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AUSTRALIAN CRICKET CHAMPIONSHIPS IN FREMANTLE

Posted in championships, city of fremantle, cricket, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on December 5, 2019

 

I love a good game of cricket, so might spend a bit of time at Fremantle’s Stevens Reserve at Swanbourne Street this weekend. The future stars of Australian cricket will be on display there when the 2019-20 Cricket Australia Under 19 National Championships come to Stevens Reserve.

New South Wales Country will take on the Northern Territory on Sunday 8 December, while the combatants in a second game on Monday 9 December will be determined by results throughout the tournament.

A reserve day on Tuesday 10 December has also been pencilled in case of bad weather.

Players in the current Australian test squad like Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Travis Head all used the Under 19 championships as an important stepping stone in their careers.

To help in preparing for the championships and to protect the playing surface during the event dogs at Stevens Reserve will be required to be kept on a lead from 7pm on Friday 6 December until the close of play on Monday 9 December.

In the unlikely event that the reserve day is required due to bad weather dogs will also be required to be on lead on Tuesday 10 December.

For more information about the Under 19 National Championships visit the Nationalchamps website.

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DOGS CAN’T BOWL OR BAT

Posted in city of fremantle, cricket, dogs, Uncategorized by freoview on October 16, 2019

 

The Fremantle District Cricket Club has issued a plea to dog owners to keep their pets off the wickets at Stevens Reserve.

As well as being home to one of WA’s oldest cricket clubs, Stevens Reserve is also a popular dog exercise area.

Cricket Club President Dave Davenport said they were happy to share the reserve with dogs but needed their owners to keep them off the wickets.

“Our wickets rival the WACA ground as some of the best in WA and our curator puts hours of work into making sure they’re in perfect condition,” Mr Davenport said.

“A lot of people might not realise that to prepare a cricket pitch the clay is actually quite soft, so if a dog runs over the pitch it doesn’t take much to dig it up.

“There was an unfortunate incident at the start of the season where dogs had been running across the covers we put over the wickets to protect them from the rain.

“The dogs’ claws ripped small holes in the covers which let the water through onto the pitch and meant we had to call the game off until we could dry it out.

“We’ve also had situations during breaks on match days where we’ve had to keep someone out on the field to protect the wicket and stop dogs running onto it.

“We recognise people love their dogs and that Stevens Reserve is a great place for them to have a run around, but we’re just asking people to help us out by keeping their dogs off the wickets.”

As a designated dog exercise area dogs are allowed off leash at Stevens Reserve most of the time, however dogs are required to be on a leash whenever there is a game or training taking place.

Dogs are also prohibited from the two centre wickets and the practice nets at all times.

Roel Loopers

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EPIC JOURNEY FOR MODERN DESIGN

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, design, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on January 30, 2019

 

 

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When you think about explorers, forget Burke and Wills, Dampier, Cook, Hartog, Tasman and Flinders and start thinking Loopy instead.

I double checked so that I would not claim anything that can’t be substantiated, but when I Googled epic journeys, the journey I just completed did not even appear, probably because it was far too daunting a task for even the bravest to contemplate.

So here I am claiming to be the very first person ever to have walked all the way from the Perth train station to the new Perth Stadium and back. I endured hardship in the East Perth wilderness where food and water were hard to find, and I suffered from exposure, heat stress and dehydration, but I survived.

And I endured all that because I love creative modern structures and needed to see the Matagarup Bridge over the Swan river with my own eyes, and it’s a beauty!

Yet, I pondered that one major question on the train back to my beloved Freo. If the State Government can build such and expansive and expensive new footbridge for a stadium that operates mainly on weekends, why can’t it build a much-needed new rail and traffic bridge at Fremantle that will be used 24/7?

Roel Loopers

 

FREMANTLE BREEZE JUST HOT AIR?

Posted in city of fremantle, cricket, sport by freoview on December 17, 2016

I don’t often write about sport on Freo’s View but must express my amazement about the City of Fremantle’s involvement with the Fremantle Breeze Big Bash League cricket team and that the franchise will be playing at Fremantle Oval.

It tactically seems very inappropriate when C0F is in a legal battle with the Fremantle Dockers AFL club to relinquish their long-term lease for the oval when they relocate to Cockburn next year.

With the (unlikely) possibility of a BBL team playing at Freo Oval the Dockers’ management must see dollar signs flashing in front of their eyes, so they now have an incentive to hold on to the lease and stay put and sub-let the ground to Fremantle Breeze, should that franchise ever eventuate.

With the City of Fremantle also wanting to develop and shift the oval Fremantle Breeze might not have the oval available to them for a long period during development.

I think John Townsend, sports journalist with the West Australian, put it succinctly “It is a thought bubble dressed in a cricket shirt.”

Roel Loopers

GYUTO MONKS FREO’S CRICKET MATCH

Posted in buddhism, cricket, fremantle, religion by freoview on October 9, 2016

 

The delightful Buddhist Gyuto Monks of Tibet played a cricket match for the Divinity Cup against the motley mob of Clancy’s Fish Pub on Sunday morning and it was a lot of fun.

There were even a few among the lot of them who did not chuck and could actually hit and catch the ball. ; >)

The official opening of the visit of the Gyuto Monks is this Monday October 10 at 7 pm at the Fremantle Townhall with a welcome to country by Noongar elder Richard Walley. All are welcome to this free event, so come along!

Roel Loopers

 

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HAVE A FREO SUNDAY OF FREE EVENTS!

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, music by freoview on October 7, 2016

Let’s hope the rain will stay away as there are a lot of things on in Fremantle on Sunday and all of them are free!

It starts at 10 am with the Divinity Cup cricket match at Princess May Park between the Gyuto Monks of Tibet and the Clancy’s Benders (chuckers?). (I call them benders, but they call themselves All Stars).

From 1o am to 4 pm Changing Your Tune is on at the Esplanade Youth Plaza as part of Mental Health Week, with live bands, burlesque, and other entertainment.

At 1 pm at Pioneer Park there is the Eye Gazing event where you can forever look deep into the eyes of total strangers, which must be quite confronting in the beginning.

And from 2-4 pm that very handsome and likeable Mo Wilson and The Drivers will perform in the courtyard of the Fremantle Arts Centre.

Roel Loopers

GYUTO MONKS CRICKET MATCH AT CLANCY’S

Posted in fremantle, gyuto monks, sport by freoview on October 1, 2016

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The GYUTO Monks of Tibet are in W.A. again and starting off their trip in Fremantle on Sunday October 9 when they are playing the Clancy’s All Stars for the Divinity Cup in a cricket match at Princess May Park at 10 am.

It is a free event so bring the family along for a morning of fun.

I took part in the inaugural Divinity Club when there were teams from St Patrick’s Basilica, Clancy’s and the Gyuto monks, and our Clancy’s team played very well mainly because I never got to bowl or bat, but took some great photos.

The monks have a great sense of humour but are chuckers, so come and see them being bowled LBW-Love Buddha World.

Roel Loopers

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FUN AUSTRALIA DAY IN FREMANTLE

Posted in australia day, fremantle by freoview on January 25, 2015

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It will be a fun and hot AUSTRALIA DAY tomorrow in Fremantle so come along! From 3 pm there will be music and entertainment and a market on the Esplanade and from 4 pm the always special Citicenship Ceremony will be held where many people will pledge their loyalty to our special country.

Before that at 1 pm Freo Mayor Brad Pettitt will fire the cannon at the Round House.

Also on from 4 pm at Clancy’s is the hilarious Divinity Cup cricket match between the Gyuto Monks of Tibet and Clancy’s staff.

The eclectic KELP BAR at Kidogo Arthouse on Bathers Beach has a special bar license and will open from noon till 11, so a great spot to watch the FIREWORKS at 8 pm.

Australia Day is a great day to celebrate our multicultural community and to embrace newcomers to our city and country.

Roel Loopers

Enjoy the BLINCO STREET CAFE at the Fibonacci Centre!

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MONKS VERSUS CLANCYS AT AUSTRALIA DAY CRICKET MATCH

Posted in fremantle by freoview on January 15, 2015

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After a huge regional program in WA mid-year as part of their mammoth 2 year tour of Australia, the Gyuto Monks of Tibet return to the west for their last 5 days before returning to their monastery in Dharamsala in the foothills of the Himalayas.

They fly in on January 22nd for a Harmonic Chanting performance at the Fremantle Yoga Centre at E Shed on Victoria Quay, then down to Yallingup for a weekend Meditation Retreat then return to Fremantle on Australia Day 26th for the Biennial Cricket Match hosted by Clancy’s Fish Pub and this time the monks hope to claim the Cup as they were pipped at the post in 2013 losing by one run! It’s a fun day out for all. Whether they win or not, they will finish the day by heading straight for the airport to return to India.

From Darwin to Tasmania and east to west these monks just keep on going. It’s their 21st visit since 1994 to Australia and today, more than ever, what they offer seems more relevant than ever.   Whether its fear, anxiety, depression or simply looking for purpose in life, from teenagers to the elderly and everyone in between, they offer inspiration, hope and human affection.

Catch these monks before they go – the long Australia Day weekend will be a very special occasion.

Roel Loopers

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GYUTO MONKS OF TIBET RETURN TO FREMANTLE

Posted in fremantle, gyuto monks by freoview on December 7, 2014

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Following a huge regional program in WA mid-year as part of their mammoth 2 year tour of Australia, the GYUTO MONKS OF TIBET return to the west for their last 5 days before returning to their monastery in Dharamsala in the foothills of the Himalayas.

They fly in on January 22 for a Harmonic Chanting performance at the Fremantle Yoga Centre at E Shed, then whip down to Yallingup for a weekend Meditation Retreat, to return to Fremantle on Monday January 25 for the Biennial Cricket Match hosted by Clancy’s Fish Pub. This time the monks hope to claim the Divinity Cup as they were pipped at the post in 2013 losing by one run! It’s a fun day out for all. I played in the inaugural match but never had to bowl or bat, so that’s probably why the Clancy’s team won.

From Darwin to Tasmania and east to west these monks just keep on going. It’s their 21st visit since 1994 to Australia and today, more than ever, what they offer seems more relevant than ever. Whether its fear, anxiety, depression or simply looking for purpose in life, from teenagers to the elderly and everyone in between, they offer inspiration, hope and human affection.

Sadly, the monks remain stateless persons, refugees, unable to live in the country of their birth in peace where there is no tolerance or freedom to practice their way of life.

Catch these monks before they go – the weekend will be a very special occasion and it’s a great time of year to get clear on your goals and direction for the year.

Interviews and Photo opportunities: Karla Dawson   0438 336 181

Check out www.gyuto.co   FB Gyuto Monks of Tibet

Email: gyuto@gyutoaus.com   Ph 0412 124 678

Roel Loopers

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