Day 16 - Visiting the sights of Paris

It was a day of big sightseeing today - and for those that wear a fit bit a bit 29 459 steps for some of us (POD 1). We started off going via bus through the City Centre.  We went to Luxembourg Gardens 

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We then hopped back on an hit Notre Damm church where we saw the beautiful stain glassed windows. 

 

Eiffel Tower in the Gardens

Eiffel Tower in the Gardens

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Point zero of Paris - Notre Dame

Point zero of Paris - Notre Dame

Eiffel Tower at day

Eiffel Tower at day

Eiffel Tower at Night

Eiffel Tower at Night

Looking forward to our last day sightseeing tomorrow

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Day 15 - Touring Day

What a day - today we were dealt a very humbling expierance visiting very many war sights.  It made us thankful for what we have today and appreciative to those who sacrificed their lives so we could live the way we do today.

Our first stop was  Prozieres.

Memorial at Proziers

Memorial at Proziers

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Our next stop was Beaumont  

We were able to walk through the trenches of the War. - (video was uploaded via Facebook yesterday)

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Next we moved to the "big hole in the ground"  - Lochnagar

Next we moved to the "big hole in the ground"  - Lochnagar

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We then moved towards the Villers-Bretenneux and Adelaide cemetery  

 

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The grave of the unknown Soldier. 

The grave of the unknown Soldier. 

we then made our way by bus to our Hotel in Paris for 3 days, where we got out to see some sights.  

 

Girls in front of the Arc

Girls in front of the Arc

Girls cramming into the train - packed in like sardines

Girls cramming into the train - packed in like sardines

We walked to the top of the Arc de Triomphe - I think the coaches lost a lung (Coll and Margy mainly)  although they said only 284 stairs (spiral staircase) it felt like a few thousand. 😀😀 - on the plus side we all have killer calves

Girls at the top of the Arc

Girls at the top of the Arc

Memorial at the Arc

Memorial at the Arc

Day 13

Today we picked the girls up from our host billets Nottingham and headed towards Warwick Castle - we have been told numerous times that this castle was the best castle, so we were looking forward to it. It may be wet, but that wasn't going to dampen our spirits.

 

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Well we headed into the castle and was told to do the Spook tour for an extra 2 pound.  Girls voted and it was a let's do it - well it was well worth the extra dollars - the fantastic acting set the scene - and we were still talking  about how scared we all were this afternoon. 

 

Birds of prey

Birds of prey

We then headed to the birds of prey exhibit where we saw 2 birds in action. 

after a walk through the castle, maze and getting a very quick bite to eat we made our way to Cambridge to take on MI7.

 

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Team 3 junior team

Team 3 junior team

Team 1 senior team

Team 1 senior team

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Today Wanderers took on MI7 in Cambridge - it felt like -5 but was not that bad, I think the coaches were slightly colder than the players.

Team 2 - won 29-10 played very well today - best game they had played of the tournament.  Our shooting accuracy was good and the conversation rate showed how hard they tried to convert.  player of the Match: Amity. 

team 3 v Mission mixed team of ages

Won 37 - 7

POTM Makayla

After a smashing first quarter we all played out of position to develop our skills - after all EVERY position ion Court needs to be able to attack and defend. We showed our skills and versatility to the end.

v Mission 14s

Won 34 - 9

POTM - Kate

Our last game together and we used it to showcase what we had learned and how we developed as a team. A solid defensive effort across the entire Court combined with balanced & timed attacking.

team 1 tonight on a slippery court our midcourt made connections throughout the entire game.  All players finished their final tour game on an exceptionally high level. It was fantastic to see and as a coach a proud moment to witness the girls hug each other and congratulate their team mates.

tie for player of the match - Holly and Phoebe. 

after an absolutely beautiful supper - the athletes were whisked away to there hosts for the night and by what I have been told an absolutely beautiful dinner!!! 

next stop Paris - au revoir England - its been great 🤗🤗🤗

Day 12

Arh we started the day after picking up our players from there lovely hosts of two days - Cheshire and travelled to Nottingham - hoping to see Robin Hood on our way. 

We arrived at our venue only to see that the court hall had been double booked - none the less the good people of Sherwood Forrest arranged a new venue and we all hoped on the bus and headed to Nottingham University.

Game 12 v Nottingham

Won 43 - 4

POTM Savahna

What a credit this team is. They took on instructions and delivered what they were asked to do - resulting in a solid win. You have all raised the bar and set the standard girls - keep up the great work.

 

Team 2 - Lost 29-24

a narrow loss but there were patches of some very good netball.  Today our player of the match was Carley -  

 

Team 1 won 37-22

after a slow start we pulled away from Nottingham.  Defensively there were very strong.  After settling in on our Centre passes we were able to string together a number of important foals

tiday I had a tie for player of the match: kaitlyn and Bec. 

 

Team 3 in action

Team 3 in action

Day 11

Today we played our games at the Veledrome where the commonwealth games were held - what a wonderful experience they had.

We backed up today against Cheshire again - and again we were beaten by a very well drilled side the girls showed improvement and stuck to a game plan.

 

Team 2 - 16s played two games today each time improving on there previous games - although we lost we were a lot happier with the results - Player of the Match 1st game Stephanie.  Player of the 2nd Match - Karlee

Team 1 - today was a hard fought game and we had a narrow loss - everybody played well but player of the match was Nakita.

 

team 3 - lost but a massive improvement from our team.  Every player on court achieved their goal and was able to cwin ntrivute to a top or an intercept. More movement in our attack.

player of the Match Keisha  

After the games we then hit the Soccer arena    And were treated to a great match between the Bolton Wanderers and Swindon - apparently Wanderers should have won but they came against a fired up Swindon.  

 

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The sign welcoming us

The sign welcoming us

We are the one and only Wanderers

We are the one and only Wanderers

We would like to thank Phil Owen and the Board of Cheshire Netball - as coaches we saw that England Netball is in great hands with the way you are developing these athletes - congratulations.  

Again on behalf of all the girls we thank you Phil for arranging the Soccer game and opening your beautiful house to us. 

wr look forward to seeing you again - maybe you can come to Sydney and we can reciprocate. 

much love from Marg Kylie Steph Coll and the touring party 😀😀

Day 10

Today due to the possibility of being snowed in - we had to leave our hotel earlier and make our way towards Cheltham. 

As there was no snow we got to our destination 4 hours early - which fortunate for us girls it was right next to a DFO.  This place was so big - none of us got through it in 4 hours.  When we arrived to our netball destination - we were told how lucky we were to make it through as the had closed the road behind us - we had the luck of the Irish with us.  Unfortunately that was where it stopped. 

Team 2 came up against a very well rehearsed and talented team who gave us a lesson in netball.  We lost convincingly but I was proud of the girls efforts to continue - our positive was that our 2nd half was far better than our first.  We are looking forward to a chance to make amends tomorrow. 

 

 

Warm up team 2

Warm up team 2

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Team 3 - Junior team were fortunate to play two games today against extremely good competition.  We lost both games but we never gave up. 

 

team 1 was our only team victory tonight and that too was a tightly contested tussle, both sides displayed extremely good skills and patience.

 

tonight Cheshire Netball showed well developed skills and executed moves.   

 

Cheshire will host our athletes for two nights - check back later for more - see you soon

Day 9 - games V Bristol Grammar

Today we were lucky enough to not only play a game against Bristol Grammar - but also a tour of Bath.   

We started the day with the tour of Bath seeing the Ancient Bridge with the river falls.

 

Girls walking the rivers edge  

Girls walking the rivers edge  

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We started off playing Bristol Grammar today with Team 2 taking the court first.  Due weather - we had to change some arrangements and play all 3 teams indoor - which meant some reduced times but still 4 quarters.

Team 2 started strongly and we were a bit inconsistent throughout the game but we had a strong defensive unit of Carley and Karlee with keep Bristol To 1 goal during the first quarter, and our goalets strong at the back with Amity as GS.  At the end of the game Team 2 were winners 18-9.

player of the Match Carly Taylor

 

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Team 1 were next to play and they started out strong and continued to build throughout the whole game.  Our defensive pressure had been our strength and today was no different. 

player of the Match - Gabby  

 

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Team 2 in action

Team 2 in action

Game 8 vs Bristol Grammar School

Won 21 - 13

Player of the Match  - Keely

We were challenged by the physicality of our opponents and struggled to clear the ball from our throw ins. Consistent shooting enabled us to stay on top and take this game.

We are continuing to learn and build as a team.

tomorrow we are in for a really tough match. 

Taylor Barr in action  

Taylor Barr in action  

Warm up

Warm up

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Junior team

Junior team

Senior team

Senior team

Day 8 - Windsor castle and Chelsea Tour

Today we had a day without netball - but that didn't stop us "wanderering" around the UK. 

 

after a hearty breakfast -  we headed towards Windsor Castle to visit the Queens quarters. 

 

Can you spot our Queen 👸 

Can you spot our Queen 👸 

Taking in the sights

Taking in the sights

Somebody is trying to hide the Crow!!! 

Somebody is trying to hide the Crow!!! 

Who said a souvenir shop was close

Who said a souvenir shop was close

Today we witnessed a changing of the guards and a spectacular band performance.

 

after a Lunch on the Run - we hit the bus and headed towards Chelsea stadium. 

 

The home of Chelsea football

The home of Chelsea football

Oh look our queen  

Oh look our queen  

The Wanderers ring in🤗🤗 

The Wanderers ring in🤗🤗 

The girls learnt about the history of Chelsea, and were shown the media room plus visiting and of course Chelsea's chamgerooms.  

 

Chelsea changroom

Chelsea changroom

Players tunnel  

Players tunnel  

Deeply engrossed in the tour guides talk

Deeply engrossed in the tour guides talk

The ground

The ground

Rest assured - the girls are have Ng a great time - games tomorrow so stay tuned - there will be a portion of a live feed tomorrow - I'll post times on Facebook tomorrow morning.

 

Day 7 Game v Putney

The WI-FI has not been kind to us in these parts of London. Sorry for the delay.

Today we made the trek to Putney High School where all three teams took on a very tough local High School Team. 

 

Full court of team two  

Full court of team two  

Team 1 - Seniors - won 51-31. 

We had a slow start against a solid Putney High School - they came out strong and it took us a while to find our feet.  Our progression through the quarters was excellent Nd our skills progressed. 

player of the Match - Kaitlyn Leaney

Team 2 Intermediate - won 40-31

This game was a tight tussle from the outset - Putney had some players that have a bright future in the game - it passed us every minute of the game.  As the full time hooter went Wanderers were victors - and earnt a well earned afternoon tea.

man of the match Amitee Worley. 

 

Our shooting drill

Our shooting drill

Team 3 - Junior Team  

Player of the Match  -Keely Teariki

48-30 won

 

Starting to work well as a unit as we get used to each other. A strong defensive effort from everybody saw us win a lot of ball which our shooters converted. 

Junior team in action

Junior team in action

Day 6 - a day in the Cotswolds

Today we started the day off  with the girls being dropped off at our hotel by the parents of our wonderful billetts from Braintree Netball.  We heard all about the adventure of the Bowling Alley - who aced it on the wood and who needs to improve there Bowling action - I hear Amitee is a bit of a gun and Savahna needs to work on her spin - perhaps a state of origin rematch is warranted upon our return.  Thanks again Braintree for your generous support.  See you guys again soon.

 

Our first stop of the day was Cheltenham- Stow-on-the-wold.  were we visited some of the oldest shops in England - the girls explore the area and stocked up on some old fashion treats.

 

Stow on the wold

Stow on the wold

We then hopped back on the bus and drove towards Guiting Power - I myself may have found a few places where I could live - totally beautiful - such an amazing opportunity to have Mike our tour guide with us - he lives in this area, so we got a number of insider tips. 

We visited The Hollow Pub for a hearty Lunch and visited a bakery - run by a 97 year old woman who works in the bakery 6 days a week.  

Sow on the wold

Sow on the wold

The Hollow Bottom Pub  

The Hollow Bottom Pub  

Guiting Power - outside the Bakery

Guiting Power - outside the Bakery

Guiting Power is a town that is owed by trustees and you can only rent properties here. 

 

Walking the streets - tour guide Mike

Walking the streets - tour guide Mike

Near the bakery again

Near the bakery again

Seeking refuge from the weather 👍👍 

Seeking refuge from the weather 👍👍 

We then made one more stop at a shopping area in a quaint town to pick up our supplies before our games tomorrow against Putney High School.   

tune in later today for our next installment of Tour 2 - conquering The UK 🇬🇧  

Day 5 - Netball tour 2

After picking the girls up from the billets this morning we traveled an hour and a half to Colechester - our destination today and our Hosts were Braintree Netball  

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Junior team - team 3 - Game 4 vs Braintree A

Lost 12-23

Player of the Match -Grace Bowen

We came up against a team who had very accurate shooters who were unphased by our defence. We are developing basic skills which will assist us in playing better netball.

 Game 5 vs Braintree B

Won 24-11

POTM-Keely-Shayla Teariki

 A strong and determined start put us ahead early in the match and we continued to build on this. Fantastic shooting by our team saw us come away with the win. 

Game 6 vs Braintree Juniors

Won 41-30

POTM - Kate Parkes 

 We moved outdoors and the fact we survived the cold was a real positive. Players are tying to deliver what is being asked of them and each game we play improvements are being seen. Players are also trying new positions and developing as individuals and as a team.

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Team 2 - unfortunately we were beaten by a better team today - we are building each time w play together - if we had another quarter we would have gotten them  

player of the match - Karlee Harrison

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Team 1

Braintree were a strong team throughout the court, they showcased a strong tall holding shooter, our girls played extremely well working hard to convert all turnovers.  We triumphed in the end 38-21 -

Player of the match Taylah Barr

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Tonight they are being billeted - and the girls and being taken bowling  y there host families!!! 

 

tune in tomorrow when we take on the Cotswolds. 

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Day 4 -

Today we were heading north to Cambridgeshire to play against a few teams in a mini carnival - hosts are Chatteris Foxes Netball Club -  the girls were extremely excited to play after there nervous start two days ago.

To our surprise we were greeted with a very large welcoming committee- which formed a guard of honour for our tour to process through 👍👍

 

 

Australia v England  

Australia v England  

We started the morning off with all teams playing together.

Team 3 - game v Warriors

Match report - significant improvement by all players.

Player of the Match  - Grace Bowen

team 3 Game v Foxes

Match Report - players used this game to assist player development and were highly commended 

player of the Match Bailey Mitchell 

Team 1 game versus Rookies 

Match- team played exceptionally well considering conditions. Skills level was high and consistent throughout the game, shooting particularly strong

Player of the Match - Nakita Singh 

 

Team 1 Game vs foxes

Match report- defensively took control and turned the ball over consistently.

PLayer of the Match - Rebecca Evans.

Team 2 took on Ladybirds - and had a much improved game - the girls all played extremely well, and it was a hard job to find an individual but  - Millicent Gabbe was awarded  player of the match due to her continuing to nail the "pop" with ease . 

 

Team 2 against foxes - we played very well and tried a number of combinations -  

player of the Match - Stephanie Trinh

Team 2 in action against ladybirds

Team 2 in action against ladybirds

Team 1 in action - vs Rookies 

Team 1 in action - vs Rookies 

Team 3 played against warriors-   

Team 3 in action against Warriors

Team 3 in action against Warriors

after the first full game the girls were eager to sit down with the hosts for a bite to eat  

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We then played another full game against our hosts in which all three teams won again. 

it was a day which made all of the coaching staff extremely proud to witness the girls not only playing but also displaying incredible sportsmanship to the teams they played.  We are certainly proud coaches as you should be as parents from afar - the amount of compliments we all received about the girls was outstanding.

The girls were billeted tonight and the hosts were puttin a Disco on for the girls

 

stay cool Australia - from a very chillie -1❤️❤️ 

 

 

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And we finish our stay here with "what did the Fox say" ......... 

Day 3 - Tour 2

Well today we picked the girls up from the Raiders Billets - - we cannot thank Raiders Netball enough for the kind hospitality they showed. 

 

Today we had a rest day - - which just meant no games - but heaps of sightseeing

 

we managed to see the Marble Arches today and had the opportunity to shop in the heart of London - what a blast and eat at a Famous shopping centre 

Marble Arches

Marble Arches

Weather has treated us quite kind until it rained this afternoon as we hit London's version of DFO - rest assured we did purchase a few items✅✅  with many of the girls having to top up😅😅

Where was Nike - I am now cashed up😆😆 

Where was Nike - I am now cashed up😆😆 

We then drove an hour to our next destination where we met up with some fellow wanderers - the Hockey Group.

 

tune in tomorrow as we head to March for our mini Carnival - by Hosts the Foxes. 

Raiders netball  

Raiders netball  

Netball tour - Day 2

After a very well earned sleep and a hearty breakfast we commenced our day with a trip to London Tower  - the girls got to look at the Crown Jewels - a couple of the girls were eyeing off how the crown would sit on their head!!! 

We need sustainance💪💪 

We need sustainance💪💪 

Just before we entered the Tower of London

Just before we entered the Tower of London

We took in the sights of St Paul's Catherdral and we were mesmerised by the architectural design -  

Next stop was our first game - against Raiders - all 3 teams narrowly missed out on the win - our junior team going down by 1, team 2 went down by 3 and our senior team lost by   The girls were billeted this night and I'm sure they have made some life long friends that they will continue to keep in touch with via social media   

Next stop was our first game - against Raiders - all 3 teams narrowly missed out on the win - our junior team going down by 1, team 2 went down by 3 and our senior team lost by  

The girls were billeted this night and I'm sure they have made some life long friends that they will continue to keep in touch with via social media 

 

Team 2 before there game

Team 2 before there game

Our senior team

Our senior team

nothing quite like a good warm up from our Junior team

nothing quite like a good warm up from our Junior team

Some last minute instruction before the big match!!! 

Some last minute instruction before the big match!!! 

Stay tuned for more information from Tour 2 - tomorrow we have a rest day before our big tournament day!!!!