Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Australian Open V's Asian Cup!


Sorry my blogging has been a little sparse,
it's because we've had two world sporting events 
collide in this household!

AUSTRALIAN OPEN VS ASIAN CUP

Andy Murray at Margaret Court, Asian Cup at Rectangular Stadium
By day we've been enjoying the Grand Slam tennis at Melbourne Park, 
cheering on our very own WTA Pro Tennis Player,
and by night, we've been volunteering at the Asian Cup, 
Australia's biggest ever football tournament
 'Go Soccerroos - Champions of Asia'!

Hisense Arena tennis from Asian Cup's Rectangular Stadium. 
Your Little Wren has a very important role
in securing Aussie Open on court tennis success.
I'm in charge of toast and Tim Tams!

Gluten free and organic toast of course
we're talking elite athletes here... 
and Tim Tams (Aussie chocolate biscuits) 
for the team celebration (ie the rest of us!).

You know right, that behind every successful athlete 
is a great family, a fantastic coach
 and the lady with the Tim Tams! 


It's been seven years since we started housing at the Open.
Originally this was an official program offered by Tennis Australia.
We were interviewed, our house inspected and before we knew it
we were hosting two Eastern European players.

In recent years the housing program has been disbanded.
However we're lucky our contacts with players continue informally

For the past five years we've welcomed team Falconi to stay.
Irina Falconi, former world No 73 is the American tennis player 
who makes our Aussie Open experience so special.


I guess housing is not for those who like certainty.
Our days are unpredictable, exciting
and totally revolve around tennis matches.
There is the exhilaration and excitement after a win
and the opposite after a loss.

Irina's fabulous Falconi Files blogs,
will give you an insight into her life.

Here she talks about having very little notice of playing 
in the Doubles tournament.
I had an appointment in town that day.
 By the time I came out, 
the match had been scheduled, played and finished!

It is the only Aussie Open Grand Slam match in five years 
that I have not been there cheering 
"lovely" 
at every forehand winner!


Or take the second round singles match.
The tournament schedule is released early evening the night before.
We can see Irina is playing fourth match on Court 8
after a men's singles and two men's doubles matches.

It's tight timing because I'm volunteering at the Asian Cup
It's our last Melbourne match and the Quarter final.
 The football starts at 6.30pm and I'm on duty from 3.30pm.
I agree with my Manager I can run across the road to watch 
as soon as the Asian Cup kicks off...

Yes only in Melbourne can we have two world events on 
opposite sides of the road...


The only problem is that the tennis matches on Court 8 go really quickly.
I get a text from my son
"She's warming up"
It's 4.55pm...

There I am in my Orange sunshine shorts 
greeting Korea Republic and Uzbekistan 
fans arriving for the match...

Yes I have 30,000 soccer fans heading my way 
and I need to go!


I have committed to my volunteering role and 
there is no way I am going to desert my position
BUT ... this is a monumental clash of priorities.
Only in Melbourne could two world sporting events collide...

"Go and Good Luck!"
Luckily I had a very understanding Asian Cup boss... 


I made it and cheered "lovely shot Irina" through out
but unfortunately Madison Brengle 
had more lovely shots on that day...
This is the world of tennis.

I leg it back to the soccer.

Tim Tam anyone?!


Linking with Blue Monday, Thank you Sally
Mosaic Monday Thank you Judith
Our World Tuesday Thank you to all the hosts

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