Racing towards the end of the line

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With the festive season fast approaching, I felt like a right scrooge. It just didn’t feel like Christmas. It wasn’t till I got some presents from my family and a card from Beth’s mum and dad that I managed to get into the Christmas sprit.
We had our third state match on December 22 against Western Australia in Adelaide. One of my friends had been over the week before and said how hot it was so I didn’t bother taking any jumpers or warm clothing. I flew from Sydney at 7am with the sun out, only to be woken up on the plane when we were going through some bad turbulance as we were flying though a thunder storm - pretty scary experience.
Adelaide is not known for its rainfall, but it didn’t stop raining all day and it was so cold even for us Pommies. It was another clash of the Pommies, as we were playing against Charlotte (Chappy) Horton. On the Saturday we had a delayed start, and to be fair I was quite surprised when we were told we were playing a 30-over game as we never thought we would play with the amount of rain that fell.

We bowled first and they were quite lucky as quite a lot of their runs were edges; they got off to a bit of a flyer. We pulled it back well in the middle and managed to pick up wickets at regular times to restrict them to 130. I managed to pick up 3-16 at the end.

In reply we lost two quick wickets but a fine partnership between Shelly and Britty got us close to the target. Shelly batted well and hit two massive sixes before she was out on 61. I came in and we weren’t sure how many overs we had to get the bonus point. At one point it was four overs then two, then three; no-one seemed to know. Britty picked up where Shelly had left and we managed to win in the 24th over with the bonus point. Britty finished with 38 and myself with 21.
In our secnd game we had slightly better weather, as it wasn’t raining but it was still very cold. We again bowled first but this time had a much better start. Emma Sampson removed both openers for not many. W.A captain rode her luck but she took her chance and managed to get 50. We bowled them out for 172.

We lost Shelly early but Woerner and Roulton finished the job and played some very attacking cricket. They both made fine 50's and we ended up winning by eight wickets to go second in the table with one round of games left.
Christmas Day was good as we had a little Pommie family away from home. There were nine of us and even though I really missed my family it was nice to be around the others. We had a brilliant breakfast and then the best bit, presents. Getting presents from my family was brilliant and wearing my penguin socks and reindeer hat made a few people laugh in our house. Each person had a job to do for our Christmas dinner, and I must say when it came to sitting down to eat it all looked amazing - the best part been the pigs in blankets.

Christmas Day flew by but we still had one last Christmas party to attend. Beth’s club had a lawn bowls party which was brilliant. I'm starting to think that I may have picked the wrong sport as I wasn't actually that bad at bowls. I thought bowls would be quite boring but it’s actually quite a fast game and it got quite competitive towards the end.
It wasn’t long before it was New Year's Eve and in the morning I went round to where I lived for a while last year as they were having a BBQ breakfast as Goody couldn’t celebrate New Year as she had to work in the evening. I only intended going for the BBQ and then meet up with the rest of the girls later but some how I ended up in the city at the bridge to watch the fireworks.

We arrived at 3pm and got the perfect spot at the steps of the Opera House. The nine hours we had to wait flew by and when the fireworks started they were worth the wait. I know they look good on TV - but it was amazing being there.
So it was into 2008 and Beth and I headed into the SCG to watch day two of the Test match between Australia and India. We were asked by Olivia if we wanted to do a race on the pitch at the tea interval, winner taking $600 home. We both agreed and when the time came around we were both so nervous. The race was over 200m and it was four males and four females. There was Olivia and myself for Sydney and Beth and Rene Bennett (Trouty) for St George Sutherland and we got 20m head start from the guys.

It was going quite well, coming into the home straight Trouty and myself were neck and neck then from nowhere this lad comes and pips us to the line to win 1st place, Trouty 2nd and myself in 3rd. It was that close that they had to go to a photo finish. So many people kept telling me I should have dived for the line but don’t think they quite realise how much my legs felt like jelly. I’m still surprised I didn’t fall flat on my face and that I was 10cm from winning. Should have trained harder for the big race!

Well it is now only two weeks till we meet up with the rest of the girls in Melbourne - and can’t wait to catch up and start training with the rest of the team.