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    Quote Originally Posted by sandgroperrugby View Post
    BankWest
    Gage Roads Alby
    Qantas
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    Programmed
    FMG
    PWC
    Rhino
    Toyota

    Some of the big names on display.
    Nice to see Alby Matthewson acknowledged

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandgroperrugby View Post
    BankWest
    Gage Roads Alby
    Qantas
    Uber
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    FMG
    PWC
    Rhino
    Toyota

    Some of the big names on display.
    Excellent list of sponsors with Bankwest FOJ sponsor.

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    forgive me - but what or who is Gage Road Alby?

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    forgive me - but what or who is Gage Road Alby?
    A very nice beer...

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    forgive me - but what or who is Gage Road Alby?
    Gage Roads is a Perth craft beer brewer (and have exclusive beer supply contract for Optus Stadium - with a microbrewery onsite!).

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    Well ... it's a beer, anyway.

    I didn't twig that Alby was part of a sponsors name for their beer, and when I saw a player with "Alby" on his shorts I thought that Alby Mathewson either had a big head, or lost a lot of shorts.

    Then I realised that there were about 30 Albies running around!

    So, what's the general assessment of the night?

    I have my views. Many things were good, some indifferent, and a few bad.

    GOOD

    The crowd was almost a sellout, everyone was in a happy, generous mood. Everybody enjoyed themselves.
    The players on both sides gave everything they had, there was a lot of talent out there, and some exceptional skills. The Force defence was the most solid part of their game, and the tackles were committed and sometimes ferocious.
    The stadium staff were pleasant, unobtrusive and very helpful.
    The ticket prices were reasonable and family affordable.
    There was no yobbo behaviour, arguments or abuse, and the crowd was appreciative of good play from both sides.
    There were no inane games and competitions at half time.
    Mr Forrest made himself accessible to the supporters present, was affable, polite and patient with them, signing autographs for the children and posed with them for selfies. He could just as easily have stayed in the corporate box drinking, and no one would have thought the less of him.

    INDIFFERENT

    The entertainment I saw consisted only of the band. It was no doubt a marvelous band if you were deaf, attending a boilermakers' convention, or enjoyed banging your head against a steel bulkhead. As I had none of those afflictions or affiliations I was left cold by their charm.
    Thankfully I either missed the pom pom girls or they never materialised.
    I didn't buy any food, but saw what others had purchased, and was pleased I ate before I came. A chap in front of me had some deep fried
    congealed brown objects in a small white box which may have been potato chips or wedges, but I couldn't be sure.

    BAD
    Not too much, but

    The ground announcer. It is an act of disrespect to the players for a crowd to engage in a Mexican Wave while the game is on. This announcer was actively encouraging it.
    It was not necessary for him to express undying love and adulation of Mr Forrest at every opportunity. Mr Forrest is well aware of what he has accomplished against the odds.
    It is not the duty of an announcer to be onesided in his attitude to the teams in the game, or to inflict himself on the audience as if he was part of the entertainment. Show respect and equal favour to both teams, and refrain from silly comments, otherwise it is cringeworthy. The spectators, nearly all Force supporters, showed more sportsmanship than he did. Chanting barracking and passionate support is spontaneous and infectious. It cannot be manufactured by the harangings of an announcer.

    OBSERVATIONS

    The games was enjoyable, but from a spectators perspective did not have the intensity of passion or tribalism of a competition match. It had the atmosphere of a "one off" where the skills on display were more important than who won or lost. I am confident this will change next year when there will be ladders, numerous games and final series.

    Gimmicks such as green or red lights on crossbars don't work. This is not America. Australians (and Kiwis and Saffas) are more reserved and laconic and don't readily accept these concepts.

    The new rules, if they were intended to speed up scrums and lineouts did not work out that way. And God I hate the almost uncontested scrums when the ball is thrown under the number 8's feet.

    There is a lot to build on here. We should concentrate on our comp and our own team and team identity and move on and away from Rugby Australia and what it represents. Ignore them. That hurts more than abuse and vilification, as a wise man once said.

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    Have to agree with most of what you say Fulvio, a great crowd who were happy to be there. as for the entertainment I thought it was great although I did think that the RugbyRoos players got a bit lost in all the action,perhaps it would have been better for them to come on at half time. There were no pom pom girls but there were some dancers and a light show that I enjoyed. I was also pleased to see that the Morph Men wore shorts and had a proper role in the proceedings.As for the food I don't think it was any worse than at any other sports ground although I personally take in my own food to save money. There was quite a bit of injury time so the game didn't flow quite as well as they would have hoped. I disagree about the lights although at the moment it is hard to work out when they come. I would like to see lights come on when a try is scored. Zing bails have worked well in the Big Bash.It was good to see some of our old players out there and I was impressed with the new ones especially Andrew Deegan. We do have alot of good things to build on, I just hope that everyone continues to support the rest of these games by getting their bums on seats!

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    Agree PG, that was a pretty good first effort (both on and off the field), especially given the timescales and obstacles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveWA View Post
    It's technically feasible but not straight forward. Firstly it would require an audio stream (which would mean getting the Force powers-that-be to agree). Then the delivery: ideally you would want broadcast rather than individual streams (which would compete for bandwidth and likely introduce delays that make the sound out of sync with the play). It would be a lot more straightforward in a stadium like Optus which provides Wifi, and so the audio could be broadcast from a local server. NIB, not sure what the wifi situation is.

    So, doable but much easier to re-enable the Rugby Ears.
    I missed my sports ears. Hearing the sounds of the game bring it to life. I suggested last night that they should broadcast the ref Mic feed over the ground speakers for all to hear. It will help keep everyone engaged.

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