Auckman wrote:Re: the polynesian thing in cricket.
I think it is a cultural/upbringing thing. If the game is big in your upbringing, you'll be into it. If not, it won't.
I am of samoan-heritage but I spent my formative years in Perth, WA (Australia) and cricket was a regular part of my life. After school, during school, hell even at parties we'd get the cricket bat and ball out and play drunken cricket. There are cricket nets at every local "oval" (local park) in the vicinity. There were 4 just within walking distance of my last house. As a result, I was hooked on the game and even went down to the nets by myself to practice my bowling. When I moved back to NZ, I found that cricket was nowhere the done thing among my family or in the wider Samoan community (except for Kilikiti during summer; and only then for the church teams; it wasn't a regular "go down to the local park and play kilikiti" type thing). Touch rugby (or even full tackle "touch" rugby) was the regular thing to do on social occasions. The cricket infrastructure in Auckland is also really poor. I went from 4 local parks with cricket nets within 10-20mins walk in Perth to 1 park with a cricket net nearly 10kms away (40min walk) in Manurewa, Auckland.
Most of the local parks here in Perth are actually laid out in ovals too. AFL in winter, cricket in summer. I dropped a friend off in the northern suburbs last week and drove past a succession of ovals on the way. It's a marked difference, you can see it from the air flying into any Australian city.