I went to Melbourne for a footy bloggers summit meeting. Had a great time with my TTBB colleague Dugald, and meeting for the first time Craig from Footy Maths Institute, John from Holy Boot's Emporium, and Andy from TTBB and Reading Sideways.
We met at the London Tavern, and then had a stroll through the park around the MCG and a bit of kick to kick.
|Above and below, soaking up the Tigerish atmos of the London Tavern in Lennox St Richmond.|
|The Canoe Tree. "...an old eucalyptus scar tree which shows a big scar caused by harvesting of bark for a canoe by the original inhabitants of the Yarra River Valley, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation." -Wikipedia|
|The Lake Oval, former home of the South Melbourne Football Club. Now its been swanked up as a (locked up) soccer and athletics venue.|
|Abot 15 years ago before the Lake Oval was redeveloped. The echoes of Laurie Nash and Bobby Skilton that were here then were removed along with the asbestos.|
|This next batch are from around Victoria Park, former home of Collingwood Football Club. It is now open to the community and its an object lesson for how this sort of heritage site ought to be retained.|
|Alistair Jellie fitting in with the frankly yellow-and-black vibe that now permeates Vic Park thanks to health and safety regs.|
|Magnificent scoreboard sculpture by Anderson Hunt|
|The sculptures around the MCG are very classy. Shane Warne with just a hint of tub.|
|DK Lillee photographed from exactly 22 yards away.|
|A quite moving memorial to Tom Wills, pioneering cricketer and co-inventor of Australian Rules.|