We have a keeper for indoor - we are going to boss this!!
On a cold and dark Thursday evening, six Wapping ladies made their way over to the Hollywood of Essex..... no... that's wrong.... we weren't in Basildon... let's start again.
On a cold and dark Thursday evening, six Wapping ladies dragged their backsides to Brentwood to represent the club in the glorious game of indoor hockey. In normal indoor fashion, the squad opted to get changed in the disabled cubicle, rather than using the changing rooms. Captain Billsy imparted her wisdom to the squad about avoiding pulling the red cord... it is NOT a light switch.
The squad made up of Six, Hanley, Billsy, Babs, Fran and Ailis (GK) discussed the merits of warming up and stretching on the balcony whilst awaiting first push back scheduled for 8:45pm. Needless to say that it was all talk... no action.
The Chemlsford squad were a young and spritely bunch, however, Wapping quickly stamped their authority and control over the game. Hanley, who had received a frantic 5 minute pre match “these are the rules and this is how you play” set of instructions, tested the Chelmsford by showcasing her Duracell bunny running skills. Considering she had never played indoor before (something she only realised that evening), Hanley soon got to grips with the game and utilising the boards.
Whilst Hanley was enjoying her euphoric indoor hockey experience, Fran and Babs were battling with an umpire over their reverse stick tackles. Babs – known for her calm and collected Italian attitude in outdoor hockey, was a beacon of serenity when she gained the first green card of the match (and team). Fran was having similar issues with that tricky skill and was left “raging inside” when she eventually got awarded her first ever green card. Needless to say, Billsy tried to provide some guidance on how to overcome the problem..... “Clearly the reverse isn’t working – have you tried moving your feet around??”
I can’t remember how most of the goals were scored so let’s cover who scored them. Babs scored 2, Billsy scored 2 and Fran scored 1. I do recall that one of goals scored by Babs was a corker. The team set up for a defending shot corner and Babs stayed high. The awesome defence (led by Ailis) broke down the attack, passed the ball straight up to Babs who deftly placed the ball pass the keeper. If only you had more opportunities like that in outdoor league eh Babs?!
The squad were ecstatic to have an experienced keeper join and Ailis demonstrated some stupendous goal saving skills. The Chelmsford squad tested Ailis’s agility with some neat shots on target and when these failed, resulted to flicking the ball at her head, whilst she was on the ground. Goalkeepers are nuts (but thank you for being mentally unbalanced and kitting up every game!)
Six – who was recovering from an Ofsted inspection worked tirelessly throughout the game. Renowned for getting injured every year at indoor, the team were mightily impressed when she managed to walk off the pitch at the end of the game in one piece. The burning question... could she make it a double whammy??? We would find out at 10:15pm for our second match.
To be continued