New cricket season

Hi all

The new Sunshine Coast Cricket Association season is just around the corner. Most grades will retain the traditional mix of two dayers and limited overs games. 

I’m informed that fifth division will be limited overs games only. 

The new ground at USC is currently serviced by the 618 bus route. Alternatively the USC station is a 15 minute walk through the Uni campus away.
The new ground at the University of the Sunshine Coast is expected to host its first game in round 1. This round is scheduled for October 7 and 14. 

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Network Ten in voluntary administration, what of the regional affiliations?

Hi all

As you may have seen reported in the news Network Ten has gone into voluntary administration. The Network has a $200 million loan that will no longer be garenteed by two of it’s share holders.

What does this mean for it’s regional affiliates?

There are reports that Ten plans to operate as normally as possible. If this occurs, not much will change for the affiliates – Win and TDT Tasmania. If not, Win will have to find another source of programming. TDT is also affiliated with Seven so it may ditch the Ten affiliation altogether.

Could we see more local sport on TV?

Win currently broadcasts a local news bulletins into each of it’s coverage areas. It also produces a national news bulletin with stories from the local bulletins.

As you can imagine I’m in two minds on this. It’s clearly a bad thing as people may lose their jobs. But it also put’s me in a position where I may be supplying content to Win. If I had it my way, the employees of Ten would keep their jobs and I would be supplying programming to Win.

If you’ve read the last paragraph and gone ‘what the?’ I produce sports coverage over on the PattmanSport Youtube channel. This includes the above video.

Ten says it’s well on it’s way to raising the money through reduced broadcast licence fees and cheaper content deals. It may survive this, it may not.

The Coast knows how to do a sporting event

Hi all

The Sunshine Coast is known for it’s beaches, national parks and Australia Zoo. There is also the triathlons in Noosa and Mooloolaba.

Just under this layer is a whole host of other events that the wider audience may not know about.

I’m talking of course about the various sporting Grand Finals. The Sunshine Coast Rugby Union’s SGQ Cup Grand Final drew an estimated 800 spectators at the University of the Sunshine Coast ground. The choice to hold the game out “in the suburbs” as opposed at Sunshine Coast Stadium provided a more intimate atmosphere.

This atmosphere is something that only a local country ground can provide. At some grounds, spectators can drive right up to the boundary fence and watch the contest from this vantage point. At most grounds, one can park within 100 metres of the ground.

The Caloundra Cricket Club even has a park bench or two so a spectator can have a feed while watching the game. Clubs will also have a canteen on site with some also having a bar.

If driving isn’t your thing, public transport is available to the vast majority of grounds. The stops are always within walking distance of each venue. Hotels and other accommodation providers tend to have transport information on hand so finding your way around shouldn’t be too hard.

If you are traveling with children, most venues will have an area that they can run around in if they get restless. While these will vary in size, they should be sufficient to keep them happy.

Anyone wanting to experience sport with a country feel but without the feeling of being too far from anywhere will enjoy the Sunshine Coast.

The football codes run their seasons from April to September while the cricketers play from October to March. Roller Derby fans are encouraged to contact the local association to check their schedule.

Check out the PattmanSport YouTube channel.

Hi all

I’ll be uploading video of a few games of cricket over the weekend to the PattmanSport YouTube channel. I’ll upload a review programme called “Weekend Wrap” on Monday, then a rant style video on Wednesday.

I’ll also be streaming some moments from both cricket games on Periscope. My handle over there is @pattman_film. I’ll also upload those clips to YouTube.