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By Everton's media and publications manager Darren Griffiths
The effects of jet-lag finally appear to be wearing off!
After two days of tiredness at bizarre times, my body finally seems to have accepted the fact that it's nine hours ahead of where it should be.
The midnight viewing of the Germany v Argentina game was probably the clincher.
Watching a football match in a hotel reception area whilst Australian cocktail-party revellers are staggering in and out of the main entrance was some experience!
It was obviously a good game to watch, which helped, as did the fact that I've got the Germans in the Taxi Club World Cup sweepstake.
My colleague Tony Sage (Assistant Kit Manager) and I opened our sweep envelopes during the Dubai to Sydney flight - with mixed fortunes. He had Ivory Coast!
We've no idea what channel we were watching the game on but the familiar tones of John Helm guided us through the action!
Anyway, I managed a decent six hours' sleep before the first Sunday of our tour.
There is an awful lot of media interest in Everton over here and we had a meeting first thing in the morning with the organisers and promoters to devise a workable way of ensuring that all arms of the media get the coverage they are after.
The manager and the players are fully aware of their press obligations over here because any ground-breaking tour such as this one will inevitably attract massive interest.
The boss did an individual sit-down interview with The Australian, which is the biggest national daily newspaper in the country. The journalist asked him if he'd ever consider taking the Australian national team manager's job!
The paper had a photographer in tow and he snapped some nice pictures of the manager leaning over a very shiny, black grand piano!
Ossie and Jags spoke to the Sydney Daily Telegraph and had an interesting picture taken together in front of a large polished mirror, which took longer than it should have done because other people kept walking into the reflection.
We also had a meeting this afternoon with representatives of the Everton Supporters Club here in Sydney. We are keen to reach out to our 'Down Under' fans and the plan is to take a few members of the squad along to a local hotel for an informal gathering later this week. We are assured that there'll be somewhere in the region of 180-200 Australian Toffees so we're really looking forward to it.
Back at the team hotel, some of the boys are still suffering from the jet-lag effect, whilst others seem to be coping well.
Ossie for instance!
He's in fine form and did ever so well to hit me directly on the head with a used tea-bag from 25 feet at the end of our evening meal.
Phil Neville goaded the imposing looking security guards about The Ashes (but was extremely careful not to go too far!) and a few of the boys discussed the prospect of climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Carlo Nash has done it before and he warned us that we can't take phones or cameras with us if we decide to do the climb because the Bridge people can't take the chance of anyone dropping anything from a great height.
I don't need to tell you about the stick Nashy got after saying that!!
I hope you'll find my updates throughout the trip of reasonable interest. My wife probably will even if nobody else does. It'll save me phoning her anyway!!!
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