were shocked when Williams ended his five-year absence from NRL with a try in the opening round, but it’s his ball-playing skills that have proven to be a bonus. Even Robinson admits to being pleasantly surprised about the impact of his star dual international. “We didn't know how Sonny would come back. I'm not sure why any of us doubted his quality,” the coach recently told Sky Sports. The club nominates SBW’s trademark off-loads and the form he had developed with a reinvigorated Jennings as major reasons for their improved season. Another is the partnership that has clicked in the halves combination between Maloney and
Mitchell Pearce. That has worked so well they were called up as a duo to the NSW Origin squad. They also point to the progress of forward Boyd Cordner, who also got a Blues callup this year and is one of the club vicecaptains despite just being 21 and only in his third NRL season. A strong finals campaign and a premiership would be a fitting reward for captain Anthony Minichiello. Whether he continues with the Tricolours next season is yet to be decided, and the club insists he is keen to stay, but the veteran fullback remains a fan favourite and a popular team leader in his 14th season with the club. He was a part of the Roosters’ 2002 grand final winning team but that has been his only premiership title from an esteemed career. So as the season draws to a close, and the Roosters can begin to focus on finals match-ups, who do they see as the greatest threats to their premiership aspirations? They are conscious of the talent spread throughout the top eight and aren’t going to take any opposition for granted, but believe the recent finals experience of Manly, Melbourne and the Bulldogs gives them an extra edge. However, they told ATG that their arch rivals, the Rabbitohs, deserve to be favourites after spending most of the year at the top of the table. The media have been speculating for weeks about the prospect of the two rivals meeting in the grand final, something that has not happened since the two clashed for the NSWRL title at the SCG in 1935. The Roosters won that battle, making it two wins all from the four grand finals played between the clubs. Wouldn’t their fans just love to go one up!
Roosters bask in
Huge crowds have been flocking to dawn services in recent years as the ANZAC spirit enjoys a rejuvenation, and that popularity was reflected in a record ANZAC Cup crowd recorded at Allianz Stadium this season.
Australian Rugby League Commission Chief Executive David Smith, who served in the British Army, experienced his first ANZAC Day match and was greatly impressed by the Allianz Stadium traditions.
No doubt many of the 40,752 fans were inspired by the fine public holiday weather and the Sydney Roosters undergoing their own rejuvenation, but certainly the presence and displays by the defence forces added something to the emotional impact of the day.
â€œIt was an incredibly moving day, a chance to honour those who have given their lives for this country, a chance to celebrate the way of life they fought to protect and a reminder of how much rugby league is about coming together as a community,â€? Smith said to the Sydney Morning Herald.
Dragons veteran: Bill Collier
“The day is a real tribute to the players, the clubs and the fans and the way they embrace the ANZAC spirit. Throughout it all, the really important message is that we must never forget the sacrifices of our military personnel.” Roosters’ fans were certainly on an emotional high with their team’s barnstorming 34-10 victory over the Dragons, as they dared to believe in their 2013 premiership hopes. After conceding an early try, the Roosters showed their class and full attacking weaponry to jump to a 22-4 half-time lead, and they continued the attacking assault in the second half abruptly ending the Dragons’ recent domination of the ANZAC Cup. Roosters lock Boyd Cordner turned in a sterling all-round performance that pencilled his name in for a NSW State of Origin call-up and won him the inaugural Ashton Collier Spirit of ANZAC Medal for the player of the match.
The medal is named in honour of Roosters and Dragons World War II veterans, Ferris Ashton and Bill Collier. Ashton, who died of heart failure at the age of 86 in January, served in the Royal Australian Navy during the war and was in Tokyo Harbour when the Japanese surrendered in 1945. Afterwards he played 84 games with Eastern Suburbs. He also represented NSW and Australia, including the 1952-53 Kangaroo tour of England and France. He had been a Trust Member for more than 50 years and had become a regular fixture at the ANZAC Day game. Collier was a member of the Dragons’ first premiership winning team and, after playing the 1942 season, he was sent to New Guinea as part of an armoured regiment. “It's a nice honour and I'm very humbled to receive it on such a special occasion,'' said Cordner. “To be part of it is unreal and to be man of the match is something I'll never forget.”
ANZAC Tradition The ANZAC Cup is set to continue at Allianz Stadium next season. Make a note in your new 2014 Members Sports Diary. (Diaries are sent free to Members paying their annual subscription by the 1 October due date.)
ATG Cover Competition: Swans or Roosters? With so much great sports news coming from our home teams, choosing one event to highlight on the ATG cover can be a difficult decision. The Roosters’ 2013 revival made that doubly difficult this time – was that a bigger story than the Swans being in strong contention for backto-back flags? This was the alternative cover we considered. Did we make the right decision? Let us know which you would have chosen and why, and the most convincing answer will win a special historical account of the SCG signed by some of the biggest sports stars to have played there – including the late Sir Donald Bradman. We’re giving away a leather-bound, limited edition copy of Philip Derriman’s 1998 book, Grassy Pitches and Glory Years, which captures the development and influence of our famous ground through a series of fascinating chapters and historical photographs. This particular copy is signed by ‘the Don’, Richie Benaud, Reg Gasnier, Ken Catchpole and Mark Taylor. To be in the running for the prize, email your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org, with ‘ATG Cover Competition’ as the subject heading by 2 October. You must be a financial Member by then to win, so ensure you’ve paid your subs on time. We’ll announce the winner through the weekly Member e-newsletters.
Finals Footy roosters & swans prepare for september
ashes returns home leg of back to back series
New Members Stands Inside the Bradman & Noble
Baseball Milestone SCG Hosts MLB Opener WINTER 2013
Awesome Lions Prowl the Night
A near-capacity crowd turned out to Allianz Stadium in June to see the much anticipated return of the British and Irish Lions. In the end, the powerhouse of northernhemisphere rugby proved too strong for a Waratahs team depleted of its Wallabies stars, with the home team mauled 47-17 despite two excellent tries to veteran NSW centre Tom Carter. In many ways, the result didn’t diminish the atmosphere. While the match would have gone down in rugby folklore if the underdogs had achieved a victory like the Brumbies did the following week, it had been more than 40 years since an Australian provincial side had beaten the Lions. The knowledgeable Allianz Stadium crowd, regardless of whether they were wearing blue or red shirts, seemed to appreciate the quality of rugby they were witnessing. The Waratahs displayed the characteristic attacking intent they have developed under coach Michael Cheika but they were no match for the superb Lions midfield pairing of Jonathan Davies and Jamie Roberts. After remaining competitive for the first half, the inexperienced NSW pack could not withstand the assault when Warren Gatland emptied his Lions bench early in the second. The entertaining game marked an important milestone for the precinct, commemorating the 125th anniversary of the first Lions tour to Australia in 1888 when these two teams met for three matches at the SCG.
The tourists won all three (in fact, they were undefeated in 35 games played in Australia), and their star player was Andrew Stoddart who also represented England in cricket. He stayed in Australia after an Ashes series that year to join up with the Lions squad. A feature about the ‘First Lions’ tour appeared in the last edition of ATG, but you can also download an extensive and entertaining account from the Trust website written by rugby historian and journalist Spiro Zavos. Go to sydneycricketground.com.au/history and follow the links to the SCG Museum's current exhibitions. Photos from that ‘First Lions’ tour were among the classic images on display in Club XV, the sports bar set up in the Indoor Centre that proved popular with Members.
Members gathered there before the match to listen to and meet an expert panel comprising former Waratahs and Wallabies representatives Brendan Cannon and Phil Waugh alongside ex-Lion Richard Hill. The lively discussion and Q&A session was chaired by ABC TV’s Stephanie Brantz. Club XV was also open after the game for post-mortem drinks and the chance to wind down by playing some pool or listening to the music provided by the live DJ.
Now for Les Bleus Australia v France 21 June As Allianz Stadium was waving farewell to the Lions and its legions of red-shirted singing fans, preparations were already underway for the arrival next year of ‘Les Bleus’. France will be here in June to take on the Wallabies as the next instalment in the Trust’s 10-year agreement with the Australian Rugby Union for Test and international rugby tour matches to be played at Allianz Stadium. The Wallabies hold the traditional edge in Tests against France (particularly in recent years), winning 23 of the 42 played. But we were humbled in the last meeting in November 2012, when the home crowd at Stade de France roared their team to victory 33-6. Expect the Wallabies to be looking for revenge on our home soil. Further details of the game and special off-field arrangements for Members will be published in the February edition of ATG.
Dangerous playmaker: Bernard Foley
Starts Tahs Revival
Sensational debut: Israel Folau
There is obvious disappointment in the Waratahs’ camp at missing another finals series but there is some consolation in the improvement on the field and in the standings brought about by Michael Cheika’s new style of play. The running game introduced by the coach in his debut season saw the team double their wins from last year and finish four places higher in the table, albeit still out of reach of a finals wildcard. Fans could see the improvement on the field, especially at Allianz Stadium where they won five of their six home games, and the regular season stats support that perception. They scored 45 tries, second highest in the league, and led the competition in passes, offloads, run metres and line breaks. Nobody could have expected more from star recruit Israel Folau in his debut rugby union season. The tri-coder finished the season as NSW’s joint top try-scorer (eight), and ran for more metres than any other player in Super Rugby (1,390 metres in 14 games), averaging nearly 100 metres per match. Oh yes, and he did break into the Wallabies squad for the Lions tour. The season also saw Bernard Foley come of age. The 23-year-old only started getting regular first XV action in 2012, making the most of opportunities from injuries to Berrick Barnes, but in 2013 he became one of the most dangerous playmakers in Super Rugby. So with all that improvement, and consistently strong performances from debut captain Dave Dennis, why does Cheika think they are going through the long version of the off-season?
“This year we’ve had a bit of theme, scored more tries but don’t kick our goals. We’re still in the infancy of learning how to win,” he said. “We’ll make sure we carry that over into next year.” “I love winning and it’s hard to be satisfied with winning half our games. But I believe we’ve gone well towards starting to achieve the turnaround that we’ve been after.” Cheika was particularly impressed by the character his team showed in the narrow loss to the Reds in the last round, when they had no finals hopes to play for, believing it is indicative of a new attitude. “The one good thing is that they showed excellent character … they could have easily said it was the end of the season, and they really wanted to win.”
“We’ve got a clear direction to where we want to go and we’ve laid a great base for next season. When we regather later in the year, there’s a clear understanding of what is expected of each player and how we want to play rugby and that’s very positive. We’ve just got to get better at winning matches. “They’ll be changes in the roster going forward obviously (Sitaleki Timani, John Ulugia, Tom Kingston, Tom Carter, Drew Mitchell and Berrick Barnes are leaving the club) but that momentum for change will be the footprint we take into next season. We’ll definitely have bigger ambitions next year, without a doubt,” he said. Referring to their successful home record at Allianz Stadium, he added: “hopefully we’ve started to build a bit of a fortress that we can start to wage a few wars from”.
In his assessment of the season, Dennis also highlights “a clear shift in work ethic and attitude around the club” and said they were encouraged by the positive feedback from supporters to the on and off-field changes. “There were games this year that we should have won, simple as that. We won eight games this season, which is a few more than last year, but we still missed out on the finals. To look at it that way it’s disappointing but as captain of the team, I’ve been really proud of the effort that everyone has put in,” Dennis said.
Captain courageous: Dave Dennis
Huge loss: Tatafu Polota Nau was missed when injured
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100th Test WINS World’s Best Sports Event
THE STADIUM BUSINESS
The SCG has been honoured for its staging of the 100th cricket Test in 2012 by taking out the international Sports Event of the Year Award. The win, announced in Manchester at the 2013 Stadium Business Awards in June, came over a prestigious shortlist of finalists that included Super Bowl XLVI and the 2012 NBA All-Star game from the US, the London Olympic Games ‘Super Saturday’, and the opening game of football’s EURO 2012 in Poland. The 100th Test, played between Australia and India, was judged to be the best sporting event held at a stadium, arena or major sports venue globally in 2012. The judging panel remarked: “Proving that it’s not just new venues, or one-off events, that define a venue’s ‘greatness’ but fundamentally it’s about longevity. When we talk about stadiums have a lifespan of 20 to 30 years these days, it took the SCG 130 years to reach its landmark 100th Test – a milestone event, shared by very few other venues, that’s a deserved winner”. The SCG became only the third ground worldwide to have hosted 100 cricket Tests when Australia defeated India by an innings and 68 runs. The match was highlighted by the recordbreaking innings of 329 not out played by Australian captain Michael Clarke, and the centuries made by Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey. NSW Minister for Sport and Recreation, Graham Annesley, congratulated the SCG Trust saying it was a massive international achievement. ABOUT THE
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“When you look at the quality of the other finalists, it is a clear demonstration of just how outstanding the 100th cricket Test at the SCG was in every aspect,” Mr Annesley said. To celebrate the SCG’s 100th Test, the Trust commissioned an expert panel of former players, cricket journalists and sports historians to nominate the ‘10 most significant SCG Tests’ ever played. The panel also selected the best Australian XI and World XI teams based on their performances at the ground over the preceding 130 years. Walkways around the ground were lined with large video screens and still photographs displaying some of the SCG’s greatest Test moments, and the SCG Museum hosted a special exhibition of memorabilia from this ‘century of Tests’. To record the milestone in a unique way, 12 artists were commissioned to work from the stands and create works that captured some special aspect of the on-field action or the atmosphere of the historic match. These works were auctioned online after the Test to raise funds for the McGrath Foundation, in support of Jane McGrath Day. The Trust later published a 100 Tests coffee-table book documenting the greatest moments in SCG Test history. “In my day the SCG was just about every favourite grou cricketer’s nd. As far as I know, atmosphere it still is. It than any grou has more nd I know. about it that There’s just makes you something feel instinctive a famous place ly that this where famo is us things happ en.” Arthur Morr is
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New Seats for Greeting the
Members are in for a unique summer of international cricket. Outlined below are all the practical card usage and seating arrangements you need to know to make the most of it. Not only is it an Ashes series, it will be the second Ashes series within a year (you can never have too much of a good thing) and the January Test will be the first you can watch from the new Bradman, MA Noble and Messenger stands.
stands means more space for Members than ever before − an additional 2,000 seats. This will allow us to increase Club card use – they can be used for day four as well as day five of the Test this summer and will also admit for the ODI against England on Sunday 19 January. Despite the increased capacity, we do expect the usual high demand for seats, particularly for seats in the new stands. In the latest annual survey of Members, nearly 60% said you
Remember your annual membership subscriptions are due by 1 October. Renew now using the form sent with this edition of ATG to avoid missing any of the exciting summer action. All Members who pay by the due date will be sent a complimentary copy of our 2014 Sports Diary. If we haven’t received your payment by 15 October, your membership cards will be deactivated and a $60 late fee will apply to your subscription to reactive your membership card/s to regain access to events and Member facilities. International cricket is always the most popular drawcard for Members, and the good news is that the opening of the new 36
would prefer to sit in the new stands for the cricket than in the traditional Members and Ladies pavilions. We ask that you show courtesy to your fellow Members and observe the usual seat reservation procedures using the sticker you receive at the turnstile (more details below). Some seating on the
concourse level of the Members Pavilion in the new stands is allocated specifically for our 50+ year Members. Members will have the opportunity to purchase reserved seats for the first four days of the Test and the ODI. This summer, reserved seats will be located on Level 2 and Level 4 of the new stands. A map with seating locations will be available on the Trust website when applications open. Online applications for reserved seating can be made from Monday 14 October through to Friday 18 October. Full details of how to apply will be sent via the weekly Member e-newsletter closer to the time. Members without online access can call Membership Services on 1800 80 11 55 in business hours during the same time period. Your membership subscription must be paid before you can apply. If demand exceeds availability, we’ll conduct a ballot to select successful applicants. At the completion of the registration period, seats will be allocated to successful applicants by a random computer draw. Members will have equal opportunity to secure seats regardless
Swann song: Australia to face England twice in a year
of when they register within the period or whether this was done online or by phone. Applicants will be notified of their seat location in mid-November. The cost for a reserved seat is $25 per seat per day. Concessions are not available. Payment is by credit card only. Cancellations will not be accepted. Please do not apply for reserved seats unless you wish to be allocated. There are strictly no refunds. Seats are reserved for up to one hour after the commencement of play, at which time Customer Service staff will direct Members into vacant seats. Unreserved seats can be claimed by Members on the day using the usual firstin, first-served basis.
Members receive a seat sticker for this purpose from Customer Service staff at the turnstiles. Only one sticker is issued to each Member as they enter, and you place this at the top of your seat to reserve it before the commencement of play or when you leave your seat during the day. To be fair to your fellow Members, seats cannot be saved for others who are not at the ground. Personal items cannot be used to reserve seats and can be removed by Customer Service staff helping Members find seats. A limited number of seats and wheelchair spaces are reserved for Members with disabilities. Should you have a special seating request, please contact Membership Services by phone during business hours by Friday 8 November.
If you need to leave the SCG temporarily during the day, please take your membership card with you. Show it to one of the Customer Service staff at gates A or J and they will give you a Pass Out. To come back in, you must surrender the Pass Out and show your membership card again. Gold and SCG Member photo identification cards are not transferable. The SCG Match Day Office, next to Gate A, operates from Member gate opening times. For earlier assistance, please visit the Venue Services Office in the Allianz Stadium forecourt. Venue Services will operate from 6am on the first three days of the Test, and from 7am on days four and five.
Our unique Members’ precinct is always at its finest during a cricket Test, with that special atmosphere created by the buzz stretching across the Members’ Lawn to the players warming up in the practice nets. There is that camaraderie of meeting up with like-minded cricket tragics and sharing predictions before play and post-mortems after stumps. The look of the precinct will be different this year with the new Bradman and MA Noble stands opening for their debut Test. Naturally Members will be curious to explore the interiors of these latest chapters in SCG history, but their impact will also be to open up the space outside.
information. But rest assured there will be a wider range of food to choose from with the level one food court alone having more outlets than previously operated from the Village Green. The emphasis for the new catering operation is to have more fresh food prepared on site. Of course, you will still be able to book breakfast or lunch in the historic Dining Room of the Members Pavilion. Azure will also be open for breakfast and lunch offering poolside dining for Gold and Platinum Members. As well as the new developments, we are again running the off-field activities that have proved popular with Members for many years. Get your pink kit and charitable generosity ready for Jane McGrath Day (day three
Enjoy the Off-Field Action
The bars and gourmet food stalls that were previously set up in the ‘Village Green’ alongside the Walk of Honour’ will move inside a food court on level one of the new stands. In fact the food options will be expanded with additional outlets opening at the top of the stands alongside the roof terrace, and ultimately the new Members’ Dining Room on level two.
of the Test), as the SCG hosts the breast cancer charity for the sixth time and does its best to better the record funds raised last year.
Full details of what will be available at the Test were still being finalised as ATG went to press, but closer to the time Members will receive an Ashes Guide with full
Members can also expect numerous opportunities to hear the analysis and memories from Test greats of yesteryear as they join expert panels for the Members’
There will be plenty of pink activities including the traditional Jane McGrath High Tea. Check your Member e-newsletters in the coming weeks for entertainment and booking details.
Breakfast on day one of the Test, and again after play at the Stumps Sessions. The Stumps Sessions, held on the first three days (and possibly the fourth) of the Test, are an entertaining way to wrap up the day’s play – listening to insights from some of the game’s great characters while enjoying a gourmet sausage or drink with friends. Our most senior Members will be invited to attend the 50 and 70 Year Member Morning Tea on day three, where we will be inducting three new 70 Year Members, and there will be a similar event for our country Members for lunch on day two. The SCG Museum will feature an exhibition on the history of the Ashes at the SCG. The museum will be open to Members before play each day until the end of the tea break. Each morning for the first three days, the museum will offer complimentary Basil Sellers Sports Sculptures tours with the project’s artistic adviser, Henry Mulholland. Some stalls that are likely to attract keen Member interest during breaks in play are the cricket book marquee and the popular bat making demonstrations. This year, for the first time, there will be a Bradman Foundation stall displaying Bradman memorabilia and other items from the International Cricket Hall of Fame in Bowral.
Perhaps the most cherished off-field activity will be one that takes place on it. Fifty lucky Members will be selected to attend Tom Parker’s Curator’s Breakfast on day two. Participants become part of a select group to have been allowed to walk on the hallowed turf during a Test match, soaking in that special atmosphere before play. They join Tom at the wicket for a pitch inspection and the chance to chat to him about the finer points of his craft and some tales from behind the scenes. Members who renew their subscriptions by the due date of 1 October will automatically be entered into a Curator’s Breakfast ticket
draw. The first 50 names drawn from the ballot will be invited, along with a guest, to attend. Renew your membership now to ensure you’re in the running for this special experience. Look out for the Daily Innings newssheet for the latest updates on Member activities, interesting stories and statistics from our Test history. The Daily Innings is distributed to Members in the gate queues on the first four mornings of the match. Copies may also be available later in the day from the Indoor Centre or the SCG Matchday Office near Gate A. WINTER 2013
Food for Sport George Fouskarinis spent a lot of his childhood in his migrant parents’ vegetable garden, learning the value of fresh produce and watching his family prepare Mediterranean meals for relatives and friends.
match days and cater for private functions on non-match days booked through Stadium Events. When asked about his food philosophy and culinary vision for the venues, George described it as “modern Australian, with strong influences from Europe and across the world gained from my travels. I always try to maintain a classical touch and serve in a restaurant-quality style”. Delaware North and George share the same ethos that, whenever possible, food should be sourced locally to support local industry, understanding the journey of “pasture to plate”. “It’s important to identify where ingredients come from to ensure they are environmentally sustainable and ethically sourced. We have such amazing produce in Australia, we need to support the farmers,” said George.
Seafood tasting plate
When it came time for George to start his own career, it was a simple decision − he wanted to share his passion for food with everybody. Today he does that by leading the teams in the SCG and Allianz Stadium kitchens.
Within the new stands, there will be a wider range of Delaware North food outlets as well as the more formal 600-seat Members’ Dining Room, and George has been busy developing multiple, distinctive concepts for the new facilities.
Inspired by the potential of the new dining areas in the Bradman and MA Noble stands opening next year, he is on a mission to raise the kitchens’ culinary offerings to new levels.
Asked what we can expect, he said “the variety of cuisines will be far greater than ever before but the same ethos will transfer from the corporate hospitality and dining rooms into these retail spaces, with inhouse production, an understanding of ‘pasture to plate’ and locally sourced produce where possible”.
His career began with formal training from Greg Doyle and Steve Hodges at the acclaimed Pier Restaurant in Rose Bay, before gaining further experience working his way up through the ranks of five-star hotels and Michelin-star restaurants in Europe. Since returning to Australia, he has joined Trust caterers Delaware North as Regional Executive Chef for their Sports Service Division. His teams produce the meals served in the SCG and Allianz Stadium dining rooms and corporate areas on
He has put together a classically-trained team to help realise his vision: Jurgen Rossmann Executive Sous Chef Jurgen brings more than 20 years of hospitality experience to his new position, as the Executive Sous Chef at the SCG and Allianz Stadium. His initial step towards a culinary career started at a young age while working at his family restaurant in the
Austrian countryside near Salzburg. After his apprenticeship Jurgen gained further experience in European five-star hotels and Michelin star restaurants. After traveling to Australia, he worked as Chef de Cuisine of Banquets and Special Events at the Star Casino before joining Delaware North. Benjamin Handley Sous Chef Benjamin was classically trained in Sydney and has worked in England, European fine dining restaurants and five-star hotels.
Upon returning to Australia, Benjamin was the head chef at Tatler in the Hunter Valley before joining the team at the SCG and Allianz Stadium. Jimmy James Sous Chef Jimmy started his apprenticeship in stadium catering more than 20 years ago before continuing his culinary journey under a Swiss Executive Chef at the Ramada Grand Hotel in Bondi and then a five-star island resort off Cairns. Throughout this
career in positions of Executive Sous Chef and Chef De Cuisine, Jimmy’s restaurants have achieved ‘restaurant of the year’ awards and Good Food Guide chefs’ hats. Jimmy also has private catering experience, and his clients include several Academy Award winners. Stadium Events, the Delaware North team that manages non-match day functions at the SCG and Allianz Stadium is offering generous Member discounts – see page 7 for details.
Whet the Appetite George’s team is constantly working on new items for their ever-changing menus. Here, he nominates a couple of recent favourites. To reserve tables for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner in the Members Pavilion Dining Room during the coming cricket season, see the booking form in the Delaware North booklet sent with this magazine.
Stadium signature canapé
Seafood tasting plate
Handmade petit sesame cone filled with citrus crème fraîche, and topped with ocean trout and truffle tartar.
A seafood trio comprising a Coffin Bay oyster wakame salad with lime aioli and volcanic salt, a large cooked king prawn with chimiccuri, and a confit Balmain bug on fennel salad with citrus crème fraiche and sweet potato chard.
This item was inspired from George's fine dining seafood restaurant experience. He wanted to offer the same amazing experience of tasting fresh seafood from local produce to SCG and Allianz Stadium diners, incorporating a playful service style in the handmade cones.
This dish was inspired by George’s travels, incorporating eclectic cultural twists such as the sea vegetable wakame from Japan, the chimiccuri from Argentina, and the aioli from the Mediterranean.
Stadium Signature Canapé
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Our New Trustees NSW Minister for Sport and Recreation Graham Annesley announced four new appointments to the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust in July. Our new Trustees are former Wallaby and ex-ARU Chairman Ron Graham, former Australian cricket captain Lyn Larsen, Harvey Norman CEO Katie Page, and electronics
entrepreneur and multicultural business champion Nihal Gupta. Trustees have non-executive roles to oversee the management of the SCG and Allianz Stadium. Their appointments are for four-year terms and were made by NSW Governor Marie Bashir with advice of the Executive Council.
Four existing Trustees, who had completed their terms, were reappointed. They are Trust Chairman Rodney Cavalier AO, Alan Jones AO, Tony Shepherd AO and Steve Waugh AO. Other continuing Trustees are Ken Catchpole OAM, James McNally, John Hartigan, Gail Kelly, Stuart MacGill, Rod McGeoch AM LLB and Maurice Newman AC.
Mr Graham has had a long and distinguished involvement with rugby union. He played 18 Tests for Australia between 1973 and 1976 and has served as both President and Chairman of the Australian Rugby Union.
Ms Larsen becomes the first female Test cricketer and the 11th Australian Test cricketer to be appointed as a Trustee. She played 15 Tests for Australia between 1985 and 1993 and was captain for 10 of these. She played 49 One Day Internationals and led Australia to victory in the 1988 World Cup.
Ms Page is Chief Executive of Harvey Norman electrical and furniture retail chain, and made history when she was the first woman appointed to the Board of the National Rugby League in 2005.
Mr Gupta is Managing Director of Digital Electronics Corporation Australia and Chairman of the NSW Government’s Multicultural Business Advisory Panel.
Manchester United regularly get crowds of up to 75,000 for their home games at Old Trafford, but they won’t be used to the numbers they attracted to training at Allianz Stadium in July.
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More than 22,000 Red Devil fans turned out to see the English Premier League champions run through some drills ahead of their match against the A-League All Stars. The most ardent supporters started queuing at 9am for the 7pm session.
It was a chance for fans, including SCG Members who were given free access to Allianz Stadium, to get a close look at the talents of internationals such as Robin van Persie, Ryan Giggs, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra. The training was also the first opportunity for Australians to see new coach David Moyes in charge, taking over one of the highest profile roles in world football after the 26-year Alex Ferguson dynasty.
What’s New Around the Gym
Gym members don’t tend to sit still for long, unless relaxing in the beautiful poolside setting of Azure, and likewise there has recently been lots of change around the Stadium Fitness Centre. Apart from the physical training facilities, the fitness centre has been looking at what value it can offer for Members’ business and social networking. Key among these has been the regular series of Business Networking Breakfasts, which have proved to be popular sellout events. Speakers at these breakfasts are nationally and internationally acclaimed entrepreneurs, who share their inspirational success stories. Attending Members, who are often running their own companies, are also given time to network and explore what new business opportunities may have been lurking undiscovered amongst their gym colleagues. 44
The next one, in an Allianz Stadium private suite on 26 September, will feature Pauline Nguyen as guest speaker. Pauline, sister of TV chef Luke, is joint proprietor of their awardwinning Sydney Vietnamese restaurant Red Lantern and author of the highly acclaimed Secrets of the Red Lantern. The book tells the honest and often difficult story of the Nguyen family, following the journey of her parents from their homeland in Vietnam on their escape to Thailand as refugees, and then on to their eventual resettlement in Australia. See the fitness centre page on the Trust website for further details. Another branch of new social territory for the fitness centre was hosting its first annual Ladies Fashion High Tea in the Members Pavilion in August. The fashion show ranged from gym wear to jewellery and guest speaker was blogger and interior designer Jen Bishop. The final social event for the year will be the Christmas Party around Azure, which this year will have a ‘masquerade’ theme.
Business breakfasts: rugby league legend and entrepreneur Bryan Fletcher has been among the guest speakers
Booking details will be announced soon, but pencil the evening of Saturday 7 December into your diaries, and start searching for an outrageous mask to go with your cocktail outfit. There will be a special prize for the ‘Best Dressed Guest’. Cover band Soulganic will get the party going, while kids will have their own special entertainment arranged. The very reasonable $25 entry ($10 for kids 5-12 years) includes free drinks until 9pm and canapés throughout the night. On the more traditional gym front, two new programs starting in October are the final 2013 term of the Swim School and fitness centre’s famous Commando training. The Swim School runs from 8 October until 16 December, and is geared to preparing
competent school-age swimmers for competition or to improve the technique and fitness of proficient adult swimmers.
If you are looking for a short, sharp workout
Commando is the Stadium Fitness Centre’s toughest training program, with two sessions a week over five months throughout summer (October to March with a break in January) pushing all participants to their training boundaries.
ask gym floor staff about the CXWORX
It’s run from 6.15am – 7.15am on Tuesdays and Thursdays with interval running and strength and conditioning based sessions. This could make you the fittest you’ve ever been. The new group exercise timetable has been running since late July and introduced a revolutionary new core training class to the studio – ‘Les Mills CXWORX’.
that will inspire you to the next level of fitness, while strengthening and toning your body, sessions run on Monday and Wednesday afternoons and Friday mornings. Finally, after all that hard work you might be in need of a massage. Fusion Massage recently started operating at the Stadium Fitness Centre. Their philosophy centres on the fusion of relaxation and remedial massage along with recovery and rehabilitation techniques to support your total wellbeing. Choose from remedial, relaxation, sports or specialist pregnancy massages.
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We Don’t Like Cricket … It’s been a challenging British summer for Australian cricket tragics touring the UK, except for the happy band of brothers and sisters known as the SCG XI. The SCG Members social side chose this Ashes season for their first international tour, and they have proven that the spirit of the game can rise above all adversity at the elite level.
at Ripley Castle in Yorkshire (in many ways mirroring the similar result for that other Australian touring party the same day at Trent Bridge), the SCG XI went on to record their first win at the expense of the Bunbury Cricket Club in Cheshire (very much unlike the second match for that other Australian touring party).
They were there at Lord’s to witness the Test tragedy, but that hallowed turf was also one of the venues for their personal seven-match Ashes tour.
With the tour results evenly poised the tourists next headed to Highclere Castle, otherwise known as Downton Abbey, to face the Earl of Carnarvon’s XI. Our lads belted an impressive 282 off 47 overs, and the locals came close in their innings with 274. For some reason, probably best known to social/village cricket aficionados, that was officially a draw. Let’s put it down as a moral win − ATG declares us 2-1 up in the series.
Motivated by their narrow loss in the first tour match against Sir Thomas Ingilby’s XI
Game four was played in the quintessential English landscape of the Cotswolds
Fuelled by a magic elixir of Pimms and real ale, our gold and black striped ambassadors have not only remained chipper as Test wickets tumbled, they have done their best to restore national pride.
at Stowell Park against the Gloucester Gypsies. The ground is part of the private estate of Lord Vestey (yep, that cattle king that Paul Kelly sings about) who the SCG XI reported to be a generous host. However it was the locals who handled the 34 degree heat better. Series level at 2-2. Our intrepid travellers next laid siege to the English capital, taking on the Dulwich Cricket Club in south London. Despite robust half-centuries to Philip Booth and David Kelly, the SCG XI fell 19 runs short of the total amassed by the local geezers. Two games to go and 2-3 down. Lord’s awaits. Making the short trip up the road to St John’s Wood, the SCG XI arrived at the Holy Grail. The match against the MCC was actually on Lord’s Nursery Ground but that didn’t diminish the experience (or stop the boys lining up in front of the famous Members Pavilion for the team photo).
Abbey Road antics: the tourists in London spirit
In the stands: SCG XI coordinator Paula Booth with husband Philip
Cricket Mecca: SCG XI before their game at Lord’s
We Love It! Former Test batsman Simon Katich proudly received his ‘baggy black’ before the match and became the backbone of the visitors’ innings with 85. The MCC XI was captained by former Sheffield Shield batsman Clinton Perren, and the lusty lofting of his batting line-up ensured another victory for England at Lord’s. They passed the SCG XI’s 218 in the 36th over.
At 2-4 down, the series was gone but not all was lost. The SCG XI had the experience of a lifetime and that carried into the evening with a dinner in the Long Room in the company of Angus Fraser, Mike Gatting, Jim Maxwell and Brian Lara. After a massive night, our representatives padded up against the Duke of Norfolk’s XI at one of the world’s most picturesque grounds, at the foot of the 11th century Arundel Castle in Sussex.
Playing hard: on the field and (below) at the Long Room dinner
Captain (former Wallaby) Brett Papworth restored his cricketing credentials with 64, and looked on form to hit a century until more typical British summer weather finally arrived and washed out the match.
However, the greatest disappointment was that it was the final game of the tour. It was one that clearly left each participant with memories that will last long after the jet lag has passed. Any Trust Member can join the SCG XI for a small annual fee that can be paid as you renew your membership subscription. The SCG XI play a series games each summer − including on the SCG. You don’t have to take to the field at all if your joy from cricket comes from the sidelines and sharing the social experience with like-minded enthusiasts.
For further information, email Paula Booth on email@example.com Photos: Craig Hawkins
Join the Social Revolution
@ The Trust has revised all its social media channels in the past year to make it easier for people around the world to stay in touch with the latest news and events at the SCG and Allianz Stadium. We know from the latest annual survey that nearly half of Members are using some form of social media regularly. We have set up social media accounts dedicated to each venue on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and established a Trust channel on YouTube. By following the thousands of people who have already joined these accounts, you can access, share and comment on news items and announcements, event information and some special exclusive onfield and behind-the-scenes photos. Just like traditional types of communication, like print or broadcast, each type of social media has its strengths and weaknesses. Below, we summarise the different purposes we use each for. If you are new to social media, all these channels offer ‘help’ or ‘getting started’ links to get you underway (or enlist a friend or family member to show you the ropes).
Facebook www.facebook.com/sydneycricketground.scg www.facebook.com/allianzstadium.sydney We treat Facebook as a noticeboard and reminder service. You can view venue news, event information, historical pieces, and interesting photos on a regular basis. By ‘liking’ our pages, anything we post on Facebook will show up in the ‘news feed’ on your page. You have an opportunity to comment and ‘like’ our posts, or share what you find interesting with your own network of friends.
Twitter www.twitter.com/scg www.twitter.com/allianzstadium The information provided on our Twitter accounts is far more immediate than our Facebook posts. Each 140-character tweet from our Twitter handles, @scg and @allianzstadium, provides upto-the-minute event-day information, traffic and transport updates, Members’ queues, plus general non-event day news and photos. You can use it to ask questions or inform us of issues on event days. Join our conversation. Include @scg or @allianzstadium in your tweet to direct it to us. Include one of our standard hashtags, #loveourSCG or #allianzstadium, to link your tweet to existing ‘conversations’ about our grounds. Note the blue ticks which confirms our Twitter pages as the ‘official’ ones.
Instagram ourSCG allianzstadium Instagram is our social network photo album on which we upload small current and historical photos for your enjoyment. By simply downloading the Instagram app on your smartphone or tablet, you can search #scg or #allianzstadium and view our photos or share your own special memories. Instagram gives you the opportunity to make a comment, or like the photos we upload for your future reference. If you upload your own photos taken while at the grounds, make sure you add the relevant hashtag #scg #loveourSCG #allianzstadium, so we can search and like your photos.
You can find us on YouTube by entering SCGTrustTV in the search option at www.youtube.com. We’ve only just started loading videos here but already you can watch artist impressions of future precinct developments, vision of the new SCG stand development, and an entertaining practice session in our nets with South African bowler Dale Steyn aiming some short deliveries at a cardboard cut-out batsman. We aim to increase our library over the coming months with interesting and educational videos.
NB. Specific member information will continue to be exclusively provided on the Member section of the Trust website, and via Member e-newsletters.
League’s New Dawn
If you turn up early for any NRL final at Allianz Stadium this September, you have a chance to relive what is regarded as the dawn of a new age for rugby league. The Rugby League Museum on the stadium’s forecourt has put together a special display to commemorate the milestone 1990 and 1991 grand finals between Penrith and Canberra. The back to back finals represented a coming of age for these two relative new-comers to the sport’s elite competition, and indeed for the league itself. A year earlier, the Raiders had become the first team from outside Sydney to lift the premiership trophy and end the dominance of ‘traditional’ NSWRL clubs. They went on to consolidate that breakthrough with what became a hattrick of grand final appearances. The Panthers were also breaking new ground in 1990, making it through to their first decider after 23 years in the top competition represented by perennial underachievement. As it turned out, the young Penrith team would have to wait for their first premiership. They appeared a little overawed by the occasion and Canberra, featuring stars Ricky Stuart and Mal Meninga, won 18-14 in a more comfortable victory than the scoreline suggests. 52
When the clubs faced off again in 1991, the Penrith ‘Chocolate Soldiers’ had ditched their traditional brown and white strip for a more modern design (they were still lampooned as Liquorice All Sorts) and the steely resolve that characterised their season took them through to their first title. A new name was etched on to rugby league’s honour board and the broadening of the sport’s power, which began with Canberra’s emergence, continued. ‘New’ clubs (Brisbane and Canberra) won all remaining grand finals in the NSWRL era. Captaining the Panthers to their first premiership was their legendary halfback Greg Alexander. His ‘chocolate’ and ‘liquorice’ grand final jerseys are among the exhibits in the Rugby League Museum’s special display alongside the Winfield Cup they competed for, a Clive Churchill Medal, the 1991 grand final match ball signed by the players and other photos and memorabilia. “The focus is to not only showcase a grand final, but provide an insight
into the players, clubs and the expectation of thousands as their teams embark on the ultimate prize in rugby league,” said Museum Manager Frank Puletua. Admission to the museum, an expansive treasure trove of rugby league history, is free and the special 1990 and 1991 grand finals display will be sit alongside the wider permanent exhibition throughout the NRL finals. The museum is open for two hours on match days, up until an hour before kickoff, so arrive early to get into the finals spirit. The museum is also open 10am – 3pm weekdays.
Photo: Action Photographics
Celebrations begin: Royce Simmons after scoring the first try in 1991 final.
Stock will be available from early September. Purchase online at www. stadiumstore.com.au, by phone on (02) 9357 3388 or in person at the store in Allianz Stadium forecourt. To see a full range of the Stadium Store’s new SCG Ashes items, and the latest collections from our SCG and Allianz Stadium home teams, check out the catalogue enclosed with this edition of ATG.
Show your colours this Xmas It might be a bit early to be thinking about Christmas presents, but this stylish tie and cufflink set in SCG Trust Members colours would make a great gift for that hard-tobuy-for cricket tragic on your list. The quality silk tie is the latest product
from the Stadium Store in their navy, red and white SCG Members’ range and is monogrammed with our famous SCG's distinctive gold logo. It is complemented by unique cricket ball cufflinks − ideal for wearing to the
Members’ precinct for the Ashes Test in January.
The set is offered in an attractive gift box for $95, or just $85.50 with your 10% Members’ discount.
Insets: Viv Jenkins/Bradman Museum Trust Collection
Mark Taylor to Join Bradman Legends Mark ‘Tubby’ Taylor, one of the most successful Australian Test captains of all time, is to become the latest Bradman Honouree in October. The induction will be carried out by another legendary Australian captain, Richie Benaud, at the Bradman Foundation’s annual black-tie Gala Dinner held at the SCG. Members are invited to the event and receive a 20% discount on tickets. The choice of Taylor is particularly apt given the timing of the dinner in between this year’s unique back-to-back Ashes series. The former opening batsman won all six Ashes series he played in throughout a Test career spanning from 1989 to 1999. His final Test was an Ashes match at the SCG, which was not one of his greatest as a batsman but it was when he took his 157th Test catch to break Allan Border’s record.
He retired with a batting average of 43, and the record for the highest Test score by an Australian batsman. It was a record he shared with Don Bradman, when he reached 334 not out against Pakistan in 1998. He could have batted on to greater personal glory (he was within striking distance of Brian Lara’s overall Test record) but declared to give Australia the best chance of winning. Despite the match being drawn, the declaration was praised as being typical of Taylor’s approach to captaincy – always employing tactics geared to victory. Taylor replaced Border as captain in 1994, leading Australia to victory in 11 of 14 Test series. Two of those defeats were away tours in India − the only Test challenge he failed to conquer. Wisden described his legacy as “Border stopped Australia losing, Taylor made them into winners”.
Since his retirement as a player, Taylor has stayed with the sport as one of our best known TV commentators. Among the sporting greats attending his gala induction will be past Bradman honourees, Dennis Lillee, Neil Harvey, Alan Davidson and Bob Simpson.
GALA DINNER DISCOUNT Trust Members are offered a generous 20% discount on tickets for the event in the SCG’s Indoor Centre on Wednesday 30 October. The special $400 price includes a $50 taxdeductable donation to the Bradman Foundation and pre-dinner drinks served on the SCG outfield. For bookings and further information, contact Karen Mewes (02) 4861 5422, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.bradman.com.au.
SEPTEMBER 2013 Footy Finals (TBC) See www.scgt.nsw.gov.au for details
NOVEMBER 2013 Sydney FC vs Melbourne Victory Allianz Stadium
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NSW XI vs England SCG
ODI Australia vs England SCG
Sydney Sixers vs Sydney Thunder SCG
Australia vs England Ashes Test SCG
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Sydney FC vs Newcastle Jets Allianz Stadium
Sydney Sixers vs Perth Scorchers SCG
Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Stars SCG
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