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  1. 1. 2009 Ashes cricket playing tour, United Kingdom P.O. Box 672, Cobram, Vic 3644 Ph: 0439721149 or 0428590737 Em: wattlesprigs Web: www. wattlesprigs .com ____________________________________________________________ Dear Wattlesprigs touring member,   We have posted news on our website and through electronic mail and this will be another way of letting you all know how the touring plans are going. The itinerary has been finalised so please read below the experiences you will have while on tour.
  2. 2. The Australian Wattlesprigs X1 2009 Itinerary Day Date Activity Game   Friday JUNE 26 Meet and greet night, Ciloms Apartments , Tullamarine. Dinner and drinks and a bit of shut eye before the early flight the next day.     Saturday JUNE 27 Up at sparrow’s fart – bus transfer to Tullamarine airport leaving at 5.15am Check in, a bit of breaky, and leave for Seoul on Korean Air at 8.40am. Arrive Seoul at 6.45pm ( 11 hour flight) Transfer to airport hotel, free night, your choice of a bite to eat, a few drinks, or forty winks.     Sunday JUNE 28 Breakfast at hotel, and transfer to Seoul airport 9.30am Check in, relax, and depart for Heathrow 1.15pm Arrive Heathrow airport London 4.55pm ( 11 hr flight) Transfer by coach to Holiday Inn, Maidenhead ( 30 mins from airport) Free night, your choice, maybe try some English ales, have a bite to eat, get to know your fellow tourists, or maybe you are just plain tired – no problems go and get some sleep.  
  3. 3.   Monday JUNE 29 Breakfast at hotel, and short trip to Windsor Castle for a look around the Queens quarters, beware of Corgi’s. Continue on to Stonehenge for a look at the famous rocks and a cuppa, and then journey on to Taunton Premier Inn, Somerset , for the first leg of the tour. Tonight is the tour squad welcome to the UK dinner, a few laughs, food, beverages, introduce squad members, and you will be given a complete overview of what to expect from us, and what we expect from you, not to serious, just some nuts and bolts so everyone understands some tour requirements. Taunton is the home of apple cider!     Tuesday JUNE 30 Game 1 VS Taunton Deane CC – local team For non cricketers – this is a great chance to look around the beautiful township of Taunton, which is full of waterside restaurants, and boutique shops. Game 1 Taunton Deane CC   Wednesday JULY 1 Game 2 VS Bridgetown CC – voted England’s most prettiest ground. A must see for all tourists. Game 2 Bridgetown CC
  4. 4.   Thursday JULY 2 Game 3 VS Sidmouth CC – a seaside resort at the home of Devonshire teas in of course Devon. If you hit the ball into the ocean it is worth 12 runs – but beware of sharks when you go and get it. For non cricketers – Sidmouth is an amazing town for shops, seaside eateries, and the best greasy fish and chips and mushy peas in England. Game 3 Sidmouth CC   Friday JULY 3 Game 4 VS Braunton CC If you are not playing, but love beer tents, big crowds, model T Ford brewery trucks, special home made Wattlesprigs ale, and maybe another streaker, sponsors St Austells brewery always put on a great show, and Braunton CC are always competitive. Chris Rodgers (Aust.) was their pro last time! Game 4 Braunton CC     Saturday JULY 4 Depart Taunton for Cardiff, Wales for the second leg of the tour. Stop at historical Bath for lunch, and tour the famous Roman baths. Arrive at St Mellons, Cardiff, staying at the Best Western Hotel, St Mellons. Free night, maybe go and have a look at Cardiff night life. Possible golf afternoon
  5. 5.   Sunday JULY 5 Game 5 VS St Fagan’s CC, Cardiff. For non cricketers, this gives you the chance to explore the beautiful city of Cardiff, Wales. Game 5 St. Fagan’s CC   Monday JULY 6 Game 6 VS Lisvane’ CC, St. Mellon’s, Wales. A great day trip, and a chance to sing a few songs on the way back to the hotel. Game 6 Lisvane’ CC X1   Tuesday JULY 7 Game 7 VS Barmy Army X1 @ St. Fagan’s If ever we want to win a game this is the one. Not because it’s all about winning, but because they have more songs, and are better singers than us, and the next day at the Ashes cricket you will cop it. Game 7 Barmy Army X1   Wednesday JULY 8 Transfer from hotel to Swalec Stadium Cardiff to watch day 1 of the first Ashes test, Australia VS England OZZIE OZZIE OZZIE OI OI OI. Australia V England 1 st Ashes Test Day 1 The Ashes, live!   Thursday JULY 9 Depart Cardiff for Temple Grafton, a quaint village in Shakespeare territory, Stratford Upon Avon, near Birmingham. This will be the start of ‘ SHAKESPEARE CRICKET WEEK’. Very elegant country style accommodation at the Blue Boar, Temple Grafton, and the Red Stag nearby – GOOGLE IT. Tour squad team dinner tonight at the Red Stag and Fancy Dress night. Shakespeare has eaten in restaurant, a la carte, oh but don’t order the pheasant, and beware of hotel ghost. Fancy dress night. You may like to bring something from home for this night, or purchase some ‘clobber’ from ‘oxfam’ while in the UK! Ideas: Richie Benaud, Elvis or even Watermelon man!!!!  
  6. 6.   Friday JULY 10 Game 8 VS Claverdon CC Traditional rivals, on and off the field, great supper in local hotel after game, and ‘around the barrel races’ are an absolute laugh. Game 8 Claverdon CC   Saturday JULY 11 FREE DAY Sleep in, go for a game of golf, have a look at Shakespeare’s house in Stratford. It’s your day.     Sunday JULY 12 Game 9 VS Temple Grafton CC ( local team) Today is lady’s day. For the lady tourists, you will be treated like royalty at the game, in your own special tent, which will be chockers full of club sandwiches, champagne, and you will be waited on by a lovely English gentleman. Game 9 Temple Grafton CC   Monday JULY 13 Game 10 VS Tamworth CC No we are not flying back to Australia for a country music festival! This is Tamworth near Birmingham. A good day trip, and maybe a bit of bus karaoke on the way home. Game 10 Tamworth CC   Tuesday JULY 14 Travel to Ingleton , county Durham, in the North of England. Staying at the beautiful Morritt Arms, Greta Bridge. This is the place where Sir Charles Dickens used to come and write his books – looking out over the heavenly Yorkshire Dales. Meet and greet tour squad dinner with the locals.  
  7. 7.   Wednesday JULY 15 After breakfast the coach will be leaving on a quick trip down the road to Egglestone hall – to see if we can rescue our Aussie Ladettes from the clutches of the English establishment. Then: Double header Game 11 VS Ingleton CC ( Day game) Game 12 VS Raby Castle CC ( twilight game) 20/20 Raby castle is an incredible medieval structure and the cricket ground sits right along side it, beware of Oak trees at square leg and roaming deer. Raby castle will be open for tours – google it! Game 11 Ingleton CC   Game 12 Raby Castle CC   Thursday JULY 16 Drive to Manchester – staying at the Jury’s Inn. Free night. Explore the night life of Manchester.     Friday JULY 17 Game 13 Rawtenstall CC Big crowds at this game Funky Miller spent a couple of seasons playing for this club! For the non cricketers the coach will be leaving for Liverpool today for an optional Beatles tour along ‘the long and winding road.’ Game 13 Rawtenstall CC   Saturday JULY 18 After breakfast, and before we depart for Stamford, the coach will be taking you to Manchester United football stadium and museum for a guided tour. ‘ Get an autograph from Rooney, and run down the tunnel onto the pitch, with the crowd screaming in the background. Drive to Stamford, Lincolnshire Accommodation at the Garden house hotel FREE NIGHT  
  8. 8.   Sunday JULY 19 Game 14 VS Stamford town CC For the non cricketers, Stamford is a beautiful city to explore. Visit Burleigh house, an amazing building, picked out by Hitler as a possible home for one of his Generals. Bad luck you lost! Traditional ‘Hog Night’ at the cricket club – or pig on the spit as us Aussies like to call it. Game 14 Stamford Town CC   Monday JULY 20 Travel to Long Melford, Suffolk Accommodation at the George and Dragon and the Crown hotels. Tour squad BBQ, supplied by the George and Dragon hotel.     Tuesday JULY 21 Game 15 VS Worlington CC Back to the George for beers and cheers Game 15 Worlington CC   Wednesday JULY 22 Travel back to Shepperton London Lunch on the way at the Cricketers hotel, Clavering, traditional roast. This hotel is owned by Trevor Oliver, father of Jamie, PUKKA. Accommodation at the Holiday Inn, Shepperton, London Free night     Thursday JULY 23 Game 16 VS Teddington CC, London This ground is owned by the Her Majesty, and we have already sent her an invite. Announcement of test team VS Shepperton. Free night Game 16 Teddington CC
  9. 9.   Friday JULY 24 Final game and traditional test match VS Shepperton, London, for the Ashes. The Ashes urn sits in the clubhouse. We haven’t one this game since 1986, and it’s time to bring the Ashes home to it’s rightful home, in Australia. Game 17 ‘ The Test Match’ Shepperton CC   Tour Awards presented   Saturday JULY 25 Free day. Lords tour, London sightseeing, maybe a quick trip to Paris to see Moulin Rouge, as we don’t fly out till late the next day. Your choice.     Sunday JULY 26 Transfer from hotel to Heathrow airport at 5pm for check in, and depart for Seoul at 9.30pm     Monday JULY 27 Arrive Seoul 4.20pm – changeover Depart for Melbourne at 7.15pm Arrive Melbourne airport at 7.10am on Tuesday July 28 th Tears, goodbyes, a great tour had by all.