Local Dad Keen For All Blacks But Struggling With The Late Kickoff

Tired dad sitting on couch



A 35-year-old dad from Palmerston North is currently locked in a personal test of stamina, as he prepares to support his beloved All Blacks tonight. 

The late kickoff time of 9.45 pm, due to the ridiculous time difference with Australia, is proving to be quite the hurdle for this dedicated dad.

Mike Thompson is a loving father of two young boys, and like any proud Kiwi, his heart beats for rugby and the All Blacks. However, with the late kickoff, he fears the battle against sleep might be a more formidable opponent than the Wallabies themselves.

Mike’s daily routine revolves around the needs of his two sons, with early morning wake-ups and regular night-time interruptions becoming the norm. To ensure he has enough energy to handle the day ahead, Mike has developed a habit of retiring to bed before 10 o’clock each night.

“I can’t wait for the game tonight,” says Mike, a hint of enthusiasm in his eyes. “But I have to admit, I’m a bit worried about staying awake for it. My boys don’t understand or respect the concept of a sleep-in”

The game is expected to be a tough one for the All Blacks, but for Mike it’s more personal. He knows that he could be nodding off on the couch before the opening whistle.

“I’m definitely going to need a coffee,” he chuckles. 

As the kickoff time approaches, the Palmerston North dad prepares for the challenge ahead. With a steaming cup of coffee in hand and the support of rugby fans nationwide, Mike begins his mammoth task.

“When Edmund Hillary conquered Everest he started by taking a single step”.

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