SIGHT SEEING: Helen Youngberry, with mascot Evan the meerkat at the Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur.
SIGHT SEEING: Helen Youngberry, with mascot Evan the meerkat at the Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur. Samantha Elley

Hockey women explore Malaysia

EVAN the meerkat was the uncounted member of the recent Facebook Friendsy Malaysia trip undertaken by Evans Head Ladies Hockey Club, thanks to a competition won by team player Julie-anne Foster, of Lismore.

The team mascot didn't, however, miss out on any of the fun, as he travelled in various handbags of the hockey players to all the sights.

"If you had ever told me years ago that I would be walking through the Batu Caves in the middle of Malaysia holding a (plastic) meerkat, I would have never believed you," Helen Youngberry, of Yorklea, said.

"He goes everywhere with us so he's a very well-travelled meerkat now."

Evan and the girls got to experience plenty of the sights and sounds of the exotic Asian location over a long weekend including Bukit, Melawati, Monkey Hill, the rooftop Luna Bar above the Pacific Regency Hotel with views of the iconic Petronis Towers, and plenty of shopping in the Sungei Wang plaza and Petaling St markets, to name a few.

For many of the girls it was the trip of a lifetime.

"I totally thought (the trip) was a hoax and it wasn't until my husband came home and said 'I've just heard Julie-anne on the radio and she's won a holiday' I went 'Oh my god this is real, I have to get a passport now," Ms Youngberry said.

As for Evan, he didn't quite survive the trip in one piece as he became "legless" after an accident that saw his bottom limbs damaged.



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