Monday, July 13, 2009
Tour of Duty 1/8 - 8/8
I can't wait for the start of the Air New Zealand Cup, and what better way to start the competition than to attend three matches in seven days including two potential Ranfurly Shield challenges. In fact, I could find myself wanting Otago to win in game one against Wellington before I head down to Invers to watch the Stags host Waikato. Then ironically I want Southland to beat Otago. I guess my level of fanaticsm is rare these days, but my preference for teams goes Southland, Otago and anyone playing Auckland, Canterbury and Waikato.
If things go my way, I will witness first Ranfurly Shield challenges since 1957 for Otago and 1959 for Southland. If things don't go my way then the Stags will get a challenge against Wellington later on.
This Tour of Duty is not only showing rare commitment to the struggling National Game, but it will give me a chance to catch up with family and what friends I have left down south. If you are keen to catch up then give me a bell. Going back down to wear it all began is a nostalgic blast from the past. It isn't bad growing up down south, but it is cold and there are less opportunities. There is greater access to facilities though, so it would be a fine place to settle, but to make it, you need to move north.
I am only down for a week, but would love to catch up. Give me a bell so I can organise some itinerary. It should be gold and hopefully I can fit in some Jonahs! I will have to pack my winter woolies for this one as my immunity to the elements has gone.