Monday, 11 March 2013

Barras Celebrate 50 years

This past weekend represented 50 years since the inception of the Tugun Water Polo Club, which has since been renamed the Brisbane Barracudas.  I have been involved with the Barracudas since 2000, and this represents my first year OUT OF the National League team due to my shoulder reconstruction rehab. 

We kicked off the weekend with our biggest game of the year - against our cross-town rivals the Qld Breakers.  We knew it would be a tough game, as Breakers are currently undefeated and on top of the table.  Barras put their game faces on and lead the whole way, eventually sealing the match with a one goal lead.  As I was unable to particpiate, my energies were put elsewhere - into the half-time entertainment.  I had organised some sporting celebs from many walks of life, to particpate in a half-time penalty shoot-out.  Representing the pink team was:
- Steve Kefu (Rugby Union Red & Wallaby)
- Josh Jefferis (Olympic Gymnast)
- Meagan Nay (Olympic Swimmer)
- Tatiana Grigorvieva (Olympic Pole Vault Silver Medalist)

And on the Green team we had:
- Nikki Hudson (Olympic Hockeyroos captain and Olympic Gold Medalist)
- Andrew Grant (Olympic Volleyballer)
- Mitch Miller (Ironman)
- Damon Kelly (Olympic Weightlifter)

The sporting celebs were extrememly well received by the 400 strong crowd, and I would like to thank them all so much for helping us celecbrate in style (oh, and the green team won by one goal!)

The next day saw our 50th Anniversary Gala, we celebrated at the Royal on the Park in a ballroom with 290 guests.  Chris "Buddah" Handy MC'd the night, Fabio Pavenello (current womens National League Coach) and myself were on hand to ask the "Mad Minute" questions - getting down and dirty.  It was a great night, and nursed a few sore heads Im sure the next day.