So there we were: some 60 enthusiasts in the National Sports Center (VIDENA) en San Luis. All Sunday morning there were hockey matches, indoor. Indoor is not exactly my favorite variety, but it is hockey and it is competitive. And the level is good, better than I expected. After a training and a half, we were “ready” to get going. For 14 Sundays if I am correct we will be playing the national championship. Both men and women.
The first match was not a success, neither for me personally, nor for the team. I have to admit that drinking some pisco sours the night before was not a great preparation (although it was in the style of how I used to play hockey in Holland. Of course that was 16 years ago and I was young and “experienced”, both in the alcohol consumption and in hockey). I played a total of 5 minutes out of 40 and I was dead. Unfortunately I couldn’t contribute much to our team and to make matters worse, our lack of training together killed us. We lost 1-3 against what is supposed to be one of the best teams of the competition.
Well, still plenty of opportunities to make it to the final. At least I see some emails going around now that we should train more seriously and that everyone is supposed to show up. That is a start. So I am positive that things will get better from here!