71. Terrigal Towel XIII - The Reggae HatDate: 08/03/2008 - 09/03/2008
Location: Wamberal Beach, Terrigal, Australia
Team name: Hot Pink
Finishing postion: 7-8/12
The plan was to ride the bikes from Gosford again but I was too ill to ride Friday night and the trains weren't running on the weekend. We ended catching public transport and arriving around lunchtime Saturday. My team was quite strong, with everyone running hard and gelling. We went through the preliminary rounds with two draws and 3 wins, then won all the crossover games to make it into the quarters as top seed. Even though we were hot favourites by this stage, we had worked very hard to get there, with all of our games being close.
We knew from the start that the game against Dark Blue would be difficult. They had been one of our draws in the opening rounds, but had since learnt that throwing to Matt Dowle is a good strategy, and they had John McNaughton and a couple of other throwers. They flogged us 9-6, and the dream was over. They ended up easily beating light blue in the final, who had been our other draw.
The tournament was at Wamberal beach because the organisers had been a bit slow and Terrigal had already been booked, but the beach was much better than Terrigal anyway. The party was at the Country Club which was about ten minutes walk away. It didn't go crazy but there was enough dancing and happenings to be entertaining. I left early due to my illness and had a good nights sleep in my tent on the beach. A campfire was happening there for a little while.
Being my fifth towel, I was awarded a small hand towel with the reggae camel emblem on it for my efforts. Briedis gave us a lift back to Sydney.