Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Suncorp stadium to host two rugby games this week...

Suncorp Stadium to host two rugby games this week...

Suncorp Stadium to host two top-level rugby games this week...

Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia is to host two top level rugby games this week.

On Wednesday Queensland's Maroons and New South Wale's Blues fight out the rugby league State of Origin decider - one each with one to go. Will it be the Maroons winning Series 6, or the Blues winning Series 1 for the first time in six years? My pick: Queensland by 12 and Under

So to Suncorp in the weekend: The minor Super 15 premiers, the Queensland Reds up against every Cantabrian and Christchurchite living. Earthquake ravaged Christchurch needs something to feel good about after the worst few months in the history of the South Island. The Crusaders have a habit of getting to top form at the right time. If they win this week, it will be their eighth title. The Queensland Reds have yet to win a title in any Super rugby competition. After what the did to the Stormers last week in Capetown, the Crusaders could win by 13 and over. But it is the grand final and all sorts of strange things can happen in finals. The Crusaders will win this game for their hometown.

Travelling hasn't been a problem for this team without a home stadium this year. AMI Stadium (Lancaster Park is the grass) will be assessed in a few days and its future decided. Even with a thumbs - up, it would take a couple of years to repair the stadium and relay a new turf. If its thumbs down, a new stadium will be built somewhere else in the greater Christchurch area.

I was born and raised in Christchurch, and competed there as a secondary school athlete. Shirley Boys High, terribly damaged in the February earthquake, finished third in a 4 x 100 yard relay final back in 1958. I would be heartbroken along with 400,000 others in the greater Christchurch region, if the stadium had to be demolished. Cross-fingers for this week's decision! Now its in the hands of the rugby gods!

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