Emotions were high! A must win game for the Chiswick threes to avenge the victory held over us earlier in the season. We were prepared for the battle although our lack of yellow socks tells a different story. With half our team not yet owning a pair yet (at this stage in the season) Lizzy Moir came to the rescue! After a thorough 2 hour hunt for a new hockey stick in the pro shop she purchased the socks. Thanks captain!
The opportunity for a threes bonding session in the beautifully scented changing room (aka the porta loo) was sadly turned down by our captain (Sorry Ellie Reed). Ellie’s suggestion of a warm up challenge to see how many Chiswick ladies can fit in a Porta Loo was sadly also turned down too. With shoulders and ankles taped up by our team paramedic we were up for the challenge. Well maybe not Marie who decided to see out her last game with a beast of a hungover.
It was a positive start with early goals from Chiswick. Some great passes from defence to forward line gave Nathalie Dent the opportunity to deliver a stylish cross which was put away by Charlotte Cooper at the post. More hassling up front won Chiswick a short corner. Swept in and put away by Ellie with a stunning strike. Back from injury with another goal not bad at all Ellie! Short corners seemed to be a common theme for Chiswick although I am not sure I (Hazel Posso) understood what this process invovled. Who knew you needed to take the ball out of the D before you strike it? Stupid technicality! Marie De Creme spent most of her time on the pitch trying to sub herself off but Chiswick threes have no mercy and made her keep playing. She had some moments of excellence followed by time spent by the side line slowly dying.
Just before half time Hampstead and Westminster got a goal back, making the score 2-1. Some words of wisdom at half time from our captain and supporters Caz, Nisha and Beth and the game was on! It was a tight affair and Chiswick was put under some pressure from Hamstead and Westminster. They were attacking in numbers and our defenders were outstanding in keeping them out of our goal. This nearly cost one of them their head with a lob into the D skimming past Joy Elliott-Bownan. Some great work by Katie Holmes to sweep clear the ball off the goal line kept Chiswick in it for the win. Final score final score: Chiswick 2 Hamstead and Westminster 1.
The win was celebrated in true Chiswick style with a game of slap cup and French 21 to bid Marie goodbye. I must say though that Marie was very impressed with our French especially mine! WE WILL MISS YOU RIMA!
Man of the Match: Marie for having an awesome season at Chiswick. Sadly we must bid you farewell.
Dick of the Day: Yours truly L Hazel for not knowing the rules, trying to strike at goal but missing the ball and swinging at the oppo instead and drunken damage to ankle during team bonding session.