My fist home bout
I was picked to play in a home bout, this brought on both excitement and fear in me. Playing a home bout is something I have always hoped to do as my friends would be able to come and watch me play, and there is something about playing at home that is just extra exciting.
I am not very good at knowing what is going through other peoples minds but I think my pre bout nerves may follow a slightly different pattern to a lot of peoples. The first few days were just excitement that I had been picked and would be playing , mixed with fear that all those people would be watching me, but then the worry about the practical aspects set in. My worries turned to could I handle the noise of the crowd? How was I going to travel there? what would I need food and drink wise and how would I find where my changing room was?
I put my plan together I would walk to the sports centre as it is hard to get parked there during the day, and that would stress me out. I would take the slightly longer route missing out the city centre as to avoid all the survey and charity people, as I cant deal with them when they come up to you.
So with some healthy snacks I set off for the bout along my quiet route, it was even more peaceful than I had expected, then I got to the sports centre. Every thing seemed to me to be hectic but organised one of the other players spotted me and showed me where to change, I took my time getting changed and didn’t try and stop myself doing things like doing up my laces twice. A lot of the players were joking , laughing and talking, I couldn’t follow all the chatter so I just tried to block it out for a bit and stay calm. Then our line-up came in to talk to us And every one went quiet, as we listened to her telling us the game plan, I started to really feel part of the team.
We then left our changing room to head for the bench the crowd was coming in and the music started up, you would think this would make me more nervous but I think it was just so over whelming I just became calm. That was until the skate out, remembering which way to skate where to stop and then just standing there in front of the crowd while people take pictures. I felt a bit wobbly almost like I was doing it drunk, by blocking out every thing and just concentrating on my goal I made it, and I felt like I could do anything.
There is not much about the actual game I can tell you its all a blur but I have seen video footage and, I stuck with my team mates , held back some jammers, and we won!!
so I all an amazing day.