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By Media and Publications Manager Darren Griffiths.
I am sure that Sydney and Melbourne are both fine places with lengthy lists of attributes...but my opinion of both these wonderful cities has been severely blighted by the chronic toothache that is driving to me to despair.
After a painful flight from the former to the latter I sought out a dental surgery close to our Melbourne hotel base and pleaded for an appointment. I duly got one and spent the next hour getting gum injections, having the tooth drilled and then having it re-filled.
It's still sore some 24 hours later so the club doctor has put me on antibiotics.
But on the plus side of things, at least I'm the only member of the travelling party with an ailment.
All the players are fully prepared for tonight's match after a light training session this morning at a local school. A couple of hundred pupils were given an hour off from their studies to watch from the sidelines and once again Tim Cahill was welcomed like the hero he is over here.
One particularly lucky boy was invited by David Moyes to join in a possession exercise towards the end of the session. He found himself playing ‘keep-ball' with Tim and at one point I thought he was going to cry with delight!
Last night there was another reception for some of the boys to attend. This time it was a cocktail party to raise money for a local charity. My own choice of cocktail was orange juice and pain-killer! It was presented by a guy called Dicko, who told us he's been a judge on the Australian version of ‘Pop Idol'.
David Moyes, Tim Cahill and Ray Hall were all interviewed on centre stage during the evening and, once again, Everton's presence was very well received.
Tim Cahill is still working unbelievably hard to promote the remaining two games of this tour. This afternoon he did a ‘live' interview with an Australian weather reporter and he posed for countless pictures with the pupils of ‘Everton High School'. I'm writing this blog a few hours before the start of our match against Melbourne Heart and after this fixture, Tim is finally taking a very well-earned rest.
I'm on my own tonight in the commentary position because everyone in the travelling playing squad is fit and available so I'll check out the press box later tonight to see if there are any familiar faces knocking around who might like to sit alongside me.
The commentary with Phil Neville at the Sydney game went very well and he seemed to enjoy it...as did the evertontv subscribers judging by the amount of emails we received throughout the match.
The warmth of the welcome Down Under has been touching at times. They are so pleased to have Everton in town. It's just a shame that the weather has been poor and that, for the last seven days, I've been unable to chew any of the fine food with the right side of my mouth...
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