Wow what a busy couple of weeks since my last post!!
So here I am at Bishom Abbey, London preparing for the London Cup Tournament. It was a long couple of flights from Perth to Dubai then on through to London. I must say these long flights do get easier as I managed to get some good sleep and also enjoyed the on-flight wifi that we had on the Airbus 380… how cool is that! During this tour we will be playing games against Great Britain, Netherlands, Ireland and Germany. These matches are going to be great for our preparation and to get an idea of how we are heading. If we bring the same form that we found in New Zealand we should expect some really positive results. Unfortunately I was hit in the back of the knee with the ball last Thursday night during training so I am going to be out of training for 5 days. This meant that I missed out on playing our first match against Great Britain on the Olympic pitch in which we had a draw 0-0. I should be back and fit to play against GB in our 2nd match.
It was an absolute blast heading out to the Olympic venue today…the field looks sooo good and the stadium is huuuge! Excitement is high in the Hockeyroos camp with a little over 50 days till the start of the games!! It was a bit of a mission to get into the fields having to go through extensive security measures prior to gaining access.. which i guess can only be a good thing.
We are staying at the Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre which is very old but its a great set up with dorm like rooms, and the fields in walking distance. We found out a few days ago that apparently the Great Hall which is where we eat our meals is actually haunted by Lady Hoby who is said to have left her son forgotten in the tower where he passed away, in remorse she haunts the Abbey. She has been seen washing her hands in a bowl of water which floats in front of her…. Bit Spooky! Not the best story to hear after watching Paranormal Activity on the plane coming here with Jordyn Holzberger haha.
We play two games here against GB then head off to Twickenham where we play the rest of the tour then we head home. We may also get the opportunity to play our games against Germany on the Olympic pitch which will be great as the more games we can get on that turf the better.
I am really looking forward to playing my first game.. I hope to keep you posted on our progress during the tour!
Wish us luck and thanks for your support!