Up until last week, I had made the hard decision that I wouldn’t be following my Sydney Convicts to the Bingham Cup in Minnesota. Though I tried my little arse off, it just came down to financially not being able to make it work.
It was a huge disappointment, but I kept it to myself, and powered on to get as many others across as I could.
I was lucky enough to tour with the boys to Dublin, where they won the Cup for the second time. I couldn’t have had a better time. Nervous and thinking I would be all alone, every time I walked into a room I was met with, “Maxi, Convicts are over here!”
I was welcomed into the family. Everyone was treated the same — players, supporters, doctors, physios, even little ol’ drag queens were all proud Convicts. Everyone looks after everyone, and no one is alone.
I believe in what the Convicts stand for. You can be big, skinny, old, young, great player, shithouse player — they accept you with open arms every time.
I broke the news to coach Bronnie Mac the day before the recent Rugger Bugger. “Oh, that won’t do, you have to come,” she said. Bronnie had hatched a plan.
“Can you get time off, babe?” she asked. “I’ve got a plan. We need you over there with us.”
Bronnie had organised a gathering to get Maxi to Minnie-sota. We braved the terrible weather and headed to Bondi FM where there were live performances from Kevin and Deb. Even I swirled around the small space a couple of times. We now have half an airfare.
What does a DragScot do when touring with a gay rugby team? When on tour, the team puts on events.
I will host their talent quest, be up bright and early to hand out their jerseys before the first match, be part of the world famous Kangaroo Court, and look fabulous on the sidelines at the welcome party, closing party and grand final.
With just a week left to come up with the rest of the money, I will hold an auction downstairs at the Midnight Shift this Saturday, auctioning off a menswear package from Master/Slave worth $1000, a cut, colour and product from a senior stylist at Anthony Nader RAW worth $500, two reserve tickets to any Opera Australia winter season performance, programs and interval drinks worth $600.
With the Convicts behind me, it won’t be long before I’m packing my drag bags and heading midwest with the rest of them. I will be doing regular updates throughout the tour, so everyone will hear all about it.