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Peter's Blog Day Three

Peter Gilham with his unique take on Monday's events in France

11 July 2017

The third day of the French pre-season camp dawned, and once again it failed to display the same blue skies and sunny disposition that we have been enjoying in the UK. Instead it was grey skies whilst the group enjoyed their breakfast which was the pre-cursor for heavy rain directly prior to the morning’s training session. Hence regretably the rainwear was quickly made available.

As to the sessions themselves, .Sean and Ciaran have uploaded plenty of visual imagery which can be found here on the Website.

As to whether or not there were any friendly mishaps, or embarrassing moments, I have not been advised which suggests that the session was incident free, or that there’s been a cover up. I personally believe the latter!!

With regard to the afternoon session it was reported as being fairly quiet. On conclusion of the session there was a Foot Golf competition for the players who were paired up.

It was played over 12 holes with the 12th a dogleg right through a hole in the fence with Simon Royce on hand to call “out of bounds”.

Comfortable winners were Dan Bentley and Henrik Dalsgaard with Jota and Romaine Sawyers a close second. Bringing up the rear were Lasse Vibe and Florian Jozefzoon. As a result of the Danish/Dutch partnerships' failings, they were tasked with performing a duet this evening. Also, as part of the runners-up prize winning haul was the opportunity to nominate two others to perform tonight. The two to get the nod were Ryan Woods and Justin Shaibu.

Whilst the afternoons exertions were fairly low key, the word is that Tuesday’s session is expected to be particularly hard. That was certainly the inference when, after the evening’s “entertainment”, Dean Smith informed all in attendance that the meet time on Tuesday morning will be 06.45am and that everyone should bring their running shoes with them. Apparently you could have heard a pin drop.

So what of Monday night’s “entertainment” you may ask …

First up were Woodsy and Justin. But unfortunately my men on the spot cannot remember what they sung, which in truth, says little of their performance, although ‘my men’ did add that they weren’t bad. Make of that what you will.

Next up were Lasse and Flo, and to everybody’s surprise, (and a first for pre-season training camps anywhere I would imagine) Lasse wheeled in a grand piano with which he accompanied Flo with their version of “Let It Be”. A production almost rivalling Dan Bentley’s 2016 swimming pool performance.

Then the players and staff had the opportunity to listen and watch the three players who finished behind Henrik on Sunday night, performing individually.

First up was Manny Onariase who sung, without the regular aid of a mobile phone, to follow the words. However, that was his downfall, as he kept forgetting the words to David Gray’s “Babylon” which led to Dean Smith suggesting he would have done better with a SATNAV as he never made it to the ancient city of Mesopotamia!

Then it was the turn of Luke Daniels who performed a very passable version of Bruno Mars’ “Amazing”. But the winner tonight was Kamohelo Mokotjo whose “Wonderwall” version was enough to see him through.

Finally, Anna, a Sleep Coach from Denmark, who was visiting the training camp, also had to do a song for the assembled throng. She chose a song, which only four of those listening could understand …. a Danish Birthday song to pre-celebrate Andreas’ Birthday tomorrow. It brought back memories of the song which Andreas himself sung when he first joined The Bees … “Der er et yndigt land”, which is more commonly known as the Danish National Anthem.

That’s it for today folks…be back tomorrow!


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