Cody puts his soccer ball on the ground and passes it to me. 'Bet you can't score from here.'
Bernard Beagle Kicks Off, page 160
At the end of Bernard Beagle Kicks Off, Bernard tries to kick the ball into the goals from just in front of the halfway line, after the game against the Jets has finished.
When I was in year 8, I refereed Reynella East Primary School's senior home games on this very field. These matches, and our lunch-time soccer games throughout high school, provided the inspiration for some of the scenes in the book.
On Sunday 20 August, I set up at the Port Augusta Undercover Market. The day started with promise but cold and rainy weather must have kept people at home.
One market-goer approached my table and asked if I had a new book out! Her son had finished reading Bernard Beagle Kicks Off and "loved it". Let's just say number two is coming soon ...
By the way ... I sold the iron!
A wave of energy surges through my body. I sprint across the bridge, throw my backpack into the front yard and race across the road. I don't think I can catch up but I have to try.
Bernard Beagle Kicks Off, page 11
You'll find this T-junction at the corner of Tarni Street and Mary Street in Happy Valley.
This intersection provided the inspiration for Bernard's two-storey house on Log Road. The metal fence on the left is where the bridge over the river comes to an end. Then, the river-side path trails off into the distance towards the reserve. In the book, there is no road alongside the path and the river weaves around the back of Bernard's house before reaching the reserve.
I've had a go at drawing the house into the picture!
You know when the corner of your novel's pages get bent or torn - Blog Ears.