I don’t know much about cricket but I know what I like to be doing when there’s a game in progress. And it’s not the ironing. Or mindless watching and waiting for something exciting to happen as we are subjected to endless hours of this unique kind of nothing on summer television and my memories go back to the good old days of the summer Davis Cup tournaments sunning on the sands at Casuarina Sands and listening on a transistor radio. Remember them? Nowadays they are emergency equipment in the fire and flood emergency box.
Well it might be fun during the Cricket World Cup to have what Ambassador of Ireland Noel White calls the ‘default’ team to barrack for and hoot and holler for the Irish when they play South Africa in March at Manuka Oval. The team has been in Canberra this week to familiarize and test the Manuka pitch in preparation for 2015. And they beat the Canberra Comets in their first game - after a double defeat in Queensland - which is likely to put a skip in their step and a reason for a few Guinness at the local Irish Club.
The reception at the Embassy of Ireland for the team with host White declaring his ‘sports tragic’ status and happily receiving a signed jersey for the World Cup wearing of the green on the couch was a happy welcome to this team that is enjoying the opportunity for a junket journey around the pitches in Australia and New Zealand, a meet and greet with local Irish born Aussies and valuable information on all that is good about the cities they’ll visit. A lovely bunch, some needing sub titles for their accents but all enjoyed an afternoon on the green, the very green grass of their little slice of Ireland in Canberra, where the weather was warm and the Guinness cold.