Men’s Tour Diary Part 5

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The National Stadium, Antananarivo

Friday evening saw the conclusion of the tour ‘Dance Competition’ as the three selected Troupes presented to the judging panel of James (Louis Spence) Wade, Tim (Len Goodman) Stevens and Frederic (Bruno Tonioli) Dumant. Each Troupe were required to perform an identical dance under the watchful eye of instructor Hery, the fact that each dance was not identical could not be attributed to Hery!! The enthusiasm and commitment with which each Troupe committed to their performance was unquestioned, their dancing abilities on the other hand …….! Once each Troupe had completed their routine the judges carefully considered their decision and after much deliberation declared the Troupe lead by George Tressider to be the winners, with Vincent Tang picking up the individual Star Performer Award. Following this strenuous end to the day, the toru party slept well that night.
Saturday started with another bright sunny day, with the squad once again walking through the hustle and bustle of down ton Antananarivo to the stadium for a ‘walk through’ in preparation for the following days return leg against the Makis. On return to the hotel, breakfast was eagerly devoured and with the morning off, some guys took the opportunity to visit the local markets to buy gifts and souvenirs for loved ones back home. Bartering techniques varied amongst the squad, with physio Nick Beale proving a dab hand at securing n a bargain as he rapidly accrued various items sure to push his luggage allowance to the limit! After lunch the party headed up the ‘hill’ behind the hotel to once again enjoy the views over the City and being treated by Management to tea and cake in an old Colonial French House, now a hotel and restaurant.
Another trip to the markets for some, with Captain Duke, proving a particularly difficult customer to please for the local stall holders, concluded the afternoon. Dinner was once again consumed with fervour, followed by a short video analysis session and then to bed, as the squad focus on levelling the series against the Makis on Sunday afternoon.

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