Following several past successful Melbourne Tramboat outings by TLBA, we decided this year to reprise the excursion to Williamstown. 36 people consisting of current players, a couple of past players (lovely to see Janis Wells and Lyn Hillas again) and a few family and friends boarded the tramboat and were welcomed enthusiastically by captain Anthony and first mate Lisa. Undeterred by the rather overcast conditions, we happily set off with much chatter. Anthony gave us some interesting commentary and informative descriptions of landmarks along the way while we enjoyed our morning cuppa.
We had an hour to wander around scenic Williamstown. Some people enjoyed a walk to the the botanical gardens taking in the charming Victorian architecture or had another coffee fix at one of the many local cafés on the waterfront while others indulged in a little pre-Christmas retail therapy. By now, the clouds had cleared which drew a group to enjoy a pre-lunch vino in the sunshine.
The allure of our fish and chips lunch drew us back on board. And very delicious it was! On the way back to Docklands, a small dance area was cleared, the volume of the music went up a notch or three, and quite a few ladies enthusiastically took to the floor, led by our dance-meister Jenny Lee. There may or may not even have been some pole-dancing attempted….but a few of the girls sensibly took themselves onto the top deck at that stage, and Naree and Michelle saw a beautiful seal frolicking in the shimmering water.
It was a terrific day and a lovely way to celebrate the coming Christmas season and the conclusion of another happy season at Thornburn Ladies. Jenny took the opportunity to thank the committee and especially the match secretaries for their work this year, but also thank you to you Jenny (and to your able assistant Michael) for organising this successful and popular event this year.