Awesome Tour of Sydney – Week 1

The Awesome Tour of Sydney gang

Last Saturday was brilliant. Myself, Lottie, Darren and my bro were flown over to London for the Awesome Tour of Sydney competition run by Tourism New South Wales and the crew from 1000 Heads. Making it just on time for the start of the briefing in Wandsworth, we got a taste of what was to come over the next 6 weeks. There’s 12 bloggers in total vying for the top prize of 2 return flights plus loads of activities (Bondi surf experience, jetboat ride, blue mountains tour etc) PLUS a matching package for members of their community. That essentially means people that read this site and help out with the overall ‘Send Anto to Oz’ effort.

Sydney-Cricket-1We’ll be set 6 challenges in all with the first one being sports related. Cricket related in fact. We (that’s you and me dear reader) have to come up with a cunning variant of the game you see there on the left. The basic rules of the one 1000 Heads came up with are:

Players agree amongst themselves the number of overs that are to be played – each over giving the player six attempts at scoring ‘runs’ (much like real cricket). Once agreed, players take it in turns to spin their coin on the playing surface and attempt to score runs. The classic version uses the board below, with players spinning from the centre circle and scoring runs by landing their coin within the rings. If your coin finishes up off the board though, you’re out… Howzat!

They’ve come up with a few variations to play in places like the pub when you may not have a game board to hand. Throw a few bar mats down in a rough oval, spin the coin and if your coin goes beyond the beer mats that’s a run. If you hit the beer mats then you’re caught out. See? Easy enough. (illustration here)

I’m getting the creative juices flowing so any and all comments are welcome below. As they say themselves: “We’re setting no limits to what you can do with this challenge. Creativity will be rewarded“. The response has to be in by Monday (10th). This should be good. 😀

8 Comments

  1. Ian Healy   •  

    I’d help,but i know nothing about cricket. Or any sport,really. Roll on challenge 2!

  2. anthony   •     Author

    Hi Ian. Ya don’t strictly need to know anything about cricket. It’s literally anything loosely related. 🙂

  3. steven Forsythe   •  

    Is it necessary to use the board you have shown or just the cricket concept?

  4. anthony   •     Author

    Hi Steven. No, it’s not required to use the board, the more free form the better.

  5. steven Forsythe   •  

    Ok, how about cricket 20/20. all you need are 2 dice, there are 2 teams each with 5 wickets, each team has up to 20 throws of 2 dice and the team with the highest total wins. however if you throw a double you lose a wicket. So a team could have a maximum of 20 throws or if they through 5 doubles they would only have 5 throws.

  6. Thom   •  

    Hello there, just to remind you, Sydney Cricket is just a starting point – you can base your game on any Australian sport you like. Aussie Rules isn’t too far removed from Gaelic football…

    Good luck!

  7. anthony   •     Author

    @Steven: Nice one for the idea, 20/20 is something I hadn’t thought of. Going to see if I can incorporate an element of it.

    @Thom: I’m certainly going in that direction alright. You’ll see it later.

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