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Hi everyone,

Jacqui and Jack here in the Shire of Yarra! OK Melbourne then. We have been here six weeks, hubby is out working and I'm at home. I'm now starving for some human company and a chit chat over a cup of coffee. Happy to be here and coping with missing friends and family (aren't we all?) Anyway, any of you out in the Eastern suburbs want to meet up? Also need to know where to go for the rugby. We swill always support our Bokke but would love to have some atmosphere whilst shouting at the ref. I saw the Allbok Social Invite too late and would like to know if there is anything planned for the games down under

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Welcome Jaqui,

goodness I did not even Know Moroolbark was a place in Aus???

Saw you landed 507, is that short for May?

Enjoy the forum and all the chatting!!

Karen

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Hi Karen,

Thanks for the welcome. Its a good feeling to know there is life out there!

We thought it would be novel to live in a town with a strange name. Actually, we are very close to Ringwood and Croydon (if that helps)

We arrived in May and wish that we had known about this forum. Love it! And very helpful.

I'm looking forward to the next get together..roll on summer!

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Hi Jacqui, we are looking at places to stay in Docklands. Do u know the area and what do u think. We will be landing first week in August. Please let us know what u think of Melbourne and what have u guys experienced so far. Thanks,

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Hi everyone,

Jacqui and Jack here in the Shire of Yarra! OK Melbourne then. We have been here six weeks, hubby is out working and I'm at home. I'm now starving for some human company and a chit chat over a cup of coffee. Happy to be here and coping with missing friends and family (aren't we all?) Anyway, any of you out in the Eastern suburbs want to meet up? Also need to know where to go for the rugby. We swill always support our Bokke but would love to have some atmosphere whilst shouting at the ref. I saw the Allbok Social Invite too late and would like to know if there is anything planned for the games down under

Hi Jacqui! Be a darling and tell us a little about the place you are staying. For the benefit of those of us who are planning to emigrate to Melbourne and are still researching areas, tell us a little more about Yarra and why you chose that specific place to live and work. How does it compare to any town/city in SA? Would love to know as so often people like you can give a strange sounding place a face or a mental picture , if you know what i mean? Thanks Jacqui!

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Jacqui,

I know it hasn't escaped your attention that Australian Rules in the big football code in Melbourne, the same as in my home town of Adelaide.

Rugby Union, which is played big time in Sth Africa and NZ is the third or fourth football code in Australia.

My advice, if you want some rugby experience and shout at the ref?

Check out Rugby League

Melbourne has one full time team called "Melbourne Storm" . . . . . a great team, doing really well against all the 10 teams from Sydney and those from Queensland.

Rugby League is a break away from Union.

Back in the 1890s, twenty rugby teams from the north of England got ordered to stop subsidising their players rail fares and accomodation costs to play. Being the working class part of England, the players needed the financial support to play, so the teams got kicked out of the Union.

They got together to form their own League. . . . and the rest is history.

The same rules of the game were played until 1907 when a couple of players were dropped and the whole game streamlined to keep the ball in play more.

If you are interested in watching a great game of Rugby League, you can see the only professional Rugby team this side of New South Wales playing at Olympic Park in Melbourne.

Take your drinks, cos you'll be cheering yourselves hoarse while Melbourne Storm chew up the visiting opposition from N.S.W. and Q'ld

The crowds are small . . . about 7 000 on average, unlike the 20 to 50 000 crowds in N.S.W. . . . because Rugby is only new to Melbourne (since 1998), but the National Rugby League is trying to get Rugby up and running in Victoria. That means you're almost guaranteed to get a good seat!

for details, check out

www.melbournestorm.com.au

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Hi Jacqui, we are looking at places to stay in Docklands. Do u know the area and what do u think. We will be landing first week in August. Please let us know what u think of Melbourne and what have u guys experienced so far. Thanks,

Hi,

As far as I know, the Docklands are areas near the docks? Have you maybe got a suburb name. We are enjoying Melbourne although it is cold at the moment. We live inland and are about 1 hour away from the ski slopes - yes there is snow, but we are also about 1 hour away from the beach! Best of both worlds. We find the lifestyle similar to the Western Cape. (My folks live in Mossel Bay)Best thing is a home without fencing and alarms! The only thing I am missing (besides friends and family) are the get togethers for the rugby. Melbourne is into the Ozzy rules football.

Give me a shout when you get here!

Hi,

Thanks for the info on rugby league. Will have a go at being more patient watching it on the box - just to get the rules. It doesn't seem to have the same oomph as watching the Bokke. I'll also have a look on the website and hopefully make it to a game. Sounds like great fun. We can probably catch the train from where we are (it's the drinking and driving thing that worries me!)

Hi Jacqui! Be a darling and tell us a little about the place you are staying. For the benefit of those of us who are planning to emigrate to Melbourne and are still researching areas, tell us a little more about Yarra and why you chose that specific place to live and work. How does it compare to any town/city in SA? Would love to know as so often people like you can give a strange sounding place a face or a mental picture , if you know what i mean? Thanks Jacqui!

Let me answer the question about Mooroolbark. Its a nice town overlooking the Dandenongs. Hubby is based in Box Hill for work (about 20 minutes away) We decided on the area beacause of the gorgeous views of the mountains and access to highways. The houses are big in this area and rent is definitely affordable. There are parks for the kids all around, lots of trees and greenery. We specifically looked for something without fencing at the front...just because you can in this country :D Yarra Ranges are well known for the wineries and some great horse back riding. Mc Leods daughters scenery!

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Hi Jacqui,

Welcome. I'm new in Melbourne as well. Well kind of new. We've been here for 7 months now, it feels like 7 weeks though. You're in totally the wrong state for Rugby, my husband and i tried to find somewhere to watch rugby for months now and have finally given up and gotten Foxtel so we can watch it at home.

I live in the Docklands. Langes, its a really nice new area just very very windy and quite noisy at the moment with all of the construction going on.

Welcome again,

Angel

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Hi Angel,

I have to agree. We sucumbed and got foxtel too. It's very different watching the rugby at midnight with coffee in hand!

Never mind, its our turn for a few games down under soon

Jacqui

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Welcome Jacqui and Family-You live in a really pretty area.Have you been to Sassafras & Olinda? lovely tea/coffee places there.

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