Saturday, December 5, 2020


Tough times for those who’d rather play than watch in Sydney

In the wake of the recent state election result, it seems likely the Liberals and their Lendlease Le..

By Sunday Herald Team , in Sports , at March 31, 2019

In the wake of the recent state election result, it seems likely the Liberals and their Lendlease Lego team will accelerate plans for the Allianz Stadium redevelopment. However, as hundreds of millions are spent on the new facility spare a thought for those who struggle to find a patch of turf for a weekly kick-around.

For our motley crew of soccer enthusiasts in Sydney's densely populated east, the Monday game has for a decade been the perfect antidote to Mondayitis. Playing heavily on double entendre, our team, Real Bondi FC, is a glorious melting pot of Germans, Dutch, Mexicans, Africans, Italians, French, surfers, skateboarders, DJs, desk jockies, tradesmen, Muslims and Jews, for whom soccer is the one true religion.

Those who want to play rather than watch sport in Sydney have limited options.

Those who want to play rather than watch sport in Sydney have limited options.Credit:Sahlan Hayes

Mondays are the Sabbath and most of the day is spent on Whats App frantically debating options for a vacant oval that will accommodate our footballing ritual. The persistent bleating of the phone a constant distraction from the tasks you are trying to complete in order to actually make the 6 oclock kick off. Its not uncommon to arrive at one goat paddock only to discover there has been a last-minute location change.

Why not just book a field you ask? Thats easier said than done. Ovals are monopolised by bigger clubs and half-decent fields are scarcer than a good crowd at Allianz. A recent enquiry about hiring a field, which lies in the shadow of the ill-fated Moore Park stadium, proved fruitless.

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We are forced to revert to soccer piracy. Over the years we have been hunted off ovals by greenkeepers, chased away by stick-wielding hurling teams and threatened with police action by council representatives – all for the crime of having a Monday night kick-about.

Now "winter is coming" and, indeed, we feel like the doomed characters in Game of Thrones. Without the extended twilight offerings of daylight saving we need a floodlit oval to play on – an even scarcer prospect.

On the weekend, The Sun-Herald reported competition for playing space is not just a problem in the east of Sydney as the provision of parks and sporting facilities fail to keep pace with development and population growth Read More – Source

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