It’s been just over a month since we won the World Cup and since then we’ve had a bit of time to rest and reflect. I returned to work 2 days after the WC final and have been working full-time since. The first week back at work was tough, especially with the rest of the boys still celebrating most days and nights. During that break I didn’t pick up a hockey stick or partake in much physical exercise, which I am now regretting as we get back into full training. The AIS program recommenced on Monday, and my life now consists of hockey… work…hockey…sleep… hockey… work… hockey…sleep. With the club hockey season underway again in Perth, there is some form of hockey on every day of the week. The boys leave for the Azlan Shah tournament in Ipoh, Malaysia in around 3 weeks. I’m not playing in this tournament so I can be around work a bit more, particularly with a busy hockey calendar in the second half of the year. The depth of Australian hockey will be on display with a young team being selected to compete and I’m sure the boys will get the job done.
The Australian Hockey League (AHL) is just around the corner and most states are in preparation for this. Throughout this tournament we will be trying out a new rule which basically does away with short corners. Instead of the conventional short corner set up, the attacking team has one person to push out, and 3 players on their attacking 25. The defensive team has 2 defenders and the goalkeeper. Once the ball is pushed to a player on the attacking 25, it’s basically a 4 on 3 (including GK). I’m sure a lot of short corner post-men are happy about this change…but don’t think I can say the same for the drag flickers.
Now that the AIS has recommenced I’ve had a chance to catch up with all the guys, and also reflect on the WC with them. It was a bit strange after winning the WC, as we were on the plane a few hours after, and once back in Perth everybody went there own way. A lot of guys went over sees to their Dutch clubs, whilst others returned to their home states to see family. I think an official function is in the making which will be good for everyone to get together and celebrate the win, something we haven’t really been able to do yet.
Anyways, I hope everyone is enjoying their hockey wherever they they’re playing. You’ll hear from me again soon.