Wapping Ladies 4s vs Witham - 17 Feb 2018
A beautiful day of beautiful hockey
It was a beautiful sunny day – and a beautiful game of hockey.
The Ladies 4s were out in full force: 15 of us to be precise, including our Argentinian friend who returned suitably tanned after her annual departure to hotter shores. Happily, she had brought the sun back with her: the shades were out and the pitch at Wapping was defrosting nicely as we headed to the changing rooms for the usual mind-blowing team talk from Captain Hattie (yours truly) to get the hockey juices flowing.
Pepped up and dressed up in mens shirts tucked into our skirts like it was the 90s (sorry), then warmed up by the energic Murphy (she must have had a sandwich for breakfast), we were ready to face Witham, putting aside unhappy memories of our last encounter – our first game of the season – when we were without a goalkeeper and consequently lost narrowly. I am over it.
The first half was a whirlwind of sexy hockey. There were one-twos and weighted balls and runs down the line and before you knew what was happening Captain Hattie had knocked in our first goal in the top left-hand corner after some beautiful running by fellow forwards Clarky, Cook, and Patridge. The words “amazing” “beautiful” and “awesome” were bandied about by our tribe of supporters, which included the Real Mums of Wapping and our number one fans baby Margot and baby Sterling.
First goal in and the floodgates were open. Goals from Partridge, Murphy, and gingers Ellie and Ernie followed not necessarily in that order because I can’t remember. Somehow the opposition got one back in a mere blip in an otherwise outstanding defensive line. And at some point in the cuffuffle our Argentinian friend was off with a back injury. I think the score was around 4-1 at half time.
Another inspiring talk from Captain Hattie and several pats on the back later we were back in the game and this time there was no stopping any of us. Except for Captain Hattie. Another goal put away and her back was put out, too. She hobbled to the sideline to join Marenco. Through a mist of pain there was more team-together, flowing hockey, a coach carded, and hatricks completed by both Murphy and Ernie to take the final score to 10-1 to Wapping.
What more is there to say? We smashed it.