Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Rugby World Cup Fever in New Zealand


Most times I’ve traveled to NZ have been when there has been some kind of international rugby game on and the fever stakes are high.  I’ve never intentionally gone to NZ to follow or watch any of the games either, if truth be known I’m a strong supporter of the social scene not so much of the actual game.

I thoroughly enjoy going to watch a sports game from a corporate box, I think this is the only way to watch a game.  Let’s face it, from where the corporate boxes are situated there’s not a lot one can see on the field anyway, in fact anywhere other than the front row is at a disadvantage when it comes to football and then god help you if the players are on the other side of the field because you’ll have absolutely no way of knowing what is going on unless the supporters on the other side scream loud enough.

But this brings me back to the corporate box.  While I love the corporate box I find them so terribly disorganized.  The seating is usually outdoors, which is fine by me – get those screaming supporters out of the comfort areas, they don’t belong indoors!  My gripe is that the food arrangement is very poor. 

Corporate boxes compete when it comes to serving their guests great appetizers and at the same time the adult beverages are awesome, but I find it rather difficult when the young sparsely clad girlies walk around with the appetizers and expect you to take a couple in your one hand, hold your glass of poison in the other hand and then still find a fairly decent way to talk, eat and drink in a standing position!  How thoroughly awkward.   If you have a corporate box that is different in that people can comfortably sit down and socialize as well and drink and eat, I urge you to send me a complimentary ticket to do a review on it…. So far none have inspired me.

Which brings me back to rugby fever in New Zealand during the world cup.  Let me tell you the Kiwi’s know how to turn on the charm as well as host a wonderful event.  They need very little coaching when it comes to standing out in a crowd.  They have a wonderful fighting spirit and sport is in their blood.  When it comes to rugby or cricket, they are passionate and energetic.  The local pubs turn into a festive scene and one would be forgiven if one thought you were attending your own birthday party.

If you’re following the rugby world cup 2011 and are not in NZ at the moment, you still have time to grab a last minute ticket and get there for a couple of the games, and when there is not a game playing, one can always travel around the marvelous countryside, stop off at a couple of vineyards for an adult treat, or get into one of the many extreme sports they put on for us.

Enjoy the Rugby World Cup 2011, while I love New Zealand, it would be terribly un-Australian to support them when I’m a die hard Aussie, so good luck mates, but GO Aussies, go!

~  Vanessa

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