Day 12

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Today we drove along the coast road to see some magnificent views while on our way to The Cape of Good Hope were the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet. Some of our intrepid Wanderers used the walking track to get to the Lighthouse for the some more superb  views of the southern most tip of South Africa while some used the venicular. We proceeded through the National Park seeing Baboons and Ostriches.

After lunch in Simons Town, we headed to the Penguin reserve for our first sighting of the South African Penguin in the thousands.


Day 10

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Another great morning in South Africa!

We all caught the Ferry to Robbene Island, just of the coast from Cape Town.

Robbene Island is the one of the places that political prisoners were sent during the Apartheid. We had a tour of the island and then one of the ex-prisoners took us on a tour of the cell blocks. We were told by him that “this isn’t a place of sadness... it is a place of education and hope”



Day 9

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Today was our first day in Cape Town.  It is most impressive with Table Mountain always on the background and there ‘s plenty to see. We explored Camps Bay Beach and had some retail therapy in the Victoria & Albert Waterfront until it was time to return to the hotel for an incredibly interesting and informative talk and video by Christo Brand about his book “Doing Life with Mandela - My Prisoner My Friend”. What an amazing person.



Days 6, 7 & 8

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Kruger!!  What more can I say. Exciting, from Sunrise to Sunset, always something more see to around the corner. We have seen so many animals that it’s hard to keep track until we look back at the photos

As we left Kruger we were all wondering how we could stay or how we could get back again


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Day 5

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The Apartheid Museum was our first destination today. It was here that we got a real sense of how it was to live in South Africa during this notorious period.

After this somber and thought provoking experience we headed to the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Houghton. With this year being the 100th anniversary of his birth there is so much happening with all of Nelson Mandela’s Charities.

Finally the girls played a great game against the Tshwane Eagles at the University of Pretoria this evening.

Day 4

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What an absolutely fabulous day!

Firstly we visited the Kevin Richardson Lion Sanctuary, where we learned from Kevin, about “Canned” hunting and the rescue of the Lions, Leopards, and Hyenas that now call the sanctuary home, also the fears for wellbeing of Lions in Africa.

Then we made our way to Mongena Private Game Reserve for an incredible lunch and then we went on a Game Drive. It wasn’t a leisurely drive, but oh so fun, as we went over trees that crossed the road and through water that wasn’t merely a puddle. We didn’t want the day to end.


Day 2 Opens Netball Sth Africa

Day 2 Opens Netball - Sth Africa.

Today we headed to Soweto to play the Rockers & the Legends at the Elkah Netball Courts. We were very warmly welcomed by these lovely ladies and their extended families and enjoyed the games and the friendship extended.

Our girls also conducted a clinic to help some of the younger players in the area.

Before leaving for the day we were entertained by a group of local cultural dancers with some of our girls joining in.

Match Day 6 - Wanderers V Princess Margaret Seniors


The boys arrived at today’s game with improved energy after a slow start yesterday. The bowling and fielding efforts were outstanding with some excellent catches being taken and some excellent attaching bowling. Max Sinclair took 4 for 14, Xavier Ulvert 2 for 25 and Ryan Irwin 2 for 7. This outstanding effort resulted in the local being dismissed for 75.


The lads took a mature approach to the run chase, losing only 3 wickets and achieving the total in 17 overs. Dekan John-Furnace scoring 34 not out to anchor the innings.

Only one match to go before we start our long journey home. An opportunity tomorrow to finish all square for wins and losses on tour so lots to play for.


Match Day 5 - Wanderers V St. Catherine’s B


We’ve had a couple of days without cricket, one spent on a catamaran tour, swimming with turtles and seeing the West Coast of Barbados and the other visiting Speightstown after our game was washed out. Yesterday we got back to business against St Catherine’s Cricket Club. 

After losing the toss and being sent out to bowl, we started a little sluggishly. Energy level seemed low and the home team set about building a large total. After reaching 1 for 116, Wanderers fought back taking the next 9 wickets for 49 runs. Henry Smyman taking 5 for 23 and Jordon Hudson taking 2 for 24 to do most of the damage.


In reply, we lost an early wicket but then Henry Snyman and Hugo Ikeda got together to put on 62 for the second wicket. Despite a solid platform and solid contributions from Max Sinclair and Ryan Irwin, we fell short in our chase.

A highly competitive game and some great efforts from all the boys.


Match Day 4 - Wanderers V Princess Margaret School


Another toss won but a different decision today, captain, Jordon Hudson elected to bat and it pr bed to be an inspired decision. After losing a early wicket, two solid partnerships had us at 2 for 95 before a steady flow of wickets followed. The run rate remained at around 5 per over half however with Max Sinclair carrying his bat from start to finish to remain unbeaten on 82. Some late hitting from Jonty Webb helped us achieve a target of 8 for 176.

The target always seemed to great for Princess Margaret School as they struggled to maintain the required run rate from the beginning of the innings. All bowlers finished with good figures with Ryan Irwin finishing with 3 for 9 and Henry Snyman getting 3 for 19. In the end Princess Margaret were dismissed for 78 falling well short.


Day off and a catamaran tour tomorrow and then four days of cricket in a row so the boys will enjoy some R & R.


Match Day 3 - Wanderers V Foundation School


The lads arrived at Foundation School full of confidence after an improved showing last time out and a rest day spent sightseeing and swimming in the Caribbean.


After winning the toss and electing to bowl, we made a great start, bowling tight lines and keeping Foundation to 1 for 48 at drinks (17 overs). Ben Cole and Ryan Irwin opening in the style we required. Unfortunately, wickets in hand were critical and despite an excellent effort with the ball and in the field the locals finished with 166 off 35 overs. Ryan Irwin, Jonty Webb and Jugo Ileda all finishing with a wicket.


The chase started well with Wanderers moving to 1 for 85, Dekan Furnace making 46 and Utah Furnace making 23. A steady stream of wickets slowed our progress somewhat but Jonty Webb amd Max Sinclair came together late to get us within reach of the total. Needing 5 off the final over for victory, a little composure was required but 3 wickets on the over left Wanderers one run short of the total. An entertaining match that didn’t go our way but we have a chance to get our first win today.


Match Day 2 - Wanderers V Queens College


The boys took on Queens College in their second match of the tour today. The rain from yesterday made the pitch a little sticky and so we decided to bowl first again and take advantage of the drying wicket when we batted later. Unfortunately we had some bad luck with two early wickets falling on no balls. Those two went on the make a partnership of 100 and put us behind the eight ball. The boys soldiered on and took a further five wickets but couldn’t stop Queens from making a total of 211 from 35 overs. Ben Cole and Ryan Orwin both took 2 wickets. 


After a promising start, moving to 1 for 56 lead by a quick fire 31 from Riley Liddelow we suffered a major collapse and despite a late rear guard action from Ryan Irwin (20 runs) we were only able to amass a total of 122.

A day off for some sightseeing and recovery before our next game against Foundations School.


Match Day 1 - Wanderers V St. Catherine’s Juniors A


Our first game on tour was a bit of a fact finding mission given that the boys don’t really know each other and the coaches know even less. That said they all performed extremely well. 

Aftwr winning the toss and electing to bat, Ben Cole (1 for 12) and Hugo Ikeda (3 for 34) got us off to a good start keeping the run rate in check against a team looking to score all the time. Sound bowling and good fieldin allowed us to bowl St Catherine’s to 106, a grea effort in unfamiliar territory.


After a solid start from Jonty Webb and Henry Snyman we started lose wickets at a steady pace. A very good innings of 34 from Decan Furnace kept us together and we were still looking good at 8 for 99. Unfortunately a storm hit and we were unable to finish what had been a competitive and enjoyable day.

Match 2 is tomorrow so we have another chance to get our first win.


Day 1 & 2 - Los Angeles


After a bit of a delay leaving Sydney we arrived in LA a little tired but ready to take on Disneyland. Mickey, Minny, Space Mountain, Splash Mountaon and California Scteaming were all attractions enjoyed by the crew throughout the day and evening.


After a relatively early night we got up and headed to the Citadel Outlets for a retail therapy and then on to the LA Farmers Market for a bite to eat. From here we made a quick stop at Hollywood Boulevard to see the walk of fame, Graumans Chinese Theatre and the Dolby Theatre, home of the Oscars.


from here we headed to the famous Dodger Stadium for a Major League Baseball game between the home LA Dodgers and the Colorado Rockies. Even though the Dodgers couldn’t get the job done, it was a great evening seeing this sport at its absolute best.


Tomorrow we have a long day of travel before we get some rest and prepare for our first game of the tour in Barbados.