Tour Update: Lanco International Super Series
As many of you would know, this week, Perth hosted the first ever Lanco International Super Series. The idea was created with inspiration from the 20/20 cricket and with the aim being to provide a visually exciting game for the spectators and a fun fast game for the players. Hockey australia, Hockey WA and the ABC did an amazing job putting on the event. Perth fans turned out in their hundreds and from what we have heard the ratings on ABC and Foxtel were huge.
The games were also very successful. All the teams did take a game or two to settle in but lots of goals were scored and every game was action packed. Fifteen minute halves meant the fun was over too quickly for us but the spectators were able to enjoy Four games each night. Teams from Malaysia and India competed in the womens’ competition and New Zealand, India and Pakistan in the Mens. The Hockeyroos and Kookaburras both took away Gold at the event with Madonna Blyth and Simon Orchard receiving $1000 each from tournament sponsors LANCO for ‘player of the series’. We all had such a ball and are already looking forward to next years event.
Australia v Malaysia: 2-1
Australia v Malaysia: 2-0
Australia v India: 1-1
Australia v India: 3-2
FINAL Australia v India: 4-1
Given our busy tour and training schedule it is not often that we get to stop and properly celebrate our wins. We were all super excited about winning the first ever Lanco International Super Series but due to our upcoming games against China we were only given two days off following the series. Monday could have been spent partying but instead we were invited out for a day on Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest’s yacht. Now this was not just any yacht. Im talking three stories, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, full time captain and full time caterer. Amazing!! We left from Fremantle harbour, headed over to Rottnest, back along the river then back into the Harbour. The trip was very relaxing. On the way to Rotto we saw some whales who were initially quite shy but eventually came right up next to our boat. I took about 20 photos of the ocean before catching one of them with its body above the water. Hard to believe they are so big until you see them in the flesh. We stopped for a bit of a wonder around Rotto then it was back on the boat for lunch and a cruise down the Swan river. On the way back we also got a glimpse of some Dolphins playing. Again, very cool to see them in the wild. We all had such a fantastic day and were very grateful to Andrew for kindly lending us his yacht for the day.
This is a little video I took of the Kiwi boys on the last night, celebrating the Allblacks win at the World Cup with a Haka.
All photos courtesy of Dan Carson www.dcimages.org