From The Sideline with Ferg

From The Sideline with Ferg 548 543 The Flyer Magazine
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From The Sideline

WITH FERG

A great couple of weeks seeing the West Indies cricket team in Queenstown and those two games at the Queenstown Events Centre. The three-day game first up and a low-key hit out for both the West Indies and New Zealand ‘A’, but more edge in the four-day game that followed. It was a first class match and stats went on to the players’ career figures. England international Stuart Broad getting in on the act with a Facebook post saying, “Probably the greatest place in the world to prepare for an upcoming series”. Are we now starting to land on the role Queenstown will play in future tours, a place for teams to base themselves for an extended period of time and prepare? Pakistan to follow, maybe women’s teams as well, and let’s see what happens after the New Year with Australia and Bangladesh.

Another big marathon weekend – 11,000 runners and walkers taking on the most scenic marathon, half marathon and 10k event in the world. Scottie Stevenson, TVNZ and Spark Sport, was here to help former All Black prop Wyatt Crockett through his first marathon. Stevenson ran last year and was glowing in his praise of the event and the course, with Crockett getting himself to the finish line in just under four and a half hours. Crockett quoted as saying, “This is just such a pleasure to be part of this event. Thanks everyone for coming out and giving us all the support on the course. It means so much to everybody out there running. Queenstown you are amazing.” Thirteen thousand last year to 11,000 last month. The organisers reckon they might have got 15,000 if not for Covid, BUT where will the tipping point be for a capping of the event. Already I hear feedback on congestion on the Frankton Track and the merging of the half marathon runners and 10k participants and those at the pointy end of field in the half being held up by 10k walkers and joggers. Let’s remember what we have, we have been through and hopefully learnt in tourism – quality not quantity.

AND THAT’S MY VIEW FROM THE SIDELINE…