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This is the blog of Maunie of Ardwall. After a six-year adventure sailing from Dartmouth to Australia, we are now back in Britain.

Sunday, 11 September 2016

The Beautiful Game

Those that know Graham will remember that he's madly keen on football (soccer for American and Australian readers); he just can't stop talking about it. Well, perhaps not... in reality, he's definitely in the 'Rugby's the only game worth watching, those footballers just keep falling over pretending to be hurt' camp.

He admitted that he hadn't actually ever been to a 'proper' football game so when we found out that some of the qualifying matches for the Oceania Under 20 World Cup were being staged here in Luganville, we just had to go. Graham managed to watch two games and said he enjoyed it, though I suspect the whole spectacle of being in a Vanuatu crowd had as much to do with that as the football itself.

Damian (who really IS keen on football) watches the game whilst Kerry, Di and Graham pose for a selfie

The Cook Islands and Tahiti teams stand for the national anthems. 

Spot the white faces in the crowd - at half time.
There was definitely no need to wrap up warm for these matches - if anything, more sun cream was needed. 

For the record, New Zealand and The Solomon Islands drew 0-0 in a pretty dull game but the Cook Islands vs Tahiti game was much more exciting (3-1 to Tahiti and it should have been more).

Don't think Graham has been converted but it was a fun day off the boats!

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