I Wandered Lonely as a Hockey Player
(L6 Match Report)
By Anne 'Wordsworth' Macartney
Ladies 6s 1 – 3 Tulse Hill & Dulwich L4s
We all wandered lonely to the match
Using intuition and the famous Waze Apps
Nina followed hers down a one-way street
For the traffic wardens – oh what a treat
Lyndsey and Sinead eventually got the right train
And we all finally met in stormy teeming rain.
The oppo were clearly used to the pitch
And within one minute had scored – what a hitch
They continued to batter our goal for a while
And our defence remained strong and defiant in style
Jen took on the mantle of leading the fight
Alex cut out their passes, what skill, what foresight.
Marlijn’s great saves kept us all in the game
Giselle’s banshee cries and drives did the same
The oppo’s many clearances with ball above shoulder height
Was allowed to continue – “no one in line of sight”
They scored a second – what the hell… what happened there?
Then Jen slotted in our first – she was not going to scare.
Freya and Ellie did their usual skilful weaving
Emma’s running up front had the oppo heaving
Evie was amazing in every short corner
Lily’s tackling and passing came on a stormer
Fee played with fortitude with no time for leisure
Nina’s leadership and drive kept up the pressure.
Sinead and Lyndsey set up balls for attack
Frances’ commitment – there was definitely no lack
Sacrificing herself to keep the ball in play
Skidded along the line for such a long way
Blood everywhere – a gasp of relief
No support anywhere – we all stood in disbelief.
Our poet – well she was just misunderstood
Tried helping the umpire who was just in a mood
An imaginary card did he finally display
Is it pantomime season? Or Nativit-ay?
Well onwards and upwards – bring on next week’s game
We’ve learnt from today – no more of the same.