Big Bash at Etihad

Womens Big Bash League cricket at Melbourne's Etihad Stadiumat Docklands WBBL

Womens Big Bash League cricket at Etihad Stadium

I went along to Etihad Stadium on Saturday with the family to watch the Big Bash cricket.  The womens game was underway when we got there, which was an exciting match.  Later it was the mens game with the Melbourne Renegades taking on the Melbourne Stars in the local derby.  During the innings break, there was a mini concert from the Veronicas with lots of fireworks.  The smoke from the fireworks took a little while to clear, which upset some people, but made for some interesting photos.  The sell-out crowd saw the Stars win after an exciting game with lots of big hits and more fireworks.

I didn’t go to the cricket to take photos, but I did get the camera out a few times.
You can see my pictures in this gallery – gallery.vic.pics/Melbourne/Suburbs/Docklands/Inside-Etihad-Stadium-Jan-2016

Fireworks during the innings break Veronicas concert at Etihad Stadium Docklands Melbourne

Fireworks during the innings break concert

Fireworks at Etihad Stadium during the innings break Veronicas concert

Fireworks at Etihad Stadium during the innings break concert

Finals fireworks at Etihad Stadium as the Melbourne stars win over the Renegades

Finals fireworks at Etihad Stadium as the Melbourne stars win

ANZAC Day Dawn Service

Crowds files through the Inner Sanctum of the Shrine after the ANZAC Day Dawn Service

Crowds files through the Inner Sanctum of the Shrine after the Dawn Service

Over 80,000 people gathered together at a sacred Melbourne site today, I’m not talking about the MCG, I’m referring to somewhere even more special.  Somewhere with no organised car parking, no seating, no protection from the weather, minimal lighting, minimal public toilets and a scheduled start time of 6am, but nobody cared about any of that.  I’m talking about the Shrine of Remembrance for the ANZAC Day Dawn Service, where Melbournians turned out in the rain to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Australian and New Zealand troops landing in Gallipoli, Turkey.

Waking up early and dealing with some light rain is nothing compared to the sacrifices the men and women who have served their country have made.

Well done Melbourne!  Lest We Forget.

Looking from the Shrine of Remembrance towards the city and the Melbourne ANZAC Dawn Service crowd.

Looking from the Shrine of Remembrance towards the city and the ANZAC Dawn Service crowd.

More pictures in these galleries;

Hamer Hall

Hamer Hall on the Southbank of Melbourne's Yarra River

Hamer Hall

Hamer Hall, part of the Victorian Arts Centre, is located on the South bank of the Yarra River and is the home of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

The area, once simply known as “near Princes Bridge”, was favoured as a circus location.  Located on the wall of Hamer Hall, facing St Kilda Road, is a plaque and mosaic commemorating the association between the Arts Centre and the development of circus in Australia between the 1870s and 1960s.

Wirths Circus Plaque, Hamer Hall

Wirths Circus mosaic, Hamer Hall

Circus mosaic, Hamer Hall

UPDATE: I’ve published a follow-up post with a close-up look at the mosaic HERE.

Docklands Etihad Stadium

Originally known as Docklands Stadium, was then named Colonial Stadium, Telstra Dome and currently Etihad Stadium after the corresponding naming rights agreements.

Etihad Stadium at Docklands

Originally known as simply “Docklands Stadium” (followed by “Colonial Stadium” and “Telstra Dome“), Etihad Stadium has just turned 15 years old.

Melbourne’s newest major sporting venue was opened on the 9th March 2000, featuring a retractable roof to provide an all weather ground for AFL, cricket, soccer, rugby as well as major events such as concerts and conventions.

Inside Etihad Stadium with the roof open

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Cricket World Cup at the MCG

Aussies warm up before the Cricket World Cup at the MCG

We were at the MCG on Saturday to see Australia take on England as part of the Cricket World Cup.  Arriving early enough to beat the last-minute crowd rush, we got to see the Aussies warm up on the field.

For me the day was about the cricket, so after a just a few photos the camera went away and we enjoyed Melbourne hosting this world-class event.  It was great to see Australia get an easy win too!  Hopefully Australia will be back at the MCG for the World Cup Final next month.

Melbourne Cricket Ground

The MCG, as seen from Batman Avenue

MCG light tower

The Melbourne Cricket Ground (the “MCG”, or simply “the ‘G) is arguably Australia’s premier sporting arena.

This weekend Australia plays its first match in the 2015 Cricket World Cup at this 100,000 capacity crowd venue.  During this series the MCG hosts five matches, including the final (which hopefully Australia will also play and win) on March 29.

Less than a week after the cricket final, the AFL football season kicks off at same venue on April 2nd.

Each of the MCG pictures you see here are from different folders within the Vic Pics Gallery, you can click each image for more or simply click HERE to search Vic Pics for all images of the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Crowd on the arena during the MCG Open Day