Day 17 Paris

This morning we met up with our guide Summer for the first part of our tour around Paris. We took in many of the sights while Summer gave us the stories and history of Paris. Some of the sights we saw were Notre Dame, Luxembourg Gardens and the Louvre. 

 

We then headed to the Louvre to see the Mona Lisa we could have stayed there all day but trying to fit 13 kilometres into 2 hours is a little difficult.

 

From here we head to the Eiffel Tower, for those wanting to go up and take in the full view did! And what an amazing view.. Breathe taking!! We could see a full view of Paris. One of the biggest highlights of the trip.

 

On the way back to the hotel Jeff, our super human bus driver for tour surprised the girls with a few laps of the Arc roundabout dodging and changing direction to avoid taxis, bike, motorcycle and cars! I think he may have picked up some tips from the girls on the court

 

We finished the night together back at the hotel enjoying our last night on tour with some presentations and awards. Congratulations to the following girls

Coaches MVP

14&U Ebony Arnold  

16&U Georgia Kyne

18&U Merina Caputo

Players Player MVP

14&U Eloise Armstrong

16&U Kate McCalman

18&U Brooke Phillpott

Tour Most Improved

Isabelle Perryman

Off to the airport in the morning for the big trip home!

Thank you Wanderers Australia for an amazing opportunity and the final thank you to Jeff for driving us all over the UK and Paris but above all for all your humour and expertise!

 

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14&U

14&U

16&U

16&U

18&U

18&U

Tour Most Improved  

Tour Most Improved  

Last Night Pizza  

Last Night Pizza  

Day 16 - Battlefields / Paris

This morning we woke to a frosty morning in France -4

We met up with our Battlefield guide John at the Windmill monument just outside Pozieres

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He then lead us through the history of World War 1 Battlefields in the Somme Region of Northern France where the Australians fought almost 95 years ago

We visited Hamel Beaumont which is a preserved battlefield

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We then visited the Adelaide Cemetery  

 

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Our Battlefields tour finishes at Villers Brettoneoux, which on ANZAC Day 1918 was a scene of one Australia's most famous battles and victories  

 

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We checked into our hotel for the next two nights and headed out on the Metro Train to visit the Arc De Triomphe! We were lucky enough to be able to climb the stairs to the top and take in the view  

 

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We caught another train to the Eiffel Tower and saw the magical lights!  

Memories that will last a lifetime

 

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Day 15 Ashford School

Will be a short update this morning.  

We picked up the girls this morning and headed off to Maidstone for lunch and a last shop in UK before our final matches  

We arrived at Ashford School and the girls were confronted with the first challenge outdoor courts!! We have been lucky to play indoors all tour. Well done to Nova for become a duel athlete adding gymnastics to her talents.  

After our reduced matches it was off to board the ferry to France.  

We all arrived safe and sound and prepare for two big days in France  

 

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Day 14 Surrey

This morning we woke to a wet day! We pick up the girls and said farewell to our hosts. Then it was off to Surrey for our matches against Fetcham Hawks Netball Club

14&U got off to the best start they have all tour and continued to build on their start all game to record a  32-9

16&U were too strong for their opponents in today's matches. Relentless in defence and free flowing in attack the girls won 51-11

18&U after a bit of a slow start today the girls were able to come together and play to the game plan to record a 43-22 win. At times they produced some terrific passages of play in both attack and defence.

The girls were off to their host family for the afternoon and night. With activities such as ice skating, trampolining and movies on the cards I am sure the girls all enjoyed themselves.

Tomorrow is our last match and day in the UK. We will board the ferry to Paris at 5.30pm.

Until then 😀

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Day 13 - Kent County

This morning we set off south and made our way back to London. We were able to have a cheeky stop at King's Cross Station to see Platform 9 3/4 (for all the Harry Potter fans).

Platform 9 3/4

Platform 9 3/4

From here we dropped back into Borough Markets for Lunch again. It was great to see it in full swing today.  

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Onto our next round of matches against Kent County Netball Club. All matches were played in great spirit!  

14&U played out a draw 28-28 with Rhiannon being awarded MVP by Kent County coaches.  

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16&U team had a tight contest on their hands too but managed to see off the opposition by 2 goals taking out the match 28-26. Congratulations to Kate on a great game in goals and being awarded the MVP 

 

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18&U lost their first match of the tour going down to a very strong side that moved the ball extremely well at times. In the end the girls were defeated 36-45. Well done to Merina on being selected for MVP of the match. 

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Thank you to Liv and the Kent County Netball Club for the afternoon and the amazing spread after the match.  

See you in the morning girls!!  

 

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Day 11 & 12

Day 11

After picking up the girls from their host families we were on the road for a bit of a travel day.

We checked in early in Nottingham to our accommodation for a well earned rest before heading into town for dinner.

 

Day 12

We had a lazy start to the day, which the girls really appreciated as it has been a busy couple of weeks on tour. We set off to Oundle School for our next set of matches. On route we had some lunch in Leicester before arriving at the school (one of the biggest private schools in England)

Matches;

14&U bounced back onto the winners list defeating Oundle 14&U 16-6

16&U also recorded another win for Wanderers over coming the Oundle 16&U team 23-10

18&U rounded out the night with a scrappy win 22-13

We were then hosted to some supper with the girls which was great, especially the cupcakes with Maltesers on top.

Amazing hosts Oundle School

Amazing hosts Oundle School

MVP players of the matches   14&U Rhiannon, 16&U Georgia, 18&U Sheridan picture with Head of Sport former England Rugby player Danny Grewcock (60 Test Caps)

MVP players of the matches  

14&U Rhiannon, 16&U Georgia, 18&U Sheridan picture with Head of Sport former England Rugby player Danny Grewcock (60 Test Caps)

Day 9 & 10

Middlesborough

Today was a well deserved relaxed morning with a pool recovery session. 

We then jumped on the bus and travelled to York for lunch and a look around the village. The town was very impressive including the cathedral, historic buildings and the wall surrounding the town as it would have thousands of years ago.

We were then off to Middlesborough for our matches against Grangetown Netball Club.

14&U

What a tough couple of matches these girls have played the last few of days! Last night they produced some outstanding passages of play, but struggled with some of the familiarity in connections down the court, which the opposition capitalised on. They fought hard right until the end, but fell short by a few goals.

16&U

The girls game up against a well drilled strong team. Grangetown burst out the blocks early and built up a lead at half time we managed to match them in the second half, however the opposition proved too good on the night recording an 11 goal win. Credit to all the girls for playing to plan and never dropping their heads playing for every ball to the very end.

18&U

Took on the Grangetown's Senior Squad which boost some very strong and experience players. This was by far our biggest challenge of the tour so far and the girls were up for the challenge. The key messages were, work together and for each other, play your role and SMILE (enjoy the challenge).

The girls executed these messages amazingly well and came away with a 1 goal win in the final moments of the match. 

Durham

This morning we met up with the girls after staying with their host families, we drove to Durham for an afternoon of shopping, sight seeing and lunch. 

We caught up with the girls host families from Grangetown Netball Club again for dinner and a strength and conditioning session hosted by Grangetown S & C Coach. Back to their host families for night 2 before we head off to Nottingham in the morning for a very well deserved quiet day! Until next time. 

14&U pool recovery session  

14&U pool recovery session  

York Cathedral  

York Cathedral  

Grangetown Netball Club  

Grangetown Netball Club  

Durham Castle

Durham Castle

Strength & Conditioning session  

Strength & Conditioning session  

Day 8 - Chester/ Manchester

This morning we woke to a wet and cold morning in Wales. Once we had picked up the girls from their host families we were off to Chester for morning tea and to have a look around at the imposing Cathedral and beautiful cobble stone streets

From here we made our way to Manchester to visit the Manchester United's Old Trafford. Some shopping in the megastore and it was time to travel to Huddersfield for our next matches against Huddersfield Giants Netball Club and Greenhead College

Match Results:

18&U played a strong college team today that had some great connections on court. The girls were at time inconsistent but in the 2nd half on the back of some fantastic defensive pressure the girls managed a 9 goal win.

16&U match was a close affair with both sides changing momentum throughout the match. The Wanderer girls pulled away in the final quarter after scoring a run of goals.

14&U girls came up against a well drilled team that moved the ball with pace,causing our girls some issues in the first quarter. Wanderers were winning the ball back with some strong defensive pressure but were unable to convert in the attack end. In the end the Huddersfield team were too strong on the night.

Chester Catherdal  

Chester Catherdal  

Manchester United Old Trafford Stadium  

Manchester United Old Trafford Stadium  

18&U girls warming up for their match  

18&U girls warming up for their match  

16&U team at half time  

16&U team at half time  

Group photo  

Group photo  

Day 7 - North Wales Tournament Day

BIG DAY OF NETBALL TODAY!!

This morning we drove to Colwyn Bay to play in a tournament against the North Wales representative development teams and Rydal Pernros School.

All three Wanderers team showed great skill and ability to take out a clean sweep of the tournament in each age group. We may have been boosted by the endless supply of food and slices from the hosting teams.

Results:

18&U

20-10 vs North Wales 1

24-6 vs Rydal

33-10 vs North Wales 2

16&U

16-10 vs North Wales 1

29-1 vs Rydal

29-5 vs North Wales 2

14&U

26-5 vs North Wales 1

38-0 vs Rydal

24-5 vs North Wales 2

Players will be hosted by families from the development teams tonight before doing some sight seeing in Wales and Manchester tomorrow.

14&U team at Half Time against North Wales 1

14&U team at Half Time against North Wales 1

Day 6 - Birmingham/FA Cup Football

This morning we made the trip to Birmingham, stopping in at the Bullring Shopping Complex to have a look at the markets and shops. We had some lunch then headed off to the big Football match between Birmingham City & Newcastle.

The excitement built as the girls got a group photo next to the pitch with the Birmingham City mascots. The game started and Newcastle supporters were full of voice, cheering and chanting for their side. It paid off with Newcastle scoring in the 5th minute.

Birmingham answered in the 39th minute after a beautiful cross.

Second half saw the score remain 1-1, however Birmingham had a number of good chances to score. The match finished in a 1-1 draw! What an experience for all!

A great way for Sheridan to celebrate her 18th Birthday!

We were chaperoned by police bikes out of Birmingham, in the midst of a convoy of Newcastle supporter coaches, on our way to Wales before our mini tournament tomorrow. Stay tuned for a wrap up of the tournament!

Day 5 - Cotswold

This morning we picked up the girls from their host families and made our way to the historic Cotswolds region. The scenery was beautiful and Mike, our guide was full of local knowledge. 

We enjoyed an amazing lunch at the Hollow Bottom pub and walk through the village to take in some of the village life style.

After lunch the weather turned a little wet and chilly but the girls soldiered on like champions as we visited Bourton on the Water and then said our farewells to Mike.

Onto Cheltenham and our accommodation for the night. On the way to the accommodation it clicked over to 12am Perth time which means it was time to sing Happy Birthday to Sheridan who is turning 18!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHEZZA!

🎉🎁🎈🍰

Braving the wet and chilly conditions on Day 5 

Braving the wet and chilly conditions on Day 5 

Lunch at the Hollow Bottom Pub.. Yum!!  

Lunch at the Hollow Bottom Pub.. Yum!!  

Day 4 Warwick Castle/ Milton Keynes

A well deserved sleep in this morning and a big breakfast at the hotel to refuel for the day

On the bus and off to Warwick Castle, which is one of the best medieval castles in England. We flew in for the birds of prey show where Ernie the Owl and Bruce the Grey Buzzard Eagle showed off their spectacular aerial ability which hopefully the girls can emulate on court tonight!

After lunch we were back on the bus to travel down the road to Milton Keynes to play our second matches against Milton Keynes Netters Netball Club. All games were played in great spirit and everyone enjoyed some pizza and nibbles at the after match function

Match Results:

18/U won 63 - 59

16/U won 29 - 24

14/U won 45 - 20

MVP were awarded to a player from each team judged as MVP by the Milton Keynes players;

18/U - Merina Caputo

16/U - Georgia Kyne

14/U - Rhiannon Brown

The coaches and supporters say farewell to the girls tonight as they stay with the host families and we will catch up with the girls in morning as we head off to visit the historic Cotswold region.

Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle

18&U girls with Milton Keynes Netters NC

18&U girls with Milton Keynes Netters NC

Wanderers Aust Netball v Milton Keynes Netters NC

Wanderers Aust Netball v Milton Keynes Netters NC

16&U girls with Milton Keynes NC

16&U girls with Milton Keynes NC

14&U girls with Milton Keynes 

14&U girls with Milton Keynes 

Day 3 - Windsor/ Bromsgrove

This morning we travelled back into Windsor to see the Windsor Castle and take in some history of the castle and the Royal families that use to live there. The girls made friends with the cutest little guard Marshall who was celebrating his birthday (see picture)

Lunch was in the village then it was back onto the bus heading to Bromsgrove for our first matches versus Ryland Netball Club

18&U Match Report:

Rd 1 won 24-8 & Rd 2 lost 21-22

16&U Match Report:

R1 lost 16-17 & R2 won 17-6

14&U Match Report:

R1 lost by 4 goals & R2 won 18-9

All girls showed excellent spirit and were excited to get on out court for the first match. Looking forward to our next matches tomorrow and continuing to build on our connections both on and off the court. Bye for now   

Matches vs Ryland Netball Club

Matches vs Ryland Netball Club

Happy Birthday Marshall

Happy Birthday Marshall

London match 1

Hi all and welcome to our next update.... Yesterday was full of sightseeing at the Tower of London and Windsor Castle. Our first matches against our wonderful first hosts at Teddington Hockey club were played in great spirit with our 2nd grade girls scoring an great 1 - 0 win and our 1st grade girls having a draw...the game was cut short due to the field becoming frozen and unplayable which is highly unusual but we can't control the weather ! So our boys will

debut tomorrow night on match day 2. More updates soon and thanks again to our great hosts, 

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London Day 2

This morning we travelled to Tower of London to take in some of London's history and beautiful sightseeing.

Next stop.. Borough Markets for lunch high recommend the Mac n Pulled Pork! Girls treated Emma to a birthday cupcake (Happy 18th Birthday Emma 🍰 )

Onto St Paul's Cathedral (thermals were put to the test ❄️⛄️) and the National History Museum 

Off to Windsor Castle & Game day tomorrow so stay tuned for a wrap up of Day 3 

Netball UK Tour 1 out!  

Tower of London

Tower of London

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Happy Birthday Emma