Netball World Cup. Day 2

So. Apparently 6am on a Saturday. With no children is obviously a good time to be awake. Well. Ali’s phone thinks so. Her alarm went off and bang! I’m awake. πŸ™„. Anyway. We got ready. Had breakfast and went out to start the second day of Netball games. We had tickets for the morning session. First game was Australia v Zimbabwe. The Aussie’s obviously smashed them, but the fans for Zimbabwe didn’t stop cheering for the whole game! It was great.

Second game was New Zealand v Barbados and New Zealand dominated the whole game. As predicted. So that was that.

We left and got some lunch and planned to watch the England game at the fan zone in the centre of Liverpool. “Shall we just check if there are any seats left for the next session?” So that’s what we did. And we were in luck! Two tickets left….. but it hurt my account. (I may have to ask Matt to help me stay out of the red this month 😳) but it was so worth it! England played Scotland and showed them the best way to win a game. And we got on tv! It was awesome, but came at a price, our GK retired early and apparently ruptured her achilles heel. So is out for the rest of the tournament. 😒 but I know the girls will do well tomorrow and hopefully will win the whole thing!

LETS GO, ENGLAND, LETS GO!

To finish off our netball experience for the day. We watched Jamaica v Trinidad and Tobago. Easy win for the Sunshine girls.

We got selfies with Pamela Cookey, above (former England and super league player) and Zigi Burger (South Africa’s GS)

Then we did some sightseeing.

There are some amazing buildings along the docks and definitely worth a visit if you’re ever in Liverpool.

Tomorrow, we’re going to maybe do some shopping then head home. I have enjoyed my time away and felt I needed it, but I do miss my little family.

Also, we’ve decided to save up and go to the next World Cup in South Africa in 2023, so if you want to donate to the cause, don’t hesitate to get in touch! πŸ˜‚

Netball World Cup!

So today was the start of the Netball World Cup! Set off from home about nine am and drove the 3.5 hours to Liverpool, singing and performing Queen, Paloma Faith and others all the way down. We’re staying at the Hampton By Hilton hotel.

Ali made the challenge to get as many netballers (famous of course) in our selfies. We check in at the hotel and bump into Ama Agbeze.

She’s a power house in Netball and we love her.

We headed over the Mersey River to be greeted with an amazing atmosphere of people dancing to music and just generally having a great time. It was awesome!

Gosh, we love netball and it was so nice to see like minded people enjoying the World Cup in our home country! Aussies, Kiwi’s, South Africans, Jamaicans, the Scots, Irish and many more nationalities were just having a fab time and enjoying the sport we all love.

We got some hoodies each too.

We didn’t eat here, but look how awesome this fast food place is. 🚌 America is always aroundπŸ₯°

So the games we saw today. Jamaica vs Fiji. I would say Fiji put up a good fight, but I would be lying, Jamaica ruled that court and managed to score an impressive 85 goals! If you know anything about netball, that’s a hell of a lot in an hour! Fiji only got a fraction of that score line at 29.

Then out came the big guns. England (our loveable England) vs Uganda! After a super start England took the lead and stayed ahead of their game throughout, leaving Uganda with only six players by full time.

We mooched around the centre for a while, found a Nandos and had dinner and finally got back to the hotel room. Getting ready for the next two games we’re watching tomorrow. New Zealand vs Barbados and Australia vs Zimbabwe.

We’re stoked that we’ve been able to see the four best teams in the world, but obviously we want England to win the whole thing! That would be amazing, coming off the back of the win at the Commonwealth games. They’re ready for this World Cup. They’re ready to win and they can win! LETS GO ENGLAND, LETS GO! COME ONE ENGLAND!! 🌹🌹🌹🌹

Busy weekend!

Hi everyone,

Just to keep things light and breezy, my blog today is really a diary entry. Almost. My weekend started off with getting up early (well. All my days consist of getting up early!) and getting the girls ready for an outing to a TaeKwon-Do competition. If you didn’t know already, my best friends husband is my boss. He’s a 7th Dan Black Belt and has his own full time club! Round of applause please! πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ. I work for him doing his admin. I love my job! So he asked me to make cakes for the UTA fundraiser. Which will help get competitors to competitions around the world! I was in charge of making some cakes and selling them to parents and children at the competition. I took this role very seriously… most of the time. I’m lying! Ali was with me and I think he made a point of splitting us up at one point! πŸ˜³πŸ˜‚. She was sent to the judges table. And I was left to my own devises. Anyway. It was my first experience of a competition and any form of Martial Arts really. It was interesting to watch and Darcey loved watching the sparring. It certainly stuck with her when we got home, she was showing Matt some punches and kicks as best she could replicate! Glenn gave her a medal because in her words “Glenny, can I have a medal for being amazing?”. At the end of the day we made almost Β£300, just selling cakes and drinks. I’m sure it was my wit, charm and dry sense of humour that brought the customers to me! So that was Saturday.

Sunday, was a day of uncertainty once I woke up. Ali had randomly mentioned yesterday that she was running the 10K London Winter Run and asked if I would go with her. When I woke up. I wasn’t going, but I went downstairs and saw that Matt had remembered to take the buggy out of the car. “Darcey, do you want to go to London to watch Ali do her race?”

“Erm… yes mummy! I’ll get dressed right now!” This was at 7am! Quickly we got dressed, breakfast was eaten, teeth brushed, hair done and coats on! We were ready for when Ali drove up on the driveway at 8:15am and she was all shocked that we would come with her (she came to our house first because we live near the train station). So we walked down to the station, got on the train and set off to St Pancras. Once at Nelsons Column, there was 1,000’s upon 1,000’s of people there! Some cheering on their loved ones, wrapped up so tight because it was -4!! MINUS FOUR!! Good ole English weather. But we’re British, we can handle anything! Except Snow, if it snows here. The whole country needs help! It’s madness! Anyway, back to the race. We saw it all, penguin hats, brightly coloured wigs, super heroes, the odd buggy with a small child inside it being pushed by a parent AND an almost naked man! He literally had nothing on that wouldn’t leave anything to the imagination! It was hilarious seeing him try to run with this mankini on! Darcey was utterly disgusted by the whole experience, which made it all the more funnier!

Ali finished in an awesome time of 51 minutes! Which was cause for celebration and re fuelling of a Nandos. We πŸ’™ Nandos! It’s one of those places when you have the same thing every time you go in. You look at the menu and think – I’ll have something different this time. Then you say to yourself, but what if I don’t like it as much as my normal choice?! It’ll be a wasted trip! So I always go for a lemon and herb chicken wrap with cheese and pineapple and the side of spicy rice. You can’t go wrong. It’s so tasty. And on my next trip, I’ll get a free starter. Life goals! Marnie decided that chicken wasn’t as tasty as just having ketchup on its own. And frozen yogurt is her favourite. We headed home from there. Got the tube back to St Pancras and the train back home. It was an eventful day and busy weekend.

Also.

To add.

Happy Chinese New Year! 🐷🧧

I’ll be making my own sweet and sour chicken balls and egg fried rice tonight!

Have a fabulous week!

That is all.

Netball mad!

Ali and I headed from home just after 10am and smashed our car singing to ‘The Greatest Showman’ soundtrack. We are amazing singers, but will leave our lovely voices to ourselves. We don’t need to steal the spotlight from anyone else. It wouldn’t be fair.

So we’re at the Arena Birmingham watching five games of Netball! Loughborough Lightning, Team Bath, Manchester Thunder, Sirens, Pulse, Storm, Wasps, Celtic Dragons, Stars and our most favourite team MAVERICKS! Mav’s are playing Thunder at 7pm.

It’s so nice to have time away from the girls. I love them dearly, but I knew the day would go from bad to worse when Marnie woke up whinging before I even went in to get her this morning. So today was much needed! They stayed at home with my friend and little boy and had a fab day by the sounds of it all. Hopefully tomorrow will start in s better note.

Well we’re on our way home at 21:45 with a loss at the start of the super league for this season. Not the best start, but they win some, they lose some. We still love Mavericks. Especially those Corbin sisters. They can do no wrong! That’s enough from me tonight. I’m almost home and ready for my bed. It’s been a long day. ZzZz