Washed Out Wick
Lydney II 2 – Wick 0
Saturday 19th Oct 2013
Lydney: K. Alexander, D. Legg, E. Matthews, K. Macaskill, J. Box, A. Farr, E. Richards, J. Samuel, R. Lugg, G. Cox, A. Bannister, S. Mitchell (Captain)
This weeks match of Lydney and Wick v The Weather was a tough one. Lydney and Wick started strongly but The Weather responded with some lightening moves down the right.
Thundering down the pitch and building in momentum, the opposition stamped it’s authority on the first half with a less than legal move: sending hail-stones the size of chickpeas hammering down (and sideways) like giant, angry, frozen hornets. Lydney and Wick, unable to respond, attempted at first to stand their ground but were sent running for cover as the intensity built to an unbearable level.
Umpire, Mr David Penney, was right to blow the whistle with instructions for everyone to ‘Duck and Cover’ as following recommendations from the Committee of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) last month, a new rule (10.2) was introduced that clearly states that for outdoor hockey:
‘Play should not be allowed to continue when hailstones of a similar size and colour to the match ball are present on the pitch’.
I have no doubt that more hailstone related injuries would have resulted if it hadn’t been for Mr Penney’s swift implementation of this new regulation and associated guidelines (see below).
Both teams ran for cover but the dug-outs provided little to no shield from the sideways onslaught. A mad dash to the Leisure Centre left bags, cameras, phones and dry changes of clothes all at the mercy of the deluge that followed. Little mercy was shown.
A soggy re-start saw both teams laboured by the weight and resistance and/or slippy-ness of soaking kit. Skorts doubled in length and weight impeding the free movement of legs so popular in today’s hockey. Gloves slipped on wet sticks. Photos taken from this stage in the game really don’t do the level of unpleasant soggy-ness justice. So here are some that do:
Despite these challenges however, goalie, Karen Alexander was able to hit away at least four strong strikes at goal from short corners. Emma Matthews, confident in defence, saved a beauty and Kate McKasgill, always strong, stopped another dangerous ball right on the line to keep Lydney’s sheet clean.
As nearby animals started to line up in pairs, Lydney got into a better rhythm and Jess Samuel slammed a ball into the far post from just inside the ‘D’ to take Lydney into the lead. In your face arctic weather!
After the shortest half time in recent history – just long enough for Lydney to wring some rainwater out of their tops…
…the game was back on under a glorious rainbow (pot of gold clearly buried with some chap in Saint Mary’s).
The Weather, realising that it couldn’t win, naffed off to ruin someone else’s day and left Lydney to battle the rest of the game out against Wick.
The game proved no less dangerous a battle though as a sideline ball was bravely charged down by Jess Samuel resulting in some serious bruising to her face as the ball flew up her stick and hit her hard in the head. Apparently the echo was audible from the other end of the pitch (though this might have been exaggerated for dramatic effect).*
I am reliably assured that kids love unicorns though so Jess, I’m sure that you’ll be fine back teaching on Monday.
A confident move into the ‘D’ by Emily Richards drew the Wick goalie out to challenge. A sliding tackle saw the goalie on the floor and an enterprising (and possibly still slightly concussed) Jess Samuel stepped into to whisk the ball out from under her, round her and neatly into the goal. I’m not saying that a smack to the head knocked some sense into her….someone else said that.
***LEGAL DISCLAIMER*** Lydney Hockey Club does NOT promote the use of performance-enhancing blows to the head, no matter how successful the result (or how irritating the player).
So when the final whistle eventually blew, Lydney were able to celebrate their win with a dry-off in the showers and much excitement in the pub over Debbie’s dumplings. But up and down the wider Forest Area today (Sun) kit is still drying over every available surface. Don’t believe me? See below:
In all seriousness though, thanks to everyone who braved the weather; especially umpires Jeremy Box
…and Dave Penney and our hardy and much loved spectators: Caz Johns and the Richards Family (possibly never to be seen again after this foray into watching Emily play an outdoor winter sport that lacks a boat house).
Player of the Match (and now Top Goal Scorer too) was Jess Samuel (Welsh unicorn).
*I’m certain that you couldn’t have heard it from anywhere further than the 25 line.
A few pics from the game for your viewing pleasure:
It’s all happening! Sarah and Emily make sure that a Wick attacker goes no further.
Sarah goes in for a tackle
Soaked through but undeterred, Emily makes a stand
Abbi works her reverse magic
Emily makes a run
Faster than a camera can focus – Debbie Legg shows that she’s still got it.