Trans Tasman Tour Diary – Michael Chapman
Join Australian Mixed Open representative, Michael Chapman as he tells austouch.com.au about the contingent’s special ANZAC Day, receiving his first Australian jersey at the Open level and the anticipation about Thursday’s first test against New Zealand.
Wednesday, 25 April 2012
Early start this morning with the local Mudgee Dawn service. Had a fair few of us from the Men’s, Women’s and Mixed teams attend, swelling the local turn out to the biggest the MC had seen in 27 years. Although the air was fresh and the speeches often diverted to the story of the Titanic, there was a fair bit of pride standing with the Australian contingency.
Back to the hotel for breakfast and a quick wade in the pool before we kitted up ready for the local ANZAC Day march. Us Aussies scrubbed up alright as we were led through the streets of Mudgee by our flag bearers Stevie Roberts, Kylie Hilder and Gary Rose. We were warmly welcomed, as it proved beneficial for the outlook and professionalism of our sport. Completed the march with the formalities in the park, with the haka, sore feet and an amazing local band as some of the highlights. Courage, camaraderie, pride and dedication were some of the words thrown around and it was hard not to parallel them to our job ahead.
We were then straight out to the fields to check them out and iron out the last of our kinks. Getting the last of the cobwebs out before a team photo at the hotel, Dyl Thompson and Michael ‘Dr Dre’ Law were both notably late as hair was not perfect.
Dinner plans at 7:30 at the ‘Lowe’ family winery. Perfect meal and setting for the formal jersey presentation that was to ensue. Mixed emotions as myself, along with eight others are debuting for the Mixed team at the 2012 Trans Tasman. A few wise words from Tony Trad, Jamie Stowe and Colm Maguire stuck. Enjoying every moment, continuing a strong history and the strength of the Australian contingency was a common theme throughout.With this wrapping up the formalities and preparation side of things, there seems to be a resinating hunger to just get stuck in. Can’t wait to rip into the Kiwis tomorrow.
Time to cuddle up to Chucky Chan. From the Aussie Mixed, all the best to the Men’s and Women’s. Time for all that training to pay itself off!
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