It was basically a week of Auskick. We'd initially put Billy's name down to go to the Auskick season launch (skills training and game) on the Friday night in Newcastle (1 hr's drive away), and then found out he'd been accepted to go down to Sydney on the Saturday night to play as well. That's 2 hrs drive away. And also meant an extra training on Wednesday night.
So it turned out, he played Auskick 3 times last week!
Unfortunately (coughing a bit here!), I had to stay home on the Wednesday night and get dinner ready, so I missed standing in the cold watching him train (awwww lol).
We drove down (in the rain) on Friday night for the launch - luckily the rain held off while they played, and then started again once we were leaving. They spent some time practising ball skills under the guidance of the Auskick coaches from Sydney, and then played a quick game. Followed by a sausage sandwich and poppa (drink) :)
On Saturday we drove down to Sydney, picking up one of Billy's team-mates and his mum along the way. Pete had been asked to be the team co-ordinator for the night, so he had to find all the kids from our team amongst all of the other Auskick kids waiting around (amongst the almost 31,000 people that were there to watch!). They got to run onto the SCG at half time in the Sydney Swans vs Brisbane Lions match, and play their game. Pete got to run on too and be one of the goal umpires, but I've been threatened that any photos with him in it are not for publication :)
Billy's #9 in the red & white jersey below.
They played at the far end of the field from our seats, so I didn't see a lot of the game, but I did get some photos of the action.
It was about 10pm by the time the game finished and we left Sydney. We dropped the other family off about midnight and then got to my Mum & Dad's house about 12:30. Billy was so proud that he'd stayed awake the entire time! *sigh* You can imagine how much fun he was the next day lol. We stayed in Mum & Dad's van so we didn't have to wake them up and then spent the day with them on the Sunday while Pete went to a home brew day.
In other highlights of the week (according to the camera's memory card, anyway) - this was what I was greeted with when I picked him up from cubs on Thursday night.
Luckily, I knew they'd been doing 1st aid training for the night and were going to make fake wounds - otherwise it would've fooled me like it did some of the mums I could hear freaking out :)