The Trans-Tasman rivalry returned to ANZ Stadium on Saturday 20 August 2016 when the Qantas Wallabies played against the New Zealand All Blacks in the World Cup final of the Bledisloe Cup and there was no better way to kick-off the festivities than a pre-game party starting at 5pm at the Novotel Sydney Olympic Park.
The Novotel Sydney Olympic Park occupies a prime location across from ANZ Stadium. The indoor lobby/bar and the outdoor driveway (that had been converted into a large pop-up bar) was full of football fans, who were donning the green and gold, and hoping the Wallabies would defend their home turf.
These football fans had paid an admission ticket to the venue which included live entertainment by Maori dancers, a DJ, food and drinks.
The food was typical of what you would expect at a pre-game party such as: chicken schnitzel burger and steak fries; beef burger, swiss cheese, tomato and steak fries; German sausage burgermeister and steak fires; and steak cut fries.
Drinks included beers, wines and spirits such as: 150 Lashes, Summer Ale and Boags Lite, Auriela sparkling, Piper-Heidsieck Brut Cuvee, Pikorua sauvignon blanc, Pocketwatch pinot gris, Robert Oatley pinot noir, Hancock and Hancock shiraz grenache, Jim Beam bourbon, Johnny Walker Red, bundaberg Up Rum, Gordons Gin, and Smirnoff Vodka Red.
Despite the high-spirits of the crowd at the pre-game party, the Qantas Wallabies incur another humiliating defeat at ANZ Stadium. This means that the Bledisloe Cup will remain on the other side of the Tasman for yet another year.
For more information about the Novotel Sydney Olympic Park, go to: http://www.novotelsydneyolympicpark.com.au/