Time to look ahead to Sunday's decider! Rob Crosby has a full look at both teams and what to expect ...
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As the end of the cricket season approaches, the din of cicadas starts to quieten & the balmy summer nights get cooler, the 22nd Charity Shield marks the official start of our season & the Dragon Army wants YOU to be there to experience it with us.
While the Charity Shield, on paper, appears akin to putting Andrew Denton in a boxing ring with Choc Mundine, the games are usually close, physical & entertaining affairs. We can also expect some fisticuffs ? just what the doctor ordered after 4 months of gentlemanly leather on willow.
The battle in the stands will be highly contested too, with the Dragon Army going up against The Burrow. Judging by the amount of talk about the Dragon Army by these guys, the Souths inferiority complex when it comes to Saints extends to off the field as well as on it. It?s always good to have two sets of passionate fans creating a great atmosphere & really getting behind their club ? it will also hopefully set the tone for a great Dragon Army season after being cruelly rubbed out at Penrith Park last September. So bring your voices & Fire Up!
GETTING THERE & AWAY: Aussie Stadium is located in Sydney?s Moore Park district, south east of the CBD. The stadium is serviced by regular busses from the CBD, which leave from Circular Quay & the city?s Elizabeth Street. Sydney Busses also deploy busses from Chalmers Street next to Central Station. Please see the Sydney Busses website for more details: http://www.sydneybuses.nsw.gov.au/
WHERE ARE THE ARMY SITTING?: The Dragon Army will be sitting (or standing) in Bay 26 at the Northern End under the scoreboard. This is the traditional seating area for the Charity Shield and any Semi-Finals at the Aussie Stadium. The Dragon Army will be sitting in a General Admission area. Get there early & support our lower grade boys too.
BEST PUBS: There are plenty of pubs to choose from around the general vicinity of the stadium. The Captain Cook on the corner of Anzac Parade & Moore Park Road is the most well known & a popular choice, as is the Olympic further up the road but this Saints fan prefers the Cricketers Arms, located on Fitzroy street. It?s a bit less crowded, pours a great Guinness & in my opinion is the perfect place to celebrate another Charity Shield victory.