Underwater Hockey South Island Champs

Last week I should have posted that I was going down to Invercargill to compete in the Underwater Hockey South Islands. I would then said that I was in the B team, and a little sad that we had so many good players that I was playing down a grade. But then I would have had to update the post to say: Due to people pulling out I’m now in the A grade team. Woot. And I’d say something like, I feel bad for the B grade team loosing me, and that I’ll be the weakness player ob the A grade team. But because I didn’t write the post, I didn’t have to say any of that.

So now that I’m back and 14+ hours of my life have been spent travelling. I can say thank god I wasn’t in the B grade. A few other clubs (there is only Invercargill and Dunedin to choose from) thought it was good to put A grade teams in the B grade, thus our B grade team lost all five games they played. This was disappointing for the team. But they did score one goal in the 3rd 4th playoffs. Instead I played in the A grade, where only two people are from Christchurch and the rest are import via university. God bless the engineering department at Canterbury. Anyway in the A grade we won all our games, and won the tournament. WOOT! So now I have a Gold medal. It was some crazy fast hockey, against some teams that though fouling and general dirty play are in the spirit of the game.

Side notes of the tournament, yes I stalled Bryn’s Ute (after two hours driving in fifth gear, I forgot about the clutch). Some unpleasant Invercargill yobs thought it was fun to punch the smaller people in our group (me being in the set of targets), luckily I’d had a few celebratory drinks, and didn’t really feel it.