Monthly Archives: July 2012

Water Polo Tuesdays

Today was supposed to be our first game night, but unfortunately the other team was a no-show. Instead, we spent the time practicing 6-on-5 and 5-on-6 situations and how to run our general man-down defense. Β It was a little bit different than Davis’ game plan, but with some practice, I think that I’m starting to get the hang of it. It’s weird to not run our typical shifts, and to not yell out “Carmen split, Koty back” or something like that. I miss my UCDWWP loves! ❀

Chelsea and I also got our first taste of coaching today. We coached the Under 16s girls during the first game. We won 7-3, I think. They are a good group of girls that are very good for being 14 and 15 years old. One of the girls on the U16 team, Emily, is also our starting center back for SL1 with us! Talk about a good center! However, her game awareness is definitely low for SL1, due to her young age and limited experience.

After the U16s game, 6 of the 10 U16 girls became “Under 18s”, and with the addition of three more girls actually between 17 and 18 years old, we coached the Under 18s team against Nicole’s State League 2 team. (State League 2 is the step down from SL1, and are over the age of 18.) We won 4-1!

Next Tuesday, we have a “bye” game, and won’t play our first official Melbourne Collegians game for two weeks! Ah! I cannot wait!

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(talk about cap hair! lookin’ good!)

We also watched USA v Hungary womens olympic water polo today at our coach, Trav’s house. It was so much fun to see a full 4-quarter game of quality water polo broadcasted live. I wish more games were shown on TV!!

Alicia’s Aussie (water polo) Word of the Day:Β interception. Meaning a fancy-shmancy term for a block or a stolen pass (Carm’s specialty!), and its another example of how formal some of Australian speech is. Usage: As Chelsea blocked a 6-on-5 pass from 4 to 6, Ellie said, “NiceΒ interception!”

(I guess this word is used in US wopo, but I would typically tell someone “nice steal!” over “nice interception”, who knows. haha)

Basketball Starz (from the game last night)

I’m happy to also report that we won the game last night despite the 5 extra points awarded to the opposite team because Nicole and I did not have on the proper team uniform of black shorts. Ballin!

It was a lot of fun to play with Alli. She plays for MC with us and is an amazing water polo player!!

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(Alli, Chelsea, me, and Nicole)

Eureka Sky Tower

Today was Practice 2 with the men’s team. It wasn’t nearly as bad as last time, thank goodness. There is no better feeling than getting back in shape!

After practice, the three of us and a guy named Ollie, a 19 year old exact Australian replica of Zachariah (swear!), went to visit the sky deck of the Eureka Tower. It is the tallest viewing platform in the Southern Hemisphere with a 360deg view of Melbourne and its surrounding suburbs. It was magnificent!! My pictures do it no justice. It was gorgeous to see all of the city lights at night and it was fun to pick out all of the landmarks, like Flinders St Station where we ride the train into the city.

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(haha pretty funny! I wish I would have sent a post card!)

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(no justice to how pretty it was!)

Then, we paid to go into the EDGE, a viewing platform that mechanically jets you out over the city with a glass top, bottom, and 3 sides! Ah, it was so amazing. We all laid face down on the floor to get the full effect. It was really silly but totally worth it! πŸ™‚ Afterwards, the man working allowed me to take a picture of the ones that they sell to you. It was really nice of him to do. He said, “yah, just wait a moment as I walk away so that I don’t see you do it.” then snap! Picture! (Jess, check out my amazing scarf! So warm during Melbourne winter!)

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(amazing view!!)

Tomorrow morning, we’re getting up early to watch the Aussie women’s water polo game at our coaches house and he’s making us Brekkie! I hope it’s yummy!! πŸ™‚

Alicia’s Aussie Word of the Day: chips. Meaning French fries! (think fish&chips) but no where are they called French fries. Only chips. Usage: Grill’d, a chain hamburger restaurant, makes delicious chips with an herb seasoning.

 

There’s nothing better than being constantly active!

Work at Dandelion does not start until this coming Thursday, so we’ve had plenty of free time, but the rainy weather has significantly cut into my exploring of surrounding cities. It’s a pain to walk 20minutes to the train station in the rain, only to arrive to more rain! Therefore, I’ve stayed around the cities surrounding Elwood: Brighton and Elsternwick to the East and St. Kilda to the west.

Today, I visited all three of those cities, got a lot of exercise, and had so much fun!

In the morning, I went on a jog and got really lost! I ran out to Brighton and wandered back through the residential streets in Elsternwick for a while, always heading west, until I found the park behind our apartment. It was really fun!

Then, at noon, Nicole, Chelsea, and I walked to the St. Kildare street market, about 1 3/4 miles away. The walk along the beach path was gorgeous on the way there. At the market, many of them vendors sold jewelry and prints of photographs taken throughout Melbourne. (I was hoping for a farmers market like in Davis though!) I ended up buying a really pretty ring to add to my ring collection. Someone better stop me if I try to wear one on every finger some day!! πŸ™‚

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It was raining on the way home and we got soaked! We were totally unprepared and this time, the walk along the beach wasn’t quite so nice anymore. However, we walked past Luna Park, a small amusement park in St. Kilda and I took a picture of the entrance. It’s sort of scary looking!

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Practice was great tonight with a very competitive atmosphere throughout our drills and scrimmage. We worked primarily on a defensive drop drill back to center, and I played defender against Nicole. We played so hard against each other, but once the whistle blew, it was all smiles again. My favorite. I was starving by the time we got home, so I cooked up some quick fajitas. Yum!

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I really, really enjoy cooking. There is a French Institute in St. Kilda that offers cooking classes. I have to look into it. How fun would that be?!

And now it’s off to a basketball game to play with one of the girls on our team, Alli. It’s a league similar to inter murals at UCD. Ah! Can’t wait! Healthy, active lifestyle πŸ™‚

Alicia’s Aussie Word of the Day: knackered. Meaning tired. Usage: after running, walking, polo, and basketball today, I am going to be quite knackered and will sleep so well!

Technology

Here’s a great con of technology: Just as I was finishing an incredibly thought provoking post on technology today and how helpful it’s been to communicate with people at home, yet annoying at times, my iPad died. The post was lost. Bummer!!

Maybe I’ll try to recreate my masterpiece post later tonight. For now, I’m just frustrated! It’s ironic that I was writing a post about technology, not a day-to-day activities type post, when it died. Oh well! Maybe more later.

Alicia’s Aussie Word of the Day: baths. Meaning: swimming pools. I think it’s used in terms of public swimming pools, such as Melbourne City Baths and Brighton Sea Baths. Usage: Yes Ben, even though you were being sarcastic, I do wear a bather to the baths. πŸ˜›