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Thursday, August 26, 2010

World Cup: Your guide to Day 3

Are you going to the World Cup on Saturday? If so then good - see you there. If not... why? This is the last day you will be able to see the top 12 women's teams all playing in one place for years - you cannot afford to miss out.

So - you're all going now? Good. A few notes for getting the best out of your day.

1. Get there EARLY (unless you have tickets - and even then its probably a good idea). There will be tickets on the door, but thanks to huge, unexpected demand OR a woeful - nay criminal - lack of ambition and self-belief by the organisers (you decide - I know what I go with) they will almost certainly be sold out by lunchtime.

2. Its a 20 minute walk from the car park at the University of Surrey to the Sports Park, though there is a bus. Anyway - this means you should be aiming to be parked by about 10 o'clock.

3. The first game - Scotland v Sweden  - is at 12 o'clock on Pitch 2. This has a tiny covered stand (I mean tiny - seats about 100 people at a push), so grab a seat early if you want one. Alternatively if you have some energy to work off there's a big inflatable bouncy rugby skills... thing behind pitch 2 which looks fun (its also free), or if you want to burn some cash try out the souvenir stall. Also maybe stock up now on snacks and refreshments. Do all this now because once things get going you won't have much time!

4. Cheer on the Swedes. Or the Scots. I'll be shouting for the Swedes. Although it will have no bearing on the semi-finals it should be a close and exciting game with plenty of attacking rugby.

5. Stay put for the next game - France v Canada. Do not even think about going off to watch New Zealand v Wales on pitch one - that game is pretty irrelevant in the scheme of things, and anyway its all being recorded by Sky so you won't miss anything. No, stay on Pitch 2 and watch what is in effect the tournament's first knock-out match - a true quarter-final - and a game between two significant rivals. The Canadians are great to watch anyway, and France can be... if they turn-up which, after two poor performances, they are due to. This will be a classic that you cannot afford to miss.

6. After that you will now have only a few minutes to get over to Pitch One and see Australia v South Africa. This will mean that you will miss out seeing Ireland v Kazakhstan, but the southern hemisphere clash is far more interesting and unpredictable than Ireland's match - though if you want to hang around and watch Joy Neville, Nimah Briggs et al in action I'd understand. You may even think that Australia will win easily so its not worth giving up your seat - I'd not be so sure. I think that the South Africans could even steal this one.

7. Another advantage of going over to Pitch One is to get a good seat for the climax of the day - England v USA. Make sure you have saved your voice for this because the USA supporters are LOUD! England's followers have been way too polite so far - easily outshouted by Ireland in round one - so get behind the team! Should be a good game as well - USA's tackling has a fearsome reputation.

8. Make your way back to the car park, and get ready for the semi-final and final!

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