10 things to do at the Boxing Day Cup
Words by On Dit editors
Photos by Caitlin Randall
The only test-cricket match worth watching is the one happening at Narnunnga / Railways Oval . In its fourth year of operations, the Boxing Day Cup will be raising money for newly independent station, Radio Adelaide.
Event organiser, Chris Komorek hopes the 20/20 match will bring the community together, to unwind and be entertained by hospitality staff and musicians on a different playing field.
On Dit has flicked through the program guide and has mapped out the ten fun things you can do at this year’s Boxing Day Cup.
1. Be entertained by Peter and his Combe Bye Yas and more.
The Wash Your Face in Orange Juice hit maker, Peter Combe will be performing the national anthem to kick off the festivities where he will be in the company of his Combe By Yas. Peter is on early (read: before the game starts) and fingers crosssed he performs some of his classic bangers, too.
2. Choose a team: will you be an Eagle Blue or a Rockatoo?
The Eagle Blues are the finest bartenders from your favourite watering holes like The Exeter, Pink Moon Saloon, and Peel Street. This year, the team is captained by Andy Nowell from Sunny’s and they will be fighting for a back-to-back win.
The Rockatoos will feature the sporting talents of local musicians Timberwolf, Oisima, and Kaurna Cronin and more. Lead by Aaron Nash (Koral & The Goodbye Horses) “The Musos” will be seeking to upset the reigning premiers, who beat them by five whole wickets last year. Wowza!
The winning team is showered with praise and gets the right to display the trophy at their respective bars/venues. Keeping in theme with 2016 wins, On Dit is hotly tipping for an underdog win from the Rockatoos.
3. Meet Some Dads at the BBQ.
This is pretty self-explanatory, the barbecue will be cooked by dads of Adelaide. Come meet a dad and get a feed. Meat and vegetarian options will both be available.
4. Listen to the Top 50 Countdown.
Radio Adelaide will be broadcasting live from the event, kicking off with the Local Noise Top 50 Countdown. Presented by Luke Penman, this playlist will feature the 50 most played South Australian artists on Radio Adelaide from the year.
As well, there will be ~expert~ commentary of the game from one of Adelaide’s favourite sons, Max Savage and the finest quiff in the state, Chris Komorek (the event organiser himself!). A range of special guest presenters will also be dropping by the commentary box.
5. Get on Camera with Repeater Productions.
Repeater Productions will be roaming the grounds of Narnunnga filming the game and interviewing spectators.
6. Buy a drink from the bar.
This is a strictly no-BYO event.
7. Buy a raffle ticket.
Usually raffle prizes are mediocre and mundane, but this one is an exception to the rule. There are FIVE huge prizes up for grabs which include The Gov’s Golden Ticket and passes to the Royal Croquet Club, Adelaide Fringe, WOMADelaide and Here’s To Now festivals.
Tickets are $10 each, peruse the raffle details here.
8) Watch the Cricket.
I don’t really understand the game. I’ve only ever seen people stumble out of Adelaide Oval with wine stains all over their Ralph Lauren Polo shirts.
9. Become a Radio Adelaide subscriber.
Support Australia’s oldest community radio station who, for more than forty years, have been broadcasting alternative content in music, arts, news and in Languages other than English. Chris Komorek believes its services are vital to our community and by participating in the Boxing Day Cup, people can show their support for the station. There will be special subscription packages to sign up to on the day!
10. Attend the after-party at The Wheatsheaf.
Perennial favourites, The Uptown Seeds, will be swapping their cricket whites for floral shirt delights as they provide the post match entertainment at The Wheaty. We once saw this band play at Law Ball and they did not play Freebird as requested. Come Monday, On Dit is very likely to be front and centre requesting Hailstorm.
The Boxing Day Cup is happening at Narnunnga / Railway Ovals (off West Terrace, opposite the new Royal Adelaide Hospital) from 2pm. Entry is free. This is a strictly no BYO event. For more information, visit www.boxingdaycup.com or see the event.