Monday, December 17, 2012

Arriving in Adelaide

Today we got up very early to begin our journey to our final destination on our Australia tour- the city of Adelaide. Before the sun appeared in the sky, we hopped on the bus at 4:30 AM and headed to the Cairns airport. Although our stay in Cairns was filled with thrills (scuba diving, sky diving, snorkeling, shopping), authentic Australian food and lots of sun, everyone felt ready to start playing again and to see a new part of the country.

After gathering all the 70+ bags that belong to the team and coaches, we jumped into our mini vans and headed off towards our resort. Driving on the left hand side of the road seems scary at first, but Anne Hudak (our driver and Associate Athletics Director for Peak Performance) definitely mastered the task. We pulled into our resort, Adelaide Shores, excited to see the bungalows that had been talked about fondly by the coaches and players that traveled here before us. The team is divided into five bungalows with six girls each, which makes for a lot of excitement and team bonding. While the majority of the team spent the afternoon unpacking and getting ready for practice, other teammates went off to get groceries for each bungalow. This was a very important task because every bungalow will be cooking for themselves for the next week! I’m lucky to be in a cabin with Courtney Bennett ’13 who is just as talented in the kitchen as she is on the field.

After a brief handmade lunch (turkey and spinach sandwich and an orange), everyone got dressed for practice and we headed across the street to the field. The grass on the field was different from our amazing turf at Scully Fahey Field, but we quickly adapted to the new surface. Practice consisted of a good warm up of shuttles, a shooting drill, 2 v 2’s (which became 4 v 4’s) and a full-field scrimmage at the end. Our attackers worked on a special new play while the defenders focused on a new type of defense (to be revealed in our games in the 2013 season- stay tuned!). Although everyone was tired from being up so early that morning, we managed to pull it together and worked hard to finish practice on a high note.

Tonight was spent cooking and sitting down to enjoy our meal in our lovely bungalow. Campbell Probert ’16 who is also writing a blog post for today is in my bungalow along with Courtney Bennett ‘13, Jess Frieder ’15, Sarah Byrne ’15 and Liz Calby ‘14. We fired up the grill and cooked some burgers while Courtney Bennett ’13 made a wonderful salad with caramelized onions, shallots, and balsamic currents. It was delicious!

After dinner we sat down as a family in our bungalow and ate dessert and watched TV. This didn’t last long as we were all exhausted from the day before and quickly realized we needed to get our sleep for the big day ahead of us.

It has been a great first day here in the bungalows and we know tomorrow will be even better as we get closer to game day!

Holly Foster '14