Virgin stumps St John’s cricketers
THE all-conquering St John’s College, Woodlawn, cricket team was caught up in the mayhem surrounding Virgin Blue’s troubled telecommunications system at Tullamarine Airport on Tuesday night.
The side, which won the Australasian Marist Championships in Bendigo this week, was scheduled to leave Melbourne at 4.30pm on Tuesday, but instead found themselves back in Lismore a day late.
“We found a motel about 25 minutes away and had to hire two taxis to take the boys and all their gear,” team manager Geoff Gaggin said.
“In some ways it was part of the adventure and at least it gave us plenty of time to tell the Victorians who had won the carnival.”
Contrary to reports, Mr Gaggin said it was left to the team to find their own lodgings without the help of Virgin Blue.
By late yesterday, Virgin Blue had cleared around 80 per cent of the 6000 passengers stranded.
The airline also put on an extra plane to take passengers to Hobart after every seat on other airlines flying to Tasmanian was filled.
Virgin spokeswoman Amanda Bolger said the recovery, after 48 flights had been cancelled on Wednesday, was quicker than expected.
A further six flights were cancelled on Wednesday when pilots and crews were stranded overnight.