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Graham H
Skate Report 19th March Around fifty of the usual intrepid clan departed form the Palace gates and departure area No.2 on an intended run out to Birkenhead Point and return via Lillyfield Road Leichhardt.

The group quickly passed through Hyde Park avoiding lots of water being blow from the Archibald Fountain in the strong breeze. A pretty quick group, no time was lost in getting through the city to the overpass leading up to the Pyrmount Bridge. Fearless, but noisy you know who (JBGM), had taken on the onerous responsibility of leading for the night.

Pyrmount Bridge quickly disappeared beneath 100 pounding feet and 800 very busy wheels and bearings. A quick run was made on up to Harris Street Pyrmount, down to the Ski Hill Pub and up the short hill to the left taking us to the top of the stairs and ramps that lead down to the Anzac Bridge. Noisy, however had decided that a nice extra would be to run down the long but rough decent to the Fish Markets area and under the Anzac Bridge overpass. This meant a further climb up to reach the Anzac Bridge pedestrian ramps, but what the heck, this is only a short skate in the making.

The first real stop of the night was at the peak of the Anzac Bridge where fifty happy skaters milled around contemplating a nice run down the bridge path and on to Victoria Road. Nice breeze, good temperature and apart from the occasional off tune singing outbursts from noisy Johnny, this was shaping up as top night.

What happened next was unfortunate to say the least. Phil T was in the process of giving out the usual advice re conditions at the west end of the bridge path, when Bradley, Hugh (new on the skate but a very competent skater) and another skater set off very fast down the slope of the bridge. The slope of course increases approaching the kiosk situated at the intersection of the Anzac Bridge pathway and the access ramps and stairs. The area is a known blader trap, the scene of a few previous, but much less serious disasters. First there are those counter rubbers, then some deceptive speed bumps and some tricky and substantial obstacles, including of course the kiosk. The trio badly misjudged the situation and finished up hitting lamp posts and other obstacles at speed. The result was hospitalisation for both Bradley and Hugh, Hugh being much more seriously hurt. Without underplaying this serious incident, we can only be thankful there were no head injuries, as neither of the injured parties were wearing helmets. A “cardinal sin” on a skate of this nature, at least in my view.

After the incident the skate continued with understandably subdued enthusiasm, About half the crew retired for a drink at the Cargo Bar. Carla, Ryan and the remaining skaters continued around the back of Haymarket to Foxveau St. and returned somewhat later to join the rest at the Cargo Bar. I am told they had a good run. For my part I retired to the Cargo Bar in a contemplative mood. Street skating can be dangerous but there is a lot that can be done to reduce the risks, mostly it involves thinking through the consequences of your actions. I have my sermon on that issue for anyone that cares to listen. At this stage we can only wish Hugh and Bradley a speedy recovery. Both went into RPA, with Hugh likely to be there for some time.


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Meet at Circular Quay near the Manly Ferry exit. Meet at 8:00pm and skate until 10:00pm.

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