For Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand and International sporting fans the name Carisbook evokes memories of the Battle of Bannockburn! Stubborn Celtic pride subdued for too long by the foppish heathens south of Hadrian’s Wall, stirred by the skirl of the pipes to battle for death or glory!
Great All Bollocks victories over the Kloppies, the Pongos, the Waltzing Matildas and the Argie Bargies! A magnificent victory by our flanelled fools over the Calypso Kings of Swing in 1981! One of Otago’s finest sons, Stephen Boock in at the death to hit the winning run! A sacred mausoleum for Otago’s finest, Bert Sutcliffe one of Otago and New Zealand’s finest cricketers amongst many sportsmen whose humble ashes are still interred there on hallowed ground!
Carisbrook now demolished, bulldozed into the ground, desecrated and destroyed in the name of progress! The very heart and soul of the Gathering of the Clans, Otago rugby, Otago cricket, marching, pipe bands, pop concerts and the odd crazed ultra fanatical, religious fervour induced meeting of glorified worship that only Billy Graham and his erstwhile sidekick Jesus the Christ could provoke!
What greater crime could be enacted upon the ignorant humble peasants of Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the South???
To be replaced by a prefabricated plastic and aluminium lego land rumpus room with no soul, no heart and no spectators!
Och aye Jimmy! Time for the Stuarts, the Haigs, the Glenfiddichs, the Walkers and the Conolloy’s to reunite under one banner! Long live Scotland the Brave!