Monthly Archives: October 2015
Beefy & Rob kept to Inner-Melbourne and had a look at a truly unique Melbourne sport. Trugo was invented by railway workers in the 1920s and teams from across the city compete in the Victorian Trugo Association. Today we saw Ascot Vale take on the visiting Brunswick team.
Matches are competed between two teams of eight players. Teams hit the rings in pairs and hit 3 sets of 4 rings each down the 20m court, through a 2 metre wide goal. They then do the same again from the other end of the court, making a maximum total of 192 goals possible. The team that score the most goals wins the match. The Victorian Trugo Association also hosts singles, doubles and fours competitions.
Beefy & Rob headed east from Melbourne to Morwell as 140 Archers competed in the Australian National Championships. Two disciplines were being contested – Target and Field. As the name implies, target shooting is shooting at targets at different distances. Archers get to shoot 1440 arrows in a session over a variety of distances, scoring highest the closer you get to the centre of the target.
Field archery is contested over a cross country course of 24 targets. You shoot 3 arrows per target and they can be over a varied range of distances and terrains. The targets can be hidden and obscured by trees, hills or bushes. The archers need to become very creative with their shots as they dont get to practice before they get on the course.
The Constellation Cup is contested between Australia and New Zealand – the two top nations in the world of Netball. It is played on a 4 match basis being split across the two countries. Australia had already won the two matches played in New Zealand and only needed to win one of their matches to add this trophy to the World Cup they had won earlier in the year – consequently by beating the Kiwis in the final!
10,000 people crammed themselves into Hisense Arena to watch the two best teams in the world go at it. The Kiwis came from 8 goals down in the third quarter to win 50-47 and keep the series alive going into the fourth rubber.
The Speedway Grand Prix circus rolled into Melbourne for the very first time. Etihad Stadium looked magnificent decked out in speedway format and early indicators suggested that close to 40,000 spectators may turn out to greet these 2-wheeled daredevils.
Speedway bikes have no brakes, accelerate faster than a Formula 1 car and you have to turn right to go left and slide around the sweeping bends. It is truly an amazing sight to see these guys go at it, literally within inches of each other at speeds of around 80mph.