Rainbow Warriors squeeze in visit to Sydney zoo before muddy, spirited practice

Just three days away from kickoff against California, the University of Hawaii football team was underwater down under.

KHON2’s Sam Spangler followed the team in Australia.

It was a soggy and cold Wednesday as temperatures lingered in the mid-50s for most of the day.

However, the Rainbow Warriors made the most of their free time, taking a field trip to Taronga Zoo in Sydney, about an hour away from the team’s hotel.

After a few hours of petting koalas and taking pictures with kangaroos, the ‘Bows hit the practice field to get game-ready for the Golden Bears, and it was a messy one.

Covered in mud Head Coach Nick Rolovich expressed pride in how his team handled and welcomed the less than favorable conditions.

“Very spirited practice. I don’t think I’ve had a practice like this in a long time but the boys did good. They fought through it.” said Rolovich.

Senior Wide Receiver Marcus Kemp added “I don’t know if we’ll play in anything like this but it’s always better to prepare for the worse so it’s definitely good to get into a situation like this because in Hawaii it’s nothing like this. So it’s definitely good for us to have an experience like this.”

Tomorrow, UH will hit the practice field at noon before other team activities as the Rainbow Warriors get closer to kickoff.

The ‘Bows and Bears will start the college football season on Friday at 4 p.m. HST on ESPN.

Hawaii vs. California

What: 2016 College Football Sydney Cup
When: Friday, Aug. 26 at 4 p.m. HST
Where: Sydney, Australia; ANZ Stadium (80,000)
Television: Live nationally on on ESPN with Allen Bestwick (play-by-play), Mike Bellotti (color) and Warren Smith (sidelines).
Radio: ESPN 1420 AM will carry the game live with Bobby Curran (play-by-play) and John Veneri (analyst). Chris Hart and Gary Dickman host the “Countdown To Kickoff” beginning at 2:00 p.m. HT, and also the halftime show. Neighbor islands can listen live on KNUI on Maui, KHLO in Hilo, KKON in Kona, KTOH on Kaua’i, and KNWJ in Pago Pago, American Samoa. In addition, the game is available on satellite radio on XM 203 and Sirius 93.
Live Audio: ESPN1420am.com
Live Video: WatchESPN
Live Stats: cal.statbroadcast.com

This is the teams’ fifth meeting. They are tied 2-2. UH won the last meeting, 21-7, in Berkeley in 1994. This will be the first meeting on a neutral site between the teams.

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