The decjarations of good wi1 which people have had and, I think, the recognition that to try to give people the benefts of the Cape and the quiet enjoyment of iffe free of perpetual litigation, free of arguments about land use, free of conflicting pressures over its heritage values, but rather to come together and see this as a way in which all the parties can secure something greater for themselves and the country is the way lo proceed. It is the very: essence of an act of regional. I think, has been mightily advanced by Mabo and the Native Title Act.
I was six years old and my local rugby club had organised a bus to take a bunch of us into Homebush to watch the Wallabies take on the All Blacks in a Bledisloe Cup match at the newly opened Olympic Stadium.
It was like nothing any of us had ever experienced before.
The atmosphere was incredible and shortly after the players entered the stadium and sung the national anthems, the Kiwis performed the Haka. At that point, most of us kids would have gone home happy but it got even better.
At any rate, the Australia Day festivities began on Friday with the traditional denunciations of the dark underbelly of Oz , leavened by a full hour of some great Australian music, and a larky film from Down Under.
As the Australian players removed their tracksuits, a tactic created by coach Rod Macqueen to calm the nerves of his players after the Haka, a strange looking man with a guitar walked onto the field.
He started singing Waltzing Matilda and , of us sung with him.
Even the All Black fans joined in. And for the record, the Wallabies went on and won that night It does make you wonder though.
At a time when Rugby Australia is desperate to create unity in our game, would it be worth looking back at what worked when we truly were the best in the world, on and off the field. And most rugby nations still have something similar. The Irish crowds were nothing short of brilliant when they came out in June and rugby in the Northern Hemisphere certainly has worked out how to put on an event.
And I really hope some young Australia rugby fans get the same experience this weekend. Related Posts.