Friday I left home at 7:30 am and got home 12 hours later – I was bushed! Saturday morning it was up and off to the soccer club for the annual team photos. Let me just say it was FREEZING!
The boys both jumped in the car without jackets.
“Get your jackets, it is freezing.”
“No, we are fine.”
“OK, you will live and learn.”
It turns out that despite having arrived last winter, they haven’t quite worked out that bright sunshine doesn’t necessarily mean warm. Here, it can be sunny and DAMN COLD! That would never happen in Nigeria!
Team Oyeniyi has been BUSY! So this is a picture board of the week, with very few words!
Sunday is soccer day for the boys. Mr O Jnr 2 scored a GOAL – one of those great sliding ones!
I didn’t get a shot of the actual goal, I was too busy jumping up and down, however here is the aftermath. Thank goodness for washing machines!
This morning was a big day. As a formally registered player in his new country, Mr O Jnr 2 took to the field in his first official soccer match. Unfortunately the score line was rather dismal: I look at it this way, the next game can only be an improvement. Had the team had a terrific win today, Mr O Jnr 2 may have been devastated if they lost badly next week. This way, the only way is UP! Mr O Jnr 2 is a mad Chelsea fan and after the win in the Champions League early this morning, I am sure his hero was in his thoughts!
This photo is a little like the “Where’s Wally” puzzle pictures. Mr O Jnr 2 IS in there! My sport’s photography skills have to improve!
In some respects, this follows on from my earlier article about the Aussie “fair go”.
I had been hoping to get the boys into a local soccer club this year. I found the local club and emailed them as their site didn’t work properly in either Internet Explorer or Chrome.
The bad news arrived today. $535 a child which MUST be paid on registration day. That is $1,070 for the two boys, let alone the fact Miss O 1 wanted to play in the women’s team.
Sadly, this just isn’t possible on our budget after everything we’ve been through so far. The boys will have to miss out for the moment. We felt it was something they could participate in to support their assimilation into Australian society.
Admittedly this includes:
- FFV Registration,
- Playing Kit – shorts, top, socks,
- Membership card that entitles the player and parents free entry into all Senior/U21 Home games,
- New players also receive a Club Spray Jacket and training kit and a bag.
Just paying it all upfront is a bit much, especially for two (or three if we count Miss O 1).
Melbourne Victory versus Melbourne Heart, the two Melbourne A-league teams. The boys were invited to this derby game at Etihad Stadium by a co-worker of mine. As they had not met my co-worker, they were initially a little hesitant about this excursion. Mr D came around in the late afternoon and met the boys and they were then very happy to disappear into the night with him for a dose of local soccer.
They look a little surprised in the above shot: I had given them stern warnings about being on their best behaviour because they were in Corporate seating! This was a whole new world for them.
My favourite team is ARSENAL. I love Arsenal because that is my Dad’s team. When we were living in Nigeria my friends convinced me that Arsenal is the best team. I followed them later on, but first I was suspicious that they are not a good team because they lost a lot. When Arsenal won the FA Cup I was very surprised: that was unbelieveable! My friends told me, ”we all told you that Arsenal is the best team”. That day we all promise we will all be Arsenal fans until we all grew up no matter how they lose! We are still Arsenal fans.
Last month I wrote About My School Project. The pictures I drew are about soccer. I drew the pictures because I love soccer and I am a good at drawing soccer players and my teacher said my drawing supports my project question.
People are really proud of drawing and I am proud of myself because I love what I did. My teacher said my project shows my love of soccer.
Here are my drawings and my teacher’s comments!