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Wizards Blog - Scotland Training

Well Galah writes a blog that is hard to follow, but picking up where he left off….. after a 3:30AM arrival at Sydney Airport, and 23 hours in the air, a few in-flight poker games later, the Wizards of Aus arrived in the cold evening drizzle of Glasgow. We were treated to a warm pub meal, and the next morning made our way to Edinburgh where the serious training starts.

Day 1 was spent with free time exploring the historic city. Some chose to hunt down the perfect coffee, others explored the castle and surrounding streets, also encountered were bagpipers, falconers and haggis. Was a great opportunity to relax and play tourist ahead of the busy schedule for the rest of the tour.

While some of the boys chose a night in, the rest of us ventured to the city of Stirling, for our first encounter with The Power of Scotland.  However it was a friendly affair, as the night was the official "Welcome to the Wizards of Aus" Roller Disco, complete with daggy music, coloured lights and limbo competition. 

Oliver Sudden wowed the Scotland boys with his shorts, and his speed skating skills while Rampage and Kaneage put on a romantic display of pairs figure skating.

The Scottish boys were clearly having a fun time, but wearing their team shirts to make sure we knew who the competition will be come Tuesday night's warm-up bout.

Its now day 2 here in Edinburgh, and things are heating up. Team breakfast, sit-down session to finalise hand-signals and verbal cues to use between bench, jammers and packs, and then to the Jack Kane Sports Centre for our first on-skates team session in the northern hemisphere.
As Bruce Willis says "Toto, I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore" - putting on the green and gold and stepping out onto the track on foreign soil is something pretty amazing, even just for a training session.

The team is coming together like only Aussies can, even though we're from Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Tweed and Tassie, some pairings are tighter than guys we skate with every week. At the venue normally used by Auld Reekie roller derby league, Lecter and I.V. had us doing a few basics, building into walls and wall breaking, holding jammers while bridging and controlling speed, and finishing with full 5-on-5 scenario simulation. 

After gearing down, a few of us took opportunity of the sunny afternoon to hike the 200m vertical up to Arthur's Chair - and then finish the day getting ready for our bout against The Power of Scotland tomorrow night!

Til the next update. Skate! Skate! Skate!

KP #89
Ben 'Kernel Panic' Trinder

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