A chapter from the Aussie Diary…. Here are some entries from the Aussie teams tour diary… DAY ONE: Womens 18’s: The day started off well with a well organized opening ceremony at Kings Beach, being entertained by a local Aboriginal Dance tribe. Next we hit the fields in what was a hard physical game against NZ. We worked hard and stuck to our patterns and showed discipline to come out with an upset 3-2 win. Our poor warm up flowed through into our second game against the Australian 20’s and we ended up with a 4-0 loss. DAY TWO: Mixed 18’s: The Aussie Mixed 18’s finished day two on a high, after a comprehensive 13-0 defeat against the Cook Islands. The win comes at the crucial halfway point of the tournament and marks a turnaround in form for the young Australians, who had to endure a four day camp, where unfortunately 40% of the side were injured. This meant the side was unable to fully prepare as a complete unit. The disrupted build up was compounded further when the Aussies found themselves thrust straight in the deep end with matches against the New Zealand 20’s and 18’s respectively. Injury concerns aside, team co-captain Claire Giarola has been in outstanding form, wih notable mentions for Natasha Fry, Charli Simpkins, Ben Nercessian, Kelvin Caspani and the speed machine that is Ricky Morris. With good news on the injury front, thanks to some terrific work from ATA medical staff and also an increasing cohesion amongst the team, the Aussies are looking forward to another solid day tomorrow, before launching an assault on the impending finals series. Womens 18’s: Our second day of competition began with an extremely competitive game against the New Zealand Womens 18’s. With our coach away, our assistant coach Mick McCall took over the show along with Peter Bell. After a disappointing first half the girls showed courage and dedication to play well in the second half with some standout performances in the game by Emily Hopkin and Tennille Shaw. However, we still went down 7-4. We took on the South African Womens 18’s for our second game of the day and to the Aussie girls credit we played a good game to come away with a win, 14-0. The South African girls played an awesome game and never gave up. Despite the scoreline, no love was lost and both teams posed for an after game photo. By Nikki Etheridge & Alyce Hulbert.