Sunday 19th January started at 0900am when we met 27 under 14s GCW players at the venue along with Pauline, Sarah, Bryan, Gillian, Sofia and myself for a morning of indoor hockey. The kids were split into 4 teams, orange, green, yellow and black, and each had a manager to help everything run as smoothly as it could for all, but especially those kids who have never played in a competitive game before. The morning went very well for all and teams gained in confidence each game, Sofia was a star as she umpired every game during the morning on our behalf, thank you Sofia. It was nice for Bryan to see some of the children he knows and works with at Harlaw, playing with people they had never met but fitting in really well and in most cases scoring their first competitive goals.
GCW representation was well noted by others; we had more teams there than the rest of the district put together and despite playing some boys only teams, the teams played very well and the players left with smiling faces and already looking forward to the next festival.
Thanks to Kevin for organising this event and to everyone who was there for and behalf of GCW - Pauline Davidson, Sarah Morrison, Bryan Snelling, Gillian Holley and Sofia Gambro.
My day at Cults continued as I and others stayed on for more indoor at 1.00pm. Millie Skidmore, Milly Merry and Sofia took their packed lunches upstairs in preparation for their Div 2 district indoor game v Quasar 2nds - I cannot highlight the respect I have for these youngsters enough; they were wonderful.
The rest of the team turned up for the game, adding Fay Bruce, Fiona Young, Sarah Black, Kirsten Watson and Nicola Wordie to the three girls already there and we took to the pitch with the usual buzz of anticipation. The girls were clearly playing a more experienced team but even when they went two goals down, they continued playing well as a team and reaped the benefits as they clawed back goals. The game levelled out with both teams scoring some great goals and despite me trying to keep track of the score, as the game came to an end and I really had no idea of the score, but did know it was close. We were delighted to find out the game finished 8-8 in what was another great game by the girls making teams sit up and take note of what we are producing and not to look on us as easy points. Another great result with the girls playing two big teams in the last two weeks and deservedly coming away with 4 points out of a possible 6. The scorers on the day were:
SARAH BLACK - 2
MILLIE SKIDMORE - 2
SOFIA GAMBRO - 2
MILLY MERRY - 1
FIONA YOUNG - 1
Thank you to all those who coach and work with these kids throughout the week, they may not always be around to see them play but take it from me, they are a credit to you.