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The Flying Dutch have concluded their first international experience to Europe. This Journal was written for the enjoyment of Hope soccer fans by members of the team. Our thanks to coaches Leigh Sears and Lindsey Engelsman for facilitating this communication.Hope's Smashing Great Britain Brilliant Adventure Extravaganza Tour MAY I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION
FOR A DITTY TO TELL
ABOUT A LADIES SOCCER TEAM
THAT ALWAYS DOES QUITE WELL THEY'RE THE HOPE DUTCH FROM HOLLAND
OF THE U.S. OF A
TRAVELED TO ENGLAND & SCOTLAND
TO PLAY FOOTBALL, THEIR WAY THEY CAME, THEY DID, BY PLANE
TRAIN, AUTO, AND BUS
TRAVELED ALL OVER THE LAND
VISITING EVEN THE WEE VILLAGE OF LUSS THEY LANDED AT MAN,
STAYED IN CHESTER NEARBY
THEIR FIRST GAME ON THE ROAD
WELL, IT ENDED IN A FRIENDLY OLE TIE TO THE HIGHLANDS THEY NEXT TRAVELED
OH THEY HAD SUCH A RIDE
WITH THEIR "ELITE" BUS DRIVER MICHELLE
AND ROBIN, THEIR AWESOME PERTH GUIDE HOME BASE BECAME GLASGOW
AT THE ERSKINE BRIDGE HOTEL
AND FOR THE FAMILIES AND FRIENDS
THE PUB SERVED THEM QUITE WELL FROM THERE THEY WENT SIGHTSEEING
ST. ANDREWS, STIRLING, AND EDINBURGH CASTLE
LOCH LOMOND, GLENEAGLES, AND NEWBURGH
WITHOUT SO MUCH AS A HASSLE AT NIGHT,THE DUTCH,
THEY PLAYED THEIR GAMES UNDIVIDED
THE RESULTS WEREN'T ALWAYS SO GOOD
SOMETIMES YOU THOUGHT THEY WERE PLAYING MANCHESTER UNITED BUT PLAY HARD THEY DID
MADE THEIR FAMILIES RIGHT PROUD
AND WHEN THEY PLAYED AT QUAINT NEWBURGH
THEY EVEN GATHERED A SMALL CROWD IN GLASGOW THEY FINISHED STRONG
LEIGH FILLED IN WELL IN THE NET
THEY PLAYED A TOUGH GAME TO A TIE
CAUSING ROBIN & MICHELLE TO LOSE A LARGE BET HARD WORKERS ALL, THERE WAS TESS,
LEAH, ELLIE, REX, MAV, AND STIEPER
THERE WAS NEIDS, DAWN, ASH,
RAE, COLE, AND HOLS, THEIR GREAT KEEPER THERE WAS LINNAE, KENNIE, COCHRANE, E-MONEY,
E.T.,KAYLA, AND FISH
FREDDIE, BART, GHEEN,
KIRCH, HAB, AND CERTAINLY, TRISH THEIR LEADERS WERE STEADY, STEADFAST,
BUT AT TIMES, NOT ONE COULD FIGURE OUT
WHAT THE HECK WAS GOING WRONG BUT WHAT LEADERS THEY WERE,
LINDSEY, KATE, G & LEIGH WERE QUITE FIT
THEY EVEN HAD A CUTE FOLD-UP CHAIR
WHERE ALL FOUR OF THEM COULD SIT AND THEN THERE WAS THE TRAINER,
DANNY WAS HER NAME.
WHO WAS THERE AT THE READY
WHEN ONE CAME UP LAME NOW WHAT'S INTERESTING HERE
IS NOT ONE OF THESE GIRLS IS A DIVA
AND 'WHOOPS', ONCE AGAIN, WE ALMOST
FORGOT THEIR INCOMPARABLE A.D. -EVA AND WHAT WERE THE REST OF US DOING EVEN
WHILE DEAN WAS SERVING SANDWICHES HE CALLED 'CRAPPY'
WELL I THINK YOU ALL KNOW, WE WERE TAKING,
ONCE AGAIN, THAT GOOD SCOTTISH NAPPY ON THE TOP OF THE BUS, THE SMELLS
WERE NOT ALWAYS QUITE SMART
SOME MADE FALSE ALLEGATIONS THAT
IT WAS BRAD, BRETT, OR EVEN BART SO MANY TO THANK
WE'RE SO GLAD THAT WE CAME
LINDSEY, SCOTT, PHILLIP, BRENDA, AND TERRI
PLEASE FORGIVE IF WE'VE LEFT OUT YOUR NAME AS FOR ALL OF YOU HERE
OUR VISIT WITH YOU HAS BEEN SO PLEASANT
SINCE WE'VE SPENT ALL OUR POUNDS
THIS IS ALL WE COULD AFFORD AS A GOING AWAY PRESENT FROM THIS GREAT BRITAIN ADVENTURE
YOU LADIES WILL LEARN WHAT YOU WILL
BUT WE SURE HOPE YOU LEARNED SOMETHING
FROM THIS BLOODY BIG BILL AND WHEN WE DEPART, LET US PRAY
WE ALL ARRIVE SAFELY AT HOME
AND HOPE THAT OUR EVA HAS NOT
BEEN LEFT IN ERSKINE ALL ALONE -THE STIEPER FAMILY From CLYDEBANK, SCOTLAND POST -- August 11, 2005
American students lend a
helping hand in sectarianism fight
A message of hope for the campaign again sectarianism and support of the local hospice came all the way from across the Atlantic.
Soccer squads from Hope College in Michigan came to Clydebank last week to help St. Margaret's Hospice with the "Say No to Sectarianism" campaign.
The wristbands, originally introduced by the Strathclyde Police, were given to hospices to sell in a bid to raise essential funds.
The special visitors targeted a number of places in Clydebank and the surrounding area with the green and blue bands urging everyone to support the cause. The wristbands carry an important message of tolerance and respect. The sale of the bands raised funds for the hospice.
Sister Rita, chief executive of St. Margaret's Hospice, said: "We are delighted with the support by our friends ofrom Hope College. Their help on Wednesday was invaluable and their enthusiasm came across when out meeting members of the public.
"The 'Say No to Secretarianism' is very important to St. Margaret's Hospice, both in terms of the message it sends and the essential funds it helps raise.
"We are very pleased with the public reaction and hope people continue to buy the bands in support of the hospice."
The men and women from the college's soccer squads popped in on Councillor Alistair Macdonald at West Dunbartonshire Council's headquarters, they met with firefighters in Bathgate and staff at the Edington Distillery in Drumchapel.
Sunday, August 7
As a recap, the week has been a great way for us graduates to say so long to the girls. Within only one week we saw the most beautiful buildings, lands, and flowers; we shopped till we dropped; we shared the expected laughs; we played soccer among the most beautiful scenery, and we made lasting memories.
Saturday, August 6
After the game we had lunch in the quaint town of Largs, located between the water and the rolling hills, and then made our way to the town of Ayr to experience a professional football game between Ayr United and Dumbarton. For many it was the first professional football game they have ever seen, which made it a very worthwhile event. Finally after a long day of "football" we made our way back to the hotel for another great dinner, and now that the hard work is completed, the plans for the evening are to relax with the team and enjoy one of our last nights together in Scotland.
Friday, August 6
Friday, August 6
Once at the famous coastal city, we toured for a couple hours and visited many sites such as St. Andrews University, the Swilken Bridge on the 18th hole of the Old Course. A couple of us were risky enough to put our feet in the chilly North Sea. Luckily, through our visit we had gorgeous weather.
The day ended with a friendly match against a team from Newburgh. We came out a bit unlucky, but had the opportunity to play at a club that has existed for a little over 100 years. It was a smashing good time. Cheers!
Thursday, August 5
Next we prowled the Edinburgh streets which are preparing for the world renowned Military Tatoo Festival. Battling the cool wind and rain, a common weather trend here, we took shelter in a variety of quaint restaurants and shops along the Royal Mile and Princes Street. We returned to the bus with stories of men in kilts and many shopping bags.
In the eve we traveled to the town of Bonnyrigg for our third international match, against the Whitehill Welfare Football Club. After a short warm-up and a flamboyant speech from the ref, we fought our way through a windy, slippery, chilly game. After a competitive match we ended up losing 2-1 -- the shopping must have caught up with us!
Then we departed for our hotel on our warm, dry double-decker bus with exhaustion in our bodies and happiness in our hearts.
Wednesday, August 3
Wednesday, August 3
After our trip to St. Margaret's we boarded the bus to travel to Loch Lomond to tour the beautiful lake and the village of Luss. We saw Scottish cottages and beautiful gardens and many local people out and about the town.
After dinner at the Hotel we then loaded up the bus and headed out to play our second game on our international tour. The team we played was a Scottish team, Kilmarnock, who were ranked second in the Scottish premier league. This was one of the hardest games that we have faced as a team, but it was also one of the best games we have played. From the first whistle to start the game to the last to end the game, everyone had a smile on their face and seemed like they wouldn't want to be anywhere else in the world. That moment on the soccer field playing one of the best teams in Scotland was a perfect end to our day.
Tuesday, August 2
We then continued north to Glasgow. Upon arriving at the Erskine Bridge Hotel, we checked into our rooms, got changed and went to practice. Traveling there and back was rather entertaining because our French coach driver, Michel, decided to engage us in his interest of Celine Dion's music video. we may or may not have sung out loud.
Practice went well at a local school's turf field and we got back in time to shower and go to dinner. Our meal was excellent; we had the choice between salmon, ham and tortellini. Immediately after, we loaded the bus and headed off to a team-building event at the Glasgow Climbing Center. The Climbing Center was a unique location -- set in the former sanctuary of a church. The staff of the Center was helpful and encouraging as we were challenged both mentally and physically. We learned a lot as a group about the importance of communication and trust. It was an enjoyable experience for all ability levels and we hope to do it again sometime soon. Overall, our day was pleasurable and a good start to our stay in Scotland.
Monday, August 1
Later in the day, we had our first friendly match against the Chester City Women's Football Club. They were a very physical team, with players ranging from 18 to mid 30s. The game ended in a 2 to 2 tie - it was a good game for our first game back. After the game we joined them at their Sports Center for a social meet and greet with food and refreshments. Here we had an opportunity to talk to the women about soccer and England in general. We were really fortunate to have this opportunity, not only because we got to play soccer but also because we were further immersed into a different culture through this experience.
Sunday, July 31
We then came back to Hoole Hotel for a dinner of fine dining and prepared to go to a team-bonding session at 'Megabowl'! Our team took over the bowling alley with some astonishing victories. Not only did we conquer the lanes but Danny, Dean, Holly, Linnae, Julia and Erica won prizes for their outstanding performances. After we were done bowling we had two of our teammates enter into a 'bungee-bumping' competition. Tricia and Sarah represented the Americans competing against one English lass and Sarah took the victory by running over Tricia while the English lass was way behind. After dominating and leaving a lasting impression at the Megabowl for the Americans we got on the bus and arrived back to the hotel. In preparation for our first game, which is tomorrow, we plan to watch at movie and go to bed! Signing out this was Kayla and Marie- Cheerrio!Saturday, July 30
by Rachael Sauerman, junior from Naperville, Ill.
We all met up at the airport in Chicago -- dressed in our identical warm up gear. Our plane took off on time and after 7 1/2 hours of watching the movies "Robots" and "Miss Congeniality", we landed safely in Manchester, England at 7 in the morning (Michigan time). After meeting our Excel International Sport Representatives, we got picked up in a double decker bus. We tried to tell people they were driving on the wrong side of the road, but no one would listen. We arrived early at Hoole Hall and assembled our group together. Equipped with little sleep and an eagerness to explore, our group hit the town of Chester for shopping and lunch. After an early dinner at the hotel, we had our first practice led by Robin and Allan, our new trainers. Interrupted by rain, we hustled back to the hotel and took relaxing showers. Taking advantage of our new geographic location, we went out on the town of Chester. After a very short visit to the nightlife of Chester, our exhaustion took over and we returned right to Hoole Hall, where we immediately fell asleep. Being in England, all together again, is amazing -- surrounded by great friends in a great place.