Flynn's East bound and Down Xmas 2017 travel blog











Early start in overcast skies to head to city to go to the Ashes Test at the MCG. It was only a 10 min walk from the city centre to get to the grounds - didn't look like many people were going our way. How wrong we were on our way home at the end - 63 000 people at the game.

We watched the first session and then went to the Sports Museum (on the other side of the grounds) at lunch where we spent a good hour and a half looking at lots of really intersting sporting memorabilia. The walk around was crazy - so many people.

Back to our seats to watch the last 30 mins of the middle session. At tea time they had a cavalcade of vehicles with some of the Centenary Test match players including Dennis Lillee, Rod Marsh and Greg Chappel.

Just down from us were the Balmy Army who spent the whole day singing ditties. They were really enjoying the fact that the English had it all over the Aussies for most of the day - Allister Cook played beautifully for his 200. In the last session where Australia ran out of ideas, the Balmy Army really went to town. Poor Jackson Bird fielding down in front of them was the focus of their attention including a not very nice song about his bowling. He eventually got into the act as well and they cheered him when he bowled the 2nd last over of the day.

The crowd walking across the bridge and into town after the match had to be seen to be believed - incredible. There was a bit of rain when we were on the tram but for the walk to the park - nothing.

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