Snapshot Sunday: Cricket at Bellerive

Mitchell Johnson 2010

Ricky Ponting 2010

 

Bellerive Oval January 2010

This has been the first summer in seven years that I have not attended a cricket match at Bellerive. I’ve been very lucky to have seen Australia play against many other countries as well as attending Hobart Hurricanes games in the Big Bash League. This year I had to be content with watching it all on television and I missed being able to take photos of the ground and the players. These photos were taken at the very first match I attended in January 2010, a Test Match between Australia and Pakistan.

Bellerive Oval, now more often known as Blundstone Arena looks very different now with the new Ricky Ponting Stand where two older, smaller stands are in my photo. It is a beautiful stand but I rather miss the view of Mount Wellington.

Ricky Ponting Stand, Blundstone Arena, Bellerive

Snapshot Sunday: Thirsty Work

Hurricanes bowler Clive Rose at Blundstone Arena, Bellerive January 2017

There is a lot of cricket played in Australia in January. There is a Test Match early in the month, One Day Internationals and the domestic Big Bash competition is in full swing. This photo was taken last summer when I attended a Hobart Hurricanes match at Bellerive.

Snapshot Sunday: Johnny Bairstow English Cricketer

Johnny Bairstow at Bellerive Oval during an England v Australia A tour match 2013

The Ashes are on again and the First Test is being played at “The Gabba” in Brisbane this week. I think this beardless boy is England wicket keeper Johnny Bairstow. This photo was taken four years ago when England were playing a tour match against Australia A. Hobart does not rate an Ashes Test Match which is a shame because I’d love to see one but hate going to the mainland in summer.

Bad Photo Monday: Bad Photos at the Cricket

This bad photo is one of those ones that I kept because of the subject matter even though as a photo it is not very good. It was taken at a Hurricanes match that I went to with my friends Allyson and Matt a couple of years ago.  Ally asked me to take a photo of her with Ricky Ponting but unfortunately where they were standing the floodlights really messed up the picture.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Looking Up

Looking Up at the cricket

I was too disorganised to post anything this week so in the spirit of better late than never I’m posting my entry now.

Looking Up at the Night Sky Bellerive Oval

Looking Up at the Ricky Ponting Statue

Looking up at the ball

Looking up at the new grandstand

Looking up the steps at the new entrance to the cricket ground.

Looking up at the fans.

Ricky’s Biggest Game of Cricket – Launceston 2017

As I mentioned in a previous post Allyson, Matt and I attended a charity cricket match in Launceston during our trip to the north of Tasmania. The match was to benefit The Ponting Foundation set up by former Australian Cricket Captain Ricky Ponting and his wife Rihanna. The foundation raises money to help children with cancer in Tasmania, Ricky is from Tasmania and still likes to support his home state even though he no longer lives here. Launceston is his home town so the stadium there, currently known as University of Tasmania (UTAS for short) Stadium, was the venue for the game. Most major men’s cricket matches are played in Hobart but when Ricky retired from cricket a few years ago a tribute match was played here featuring many well known cricketers and former cricketers and a few footballers as well. It was a huge success and also a lot of fun. I should know as I was there.

 

Hawthorn v North Melbourne

Hawthorn v North Melbourne

This particular cricket match had a football flavour to it as it was the North Melbourne AFL club who play some matches in Hobart versus the Hawthorn AFL club who play some matches in Launceston.  Ricky, a North Melbourne supporter, captained that team while former cricketer and Hawthorn supporter Damien Fleming captained the other. There were a few retired footballers and Peter Siddle who has played cricket for Australia included in the teams.

Allyson, Matt and I arrived early for the match after a three hour drive from Hobart through what seemed like endless road works. We were happy to buy some food and relax in our seats which gave us an excellent view.  There was another cricket match on when we arrived so we  had a chance to set up our cameras ready for when the main match began.

The Trophy

The Trophy

Later on the two teams came out to warm up and we took quite a lot of photos. I am not in the least bit interested in AFL and especially not in football teams from Melbourne so I did not take that many of them but concentrated on the three cricketers which soon became five cricketers when two of our favourite Hurricanes players, George Bailey and Tim Paine, arrived. We wondered why they had come in their uniforms and why they were having Go Pro cameras strapped to their heads. It turned out that they were to be the umpires.

I won’t describe the match in detail but let’s say there was some very entertaining cricket played, not all of it good and some very close, some might say dubious umpiring decisions at times. However, the umpires word is law so if  the batting team is four runs short and the umpire says that the last ball of the match is a no ball and must be bowled again who are we to argue? I really could not tell from where I was sitting if it was or not but as it resulted in a win for Ricky’s team I am not complaining.

It was not the easiest photography to do because of the long shadows the stadium threw across the ground at the evening went on. This proved quite a problem to me as I had not used my 100-300 zoom lens at twilight before. Allyson’s lens seemed to cope with it better. I have used some of Allyson’s photos here as credited.

After the presentation of the trophy the players all stayed around signing autographs and having their photos taken with the fans. When we left more than half an hour after the match ended Ricky and one or two of the footballers were still patiently signing for the few fans that were still there.