Supersonic speed of Fran... blink and you'd miss her
Denied a draw..... darn it
Another Thursday night, usually reserved for post work boozing was replaced with some high quality indoor hockey for the Wapping Ladies. Basking in their glory from last week, the squad were quietly confident that they were going to kick some ass again. Or maybe that was because we actually had enough sticks for once….
The squad welcomed Holly Krelle to the fold, who was not only debuting to the squad, but to indoor hockey as well.
As the squad made their way down to the pitch, they couldn’t help noticing how well presented and professional the East London squad looked with their bright orange kit. Captain Billsy reminded the team that only true elite athletes who were confident in their own ability and skill would dare don a kit which is sponsored by a local curry house…. we had nothing to fear.
After Billsy came to terms with the umpires not really caring about who had first push back… umpire quote…. ”that’s just not something we do” (i.e. coin toss), the match kicked off.
The game was tough, admittedly East London were better drilled than anticipated, and East London took an early lead. The Wapping ladies settled into the game and soon found their way to come back through goals from Billsy and Fran.
The forwards, made predominately of Six, Babs and Hanley tirelessly attacked the boards and corners, unable to convert a number of great set plays which would have made a coach shed a tear with delight (if we had a coach that is). One of the spectators commented on how the movement and interplay from these three was “like poetry in motion”. Slightly puffed, the half time whistle was blown with the score at 2-2.
In the second half, East London annoyingly converted another goal and Wapping were chasing to find another goal. Well… truthfully… no one knew what the score line was as no one was logging it on the score board and when the umpire was asked who was keeping score, he tapped his noggin and said “that would be me”. Brilliant! Any chance you can advise what the score actually is?!?!? I am thinking bad words in my head.
With a couple of minutes to go, Six displayed a sensational bit of personal skill work and was denied a goal which would have brought us to a final score of a draw.
The Wapping squad walked off to the side of the pitch slightly dismayed at the result, however, there are some teams that you don’t mind losing to, and the East London game had been both pleasant and card free (well done Fran) so you can’t complain too much. More importantly, the squad had a few minutes to take in some fluids before they went back on to play Old Loughts.