Norm Smith Medallist
- Jun 19, 2016
- AFL Club
- Western Bulldogs
Plenty of great options like Moore, May, Gawn, etc. Not sure how anyone could go past Dusty though.If you could pick a current player from any other team and slot him into our side, who would you pick?
Darcy Moore would make us unstoppable.
Do you work for Ballarat City Council mate? Assuming so given your level of knowledge on the projectJust to share these amazing aerial shots taken in early Nov 2020 before the latest development works in Ballarat commenced. I did think about posting them on the "Stadiums" thread but figured that they would be better appreciated if shared with the Bulldogs supporters who may wish to use the first 3 as wallpapers etc. Anyway, use as you wish folks:
North Ballarat No 2 Oval with Mars Stadium and North Ballarat Sports Club rearward.
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Image showing both the North Ballarat grounds and Lake Wendouree FNC ovals to the right.
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Mars Stadium and North Ballarat Sports Club
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The same image illustrating where exactly the latest round of works are occurring.
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The framework of the new southern toilet block - construction has advanced considerably since this was taken a month ago.
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Great question, but ...Do you work for Ballarat City Council mate? Assuming so given your level of knowledge on the project
Disappointing, I had you as a senior ASIO operative with access to Chinese spy satellite images.Great question, but ...
No, I do have friends who are well connected in the Ballarat Council (One who gave me these images) and with Commerce Ballarat. I do get to keep track of the MS development because between 2008-2011 I worked at the NB Sports Club (at the time when the "Think Big Ballarat" campaign kicked off) and have a friend who still works there closely associated with its day to day management and more broadly the management of the Mars Stadium facility. Further, my sister only lives two blocks away and I do see her fairly regularly ... in fact you can see her house in one of those aerial shots These days I reside in Waurn Ponds, Geelong (So you won't see my place in any of those shots) and work in tourism.
Although another tip is, if you are a tradie with any of the skills that they need that are associated with the building tenders for Mars Stadium, or GMHBA Stadium then you can actively access detailed documents related to the developments that aren't open to the general public's gaze through sites like Tenderlink, Tendersearch, EstimateOne and there's another one which I can't think of off the top of my head. One of my Ex's used to access them all of the time when bidding for contracts during the building of GMHBA Stadium's Stages 1 and 2. They are a gold mine of information relating to costs, specifications etc. But they are mostly locked up as 'Commercial in confidence" so we (the public) don't get to read those. Those docs are there for the right people to read in relation to the 2018 study (never publicly released for commercial reasons) on Mars Stadium's long-term development plan.
So it's just a simple case of knowing where to look, and who to speak to. What questions to ask in the context of a conversation and yes you can build a very accurate picture. One of the more interesting conversations that I had was with Councilor Daniel Maloney (a great champion for Mars Stadium and AFL football in Ballarat) at the July 18 Western Bulldogs game which was a total fiasco. I couldn't belief the exasperation that he expressed at the situation unfolding (poor lighting, a broken scoreboard and a near empty spectator hill being drenched in waves of rain). In his own words, he said that the Council had to "fix the lighting urgently as a matter of priority, the scoreboard failure was unforgivable, and as for that bloody hill ...".
Take heart that Cr Maloney is now the city's Mayor.
However, it was Dominic Akuei’s performance that had tongues wagging with his marking, athleticism and versatility an intriguing combination. The 196cm Old Trinity youngster started at full-back and took several intercept marks before being moved into the ruck, showcasing his mobility and leap, finishing with 12 touches, 13 hitouts, three tackles and a goal.
Knights coach Leigh Clarke said he expected to start getting some calls for more background on Akuei. “Dom continues to literally come forward in leaps and bounds, he played full-back and took some amazing marks,” Clarke said. “We had to swing him into the ruck because Fletcher Parkinson dislocated his shoulder so he stepped in against an AFL-listed ruckman from Geelong (Paul Tsapotolis) and almost jumped clean over him. “It shows he’s able to impact in multiple roles and his mobility will also allow him to play on the wing, at his height and physiology could become a really exciting prospect. “He won the 20m (sprint) and jumping at our testing day, which shows the kind of athlete we’re dealing with.”
Only making it more expensive as each week passes atm, no point locking us in for a few years at lower than we could get! Hopefully we’ve got something in the worksFloating fixture should see us featuring in prime time consistently.
Pressure on the front office to fill that vacant sponsors logo on the back of our shirt. Quite concerning we haven’t secured something as yet. Surprised the media hasn’t picked up on it as Baines particularly is quite the regular on SEN.