Australian won the Fourth Cricket Test against England at the Sydney Cricket Ground this week to regain the "Ashes" -- the home side holds a 3-nil lead with one Test drawn.
GV Field of play -- rain holds up play 4 Gentlemen of the Hill cavort with cans 15
Two gents with arms in air -- crowd of Hillites leering 21
Gents with towels over heads, arms -- mobs sliding screaming along mud 48
Man in hat interviewed - replies slobbishly 60
Gents frolic with cans, sliding and tumbling over each other 76 Sliding into heaps in the mud 82
Umpires onto ground -- police patrol Hill 88
Interview with Hillite who says" few make it hard for the many" 96
Police move in -- arrest hillites, bundle slobs into vans 122
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Background: Australian won the Fourth Cricket Test against England at the Sydney Cricket Ground this week to regain the "Ashes" -- the home side holds a 3-nil lead with one Test drawn.
And it is perhaps just as well the Australians won -- because the reaction of the Cricket Ground's famous "hillites" to a defeat is never a pretty sight. Not that it's pretty when Australia wins -- as the "hillites" have a hard-won reputation as the world's most demonstrative cricket barrackers.
The "Hill" is a section of open ground near the Sydney Cricket Ground scoreboard. This Test, the hillites were packed in like sardines -- the 5-day Test crowd of 178,027 smashed all ??? in Sydney. And in stifling ??? during interruptions, such as breaks for rain, the "Hillites" compete in their own "Tests":- to see how much beer can be downed, and how many cans can be aimed successfully at policemen without detection.
During one long break for rain the 'hillites' put on a sparkling floor show for other patrons, sliding down yards of mud and grass while downing cans of beer. They're usually a happy bunch, given at times to a kindly sourness when things aren't going well for the Australians. Then, a quick shower of beercans lets the home side know that the Hill is displeased. "Hillites" also let fly here and there at Englishmen fielding on the fence, to keep them to their toes. Some make amends by leaping the fence and "shouting" the fieldsmen to a beer.
For general misdemeanours, 40 Hillites were arrested by police during the 4th Test. But that won't deter them. Like Attila's hordes, they'll swarm back, as they love their cricket. But Attila was stopped at the gates of Rome -- and now the Hillites may find similar problems at the gates of the Sydney Cricket Ground. Several Australian cricket grounds have banned beer cans-- and after recent antics, this may happen in Sydney. Then, the Hill will be deserted.