Well my merry band of Privateers,
As expected I pen this in the early hours as I knew that the beauty of Jet lag would allow me time to make sure I summarized the tour.
Let me begin by thanking all of you for taking part in the first For the Love of the Game Tour. For me it brought everything together. A great Venue, great stories, great new stories and most importantly a great group of rugby souls.
It is always amazing to see what one can pack into 3 days. Each of us arrived/departed via a slightly different routes but we all arrived in top form and made the most of the time in Cardiff.
We all do not have the same memory for details and restaurant names as Craig Smith proved on this tour so let me highlight some of the details of the For the Love of the Game Cardiff Tour. Apologies for any Key memories I have omitted and please feel free to remind the group if you have one.
For the Love of the Game Cardiff – Coles notes
Dave Lougheed, Mark Burgess, Craig Smith, Brian Reimer, Craig Bentham, Sean Bradley, Phil Havermann, Dirk Hildebrandt, Phil Beck, Charlie Morgan, Mike Morgan, Sam Leiper, and the Jones clan (Shane, Kathy, Brian & Gordon). In addition Daryl Jones Joined us for dinner along with Jon Evans, Andrew Price, Jeff Hassler and Tyler Ardron.
For the love of the game Rooke tourists
Dirk, Phil, Craig B, Sean, Kathy, Brian, Gordon, Mike, Sam.
Thank you to Tyler, Jeff, Jon & Andrew for their time and being a part of the festivities. First class rugby men is all respects!)
Hotel: The luxurious Radisson Blu
Stadium: Principality Stadium
Dinner: Le Monde
Night Club: Peppermint (Jim Beam and Coke seemed Like a good idea at the time!) Official tour clubhouse – the Members barin Cardiff Arms Park: who woulda thunk!
Pre Match Meal: Plenty of Brains Black & a hot dog (or 2 for Reimer) Post Match Meal – the Pie Minister! (Favourite menu item…The Tower of Power!!) Beer of Choice (Brains Smooth) Breakfast choice (Did anyone actually eat breakfast?) Ireland v All-Blacks Venue (Where were you when moment) – O’Neills in Cardiff. What a great way to wrap up a weekend!)
Honorary Tour Security Consultant: Alan Flowers
Play of the Day: Getting everyone into the Cardiff Arms Members Bar Post Match – Great Team Work!
Finally, behalf of For the Love of the game I want to thank you all for your part in a great weekend. All the bet for the rest of 2016 and I and look forward to seeing you on another trip sometime soon! Next Stop is the Vancouver Sevens!!
For the love of the game,