Welsh Pride & Some Epic Rugby!

Squeeeeee!

Last night was the Wales vs. South Africa RWC game that I was lucky enough to get tickets for, and WOW – talk about an amazing experience!

My darling friends and I started out the evening with a good ol’ fashioned Kiwi dinner beforehand – fish ‘n’ chips! (or, in Kiwi dialect, “fush ‘n’ chups”) πŸ˜‰ It was windy, and raining – the Welsh would have felt right at home! – so we sat outside the supermarket for shelter. I’m sure we looked incredibly homeless, but this was made up for by the numerous longing looks we received from passers-by, because of the yummy smell of our food πŸ˜€

And then… the trek to ‘Wellington Regional Stadium’ began! (it’s usually called ‘Westpac Stadium’, but the RWC are rather strict about what brands are associated with the tournament – lucky it will always be known as the ‘Cake Tin’ to us Kiwis!) This was incredibly fun, especially when we reached the train station, as there were a bajillion fans making their way to the match.Β  We even passed a group of four musicians playing the Welsh National Anthem πŸ˜‰ When we came across this guy, we just HAD to have a photo with him…

Such an epic hat!

Anyways, we merged into the massive crowd heading into the stadium, arriving early enough to mess around taking valuable pictures… πŸ˜€

Don’t I look truly Welsh ? πŸ˜‰

Moving on… the actual rugby game! πŸ˜€

And what an amazing game it was! To be honest, deep down in my heart I was afraid it would be a bit one sided – after all, Wales have only beaten South Africa once before, and drawn once too. BUT GOSH was this a brilliant display of rugby! The Welsh were really onto it, they played so well!! South Africa, quite frankly, sucked πŸ˜› The crowd was really great too – I think most were actually supporting Wales, probably because all of the ‘neutral’ Kiwis naturally love underdogs, and are probably still sore about South Africa recently beating the All Blacks, hahaaa. Although there were many South African flags flying! Had some fun with chants – not the most original… “Waaaaales, Waaaaales!” – and also some Mexican Waves.

This last one is a tad blurry, but I simply MUST include it because… when I was taking it, I half-jokingly/half-optimistically said “This is Wales getting their first try!” And blow me down, 2 seconds later they crossed the line!! πŸ˜€ I went absolutely mental, brilliant! This put Wales in the lead, which they were able to hold onto right until the final 10mins or so… when unluckily, South Africa scored, and rounded the final score off at 17-16.

One point of controversy is the hideous fact that the (excuse my French) wanker referee Wayne Barnes made a fairly bad call regarding one of the Welsh penalty kicks. If you watch the video that TVNZ have on their article, you can see that the ball clearly curves in, to slot between the posts, and so should definitely have been given! BUT no. As well as just being a crap ref, I reckon Barnes was a bit nervous being in New Zealand, after his 2007 RWC balls up… *sighs* πŸ˜›

Anyway, a great time was had by all! πŸ™‚ All that remains now is to thank my AWESOME Mum, again – don’t think I can thank her enough actually! Wish she could have been there too, but we all had fun anyways! I now have an extremely serious case of RWC fever πŸ˜‰

Even though Wales lost, I’m still super proud of them for showing such strength, and giving the South Africans a serious run for their money! Wales is definitely my ‘adopted’ second team, and I shall be rooting for them in their other Pool (of) D(eath) matches!

Have fun!
Bri xx

‘All Blacks Don’t Cry’

I stumbled across this video yesterday, about John Kirwan and his personal experience with depression. He’s written a book of the same title, which my Mum owns… shall have to snag it off her to read during the summer. Anyway, this dramatised film is just a snapshot – and I encourage you all to watch it. It’s 13 mins long, but it will be an incredibly important 13 mins of your life spent.

The thing about depression is… it’s swept under the carpet. Forced to hide deep within your chest, caged there. To admit you need help is a sign of weakness, right?

Wrong. It’s a sign of strength.

I just hope that this reaches some of you, and if you pass the video/message on, it may reach others too. John Kirwan has done a lot of depression in New Zealand – the website which he supports runs a really useful looking programme called ‘The Journal‘, definitely recommend it.

Everyone deserves to have someone there for them.

And yes, this post may seem a tad out of the blue… but it’s just something that’s struck me as crucially important, and something I feel strongly about. So please, do bear with my sudden seriousness!

Oh, and just randomly, I’ve officially had my first dream – sorry, nightmare! – where the All Blacks lost the World Cup. Talk about depression.

Sorry, couldn’t help the black humour.

(Oiii, my mind…!)

Love yourselves,
Bri xx

Rugby World Cup 2011 Tickets!!

*faints*

Yes. I actually hold, in my very own hands, tickets to the Rugby World Cup! πŸ˜€

*runs around the house like a maniac*

How it happened goes a little something like this.

My wonderful, darling Mum is volunteering for RWC – she gets to be a volunteer helping out in town, providing information and directions and knowledge for tourists who are visiting. At the start of their commitment to volunteering, they were told that they wouldn’t be getting any special access to the actual games – which Mum wasn’t bothered about at all, she wanted to be involved because it is something awesome and special to do, and because of her passion for rugby.

However…

A week or so ago, the RWC team let all the volunteers know that some tickets had become available, and were giving volunteers the opportunity to apply for some – for FREE! πŸ™‚ Since there are no actual games being playing back home with Mum, she decided to be the best Mum EVER and apply for me!

And, lo and behold – success!!

Squeeee! So, she mailed them over to me today. And now, I’m finally feeling how real it is – I actually get to be a part of this! I was pretty much resigned to not having ANY CHANCE IN HECK to attend, because the tickets are so insanely expensive, especially for a poor student like me! πŸ˜‰ But… miracles do happen.

I was even luckier to get fourΒ  tickets in total, which meant I was able to make three other people very, very happy! I just know we’re going to have fun (you know who you are ;)) Well, all thanks to my Mum, really! πŸ™‚

So yes. This Sunday, I shall be rocking out at Wales vs. South Africa. My allegiance, of course, must be Wales, because I just frickin’ love Wales. I’ve bought myself a flag to wave around madly, and can’t wait to get my facepaint on!

I’ll be sure to take photos, and I’m sure I won’t be able to resist posting them here next week, so watch out for them.

Have fun!
Bri xx