Great Sporting Moments

Posted: September 12, 2011 in Family, Musings, Writing
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Sam Stosur’s win in the US Open has prompted my own review of great sporting moments in history.

2005: The cartwheeling blonde goalie in Under Six soccer who caught her ankle in the goal net and hung upside down like a fly in a web while the opposition scored. Parents rushed in from sidelines,  unhooked her and popped her back onto her feet – just in time for child to calmly re-braid hair while the mop-headed opposition scored for the second time in two minutes.

2007: The relief, oh lordy, lordy. the relief, after an agonising season of three children losing every single game, every single weekend, in three separate sports, for what seemed an eternity…Season finally redeemed when our youngest’s team scored their first goal EVER in the penultimate game of the season.

2009: Youngest redefines “fun” after being peppered in the goal by scary Under 10 team rumoured to train twice a week (in the off season). Valiantly stopped twenty goals, but couldn’t stop that 18-nil loss. Ran off after game shouting ‘Man, that was FUN!’

2011: Newmarket Soccer Club Fourth Division U13 team – undefeated for the season, grand final winners. Our child is the one with the second biggest grin (the biggest belonged to the dodgy mum with the camera.) 😉

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Comments
  1. mgbauer says:

    This is great. Love that image of the upside down goalie – that should go in a book!

  2. chrisbongers says:

    It should have been in “Losers?” published in Scholastic’s Mates series on great Aussie yarns. What a top little chapter book that is – the author Pauline Deeves could have been on our team!

  3. Little Hat says:

    Great moments indeed. Oh yeah, we parents have seen the best (and the worst moments). Embarrasingly I do remember me being one of “those parents” at a match between State High and BBC. My anti-establishment bias was in full flight as i verbally abused the ref for his “blatent bias” towards the rich kids – was I the only one who saw the injustice?Oh dear!
    My son has so many trophies and so few that he cares about. He didn’t take a single one when he moved out at 25. He particularly hates the ‘best team player’ and ‘most improved’. He craves the ‘man of the match’ or striker of the competition’ accolades. Good that he’s striving for something.

  4. chrisbongers says:

    Steve, my favourite trophy amongst the varied stash accumulated by our four children is the swimming trophy awarded to “Most attentive and best behaved”. At least one child was listening to the marshall at swim club! that year

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