On Saturday 8th August Josh Irvine, Liam Joseph, Ashley Carter, Charlie Shadwell, Hugh Maxey, Angus Armstrong, Brodie Parkins, Brock Dunn and myself (Oliver Palmer) travelled to Sydney to attend the City2Surf, with Mr Dodds at the wheel. Mr Dodds was not shy in sharing his tunes and he got them pumping at about Calala.
As we were heading into Sydney Mr Dodds asked if we would rather the movies or a possible Bledisloe Match. You can imagine our response! However, we didn’t have anything to wear but after a shop stop at the DFOs where we scored some great deals we were good to go. We were also able to score some $2.50 girl’s yellow singlets which we let loose on with our permanent markets and wrote “Wallabies”.
After that we were set for the match. Mr Dodds gave us a quick lesson on strong merging and we were in the stadium in no time where we had the best seats in the house; we made sure everyone knew it as we screamed the Farrer cries. We were so excited and really chuffed when the Wallabies broke their 13 year drought so, when the game ended, we ran down and managed to get signatures on our singlets and Mr Dodds scored a Wallabies guernsey. We then got the news that we had made it onto the television because when Matt Giteau had his interview he was holding Sir’s Guernsey, which he signed afterwards. Also Issy Folau was stoked when we told him he was ‘alright’.
With Mr Dodds’ Sydney shortcuts we were home in no time and all slept peacefully in our 5 star resort.
Sunday morning arrived with a six o’clock rise which found us packed and heading to our main event – the City2Surf, along with 80,000 other runners! With Charlie and Hugh in green start, Josh and myself in blue, and Ash, Joey, Angus, Brock & Brodie in yellow start we all had solid runs and a happy finish. After the race we went for a compulsory swim in the frigid water and then to Bondi Junction where we scored some free Steggles quality chicken. This went down well after the long run.
All round it was a great trip and we can’t wait for next year. It was a terrific experience and we hope to see more of the boys coming with us.
I’d just like to thank Mr Dodds for driving the bus and taking time out of his weekend to take us.
By Oliver Palmer