Sunday, April 24, 2011

Launceston for the Footy

Last weekend I joined Jenny and her extended family for a weekend in fine Launceston for the footy. Meeting up with Annie and Kathy for my flight, we then taxied into town, dropped our bags, and met the group our for drinks.

At The Northern Club, Annie and I joined Jen and Josie, Chris and Toni, Matt and David as they were wrapping up dinner, before we went into the bar next door for some music flashbacks and pints. Staying at Waratah On York, we had the massive three bedroom suite in this heritage building up the hill, with views of town and the footy ground.

After a massive sleep in for me, I wandered into town and met up with the rest of the group, before grabbing lunch and heading the Aurora Stadium. I actually just had a GA ticket, which allowed me to stand on the fence for the whole match, and be very up close to the action. Haven't done that for years, and hearing the hits and the talk out on the ground was still a surprise.

The Hawks looked good, even with the fade in the last quarter which made the game a close finish, and the sunshine was exactly what was needed.

Meeting up with the rest of the group, we had a couple of celebratory beers at Blue Cafe, right next door to the ground, before a walk down to the waterfront for dinner, taking our table at Bellini. Dinner, and the Bellini's, were pretty impressive here, in a little pocket of culture I had never found before in this town.

The drinking half of the group then walked through Launceston town, taking in a beer at each stop, but as usual, found the nightlife somewhat lacking. The cavernous, but empty nightclub we found in the end was good for pool and drinks, but that was about all.

A hearty breakfast in the morning with Jen and 'the little gentlemen' at The Metz, was just what I needed, before getting out to the airport for my flight back to the mainland. Always a great escape weekend, topped off by a Hawks win!

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