Posts Tagged ‘perth hockey stadium’

Giving Back.

So, some of you may know that I have been playing sport competitively since I was 6. In my “career”, I have had a multitude of coaches and managers.
People who have selflessly given up their time to develop and input into the lives of those younger. True Local Heroes.
Until recently, I have only been coaching sports at school (Year 8 and 9 boys; Year 11/12 Girls and Boys), as well as running a two surf clubs – one school based, and one open to the general public.

However recently I have volunteered my services with club hockey. At the moment, I’m the person who takes the turf training when the regular coaches have work commitments, and I get to take the 7/8 girls and the 11/12 girls.. which is pretty fun, plus I love turf.
Next year it looks like I’ll have my own permanent team, probably the 9/10 girls.

I have however applied for a state managerial role for an upcoming tour, which would be awesome if I got, as I will get to travel to Darwin, a place in Australia I have yet to travel to. It might however clash with a planned end of season trip to Bali, with the boys from Wasps – a place I have also yet to travel to.

Meanwhile, I have also applied for a leadership position in the house system at school. They’ve never had houses before, and it starts this term, and I’m in the running. Would be an excellent opportunity.

Only time will tell.

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Big Sunday

This weekend is our annual club day at the Perth Hockey Stadium – you know – where they have held the Hockey World Cup?
All of our top teams are playing against the Pirates – who also share the Stadium as their home ground with us.

You get free entry into the arena if you’re wearing a WASPS shirt.. So get into the spirit. Vuvuzelas are welcome.
I’m on at 6pm!

Day of Rest?

Sunday was FAR from it.

From an early morning breakfast with a friend (who had forgotten about it, and turned up an hour late), to shopping for rare ingredients in tiny asian shops, to finalising mountains of results, to baking enough coconut and lime cupcakes to feed two hockey teams, to meeting the crew for last minute hen’s weekend down south details to playing a late night hockey game.

WHEW!

I somehow managed the day and got to where I needed to be and with who.. now all I had to do was look forward to our big match that night. Here’s the official match report below.

Women’s Premier Alliance: Wasps 3 defeated Fremantle 1

It was a second cold and late night game, in as many weeks for the lovely ladies of the Premier Alliance Team. With the fitness fanatic Boxy, once again on the sidelines filling the coaches shoes, one could hear his now famous mutterings of “You didn’t come out in this weather, this late at night to lose” With the opponents being Fremantle who were sitting right underneath us on the table, we knew it would be a tight game. Most of the team were still all running on the exhilaration of beating UWA in the previous week (yes, EVEN a week later), and added to that we were hyped up for Kirsten who was celebrating her birthday (Note to Men – Never ask a girl about her age – the Men’s 4’s can vouch for that!)

With only two subs on the bench, and a different starting lineup to usual, we took the field. Some good quick passes through the team saw Barbie slotting in a very neat goal within the first 3 minutes of play. We couldn’t believe it, and celebrated it like we’ve never really ever scored before.. I swear it’s all those draws that we’ve had this season! With an extra bounce in our step we took the field again, knowing that we truly do have what it takes to beat this Fremantle team. For the next five minutes we played a very attacking game, doing our best to secure a short corner, as we had been practicing at training with the boys that week. It paid off, and we were awarded a short. A good push out, saw our local strong arm Sue, take one of her infamous strikes at the goals. Success. It was a GOAAAAAALLLL! So maybe I’ve been watching too much world cup action this week?

Fremantle began to see red, and there was a definite increase in the amount of pushing and getting knocked off of the ball, that we suddenly all felt. If only the umpires had seen that, and presented a red instead…ok, well… at least a green card here and there… or even a free hit for us? Just one? Not too far away from the half time mark, and error in our defense saw us have a penalty flick awarded against us. Brookey had been practicing her goal defense for moments such as this, but even she couldn’t keep out the sneaky goal in the bottom right corner.

Half time siren came, with the score being 2 – 1 in Wasps’ favour. Whilst there was no agreement between coach and captain on whether we should play the second half, as if the score was still 0-0, or play it like it actually was, one thing they did agree on, was focusing on playing to the whistle (it turns out the Socceroos weren’t the only ones in green and gold to get some poor decisions their way this week) We held possession for most of the game even when our Captain Lis got sent off with a green. We held our breath on more than one occasion as Goldfish went to try and convert some of her efforts into goals but it just wasn’t her night.

True to the nature of the Perth Hockey Stadium’s new pitch aka the Ice Rink, there were dozens of people falling, stumbling and slipping all over the field throughout the game much to the entertainment of the spectators. With ten minutes to go before we could finally feast on some vegan cupcakes and birthday celebrations, Nikita managed to slot one in, and promptly got fined for wiping a celebratory kiss from her big sis, before it even had time to dry. That’s our second win in as many weeks, and I’m sure you’re not all surprised that we think it ‘s because our regular coach Jooce is currently being merry at the World Cup.


Dear Hockey,

I love the fact that you keep me fit, give me enjoyment, enable me to make a range of new friends as well as satisfy my need for competitiveness and let out some aggression.

HOWEVER

I am not enjoying watching my quads and hammys getting more and more developed in size and stature as the weeks progress.

Hypertrophy.

Talk about lower body strength! Maybe I should have chosen a sport that doesn’t require you to squat for long periods of time in order to be successful.

In other news, my legs are still aching from last Thursday session, and made running in my match on Sunday uincomfortable.
This morning however after last night’s turf sesh (which went amazing, my new hitting technique is making me sold as). I feel like I have been run over by a truck.

My torso is completely aching, so much I can’t decide whether it’s my ribs, my back or my chest that’s hurting more.

Training again tomorrow.
Run tonight.

It really is a good life!

Not just boys fun

So we had another long weekend surf trip, and I again plucked some groms from my school and carted them along for the ride.

Destination: Horrocks – 6 hours north.
Wave Forecast : 4m Swell.
Weather : Darn nice.

The only problem is, we left on Friday and Saturday night I had a hockey match.
So most of saturday for me was spent on the highway, 12 long hours…

The hockey match was tight, and closely matched.
At half time it was still nil-nil.
15 minutes in, they scored the first goal of the match in an unlucky short corner.
A good ten minutes later we managed to equalise, with a great goal.
Two minutes later, with some exceptional running, we went up by a goal.
There was 2 minutes left of the match, and due to a bad call we had a short corner awarded against us.
Unfortunately they managed to convert this to a goal, making the score 2 all with just over minute remaining.
We managed to get into their circle, and with 7 seconds remaining, missed their goals by about a cm.

So depressing, as we should have won.

Back to surfing…
Sunday arvo, myself and two of the other female leaders, Bri and Liss decided to take all the younger girls out, for a sesh with no boys.
This was the first time I’ve actually only gone out with girls.

It’s certainly very different. For one, there’s a lot more screaming (okay, so the groms we had were inexperienced and didn’t like big waves). Liss and I were out the back catching the huge waves, and it was so funny watching the waves hit these girls closer to the shore (and a lot smaller) and seeing 6 boards go flying in the air as they all get wiped out).

I caught this one wave, and was riding it, and all of a sudden I got hit in the back of the head by a surfboard.
Ow.

Afterwards we found a road side shower, and found some shampoon and conditioner in one of the cars and 8 of us girls all jumped into the shower at once.

To say we stopped traffic was an understatement. ha ha. Even the cops came by to see what was up.
Good times girls, good times.

Their antics shock me!

New Coach, New Team, New Terminology, New Level All Together

So our new coach is pretty tough, but knows his stuff. I’m going to enjoy him a lot (when I am a lot fitter – because right now ALL of my muscles are currently hating him).

The thing is, he’s also the coach of two of the higher men’s teams which means that we all train together.
Yup, we’re training with men.
Men who run faster than us, who hit further and quicker than us, dive, and tackle harder.
Oh and their two goalies, CHARGE at us.

His favourite term – Snowballing, which basically means… girls, find a male partner for the next activity.
I can only remember 3 of their names, out of like 20 tonight.

It’s making us girls have to work a billion times harder at training. It’s going to do wonders for our team.
Fitness here I come.