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Treats from Oz

3 Games Left!

My final 3 games with Yeronga... My how the time does fly!

12:00 PM
Sun 15/Jul Yeronga Sth Brisbane vs Zillmere Eagles Kedron(Map)

10:00 AM
Sun 22/Jul Yeronga Sth Brisbane vs Griffith Moorooka Reds Leyshon Park Yeronga (Map)

12:00 PM
Sun 29/Jul Logan Cobras vs Yeronga Sth Brisbane Tansey Park (Map)

“Clarky”

We typically have games on Sunday but this weekend our game was on Saturday night at 5:45 against Palm Beach. We played at their field which is located on the Gold Coast. By 5:45 it is dark here so it was another game under the lights. I have never played under the lights and now two games under the lights. It is a unique experience to play under the lights and I have grown to enjoy it!

Tennis or Training!

We arrived to training on Tuesday to see a pile of tennis balls. Was this Footy training or Tennis training? Curious I thought. After warming up Head Coach Jake Simmons-Bliss had us pair up and grab a tennis ball. We used the tennis balls to help improve our eye-hand coordination with the ball. We need to be precise and build our skills. This is an exercise I am sure to bring back to the states and use. Jake informed me he has tons of unique training exercises up his sleeve.

Rain and train!

Over the past week we experienced a great deal of rain causing the grounds to be very soggy. Tuesday’s training was cancelled and as the rain continued it looked like we may not be able to train Thursday as well. The rain began to clear Thursday but with all the rain the fields were closed so that they would not get torn up by trainings. Kate Clarkson one of my teammates connected us with an indoor facility and trainer that came to do some fitness training with us.

Freedom Set for Clash with Rivals from North of the 49th Parallel

In preparation for the 49th Parallel Cup in Dublin, Ohio on August 4, the USA Freedom held their annual training camp in Minneapolis, Minnesota over the weekend of June 15-17. There was a great turn out by women from all across the USA with many returning players from the 2011 International Cup squad and a number of new faces.

The Ball!

What an awesome event! To see everyone dolled up and mingling was beautiful. The mid season ball was an event put on by the Yeronga Club as a fund raiser and community event. It gave me a chance to meet people in the club beyond the ladies team. I met Sam Corless president of the club and friend to my coach Leigh Barnsey back home. It was a pleasure to connect with him and thank him for assisting in making this trip happen. I also had the chance to visit with Tami Dunn the team physical trainer whom I had been in contact with for some time prior to my arrival.

Game time!

Friday June 22 at 7:30pm we had a game. It was a beautiful night. We couldn’t have asked for better weather. The excitement was thick in the air. Playing under the lights was a unique experience for me. It was gorgeous! Yeronga showed once again what a power house they are. The final score was 114 to 13. Despite the score the opposition put up a good fight forcing Yeronga to stay focused and strong.

Training Day!

Tuesday’s Training involved a lot of skills work. Then we moved into some fun and had a half field scrimmage. I am really enjoying working with these ladies they are a highly skilled bunch. I have now been here for 22 days and the time has just flown by. It is sad to think I only have 7 more weeks to learn as much as I can from these amazing ladies.

Morningside Forfeits

Sunday’s game was cancelled due to Morningside forfeiting. The team was unable to field a team and therefore had to forfeit. My teammate Kate Lutkins and I decided we still wanted to get a workout for the day. We headed down to the Brisbane River and did a nice 5k run following the river and crossing over two bridges making a nice circuit.

Getting Jazzed

We had a long weekend off. Yeronga had a bye in the line up so we took it easy. Thursday nights practice was turned into a team Dinner it was great to sit and chat with some of the girls and our coach.

We got back to practice Tuesday night I enjoyed myself. We scrimmaged ourselves for portion of practice I was put in the Ruck position something new for me. I jumped in and did what I could! It is amazing to watch a practice with a full team of ladies.

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