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A Wild Day Out!

A Fan Perspective.

Moralee Cup Semi Final Away Leg 7/1/23. There are cages full of kitbags, sticks, skates and goalie pads along with all the essential kit and equipment for Bob and his physio team to provide much appreciated pre and postmatch rub downs. The infamous sweet bag is sufficiently stocked to last us the entire journey - and back again! Someone is at the front of the coach taking a roll call; Players, check. Club officials, check. Supporters, check. Special pillows, check (more about those later!). There’s just enough time for Barlow to make sure the hairdryer’s packed (not only to dry the gloves in period breaks but also to make sure he’s looking his best after the game!) and that everyone’s grabbed their passports before we head off for the long 4 hour journey north.

Like a typical school trip, all the naughty boys sit at the back and argue over which NHL team is the greatest, the more intellectuals in the group take the opportunity to read up on a chapter or two whilst others take the opportunity to catch a quick 40 winks in the most unusual positions usually on the floor! After a stop at the services to refuel on pasta pots, coffees and cucumbers, team tactics and best Scottish pronunciations of ‘bread milk and biscuits’ are rehearsed in a huddle at the back of the bus.

We must be nearly there as Gilbert suddenly pipes up with a flashback - there’s something vaguely familiar about this route - perhaps it’s the point where during last season’s Moralee Cup campaign the driver decided to overtake another coach at 80mph down a narrow single carriageway! Thankfully the driver from Anthony’s Coach company was a lot more careful and we finally reached the Dumfries Ice Bowl relatively unscathed!

No visit to Solway would be complete without a visit from Coulter’s Mum & Dad, this time without the dogs in tow to make space in the van for Joey’s latest dodgy dealings returning his ‘Christmas tree’ in apparent exchange for a box of beer and giant box of XL Cheese crisps (which are ‘a Scottish delicacy’ according to Joey!). Whilst the boys headed off to practice, we took the opportunity to take in some hospitality at the legendary Sharky’s bar before taking our places in the stands to bring the noise!

Unfortunately, despite a hard-fought battle the game just didn’t go our way and so after a swift takeaway pitstop and some proper Irn-Brus it was time to hit the road again. Out came the special pillows and slippers to ensure the most comfortable journey possible and despite time seeming to go backwards, we eventually made it home to get heads down in preparation for the return leg of the challenge on the 21st January, Planet Ice Widnes, 5:30pm FO – hope you can make it! #letsgowild #ttgw #wildones!

Thanks to Heather Cunningham for this article.


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