Hi NWC2015 Fans!
Well, can you believe it, since I wrote my last diary entry, the #NWC2015 #TrophyTour and I have visited four different Australian states?!
We jumped in the #NWC2015 #TrophyTour vehicle, and steamed out of Sydney heading south, stopping in the town of Wagga Wagga, close to the New South Wales-Victorian border. Despite the chilly evening training session, it was great to see so many people come out to say g’day and have their photo taken with the Trophy!
Continuing our journey south, we headed to the regional city of Geelong, to visit the folks from the Geelong Central Netball Association at the Kardinia Courts. It was great to have our friends from Chemist Warehouse along for the day too!
Then we headed back up to Melbourne to catch the Round 12 ANZ Championship blockbuster between the Melbourne Vixens and West Coast Fever at Margaret Court Arena. Following the match we made our way over to Port Melbourne to catch the Spirit of Tasmania… it was time to visit our friends across Bass Strait!
We hit the ground running when we reached our fourth #NWC2015 #TrophyTour state. After a stop off in Burnie to say hi to the kids at Burnie Primary School, we had a quick lunch break at the iconic town of Penguin, before heading onto Devonport. So many smiling faces came out to say hi and have their photo taken with the Trophy and myself it was really exciting! We loved meeting everyone at St Brendan-Shaw College, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School, and at the State League match between the Devon and Burnie Netball Associations.
The next day it was onto Launceston, and we were once again overwhelmed by the hospitality of the Tassie folk! After visits to Riverside Primary School and Scotch Oakburn College, we spent the evening at the Northern Tasmania Netball Association’s mid-week fixture, watching the teams do their thing on the court, and talking lots of selfies off it!
Then it was onto beautiful St Helens! We loved meeting all the netball-loving students from both St Helens and St Marys District Schools, and were honoured to meet the Mayor of the Break O’Day Council, Mr Mick Tucker, at the site of the new Break O’Day Multi-Purpose Indoor Stadium, the very first indoor stadium along the east coast of Tasmania!
Our final stop in Tassie was in the capital; Hobart. After a night out at the Southern Tasmania Netball Association, where we also got to rub shoulders with NWC2015 umpire, Josh Bowring. We met Josh along with Tasmanian Premier, Will Hodgman MP, and Netball Tasmania Chief Executive, Julia Phillips, the next day for a reception outside Parliament House. It was photos galore! And I had a great time hanging out with the students from St Aloysius who came down to say hi.
It was then a long road trip back north, before we boarded the Spirit of Tasmania once more to head back to the mainland. Then it was back in the #NWC2015 #TrophyTour vehicle to cross another state line – this time into South Australia!
There was no rest for the wicked as we wanted to make sure we could visit as many netty fans as possible in just a few short days. We visited the folks at Nuriootpa Netball Club, before heading on to Tanunda Netball Club, and the Gawler and Districts Netball Association.
The following day we headed out to the Netball SA stadium, to greet the fans as they went in to watch the Round 13 ANZ Championship match between the Adelaide Thunderbirds and the West Coast Fever.
Following Fever’s two-goal win, we headed out to the Mid Hills Netball Association’s Representative Carnival, and wow, I have never felt so popular! Thanks to everyone who came out to have photos with me and the Trophy.
We loved making the trip out to All Saints Catholic School in Seaford Meadows, and meeting all the keen young NetSetGO-ers who were keen to show us their skills on the court. On our evening visit to the Woods Panthers Netball Club, we were blown away by the turnout with every player on their list coming down to greet the Trophy! Plus the Woods Panthers Premier League and Reserves squad even made the effort of dressing up for the occasion – as many of our 16 NWC2015 nations as they could think of!
We caught up with Adelaide Thunderbirds Sam Poolman, Maddy Proud and Leigh Waddington again, when we headed out to Seeacliff Primary School for Netball South Australia’s ‘3 Cheers’ program. Then – after some sightseeing in downtown Adelaide – we headed out to visit the students at the South Australian Aboriginal Sports Training Academy (SAASTA) Elite Netballers’ training session at Fast Twitch. It’s the first year Netball SA have been involved in facilitating this great program, which is run in conjunction with TAFE SA, and SAASTA students who are studying to obtain their Sport and Recreating Certificate.
It was fresh with a capital F out at training for the folks at the Willaston Netball Club but that certainly didn’t stop them coming out in their droves to see the #NWC2015 #TrophyTour team! Thanks so much to everyone who came down to say hi and made it a fun evening.
Make sure you check out our Facebook page to see if your photo with me is there! And if it’s not, you can tag us into your own images on Twitter or Instagram, (#nwc2015) or even send us your snaps to firstname.lastname@example.org.
After a final stop back in to the Netball SA offices to say a final farewell to the lovely team, we are off again! Thanks for having us South Australia! Next up: Perth!
Until next time friends,
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