Update 6 - Farewell Ireland

Wed 5/10
Met the boys at the school after their night of billeting. They got the chance to use the facilities this morning including the indoor basketball court, outdoor hurling field and watch a PE class play gaelic football.

We then all boarded the bus and travelled to Waterford where a group toured the Waterford Crystal factory which was fantastic and very interesting, we were able to get close to the manufacturers of the crystal.

Back to our hosts for our match where again we were beaten with the round ball but once we brought out the Sherrin we won the match by 7 points. Our Captain for the match, Aaron Jory, presented the College with thank you gifts and we enjoyed a home cooked meal at the college which was much appreciated.
We arrived at our last hotel in Ireland, at the Rosslare Harbour. Tonight we are having a Trivia Night with questions related to events on the trip so far....will be interesting (thank to Craig Jory and Max Grimmond for organising).

A Parent & Player Perspective

We have received a report from a player and a parent who are travelling from the tour. It gives a great insight as to how things are going on tour ....See below...

Wanderers International Rules tour: A parents perspective

A couple of highlights for me would have to be seeing the Eiffel tower lit up at night. It is absolutely breathtaking and a must see for everybody. Being given the opportunity to go back to my sons host families house for dinner and a chat after the game was an opportunity of a life time. I thoroughly enjoyed the interaction with the family and experience their way of life. The hospitality of the people from the host clubs has been unbelievable. They treat us all as one big family and I know it will live long in my memory from the trip.

P.S   We just stopped in Dingle for lunch and the fish and chips at Harringtons and homemade ice-cream from Murphy’s has now become another highlight of our trip.

Gavan B

Wanderers International Rules tour: A players perspective

When travelling to Ireland on the Wanderers Tour, getting billeted to Irish families and getting a taste of their culture is a huge part of the experience. My first family was the Campbell’s and we first met at their local club. As I looked around at all the families, wondering who I would be joining for the next 24 hours, I was getting quite nervous, about what to say and how I should act, but once my name was called out, I received a warm welcome from the Campbell’s and all the nerves vanished. The father’s name was David, the son’s was Daniel and the mother’s was Louise. They brought me to their home and treated me as if I was their other son, always asking if I needed anything or if I would like something to eat, making me feel as if I was at home.  After the game and a well cooked Irish dinner, we all crawled into our beds, for a well earnt nights rest. Early that morning I woke up to a traditional Irish breakfast, toast, baked beans, eggs, bacon, and black pudding, which may not look too inviting at first, but it just tasted like a meat paddy with loads of different herbs and spices in it, an unexpected delightful surprise. But unfortunately all good things eventually come to an end, and I had to say good bye to the Campbell’s. It was a great experience to stay with a family from a country on the other side of the world, and to see how they operate through everyday life and it really was a time to remember for the rest of our lives.

By Connor R

 

Update 5 - West Ireland - From a player and parent !

Monday 3/10

On the road heading for Listowel. Travelled through Kilarney and visited Ross Castle where we broke into two groups for a tour of the castle. Continued on our way through Castlemaine then onto to Dingle stopping at Inch (a beachside spot on the Atlantic ocean) where some put a foot in the chilly ocean and a lunch stop in Dingle.


Arrived in Listowel at Frank Sheehy Park (the home of Tadhg Kennelly). The boys had a kick of the footy and it was soon game time. Again the Irish beat us with the round ball, 37-27 after three quarters. We are improving how we kick the ball. We used the Sherrin in the fourth quarter, which Wanderers won and the final score was a 51-40 win to Wanderers.
Our Captain for the game, Michael Kerrigan, presented Listowel with gifts and the match Sherrin as a thank you for hosting us. The post game refreshments were well received and the boys departed with their billets for the night.


Tuesday 4/10 - Met the boys in Listowel at 8.00am and travelled through Kanturk in Co. Cork on way to Blarney. We stopped at Blarney to visit the Blarney Castle and kiss the Blarney Stone at the top follwed by lunch and a bit of shopping. Arrived at Good Counsel College in New Ross, Co. Wexford (our next hosts) for the boys to be billeted with the players families and look forward to the game tomorrow afternoon.


Update 4 - Limerick

Sat 1/10/11
Some of the group woke early to watch the AFL Grand in the hotel at 5.30am. After watching Geelong win we had breakfast then on the road to Co. Limerick and meet our next hosts Monaleen.
Wow!! A great reception we received, meeting at Morrisons pub for lunch of vege soup and sandwiches, then the boys left with their hosts for some time with the families and the staff and adults checked in at the Kilmurry Lodge.
We all met at the Monaleen ground for the match at 4pm. Wanderers lost the first three quarters using the round ball and won the fourth with the AFL Sherrin, but lost the match overall 57-51. It was a great game enjoyed by all, although there was light rain throughout the match. At the conclusion the hosts took all players and adults back to their homes for showers and a meal - the hospitality was nothing short of fantastic. We all met back at the club at 7.30pm for post match celebrations. Our captain for the match, Brayden Grimmond presented Monaleen with gifts and our boys also received Monaleen souvenirs. We were treated to irish music and singing (with a couple of added in Aussie songs).

Sun 2/10/11
On Sunday morning we met back at Monaleen club to collect the boys and were able to watch some of a junior girls comogie (hurling) match. Michael Sheehan from the Monaleen club was able to arrange for us to visit Thomond Park Stadium, the home of Munster Rugby, we were taken through the changerooms and into the stadium - a great unplanned experience. Added to that Michael arranged for us to then see the Limerick Gaelic Grounds (where Australian played Ireland in the International Rules match last year, again going right into the rooms and stadium. Michael O'Riordan the secretary of Limerick County Board made a phone call and was able to get us in to see the County quarter final match when we arrived in Tralee later in the day at no cost. Then on the road for Tralee, Co. Kerry. After checking in to the hotel we walked to the match between East Kerry and Dingle. A great opportunity for the group to see a game of this standard. While these added complimentary tours changed our itinerary for the day, we all greatly appreciated the opportunity.

 

Update 3 - Dublin

Today, Thursday 29 Sept the group ventured into Dublin city and toured the famine ship Jeanie Johnston. We learnt that 200 passengers would travel for 2 months from Ireland to Quebec and Canada. Passengers would sleep on bunks with 5 to 6 per bunk.


We all then spent a few hours shopping and exploring around Dublin.

At 4pm we departed he hotel for Lucan Sarsfields ground to meet the billets and prepare for tonights match.

Played in thirds - international rules format. Wanderers lost first two thirds by 2 points using the round ball. The final third was played with the AFL sherrin, Wanderers won that third by 20 points. Game was played in good spirits posing a different game and enjoyed the experience with the AFL ball.


After match presentation in their club room where our captains Mitch papley and Liam Kendrick presented thank you gifts to our hosts. Players and parents mingled and all thoroughly enjoyed the night.

Update 1 - Paris

Hi to all and apologies for the delay in getting this update to you.

The group are having trouble getting photos sent

 

The team played their first game in London last night and won by 2 points... a great effort. Some photos are below of some of the boys enjoying France.

 

More updates soon...