Week 26: Hazel is a striker!

OK, I’m back from my holidays and getting back into the swing of things, slowly…!

The next few days will be all about catching up on my something news for the past few weeks – and boy have they been exciting weeks!

Week 26, ending 1st July, saw me back in Prague at a football tournament where last year I learned how to be a footballer πŸ™‚

This year was the exactly the same set up, with numerous amateur teams from around the world all meeting up in Prague for a 2-day tournament, lots of social fun, and all the beer you can possibly imagine drinking over the course of the weekend.

This year I got out onto the pitch to actually be part of one of the games (er, just to clarify though – one of the very unimportant games against the super easy-to-beat team πŸ˜‰ ). It was STRESSFUL! I had absolutely no idea what to do, where I should be, where I should go… I ran around like a headless chicken!

Roomie had said to me prior to the game that she will make sure I score a goal, so at one point when she told me where to stand, she kicked the ball to me, I stuck my foot out and BAM! It went to the back of the net πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Attempting a penalty shot (which I missed 😦 )

And I can proudly say that over the course of the game I went on to score 2 more, assisted again by Roomie and JPEG!

Week 21 – Match Scorer!

Last year I published a series of posts on what it takes to become a footballer.

I’ve now taken it one step further this past weekend and become a match scorer. Yessirree… Official match fixer scorer for a tournament that JPEG was running πŸ™‚

Ready for action!

When she asked me if I’d like to help out, I was happy to say yes, but then she told me that I’d be scoring… and the panic started to set in. So. Much. Responsibility! But she gave me a rundown of what would be required of me on the day, and then told me that I’m likely to be the only person who gets to sit in shade on the day – and I was sold πŸ˜‰

It was a super early start for a Friday at 6:45am – earlier than I get up most days for work! – but we’d behaved ourselves the night before and therefore it was easy-peasy πŸ™‚

On arrival we had to set up the table, banners, lay out the medals, etc., and then my duties started. Having to receive payment from the teams as they came in, hand out ref sheets to the refs for each game they referee’d, then write the scores and MVP (Most Valuable Player) per game, and keep the scores updated at all times.

Trying to stay focused

The tips and tricks that JPEG had taught me the night before came in very handy and I had only one tiny moment of panic over the entire morning – when 2 players from different teams checked the scores, they could not believe that a particular team had won one of their games and so I had to double, then triple check myself… but it was all correct πŸ™‚

So all in all a winning day – the girls enjoyed a very hot morning out at football, good games, a bit of music to keep the vibes up, and no mistakes or panic moments from the scorer! Boom!

Yay for Football Tournaments!

Week 26 – How to be a footballer: Step Four

Play football in a football tournament!

I’ve done it! I’ve made it to Prague with my football kit packed, some practice under my belt and the tournament to look forward to πŸ™‚

ahem, we interrupt this transmission to once again apologise for the tardiness of this post! As you can see it was begun on time (30 June), but betweenΒ then and now I’ve had 2 holidays in 3 weeks, catching up at work, truckloads of new stuff to do at work and am still trying to find the surface… I’m getting there πŸ™‚

So, yes, I did make it to Prague and I had the best time in the tournament!

Of course, I wasn’t there to actually play football, but I did get to dress the part on the first day at the pitch

and then on the second day, once the results were pretty much settled, I got to muck about a bit too – unfortunately no photos were taken of me playing this time, but I can tell you that I saved all 3 goals that came my way – even after a fair few beers under my belt, and I was dressed as a nurse 😳

Where do I start?

This trip was one of the best holidays of my life – I spent 4 days laughing non-stop, did a bit of sightseeing, enjoyed delicious beers, spent time with great friends, sat in the sun all day, napped in the afternoons, partied hard at night, and even got some good photo opportunities! I think I was born to attend tournaments like this πŸ˜‰

The girls were excellent in their games – sadly only playing 3 over the 2 days due to the lack of women’s teams, but they won all three games and therefore won the trophy once again!

Our first day there was spent being ‘touristy’ but because the first few of us who got there had all been to Prague before, we weren’t too stressed about seeing too much – our priorities were to find somewhere to sit, and start drinking beer! (You’ll notice that there is a LOT of beer drunk over these 4 days…. it was all included in the package price we paid for the trip! Winning!)

The next day, Thursday, was to be the first event dinner where we got to meet many of the other teams – divided into 2 time slots, we got the later shift so by the time we’d spent the day enjoying a few beers and then eventually got to dinner after the first shift, well… it’s needless to say that it was LOUD! It was fun!

Friday arrived – the first day of the tournament. I cannot tell you how some people manage to get up in the morning and head to the pitch, and then play football in the blistering sun, after the parties that go on the night before… but, there everyone was, some taking naps, some taking it seriously, but everyone on the pitch(es), having the best time!

Friday night all teams board a ferry-type thing and we head out for a dinner cruise… madness follows!

Once again, Saturday morning rolls around and it’s back off to the pitches – this time being tougherΒ than Friday morning as many people partied way harder than on Thursday night πŸ˜‰ But, once again, everyone is there, putting in all the effort they can muster up, and having a great time!

Saturday night and all good things must come to an end… it’s the farewell dinner and prize-giving, which once again equals MADNESS! But once again, such fun… especially when it started raining and we got to dance in the rain πŸ™‚

And on Sunday we all dragged our sorry selves to breakfast, packed up, and flew home!

Hope to see you next year, Prague’s Barrel Tournament!