Monday, November 19, 2012

Scouts silly season

This coming weekend is an annual activity-based camp for Scouts called Gilweroo. As our Scouts are going to Jamboree in January with Scouts from other troops, Gilweroo is a good opportunity to get the kids and leaders in one spot for a weekend before heading off to Jamboree and living in each others pockets for two weeks. It also allows the troops and equipment to be tweaked as necessary. Therefore Karen and Patrick are off to Mt Martha on Friday evening for the weekend.

Saturday morning will see Angus hit the Warburton Rail Trail with some Cubs and Scouts for the annual bike hike and overnight stay at Yarra Junction while Owen is off to a party on Saturday.

I'll be playing bowls on Saturday afternoon while Lily has a play date and then it's a quiet night in on Saturday with Owen and Lily before Karen, Patrick and Angus return on Sunday afternoon.

But wait, there's more. The following weekend I'm off to Vic Gathering at Gembrook with the Venturers for a weekend of around the clock action and activities (breaking free of the camp on Saturday afternoon for bowls!) while Karen drives the kids to their sporting and other engagements.

During that next week we have a combined Scouts and Venturers night at Laser Tag with Scouts and Venturers from around the District!

The week after that will see us at the Scout group Xmas BBQ and any number of other social occasions before the final District Venturer Council for 2012 on Friday 14th December.

Then it's time for our migration to Sydney for Xmas and shortly after it will be time to bid farewell to Karen and Patrick as they head to Queensland for Jamboree. Phew! Can't wait. It's great to be busy.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Owen's grand final

On Saturday 27th October, Owen contested his first basketball grand final - and his team WON!

In the CR grade grand final his Mountain Tigers team faced off against the All Stars - a team they hadn't beaten during the regular season.

Owen's team finished the regular season 3rd on the ladder and played off for a semi final spot against 4th. They comfortably took care of 4th place only to have the result protested and replayed the match mid-week. They beat their 4th placed opponents by a bigger margin during the replay.

Meanwhile the All Stars, having finished top of the table after the regular season, played 2nd placed Ranges for a place in the grand final and a week off. The game was tied at full time and the All Stars won in overtime.

After playing two elimination finals in a week the boys now faced off against Ranges in the semi. Owen's young team really seemed to take it up a notch in the finals and won against Ranges to book a grand final berth.

Having played 2 less games and having a weeks break, the All Stars were the fresher side. However, the Mountain Tigers were more determined. In a game that was played in a competitive spirit and with the CR grade premiership on the line, the Mountain Tigers were never headed. In a real team effort they took the spoils. Well done boys.

And to show just how well he's doing, Owen was in the starting 5 for the grand final as well. Congratulations little buddy.