Monday, June 18, 2018

Day 3162 - What in the world have I been up to?

Soccer, soccer and more soccer


Firstly, I'm going to get into a whole host of trouble calling it soccer.  Apparently it's football.  Plain and simple. There is no other football.  The world game is the only game that is truly "foot" ball.  Or so I'm told. So let's change that header up there to:

Football, football, football 

Now we can start again ...



Things got very green and gold this weekend with Australia playing in the World Cup.  But before there was the World Cup, there was a lot other round ball activities in my life.

I haven't always been a soccer football fan. In fact I couldn't stand it.  I found it incredibly frustrating to watch and would never in my life have pictured myself as a soccer football mum. But here I am embracing the game for the love of my son.  It now pretty much consumes me as I have dived head first into our 2000+ member club as their volunteer Communications Managers and as the team manager for my boy's team.

My weekend of soccer football started on Friday night with our club's Annual General Meeting, then it went into GUFC's big game in the FFA Cup Final late Saturday afternoon, then onto our local club for the World Cup function which I was involved in promoting.

The AGM was as most AGM's are - run of the mill and somewhat boring.  But it has to happen and now it's done.  Great people got voted into various positions and lots of ideas came out of the meeting which will now progress to the strategic planning workshop in two weeks.

Saturday's ACT FFA Cup Final was held in icy conditions with misty rain which wasn't overly pleasant.  I worked in the canteen which provided some shelter.  Unfortunately (or fortunately) I had to bolt before the game had even finished to get to the World Cup event to ensure it was set up and ready for the onslaught.  We didn't win the FFA Cup game (insert a row of sad faces here).

As for the World Cup event, that was a huge success.  Despite the Aussies losing to France the atmosphere inside the club was fantastic with 250+ people watching in the function room on 4 big screens and another hundred or so out in the main bar area in our "overflow" section.


Given I had to front up to my boy's game on Sunday morning and manage the manager stuff, I kept my drinking to a minimum and got home "early" to ensure I had my requisite 8 hours sleep.  When I saw the coffee that was being consumed on the sidelines Sunday (and the grey faces), I'm pleased I made that decision.

What can I say about Sunday? Well, let's just say standing on the sidelines of winter outdoor sports in Canberra is never great. I mean, there aren't enough clothes in the world to keep you warm when it's only 5 degrees.  I'm sure there are plenty of northern hemisphere soccer football mums who would suggest that 5 degrees is "positively balmy" but there was nothing "balmy" about our Sunday.


We did come out with a draw against a tough team though which was good news.   We fared slightly better than the FFA Cup and World Cup lads.

Pre game huddle - photo thanks to one of the dads - thanks John!

Needless to say that once Sunday's game was over I headed straight home to the couch to watch a whole bunch of mindless TV under the warmth of a doona with a cup of chai in my hand.

And that's what I've been up to.

How about you?

Have you been watching the World Cup?

Anyone else standing on the sidelines of winter sport?

What in the world have you been up to? 

14 comments :

  1. Soccer mad husband and two out of three sons. So yes, plenty of freezing at football fields for us. And they're all watching the world cup. Meanwhile, I never seem able to drum up the slightest bit of interest in anything involving balls. Oh, well. Sigh.

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    1. LOL. "Balls". Why does that always make me laugh? I'm such a child

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  2. Haven't been watching the soccer yet. It's not one of my favourite games, but as it's a world cup I will probably watch the quarters, semis and finals
    stopping via LifeThisWeek

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    1. I'm a bit the same. I mean, I support the sport here but wouldn't normally watch games outside of our own club. Unless forced to by Mr 14. But, it's the World Cup. Once every 4 years can't hurt

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  3. I'm in the UK right now and everyone is in the grip of football (it's definitely football here) fever! That said, although I'm rather partial to a game and the time difference is on our side, I haven't watched a single game! I might have to rectify the situation in the coming days! Sending you some virtual (and very rare) English sunshine!

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    1. Absolutely football over there! Thanks for the English sunshine. Much appreciated.

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  4. I am not a soccer fan ( not football in my house) but my boys are. However, Sunday morning is 'real' football here and it was cold - ice cold. Lucky I love my children huh!!!!

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    1. I know right! For the love of our children. Ice and all.

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  5. Caught some of the soccer at the gym this morning. Was hard work on the treadmill but warmer than where you were on the sidelines in Canberra!

    SSG xxx

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    1. Treadmill sounds like a great place to watch the World Cup. I actually walked and watched myself last night. But it was outside, in the dark, rugged up as I walked around and around the fields to stay warm while my son was at training. Same. But different.

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  6. I am proud of you for finally embracing the sport on behalf of your son and others. I watched the world cup on Sat night with the sound down to keep an eye on the scores. I am not a sideline parent for sports but did the minimum when I had to. So good on you for making the changes.
    Thank you for linking up for #lifethisweek. Next week's optional prompt 26/52 is Thank a Teacher.

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    1. Well done you for having a watch on Saturday night. At least you can say you saw the game!

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  7. Our soccer fiends have been all over it lately!

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    1. Great to hear :) My son was super pleased when I suddenly realised that my Optus account may actually come with Optus TV. Never occurred to me to check. Turns out I have it free with my plan! Now he can stream every. single. game. He set his alarm for a 4am start the other day to watch some country play. School day too. I figured, meh, once every 4 years right?

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