True story - I fell asleep on the couch last night watching football. After dozing into some deep sleep I started dreaming. I dreamt I was playing for Canada in a packed stadium. I don't know where it was or who we were playing but I do remember a vivid sequence in which our opposition had the put in to a scrum on their own 5m line in the shadow of the posts. They won the ball, 9 passed to 10 who attempted a clearance kick. His kick hit the left upright and fell directly to me in the endzone. I caught it and fell to score the first try of the game. We celebrated going up 5-0 and on the way back to half I looked up to see the replay on the big screen. Then Crosby barked at some phantom noise and woke me from my dream and it was over.
Meanwhile in NZ, it's the middle of the night and Jebb is likely going through his own dream sequence. The big difference being that tomorrow his dream becomes reality and he becomes the first Loyalist to play in a World Cup (and he and Chauncey the first NBers to do so). Another key difference being that it won't be a dog waking him up from his dream but insteand 15 Tongans putiting their shoulders in his sternum (or higher) in front of a rugby mad crowd in rugby mecca.
Despite his still young age, this has been a long road for Jebb and is the culmination of a lot of hard work. It is also the result of good coaching and mentorship from his home club and beyond. Countless club members have played a role in his success and we should be proud. Finally, the incredible support of his parents Graham and Geraldeen can hardly be measured and needs to be mentioned. This is Jebb's success but we share in it and are there with him. Good luck buddy, we will be watching.
Speaking of which - the club will be open tonight (or tomorrow morning) at 1am to watch the game live. If you open it they will come.