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Sharks warm-up to be shown live (updated)


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 31 Jan 2017 at 13:14
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Good news, fans – SuperSport will broadcast one of the Sharks-Cheetahs warm up games from Umlazi on Friday night.

As we revealed last week, two separate Sharks outfits will be in action against the Free Staters, with the first game kicking off at 5pm. That initial clash won’t be shown, but the second game will be live on SuperSport 1, with coverage starting at 18h30. The match will also be shown on SuperSport streaming.

Please see the below release form the Sharks concerning transport to the match:

Following the success of our 2016 township tour, which saw the Cell C Sharks XV play three of their qualifying matches in Umlazi, Clermont and Kwa-Mashu, we are pleased to announce that the Cell C Sharks will play their official warm-up match in Umlazi. This Friday, 3rd February the Cell C Sharks will play against the Toyota Cheetahs at the King Zwelithini Stadium, at 17h00 and 18h30 respectively. Entry is free and both sides will field extended squads.

This is the Cell C Sharks first “hit-out” since the conclusion of last year’s Currie Cup tournament and comes on the back of a rigorous eleven week pre-season training block. Fans will get an opportunity to see their favourites, led by Captain Pat Lambie and get to witness first-hand the results of the team’s hard work over the past few weeks.

Commenting on the match, Cell C Sharks Head Coach, Rob du Preez said: “We are looking forward to the match on Friday. We’ve had a gruelling pre-season programme and the energy and enthusiasm shown on the practice field has been fantastic. The players are eager to get the season started and it is also an opportunity for the coaching team to test combinations and see how the players go in the match.

“The Sharks on-going partnership with Durban Tourism seeks to enhance social cohesion and take rugby to our community and we are thrilled that we are once again able to deliver on our promise of expanding the profile of our game in new areas, stated The Sharks CEO, Gary Teichmann.

“We trust that people in these areas as well as our fans travelling from outside those communities, embrace this match and make it a memorable rugby occasion for everyone involved.”

Durban Tourism has arranged return transportation from Growthpoint KINGS PARK to Umlazi. Fans will be able to park their vehicles at the stadium and hop on to two 60-seater buses that have been provided. The first bus departs Growthpoint KINGS PARK at 16h30 and the second bus at 18h00. After the match the buses will return to the stadium at 21h00 and 22h00 respectively.

Phillip Sithole Head of Durban Tourism stated: “The City is pleased that the Rugby Township Games have created a sporting legacy for Durban. We are proud that through the partnership with The Sharks we can take the game of rugby to our local communities and disperse Sharks fans to other locations of the city to enjoy the game.
“This proves that the passion for The Sharks brand and the sport, shows no boundaries and is limitless. We urge the people of Durban and our visitors to support the game and enjoy the match, combined with the uniqueness of the township vibe and spirit, in South Africa’s second largest township, Umlazi.”

We are also pleased to advise that Supersport has confirmed that the main match will be broadcast live at 18h30.



63 Comments

  • Ag flip….wish I knew this before saying yes to go to a classical music recital on Friday!

  • Comment 1, posted at 31.01.17 13:20:22 by HeinF Reply
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  • Ah brilliant

  • Comment 2, posted at 31.01.17 13:28:59 by SheldonK Reply
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  • @HeinF (Comment 1) : you’re joking? :)

  • Comment 3, posted at 31.01.17 13:35:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : WIsh I was…taking my wife, this time of the year I am building up brownie points for when the rugby starts!

  • Comment 4, posted at 31.01.17 13:37:47 by HeinF Reply

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  • @HeinF (Comment 1) : @HeinF (Comment 4) : Tip for future, always make sure that there is a piece of the lawn that needs mowing and at the same time always make sure there is something that needs repairing on the lawnmower so that the lawn can be mowed. With regard to the lawnmower repairs you can just unplug the spark plug cap and pretend that you have no idea why it wont start and if you really want to make a show of your labours you can overfill the oil tank and take it from there.

    Enjoy the recital. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 31.01.17 14:00:37 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 5) : Will need to remember that trick! At least I will be ready for the real season, I try and make it a point to go to only one musical per year!

  • Comment 6, posted at 31.01.17 14:33:12 by HeinF Reply

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  • @HeinF (Comment 1) : it’s my turn to do the choir run to Potch on Friday so will also miss the game! Enjoy the classical music recital!

  • Comment 7, posted at 31.01.17 15:23:34 by JD Reply
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  • That is great news!!! As it is a warm up game, I am hoping to see an exciting game where both sides play without fear and let the ball go a bit, should be fun.

  • Comment 8, posted at 31.01.17 15:31:11 by Vonno13 Reply
     
  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 5) : electric mower so wife does not fall for those tricks ;-)

  • Comment 9, posted at 31.01.17 15:31:51 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 9) : Drat, :lol:

  • Comment 10, posted at 31.01.17 15:53:20 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 9) : You spoil your wife,mine still uses the old manual Rolux.

  • Comment 11, posted at 31.01.17 17:12:22 by The hound Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 9) : load sharing :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 31.01.17 17:14:30 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • What a lot of window dressing mumbo jumbo

  • Comment 13, posted at 31.01.17 20:44:16 by Rugbymad Reply

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  • @Rugbymad (Comment 13) : take that attitude elsewhere, thank you. We are very supportive of this sort of initiative.

  • Comment 14, posted at 31.01.17 21:30:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 11) : hahaha just made my day!!!

  • Comment 15, posted at 31.01.17 21:48:57 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : Hear, hear…

  • Comment 16, posted at 31.01.17 22:05:09 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 11) : Well played… :lol:

  • Comment 17, posted at 31.01.17 22:05:33 by pastorshark Reply
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  • I fir one am glad we have not opted for a french or euro club for the opening games. It’s also nice to see the big names touring the smaller areas. It may just inspire some future talents in those areas. Hoe bog is Umlazi stadium if they are only using 2 x 60 seater?

  • Comment 18, posted at 01.02.17 06:25:02 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 18) : Auto correct. I meant how big?

  • Comment 19, posted at 01.02.17 06:26:32 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 18) : 10 000 capacity

  • Comment 20, posted at 01.02.17 08:09:36 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Rugbymad (Comment 13) : I agree with Rob. Take your backward mentality elsewhere. We are trying to grow rugby in this country and take it to new markets. It can only benefit SA in the long term as we’ll have a bigger pool of players and a constant conveyor belt.

  • Comment 21, posted at 01.02.17 10:00:36 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 21) : In the same breath, PMB , Empangeni and Sheppies should be used for the CC qualifier rounds. KP should be avoided at all costs in those rounds.

  • Comment 22, posted at 01.02.17 11:43:16 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 22) : I fully agree. Take the game to the people and especially to the platteland. Play in front of small ( probably many more than would pitch at KP) but intimate crowds, mingle with the locals.

  • Comment 23, posted at 01.02.17 12:40:07 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 22) : @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 23) : What a load of shit,you are advocating that we down size and down grade the team to a village level.
    We need to upgrade the game not ruralise it, this game would have been the perfect opportunity to test drive Mahbida as a venue.We should have played a free game there and encouraged all the people who feel comfortable in that stadium to attend.
    Don’t see any merit in playing in inferior arenas.

  • Comment 24, posted at 01.02.17 13:34:08 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 24) : Agree with you that this would have been a perfect dry run opportunity to try the MM stadium, I have said this earlier when the friendly was announced.. What Uli and I were talking about was the CC qualifier rounds.

  • Comment 25, posted at 01.02.17 14:01:40 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 24) : Spoilt brat much? what makes you think other stadiums are inferior? We need to develop interest in the game and this is a great way to do it. Tell me how many CC qualifiers did you attend last year at KP, considering that your schedule is already full in Dbn with superrugby?

  • Comment 26, posted at 01.02.17 14:03:24 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 26) : Please don’t jump to conclusions,I have hardly missed a home game since 95.
    How many did you attend.

  • Comment 27, posted at 01.02.17 14:38:11 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 27) : So you attended the Vodacom Cup games, what was the average attendance for those games?

  • Comment 28, posted at 01.02.17 14:45:54 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 28) : Minimal and declining, hence my statement that we need to build the game up not downsize it even further.
    The home game experience needs to be totally overhauled and made more nclusive to non traditional rugby supporters,move it out of the decaying whites only enclave of KP across the road to the new progressive stadium, where new comers to rugby would feel more welcome.
    Playing to little pockets of traditional fans in the rural areas is the kiss of death, taking the game backwards ,like a schools festival.

  • Comment 29, posted at 01.02.17 15:00:42 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 29) : I live in ‘rural kzn’ and I’ve gone to see a CC qualifiers game in Newcastle as well as a Sharks ‘warm-up’ game.

    It’s a great opportunity to see your rugby heroes without having to spend R 5000 to spend a weekend in Durban. If I stayed in Durban I probably wouldn’t have bothered to watch a game like that because there is great rugby all season long.

    I think it’s a great initiative.

  • Comment 30, posted at 01.02.17 15:22:45 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 29) : How is “playing to little pockets of traditional fans in the rural areas” any worse than playing to smaller pockets of traditional fans in an urban area taking the game backwards.

    As for the “decaying whites only enclave”…..pull the other one, whites only my ass. I remember watching a double header soccer game there back in 1984/85 Chiefs against ????, Durban City vs Jade East Dynamo (if I remember correctly) and my and my 2 friends were the only white faces to be seen.

  • Comment 31, posted at 01.02.17 16:02:09 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • guys, come on

  • Comment 32, posted at 01.02.17 16:41:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 30) : I live in rural Western Cape, if the Sharks were to play a CC qualifier here against any team (lets exclude Boland and WP for this post) there would probably be more Sharks fans of all hues, creeds and languages pitching to watch the game than would pitch up at KP on a good Friday night.

  • Comment 33, posted at 01.02.17 16:52:29 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 33) : Great but we don’t all live in small town South Africa, where people drive around and around the town’s only traffic circle for entertainment on a Saturday.
    The Sharks live in Durban,I want to hear from somebody as to why we couldn’t have played this game at Moses,and proved /disproved for once and for all all those urban myths about rugby and this iconic stadium.

  • Comment 34, posted at 01.02.17 17:03:46 by The hound Reply
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  • @Rugbymad (Comment 35) : Can you actually post a decent well thought out comment without copying this shit from streamers 24, really dude, you made two comments and both of them not even worth reading, SW is for factual correct news, not thumb suck shit

  • Comment 35, posted at 01.02.17 22:28:17 by Henkb Reply
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  • @Henkb (Comment 36) : this one is an idiot. He is about to be removed.

  • Comment 36, posted at 01.02.17 23:19:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 34) : we do not only do that we go and watch the traffic light change colors!!! ;-)

  • Comment 37, posted at 02.02.17 00:23:46 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 36) : I see he has been removed!?

  • Comment 38, posted at 02.02.17 00:24:41 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 38) : yes. I have no time for that nonsense

  • Comment 39, posted at 02.02.17 00:56:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 37) :

    Well, I’m a standin’ on a corner in Winslow, Arizona
    Such a fine sight to see
    It’s a girl, my Lord, in a flat-bed Ford
    Slowin’ down to take a look at me

    ;-) ;-)

  • Comment 40, posted at 02.02.17 06:59:13 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 34) : Clearly you city slickers are living such a high paced life that you dont have the time to read a post to its end. We are talking taking about taking the CC qualifiers to the rural areas while you keep on going on about the warm up game – 2 different things

    I would also like to know why MM is not given a try out, and yes, I think this would have been an ideal opportunity.

  • Comment 41, posted at 02.02.17 08:40:54 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 40) : Now, now…..Take it easy. :???:

  • Comment 42, posted at 02.02.17 08:42:24 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 41) : Maybe because it might work

  • Comment 43, posted at 02.02.17 09:00:26 by The hound Reply
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  • I think there a few reasons why the preseason games are in Umlazi…
    1. The publicity of being seen to be taking rugby to the outskirts of durban where it isnt usually played will gain good graces with the municipality.
    2. The cost of hosting the game in Umlazi is far less than having to turn on the lights at KP nevermind the lights at Moses Mabhida.
    3. I dont think the ground at KP is fully ready yet as it was never even considered to be a venue for this game and KP1 considered too small should a number of fans arrive.

    So whilst its perhaps not ideal, at least Supersport is broadcasting the game…and my mate is running touch for the one game so good luck to him.

  • Comment 44, posted at 02.02.17 09:26:03 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 44) : Some good points. I also think it’s aimed at getting the local community interested in rugby and the Sharks brand that will hopefully lead to the local people and those who attended the warmup match for free coming to KP when the season starts and paying for their tickets. I don’t think it’s a bad move at all especially, as you said, SS is broadcasting the game as well which will attract some attention to that community and sports grounds from the rest of the country.

    @The hound (Comment 34) : To go and play at MM I think they should do it in one of the SR/CC matches where attendance will be higher to cover the costs of playing there. I would definitely like them to go and play there but not for a warm up match though.

  • Comment 45, posted at 02.02.17 09:45:18 by Quintin Reply

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  • IF the Sharks someday decides to play at MM permanently, what will happen with KP? Will they sell it to be redeveloped?

  • Comment 46, posted at 02.02.17 09:48:35 by Quintin Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 44) : @Quintin (Comment 45) : Dont get me wrong, I dont think its a bad move at all, take the game to the people by all means and if it helps grow the game, however slightly, then its been a success already. After being very ambivalent to playing rugby at MM, I am now all for at least getting the experiment done asap so that the players, crowd etc can get a feel for what it may be like to pal y and watch a game there.

  • Comment 47, posted at 02.02.17 10:15:31 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Quintin (Comment 46) : KP s owned by the Municipality so they will do what they like with it. If the Sharks had to move i would assume their lease would be transferred from KP to MM…although it would be more complicated than that

  • Comment 48, posted at 02.02.17 10:16:42 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Quintin (Comment 45) : @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 47) : My only issue with the idea of this preseason game growing interest in that community is that is it really growing interest? Has the game been marketed at all in that community? Do they even know the game is happening. If it should spark interest then when is the next game there as Umlazi is a good distance from KP so that community will not be able to make the trek to KP to watch other games. So if this is the only game there then even if interest is sparked it will surely die quick without any further games and none televised on SABC. So the only real value is getting on the good side of the Municipality

  • Comment 49, posted at 02.02.17 10:20:23 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 49) : MM should be a easy move since R du Preez retired years ago from the game, as he would have been kicking the ball into the arch every game ;)

  • Comment 50, posted at 02.02.17 10:40:13 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 50) : :mrgreen: Must admit i have enjoyed all the games i have watched at MM. Very enjoyable experience…well except at the World Cup when beers were so damn expensive

  • Comment 51, posted at 02.02.17 10:55:16 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 49) : Fair point, I didn’t realize how far it is to commute from there to Durban. Well if strengthens the relationship with the municipality maybe it could help make a move from KP to MM easier in the future. As far as I understand KP is not really in a good condition? I haven’t been to KZN in a while, go down to the WC for vacation these days.

    @SheldonK (Comment 51) : I hate paying R40 for a ‘draught’ wich is actually not even 2 can’s of beer in a 500ml glass, silly how expensive they can make it sometimes but hey I’ll always buy it anyway, can’t compromise on your beer.

  • Comment 52, posted at 02.02.17 11:32:32 by Quintin Reply

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  • @Quintin (Comment 52) : Yeh could be worse…could be paying Dubai beer prices…

  • Comment 53, posted at 02.02.17 11:52:05 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 53) : Now that is the biggest plus, our beer prices are not anywhere as expensive as theirs….. :shock: on the out skirts of that you have the beer prices in Bahrain also more than a keg at us

    so drink and be thank full, there is a whole tank full at SAB

  • Comment 54, posted at 02.02.17 12:09:43 by Henkb Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 49) : This site is the only reason I know that game is being played in Umlazi.
    I have not seen one thing bout it put out the public from the Sharks P.R/Marketing team.
    They are incredibly shabby and amateurish haven’t got a clue.First thing I would have done is send an SMS to all season ticket holders.
    But they were probably too fast asleep to build that data base when they sold the season tickets.

  • Comment 55, posted at 02.02.17 13:05:22 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 55) : I did see something pop up on the Sharks fb page this morning about the game. But other than that and this site i only heard as my mate is involved in reffing the game.

  • Comment 56, posted at 02.02.17 13:07:16 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 55) : So there’s a fat chance of the locals in Umlazi being in the know.

  • Comment 57, posted at 02.02.17 14:11:49 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 57) : Yeh look i dont live or drive through Umlazi but i think its unlikely this game is advertised much if at all

  • Comment 58, posted at 02.02.17 14:24:11 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 56) : Have you ever taken the time to read the terms and conditions of your season ticket that you have been holding for the past 500 million, 700, 20, 45 thousand and 243 years?

  • Comment 59, posted at 02.02.17 16:01:49 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 40) : don’t worry if it’s a Ford you need to worry if it was a Chev ;-)

  • Comment 60, posted at 02.02.17 16:32:09 by JD Reply
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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 59) : I wrote them in 1947 just after I returned from WW2

  • Comment 61, posted at 02.02.17 16:52:09 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 61) : letter is probably still being sorted for delivery ;-)

  • Comment 62, posted at 02.02.17 19:50:03 by JD Reply
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  • Umlazi, Newcastle, KP, MM, Toti even Welkom is a better idea than going to play a warm up game in Zim!!!

  • Comment 63, posted at 02.02.17 19:54:04 by JD Reply
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