Tropical Fridays|Tropical North Queensland

Fabulous Tropical Fridays in tropical North Queensland!

Friday again! I love Friday evenings  when everyone about the neighborhood winds down and relaxes at the end of a long week. You see your neighbors firing up the barbies.  Friends come in, the beer and wine comes out, the tantalizing smell of barbeque steak and sausages begins wafting on the cool evening breeze.

Well this is not about tropical Fridays!

It all happened on a tropical Wednesday nite this week.The big screens came out into the barbie area. Why?

Footy nite – State of the Origin match

It will be a  noisy nite around the neighborhood tonight!  Its Footy nite with the Maroons playing the Blues! Always a big night when the State of  Origin matches are on.

Tonight a sell-out crowd of over 52,000 fans is on hand to watch all the action in this year’s  State of Origin series  at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium.

Tonight is very special. Darren Lockyer received a hero’s welcome when he came on with his team, as he now equals Allan Langer’s record of 34 Origin Games.  This is Darren’s 13th and final series. He has announced his retirement at the end of this series.

The Blues (NSW) received a traditionally hostile welcome from the crowd. The Blues have a new coach and are hoping desperately for a break through in tonight’s  game.

Darren Lockyer

Darren Lockyer-Flickr/JunkByJo

The Maroons (Qld) have won five in a row and will be endeavoring tonight to make it six.

I’m a big fan of Darren Lockyer as he has always been a player with intelligence and integrity, setting a wonderful example to up and coming young players, as well as being an outstanding player and captain. He has been Captain of the Maroons for the past five years.

State of Origin Series has a huge following in Oz and tonight during the game their will be lots of cheers, beers, tears, boos and laughter around the barbies. At the game the  Stadium will probably loose its roof  (if it has one) with the roar of the crowd as they cheer the teams on.

The Blues put up a good fight and after 40 min it was 10 all, then 12-10 in favor of the Blues. With only a few minutes to go Darren Lockyer passed the ball to Billy Slater for a try, and Jonathon Thurston converted. Score 12-16 in favor of the Maroons. A wonderful victory in the last few minutes of the game.  Two more matches to go in this series. Who will win???

Great viewing, can hardly wait for the next two games in the series, scheduled as follows:

Origin Game Two – 15th June 2011 – ANZ Stadium, Sydney – kick-off: 8 PM AEST

Origin Game Three – 6th July 2011 – Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane – kick-off: 8 PM AEST

Have you visited magical Magnetic Island|Tropical Townsville North Queensland?

Horseshoe Bay Magnetic Island Tropical Townsville North Queensland

Horseshoe Bay Magnetic Island Tropical Townsville

Maggie Island is just 20 minutes by ferry from tropical Townsville in North Queensland. It is a magical island paradise with glorious beaches and hidden coves to relax and swim. You can snorkel or scuba dive in its clear turquoise waters, or take scuba diving lessons if you wish to learn. There are many other activities on Magnetic Island with a variety of transport available to explore the island.

Alma Bay-Scuba-Diving instructions on magical Magnetic Island

Alma Bay-going out for -Scuba-Diving instructions on magical Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island is  in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park , and is two-thirds protected national park with many forest walks to enjoy. Make friends with the local koalas and rock wallabies, be dwarfed by the huge monoliths on its rocky shores…but above all relax and enjoy this magical environment.

Tropical Fridays – Travel Tips – Tropical North Queensland

Don’t forget your camera and accessories as there are magnificent views all around  Magnetic Island. You will need a  shady hat, a good sunscreen,  and something for sunburn just in case. The weather is beautiful in the winter months on Magnetic Island, and as it has  a tropical climate your still need sun protection.

Tropical  Fridays – Scrapbook design and procrastinations

For this weeks scrapbook design efforts view this page Family Scrapbook design and Scrapbooking Layout Ideas

Until my next Tropical Friday from Tropical North Queensland! Have a good one!!


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