Dressage horses make great hockey players
By Anna Chamberlain-Webber
Sticks and standing generally required to play hockey
The Ed's ladies 5s found themselves in Teddington, to play their ladies 7s. Worth noting that while the opposition were tastefully attired, pink is not the new black.
The whiteboard was out in force, followed by a streamlined warmup. Some rapid counting and last minute arrivals saw 11 people (including Zarbs for her return debut) starting on. The dressage pony made a very elegant entrance shortly after pushback. With experience but not age 'mostly' on our side we were off. We quickly demonstrated superior skill, although Seb's bench running skills were not up to Cdubs exacting standards. First goal to Vicky, followed by a solo ballet audition from Annelie which was unfortunately not missed by anyone. Allegations of a sniper were abandoned in favour of the simpler explanation of two left feet. A high flying top corner goal for Kate (who decided she did in fact need her stick for that), and one from Cdubs to make it 3 for half time.
The second half started with confusion over whose pushback it was, apparently theirs (the umpire wasn't sure either) and they came out fighting. Their younger legs and over supply of subs started to tell, but the Eds were still fighting. Cdubs version of this being slightly less PG than one normally sees on a hockey pitch, but Seb (and their unsuspecting goalie) both took the impromptu incident well. A couple of shorts in their favour and Teddington finally had their goal. The Ed's ladies dug deep to maintain their lead, with Kat's stern control of her errant malfunctioning stick worthy of a particular mention. With a final score of 3-1 to us, and a demonstration of great hockey all round, another successful outing to the ladies 5s.
Kat got MOM and after a poor attempt at a pint off Annelie took home DOD.