We put our hockey sticks in the middle of the circle. “Team on three, 1, 2, 3, team!” we yelled out. We raced into our positions for the second half of the girls’ hockey final against Omokoroa No.1. It was nil all.
The ref blew the whistle. It was all go. Omokoroa passed the ball to their Black Sticks-worthy player. She dribbled confidently and at pace down the sideline and took a shot at goal. Luckily for us, our reliable goalie Tylah, trapped and passed it off to Mereana. Mereana dribbled up her wing then passed it to me, in the centre. They came at me like bees to a honey pot. I sent the ball out to Arohaina. She shot at goal. Unfortunately, their tall, strong goalie smacked the ball back up the field to that black sticks-worthy player. She dribbled, then shot at goal. Tylah trapped it, but they got hold of it again. SMACK it was in the goal.
“It’s not over yet,” we encouraged each other. I took the ball back to the centre and passed it back to Jess. Jess whacked it up the field with the power and push of an Olympic shot putter. HONNNNNK the end hooter went off - it was too late. The dream of Tauriko winning the girls’ hockey was over.