Gold Coast Tour Diary – Day Six


Day Six

Father’s Day kicked off for many of the dads in the squad with a call from their families back in Perth before the squad gathered in the team room for a debrief of Friday night’s Surf City Cup opener against Brisbane Roar.

Next on the agenda for several members of the coaching staff was the short trip to the Croatian Sports Centre where Tony Popovic was among the guests of honour at a Sportsman’s Luncheon which formed part of the Surf City Cup event.

Tony Popovic with John Kosmina

Newcastle’s Ernie Merrick was also present, along with Brisbane Roar duo Robbie Fowler and Roy O’Donovan and each took to the stage for an entertaining and informative Q&A with host John Kosmina.

And it’s definitely fair to say that Merrick has not mellowed in his opposition to VAR!

The Glory contingent then hot-footed it back to the hotel training base for the afternoon session which featured some pretty full-on games of head-tennis.

Not since Nick Kyrgios was last on court has such a level of dissent and sledging been heard, although we cannot, of course, name the worst offender (but if you were to guess Neil Kilkenny, you wouldn’t be far off…!).

For some of the coaching staff, another trip to the nearby Croatian Sports Centre followed as they attended the second Surf City Cup game between Roar and the Jets.

An entertaining clash, played out in front of a crowd of over 1,500, saw the Queenslanders claim a 3-1 victory and in doing so, become the inaugural winners of the Surf City Cup.

For the Glory squad, meanwhile, several more tough training sessions await ahead of Tuesday’s clash with the Jets.