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dandegas1
Post subject: Boxing Day Test - First Timer
PostPosted: 14:49 on 5th Feb 2013

Joined: 14:30 on 5th Feb 2013
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Hi All,

I'm a Bristol lad and I am off to a Scout Moot in Australia in December.

It is in Perth from 30th December 2013 to 11 January 2014. www.wam2014.com.au/

While I am travelling half way around the world I am desperate to see a test match and the most likely one is the MCG Boxing day test.

I'll hope to catch all 5 days but it may just be 4 depending on my flight on the 30th to Perth.

I will probably fly Heathrow to Sydney around the 19th Dec, spend a few days there and then head down to Melbourne.

Is anyone doing anything similar as I am travelling by myself.

I guess as I want to see at least 4 days of the test I am going to have to get my tickets with ECB and use their hotel choices while in Melbourne?

Thanks in advance for any tips and help!

Dan
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Minhosa
Post subject: Re: Boxing Day Test - First Timer
PostPosted: 10:50 on 6th Feb 2013

Joined: 08:07 on 21st Jul 2010
Posts: 118
Hello mate

I would book the tickets and accommodation myself (cheaper that way).

The MCG is massive and there should be no problem getting tickets, if it is anything like last the time Cricket Australia will release the tickets around June or July. They do this in 2 stages; firstly they release tickets for purchase to the Australian Cricket Family (ACF) which is open to Australian residents (so if you know people living in Australia maybe they could joing the ACF (simply register on the CA website) and book the tickets for you?), then a week or so later tickets will go on general sale for the rest of us.

Boxing Day will no doubt be the busiest day but the MCG holds over 90000 so I wouldn't envisage much problem getting the tickets when they go on general sale (may mean a late night when you book tho). All depends on how well the Aussies do?! ;)

Keep an eye out for the ticket release date on the web or from this forum...

All the best

M
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dandegas1
Post subject: Re: Boxing Day Test - First Timer
PostPosted: 14:28 on 6th Feb 2013

Joined: 14:30 on 5th Feb 2013
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Thanks for the information mate. I was hoping that would be the easiest option.

I have read somewhere that you can only get up to 2 days of tickets though. Is that correct?
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Minhosa
Post subject: Re: Boxing Day Test - First Timer
PostPosted: 16:28 on 6th Feb 2013

Joined: 08:07 on 21st Jul 2010
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Hopefully not. That wasn't the case the last time, my mate booked us tickets for the first 4 days no problem...although we were sat in different seats each day.

Boxing Day was really busy but after that there were plenty of seats going (probably had something to do with us stuffing them)... ;)
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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: Boxing Day Test - First Timer
PostPosted: 00:22 on 7th Feb 2013

Joined: 09:14 on 23rd Apr 2008
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dandegas1 Wrote:
Thanks for the information mate. I was hoping that would be the easiest option.

I have read somewhere that you can only get up to 2 days of tickets though. Is that correct?


I think I vaguely recall reading that a "two days of tickets" rule applies to the ECB's 12th Man allocation.

The MCG is such a huge ground that it doesn't normally sell out even for Boxing Day itself, although our last 2 visits there came fairly close.

For the Melbourne Test your best bet is to order them through whatever ticket agency in Australia sells them when they go on general sale, normally either Ticketmaster or Ticketek. Getting Melbourne tickets has never been a problem in the past. Perth and Sydney are a different matter...
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addtamx
Post subject: Re: Boxing Day Test - First Timer
PostPosted: 08:07 on 7th Feb 2013

Joined: 21:02 on 9th May 2008
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Location: Australia
Hmmmm, do you think if boxing day does sell out Cricket Australia will consider selling "after lunch" tickets for when the cons have all gone home and the ground is near empty??
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dandegas1
Post subject: Re: Boxing Day Test - First Timer
PostPosted: 11:08 on 7th Feb 2013

Joined: 14:30 on 5th Feb 2013
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Thanks for all the comments people they are much appreciated it.

So there are essentially 3 options:

1. Go with the ECB on their tour and pay for their hotels.
2. Go with the Barmy Army on their tour and pay for their hotels.
3. Go by myself and get 5 days of tickets through Ticketmaster and find a cheaper hotel.

1 and 2 being far more expensive but give the option of being with like minded people where as with 3 I will be sat by myself for 5 days.
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Minhosa
Post subject: Re: Boxing Day Test - First Timer
PostPosted: 13:59 on 7th Feb 2013

Joined: 08:07 on 21st Jul 2010
Posts: 118
dandegas1 Wrote:
1 and 2 being far more expensive but give the option of being with like minded people where as with 3 I will be sat by myself for 5 days.


It's your choice of course, however there will be no problem with meeting up with like minded people, there will be plenty of England cricket fans travelling on their own. Simply seek out the Melbourne Barmy HQ or keep tabs on this forum as there will be people looking to meet up over there... :)

M
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addtamx
Post subject: Re: Boxing Day Test - First Timer
PostPosted: 21:01 on 7th Feb 2013

Joined: 21:02 on 9th May 2008
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Location: Australia
dandegas1 Wrote:
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1 and 2 being far more expensive but give the option of being with like minded people where as with 3 I will be sat by myself for 5 days.


As there are so many Eng fans that travel independently and also ex pats like myself that go to the tests you'll find that there are always Eng supporters scattered over all areas of the ground. So you certainly wont be "sat by yourself" and amongst only Aussies.

If however you want to get in amongst the Barmy Army fun, the MCG is great because it has (an albeit small) terraced section at the back of the stands. So ditch your seat and head around to the Barmy Army area and enjoy the antics :D
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dandegas1
Post subject: Re: Boxing Day Test - First Timer
PostPosted: 11:35 on 25th Feb 2013

Joined: 14:30 on 5th Feb 2013
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Well I am all booked up!

I leave Heathrow on 18 December arrive in Sydney 20 December for a few days sight seeing.

23 December I head to Melbourne for a few days relaxation and then off to drink beer and to watch England wrap it up in 4 days.

I then head to Perth on 30 December for the scout moot (we better have wrapped it up by the morning of day 5 as I am going to miss the afternoon session). I then fly home on 11 January 2014.
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