Wednesday, 18 April 2012

South's win

The South side took out the Cathy Parkes All Star trophy 7-6. WooHoo! It was a hard fought victory since members from both teams have been training with and against each other for the past few years, and more intensely in the recent months. The game became a little stagnant in parts, but the defence was reasonably pleasing. 

Back in Melbourne and back to training. This week has been very eventful. On Sunday I went to see Will Anderson in Wilarious as part of the Melbourne Comedy Festival. After I walked over to Hardware Lane, which has the atmosphere of a European piazza and enjoyed some tapas in one of the restaurants. A-MAZING!

I had my birthday on Monday and although I had 2 training sessions, I was able to catch up with friends over lunch and another friend of mine cooked me a very lovely and delicious dinner, topped off with a cake for after training. The rest of this week has been filled with trying to sort out my possessions for my move back to Brisbane this weekend.

It’s going to be sad to leave a city that has soooo much life and culture, but as I head back up north it means that the next stage of preparation is about to begin. Today is 100 days out from the Olympics and with that our coach announced the team to head to the test event in London. I have been lucky enough to be selected to compete at this event. It will be very exciting to head over to London and begin to get the feel of the city and how the Games will be played.

The last 2 games of the National League regular season will be played on Thursday and Friday night this week against Balmain. Then things really get serious……

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Monday, 9 April 2012

Happy Easter!

Hope everyone had a very Happy Easter!!!! I know I did! We were given 4 days off from training, Good Friday – Easter Monday. I was planning to get out and enjoy what Melbourne had to offer. Lucky for me a good friend of my mine permanently moved down to Melbourne earlier that week. We were able to catch up over dinner and check our first live game of AFL. Essendon vs Port Adelaide.

The game was great; the crowd was enthusiastic leading to a fantastic Saturday afternoon. I was also able to check out the Queen Victoria Markets, which were amazing, soo much to see and taste.  The rest of the days off were filled with some much needed relaxation, as well as checking out more of the local cafes before returning to our next big training block.

This training block will see us moving into our next phase. With only a couple of National League games left before heading to Finals in late April. As the National League is completed at the end of April this will be followed by an overseas trip to either the Olympic test event in London, and/or World league rounds in Japan and China. This block will also see us staying in Shanghai for 2 weeks for training rather than return home, before World League Finals (also in China).

Come Monday afternoon all national squad members will be flying into Sydney for a 5 day camp, finishing off with the All-Star game in Canberra on Saturday. This game will see me playing for the South side, along with the rest of the Tigers girls, Freo, UNSW, Adelaide, UWA and Drummoyne. Will be a very interesting game....

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