Stanford vs. RICE Sydney Football Cup

Stanford vs. RICE Sydney Football Cup

On Sunday the 27th of August, I experienced a day like no other! Not only did I get to cheer at an American football game, but I got to do it in Australia! Two months ago, I never would’ve guessed that I’d be cheering in Australia, be cheering at an American football game or have met so many extraordinary people whilst doing something we all love.

We had to be at Allianz Stadium, a rugby and soccer stadium, at 7 a.m. Bianca and I woke up at 4:30 a.m., to be prepared for our teammates to pick us up at 6 a.m. We stopped at McDonald’s, which is so fancy and more gourmet in Australia, then we made our way to the soccer-field-transformed-American football field! We met the rest of our team outside the stadium and did some run-throughs of our half-time routine. Most of the girls on the cheer team had never done stunts or tumbled on the grass before. Bianca and I, having cheered (rain or shine) outside all four years of high school, snow or beaming heat, with the dew on the grass and wind in the air we had had no problem. When we finished warming up, we were introduced to our producer/person who remained with us for the entire day. She brought us to the locker room and explained the game-plan. Then we were divided into Stanford and RICE cheerleaders. Bianca and I were assigned to be RICE cheerleaders! We got really cool shirts that say “Australia Football Cup” on the back. Definitely happy we got to keep them!

We stunted and tumbled on the sidelines and got the most amazing view of the game. I couldn’t help but be so thankful for the entire situation and think how people pay an exorbitant amount of money to stand where we were standing at a college or NFL football game. Most of the team, having never been exposed to American football, asked us a million questions of how the game worked! I felt pretty darn cool because I knew the basics of how the game worked and could explain what was going on! Back home I am the last person people ask for football tips!

At half time, we performed in front of a stadium of 5,000+ people. We made a new five minute routine especially for the game! Not one stunt or tumble pass fell. It was awesome! I loved reliving the nerves and anticipation of performing. It felt like the good old times of high school and competition cheer.

After the game, we attended the after-party at the stadium. There was a mechanical bull and so many people! It was nice to meet Australia football fans who were wearing Steelers and Giants jerseys. Almost everyone we’ve met from Australia has visited the U.S. at one time or another, so we got to talk about New York and their favorite places.

This entire experience has been something I will never forget. I’m so thankful to have met amazing and welcoming people, who have treated Bianca and I like family. I am excited to spend the rest of my stay in Australia with this team. Thank you for reading!



  1. Sandra McCloskey
    August 29, 2017 / 12:14 pm

    Thats sounds wonderful Riley. I am so glad that your having this experience. I loved the fact that you got a cool shirt. I love reading thee posts. Keep up the great work.

  2. Jennifer
    August 29, 2017 / 10:02 pm

    Amazing experience for you both.

  3. Steph
    September 2, 2017 / 5:50 pm

    This looks like an incredible experience.
    Your photos also reminded me of what I’ve seen in movies. American football and cheerleading aren’t big in South Africa!

    It’s amazing that you’ve met such memorable people from this experience!

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    • September 5, 2017 / 3:07 am

      Thank you! I really am enjoying myself! One of my housemates was born in South Africa and grew up in England! Definitely hoping to find myself there one day! Xo

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