Paul Crouch, Deputy Head at AKS Lytham, and his family have been on holiday in Australia. Various tweets alerted us to the family’s ventures to see Australian rugby, RU and RL, and to take the ‘Fylde RFC’ name far and wide. Paul’s son (Sam) and daughter (Zoe) both play for the Fylde Mini-Juniors so we asked them to reflect on what rugby they had seen in Oz. Many thanks to both Tom & Zoe!
“I have been to Australia this holiday. We went to Philip Island next to Melbourne at the start and wanted a ball to play with, so we bought an Aussie Rules Ball because it looked like a rugby ball and we don’t have one yet. I learnt all about the AFL teams and my favourite is the Richmond Tigers because they are top. Our friend, who we stayed with in Tasmania, loves the Hawks. We went to two stadiums in Australia to watch rugby. The first one is called the McDonald Jones Stadium where the Newcastle Knights play. They are an NRL team, this means they play rugby league. They lost to the Wests Tigers. My favourite player was the full-back Kayln Ponga. He was a good catcher and very quick. We also went to the ANZ Stadium in Sydney and watched the Wallabies play the All Blacks. Michael Hooper was the best player for Australia, but not as good as Beauden Barrett who played for the All Blacks. I want to play fly-half now for Fylde because you have to do a lot of kicking.”
Year 2, AKS Lytham
I’ve had such a wonderful holiday in Australia. I have met two Team GB wheelchair rugby players called Mohamad and Jonathon in front of the Opera House in Sydney. They were very nice and friendly. They were playing for GB in the Wheelchair Rugby World Cup which Japan won. I have been to see the Newcastle Knights play against the Tigers, and also the Wallaroos play the Black Ferns at ANZ Stadium, before the Wallabies played the All Blacks also at the ANZ Stadium.
The most interesting game for me was the Wallaroos playing the Black Ferns because they were ladies and I could watch their technique and I can try one day to get it right just like them. The Black Ferns won 32-11 and my favourite player on the pitch was the number 9, Kendra Cocksedge, who played scrum-half for Black Ferns.
When the Wallabies played they had an exciting first half but then the All Blacks scored a try just before half time and in the second half the All Blacks came on with a smile on their face and in the end won 38-13. They were too good for the Wallabies.
I was very sad that the Newcastle Knights lost their game but the Wests Tigers are a really good team and the Knights lost 20-16. Rugby league has six tackles and rugby union carries on until the ball goes out.
Watching rugby matches in Australia has encouraged me to keep playing rugby and to try harder and harder to show the boys that actually as a girl I don’t give in, and I can be as good as anyone, or maybe better if I try!
Year 4, AKS Lytham