It has been two weeks since the final of our hockey tour around the world. Here is my story:
‘…Ok you guys; the score is 4-5 to them. And we can’t let them get anymore goals. You all know what you’re supposed to do, so get in there and win the game!’
That was our coach giving us the usual pep talk before we go back on the Turf. She mainly talks like that when we’re losing, like we are at the moment, but it’s only the starting of the second half. We do our team cheer and I jog out to my position.
Let me introduce you to the team before the game starts again. My best mate Melanie Gibson- we’ve been mates since I can remember- she’s left inner, Sarah Madoc is centre, Monique Eliot’s centre half, Kate Ryan’s right inner, Zara Stratford’s right defence and I’m Cathryn Hogan, playing left defence at the moment. I would introduce you to the whole team, but then we’ll be here forever. Anyway the whistle blew for the game to start and we were off. Sarah passed the ball back to one of our centre half’s, who dribbled it down the field before passing it to Mel, who did the same. She went to pass the ball back to Sarah, but it got taken by Casey Noll- left half of the Australian Tigers. She sprinted down the field, dribbling the ball with her and just missed losing the ball to Kate. But then she did lose the ball to Monique, who quickly passed it to Mel, and she dribbled it down the field, zigzagging in between everyone. She then finally hit it to one of our forwards, and she did the same, with a good hit into the goal.
Yes! I thought. One point up! Now it’s a tie.
The rest of the team and the Tigers got back into their positions and the whistle blew again. It was their team to start and almost immediately did the ball come flying towards me and Zara. I let the goalie stop it, then I dribbled it a bit up the field – not doing any fancy stuff- nearly got intercepted by one of the Tigers forwards- and quickly hit it to Kate, who was closest to me. She took it down the...