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 🙂

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 😉 ). 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 🙂 🙂

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!

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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 🙂

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 😉

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 🙂

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 🙂

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 15 – Footgolf!

This past weekend I joined the football girls on their social evening out – bringing 2 football teams together for a night of fun, laughter, action, and a bit of exercise thrown in for good measure!

We headed down to Montgomerie Golf Course for a round of Footgolf!

Now, if you’ve never played (nor heard of) it before, it’s really simple – it’s golf, with a football. Instead of using clubs to whack your golf ball across hundreds of meters of grass into a small hole, you’re using your feet to kick a football across (not so many) meters, into a larger hole.

Sounds easy right?!

Weeeeellllll, easier for some than it is for others (me being one of the ‘others’ 😛 )

Anyway, most of the girls had never played before (a few of us snuck in a round a few weeks ago – not that it helped me in the least this time around!) so it was a whole whack of something new’s for the week – new adventures, new outings, meeting a few new people too 🙂

I absolutely urge you to give this a try!