Monday, February 28, 2005

[ 28022005 3.32am | match. ]

reflecting on our match today against the senior team. lost 4-2, but we sure put up a good fight.
i'm wondering about the expectations-respect thing. ok, for those not in the know, these are how chong (coach) key phrases. you dont pressure yourselves with expectations of how you are to perform, rather, you perform to your max, enjoying the game. you give respect to your opponents, but you make sure you dont let that respect overwhelm you into playing like a wuss.

anyhow, it was a really strange match. it felt odd to be up against the senior team who basically taught us most of what we know. it was odder to realise that they dropped to 2 lines, making us seem like formidable opponents.

in truth, i cant say who was more 'scared' to meet the other. i certainly know both sides were keyed up, hyped up, and sending ra-ra emails to and fro. they couldnt really afford to lose to us, and we didnt really WANT to beat them... but yet we wanted to.

i guess it was partly a measure, for us, as to how much we'd progressed as a team. our skills and our 'connection' as sarah puts it. we definitely dont have the experience and stickwork that the seniors have, but we love the game and the team, and that kinda makes up for alot.

it was a sweet game, really. they all have blue wristbands from us now, and the usually cordial game end talks were all hugs and congratulations.

for now, we're looking forward to meeting them again in the playoffs.

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