100 Days Project

Lu: 100 Big Days (and Nights) Out

I realised I have kept a heap of tickets to mainly music gigs & festivals over the years, as well as a lot of sports fixtures, from both here, UK and Europe. So each day there will be a photo of a ticket accompanied by a hazy memory from that gig… and a musical tip to go with it.

As I go, a playlist on Spotify called ‘100 Big Days Out’ will be built up of the tracks I single out from those gigs/artists/events. Check it out http://open.spotify.com/user/1230930937/playlist/68S65odxiGB6v7hz4exHTL

Day 94:

New Zealand v Canada, RWC2011, Westpac Stadium, Wellington, October 2011

Finally our chance to see our own boys play. Don’t get me wrong - being at any World Cup game was amazing for atmosphere. However, this was the All Blacks’ only pool match in Wellington, against Canada. It should have been an easy win, and it was at 79-15. This was not our top team; there were some players rested, bur most most notably our star No. 10, Dan Carter injured himself the day before and had to withdraw from the tournament. going into this match, New Zealand was in emotional turmoil. Why us? Not again? How can we do it without Carter? It was crazy. Plus, Captain Richie McCaw was being rested (Carter was supposed to get his first Test as AB skipper). Would we perform well? Would it gel? It did. We smashed Canada really: Zac Guildford feasted on tries this match - given his chance to start on the wing, he took it with both hands. It sometimes seems unfair or arrogant to look at a 60 point victory and pick holes in it - but the whole enjoyment of the day (which was genuine) just had a little cloud hanging over it. There were at least a couple of million people in New Zealand who were now shitting themselves.