Testimonials - SCG
What they say about the SCG......
"The SCG is one of my very favourite places to play – because of the amazing tradition and feeling of the ground but also for the incredible crowd support. I have been lucky to have enjoyed some great moments at this ground"
Ricky Ponting, Australian Cricket Captain, 2009 in an interview with the SCG Trust.
"Some of my greatest memories are of match of the day at the SCG on a Saturday afternoon ... I'd love to see it happen again .. build it up and make it a blockbuster. There is a great history at the Cricket Ground you just ask the players when they go into the Members stand and see the names of all the old cricketers and footballers - it's the feel, the rugby league feel."
Steve Roach, 2GB commentor and former Australian/NSW/Balmain representative speaking about the historic 2009 clash between the Wests Tigers and South Sydney Rabbitohs on the SCG.
"Going back there yesterday you would get no qualms from me about State of Origin games being played at the SCG ... the match of the round was always played there on a Saturday and it was always a sell-out. I t is a very daunting arena for anyone coming there, NSW players called it their home and if you come into my home you are going to make sure you show me respect and that is what the SCG did."
Benny Elias, former Australian/NSW/Balmain representative on league at the SCG.
"It is always good to play on grounds like the SCG, especially with this year being the 40th anniversary of the Grand Final between the sides. I am a bit of a footy nut so those places are special to play at."
Robbie Farah, Wests Tigers captain, 2009
"It's a very special moment to get it in the big one."
"And to get it at the home ground (SCG) with my family here is something special."
Phillip Hughes, youngest player to score a century in a Sheffield Shield Final, 2008
"It's the greatest ground in Australia as far as I'm concerned playing here. It's obviously not too big which is good for me I don't run around too much, but it's like a second home and I've always said that. The atmosphere here, the way the stands are set up and the crowd is right up close and in your face - it's awesome. You go to some ovals and the crowd is pushed back away from the boundary line, but here you can hear everything and the crowd is right into it. To play this game here at the SCG means a lot."
Sydney Swans forward Michael O'Loughlin after he broke the 261 record for most Club senior games.
"It's a sacred ground. For anyone of us to run on it will be something special. Something all the young guys in the team will remember forever."
Anthony Whatmough, Manly Sea Eagles. Press conference to announce Manly v Parramatta match on SCG 2006.
"The players love playing at the SCG and the crowd plays a big part in that."
"There is nothing better than running out to a packed SCG and all the players certainly get a lift having every seat in the place full."
Paul Roos, Coach Sydney Swans, July 20, 2005.
"And there is no better place to host the world's best cricketers than the world's greatest ground – the SCG."
Former NSW Premier The Hon Bob Carr, MP, following the announcement by the ICC to stage the inaugural ICC Super Test at the SCG in October 2005.
"The Swans have established themselves as Sydney's team. That, and the fact that their home ground is the most revered patch of Sydney sporting real estate – the SCG."
Mike Gibson, Daily Telegraph, September 16, 2005
"To me the SCG has always had a special, almost magical atmosphere. Perhaps the deeds of the great sportsmen and sportswomen of the past have something to do with it. Maybe the ghosts of some of them really do haunt the old Members Pavilion."
Arthur Morris, 1981.
"Many grounds have their own built-in charm – the tradition of Lord's, the Oval gas meters, the joy and enthusiasm of spectators from Jamaica and Barbados. All are great grounds, but it's nice to be back here, where the slight seems a little brighter... the ground just a little softer.. and the grass just a little greener .. and really feel you're home."
Richie Benaud, Australian Cricket Captain, 1962
"As a cricket ground pure and simple, excluding all considerations other than those inside the fence, I have always through the Sydney ground to be unsurpassed. its dimensions are uniform in every direction."
Sir Donald Bradman 1949