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My love for football

As some of you may know, I met Hubby through football (soccer). It was about 6 years ago now, I was at work when an old friend of mine, V, called to ask if I wanted to play indoor football as she was recruiting for girls. After a good 30 mins of trying to convince (me) how much I will love the game, I caved and said yes. I have never played before and well, as some of you know, I don’t have the best co-ordination skills!

We didn’t have to wear football boots, but was ‘required’ to wear shin pads. Our team colour was yellow – I for one, do not own anything yellow. We played at St Andrew’s Cathedral School which was in Town Hall and V gave me a quick run through of the game: 6 a side – including goalie – 2 girls must be on court at present and 4 boys. Game is 35 mins, 17 mins each half with a one minute break in between. I remember thinking – that’s it? Where do I stand? What position do I play?

I remember watching the first 5 mins of the game and thought – wholly crap, what have I got myself into. It looked SERIOUSLY rough and FAST! I wasn’t ready for this. Needless to say, it wasn’t as ‘rough’ as I have thought and well… it was FAST! Especially back then when I was still unfit!

My first game was a little rusty, but V was right – I LOVED it and it was the beginning of my football career… NOT! It wasn’t easy though, I remember getting hit by the ball on the back of my head, on my face, in my stomach. I don’t think there’s a part of the body that hasn’t been hit by the ball HARD!! I also remember getting kicked in the shin (I was stupid enough not to wear shin guards the first couple of games), and I remember spraining my ankle whilst playing for another team after our own game and being tripped over by some of the boys. The boys were rough, they didn’t care whether or not you were girl, as they were playing to win! My fellow male players were kind enough to teach me how to defend, stand guard and not be ‘pushed’ around. I too learnt how to play ‘rough’.

We played once a week, season after season for a good 4 years. We even videoed a whole season of our game – 15 games of 35 mins each! Talk about dedication, thanks to both R and K! I have to admit, when I first joined, our team wasn’t very good, we had fun but we didn’t win that many games. It may have something to do with our team name ‘thunderboots’. I’m glad to say that the season after that we changed our name to ‘indoor bandits’. It took us a good week of procrastination at work, probably a hundred over emails to and fro to finally come up with something that we were ALL happy with! We had 10 players – 6 boys and 4 girls – and we ALL had different opinions. Here are some of the names that we came up with scary canaries, monkey magic, tequila mockingbird, magic bullets, the nut crackers, and millennium falcons to name a few. We eventually changed our team colour from yellow to blue. Someone, i.e. P, suggested pink but that was shot down pretty quickly!

For me, the Monday game was a taste of what was to come! I wanted to play more. I joined an all girls team in winter – full field – this was a little more serious as we had training once a week and games were on Sunday. This took a lot of my time and I was continuously exhausted but I seriously loved it. When the winter game finished, I started my own girl’s team in summer. We played for a good 3 seasons together, however, the organizer was seriously disorganized and that took the ‘fun’ out of it. There was a period where I was playing soccer 3 – 4 times a week – I loved it and was itching to play week after week! I played all sorts of positions, mainly defense though, and even played goalie – which I really didn’t enjoy. The girls weren’t the only ones that enjoyed it, the boys even started their own team – indoor and outdoor, and from memory they used ‘nut crackers’ for their team name!

Unfortunately, two months before I got married, I had to stop playing football – I didn’t want a black eye or black face as I walked down the aisle and I certainly did not want to be on crutches! The mix team called it quits – or a ‘break’ so we say and have not played since! We weren’t only team members but we became extremely good friends – almost all attended our wedding. My cousin made our wedding cake and she knew how much football was a part of my life – check out the cute figurines that she made…

Long before I even started playing football, I have always enjoyed watching it. Yes I do have a team, and well even though some of you may cringe, I have ‘followed’ this team long before David Beckham made his debut in 1992! It was my uncle that got me into Manchester United and I have been a fan ever since! When we went to Manchester a while back, I dragged Hubby to Old Trafford Manchester. We tried getting tix for a Man U game but couldn’t!

We did watch one game though – Tottenham vs Middlesbrough – and Tottenham won. That was my first taste of English Premiership LIVE, well football LIVE and my gawd… it was unbelievable, especially the atmosphere.

So now, every time we go on holidays, we try to watch a football game. In 2007, we were in Barcelona and Hubby scored tickets to watch Barcelona vs Getafe. Some of you may remember this was the game where Messi scored the most amazing goal, where he ran 62 metres, beat 6 players including the goalkeeper. He was compared to the incredible Maradona and his famous goal against England at the 1986 FIFA World Cup. (see here on youtube). We sat right behind the goal post and saw it all – it was incredible!

We have also seen the LA Galaxy play last time we were in LA amongst others, but the Barcelona game has been the highlight thus far!

I am itching to play soccer again.  A friend in Hong Kong has kindly let me join her team but timing has been bad! I didn’t get her email of where to meet for one game, and then I was traveling for the second, and the next two games I will be in Sydney! Damn it! It’s like it’s not meant to be, but I have not given up! It’s been almost 3 years since I last played, but I am determined to get back, itching to kick a football and scoring a goal! Playing defense, I don’t get a chance to score very often, however, I did score a couple of goals and it was sweeeettttt! Will be going back to Sydney to dig up my football boots and shin pads – I believe it’s about time they come out of the box!!

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  1. April 19, 2010 at 1:15 am

    OMG! Some of my friends don’t sleep to watch soccer matches…as for me, can I have only the highlights please? Hohohohohhh

    • April 19, 2010 at 1:17 am

      lol it depends on the team – if its my fav team then ya will stay up and watch it! good excuse to eat chips lho 🙂

  2. Mel
    April 29, 2010 at 3:35 am

    i miss our girls team…it was fun even though the comp was so badly organised. might need to find a new team for winter i think…either that or netball 😉

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