Match Report: Reading vs Warwick 28/10/18
After everyone eventually arrived at reading (apart from Ganney who turned up even later) ready to play, we were informed that both of the umpires had never umpired before. Little did we know that this was actually code for “the umpires do not know the rules of hockey”. I can safely say I have never experienced anything like it.
We didn't have a great start and Reading scored, but we kept our heads up and soon enough a beautiful aerial from Ery (despite what the reading commentator with the microphone, who could not have been more annoying, said), a pass to Luke/Charlie (you’re both sick so don’t be offended I just can’t remember) and then another pass to Aaran who scored! From then on our game was sick for the rest of the first half with lots of shots on goal and an actual goal from George, leaving the score 2–1 to Warwick at half time.
Impressed with the team, Charlie gave a short and sweet half time talk before we were off with the second half. Reading were upset that they were losing, so they tried (and failed) to up their game. Their umpire was getting pretty frustrated at this point so gave away many short corners for no reason, and even gave them a goal (that was shortly disallowed afterwards after he realised it hit one of their feet and so they only scored because we all stopped defending). It was okay though because later we had a short and it hit one of our feet before going in, and because we’re such good sportsmen we said that the goal should be disallowed. We kept up a solid defence and had some really close shots on goal, but in the end the result remained 2-1 to Warwick.
At some point I tackled some gal in midfield and dribbled it past two more but got a bit carried away (I was tired by then, getting past SO many people) and lost control and dribbled it off the pitch (whoops), hence why I received DOTD. Ganney and Radhika also received worthy nominations. Most Valued Player was Ery for constant solid defending (but well done to everyone was a great team effort).
(Written by Izzy Grint)