Trans Tasman Tour Diary – Anthony Ziade

first_imgMonday, 24 April 2012Well, only three more sleeps to go.Trady gave the boys today off training to freshen us up as we put in a rather good effort at training on both Saturday and Sunday.I have the pleasure of Dan ‘The Man’ Withers staying at my house until departure on Tuesday, so Dan and myself travelled to Westfield’s Parramatta to shop for a few supplies for the trip and a quick snip at the hairdressers as it is important to look our best at all times.On the car ride home I happened to look across at Dan sitting in the passenger seat looking a little pale and holding his hat over his face.I pulled the car over to the side of the road and in true Withers style Dan got out of the car and spewed on the nature strip.For those who don’t know, Dan is terrible in cars as he suffers from motion sickness. The only catch is that we are travelling to Mudgee on Tuesday in a bus. Good luck Dan and bags not sitting next to you on the ride there.On Saturday our line attack and defence looked rather sharp, and to be honest it was the best we have looked in a while.We then played Bankstown Jets in a trial which started out at a frantic pace. Some of us made a few uncharacteristic mistakes during the first half, but we soon blew the cobwebs out and dominated the rest of the game, winning convincingly.We had Saturday night to ourselves to relax as all the boys knew that Sunday was going to be a long day at the office in our final preparation.Sunday morning training started out as usual with a nice easy warm up to get the blood flowing, followed by a hit out against the Sydney Rebels.The game was flowing nicely for the Aussie boys until a bus full of the enemy arrived at the training session to see ‘what waz up cuz’. I don’t know if it was a method by the Kiwis to try and intimidate the Australian camp or if the Kiwis were trying to get as much information on our game plan before the Test.But one thing is for sure. The war is on.I know personally that at that stage, seeing the enemy for the first time prior to the Test made me realise that in a few days’ time the Kiwis and the mighty green and gold’s were going to clash and that every second spent training through the weekend could be the difference between a sweet victory or a heartbreaking defeat.The Kiwis finally left the Aussie training venue, and the boys got straight back into business fully aware of the challenge that lies ahead.The Aussie Men’s team management also announced the Captain and Vice Captain for the 2012 Trans Tasman. Steve Roberts was named the skipper and myself Vice Captain which is a huge honour and role that I am happy to take on with both hands and heart. I have been Vice Captain in past teams with Steve upfront which have worked rather well before and I am hoping that our combo can win the chocolates come Saturday afternoon.Trady gave the boys a few hours off in the afternoon before a hit out against the mighty Magpies at 7.00pm at Tempe.Most of the boys went to the pub for a counter lunch and to watch the City versus Country Rugby League game which was played at Mudgee. It gave the boys a good opportunity to see the venue for the first time (even though it was only on TV). It also gave me an opportunity get to know a few new boys in the Men’s team who I don’t normally knock around with in Sydney.It turns out that Barto and I have a lot in common and I think I have found my new Sydney fishing partner.The boys returned to Tempe for our final hit out before our trip to Mudgee.The Aussie boys took on a young black and white outfit with the Magpies drawing first blood and leading at half time.Trady ripped a rocket up the boys at the break and also dished out some stern words to improve my personal performance as it was not up to scratch by my own standards.In true green and gold style, the Aussie boys produced a solid second half winning the game convincingly and replacing the coach’s frown with a grin.That’s a wrapZee.There are plenty of ways to keep in touch with the 2012 Trans Tasman Series, which will be held at Mudgee’s Glen Willow Regional Sporting Complex from Thursday, 26 April to Saturday, 28 April 2012, including in the following Facebook – – (be sure to use the hashtag #transtasman2012 in your tweets)YouTube –

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