Today was supposed to be our first game night, but unfortunately the other team was a no-show. Instead, we spent the time practicing 6-on-5 and 5-on-6 situations and how to run our general man-down defense. It was a little bit different than Davis’ game plan, but with some practice, I think that I’m starting to get the hang of it. It’s weird to not run our typical shifts, and to not yell out “Carmen split, Koty back” or something like that. I miss my UCDWWP loves! ❤
Chelsea and I also got our first taste of coaching today. We coached the Under 16s girls during the first game. We won 7-3, I think. They are a good group of girls that are very good for being 14 and 15 years old. One of the girls on the U16 team, Emily, is also our starting center back for SL1 with us! Talk about a good center! However, her game awareness is definitely low for SL1, due to her young age and limited experience.
After the U16s game, 6 of the 10 U16 girls became “Under 18s”, and with the addition of three more girls actually between 17 and 18 years old, we coached the Under 18s team against Nicole’s State League 2 team. (State League 2 is the step down from SL1, and are over the age of 18.) We won 4-1!
Next Tuesday, we have a “bye” game, and won’t play our first official Melbourne Collegians game for two weeks! Ah! I cannot wait!
(talk about cap hair! lookin’ good!)
We also watched USA v Hungary womens olympic water polo today at our coach, Trav’s house. It was so much fun to see a full 4-quarter game of quality water polo broadcasted live. I wish more games were shown on TV!!
Alicia’s Aussie (water polo) Word of the Day: interception. Meaning a fancy-shmancy term for a block or a stolen pass (Carm’s specialty!), and its another example of how formal some of Australian speech is. Usage: As Chelsea blocked a 6-on-5 pass from 4 to 6, Ellie said, “Nice interception!”
(I guess this word is used in US wopo, but I would typically tell someone “nice steal!” over “nice interception”, who knows. haha)