A HOCKEY MATCH
Hockey is being played in India for a long period. It is ‘people’s game’ because it costs only a ball, sticks and the field. Indian players won gold medals in several Olympics, now our standard is low. In hockey there are eleven players on each side and the duration is thirty five minutes each half. There are two umpires/ referees who care for the rules and regulation and guide the game.
Our school team played a friendly match against Government School. Our captain, Kapil, had obtained permission from our Headmaster to play this match on our playground. Our games teacher selected the players to represent our school. They were also given some instruction by the games teacher.
The Government School team arrived at our field at about 4.00 p.m. Players of both the teams put their respective uniform and warmed up. The referees entered the field with two linesmen. Then the captains of both the teams were called at the centre. The referee tossed a coin and the captain who won the toss was given the option of starting on the site of field. Upto this time all the players had entered the field. A team started the game. Players had already taken their positions. Players passed the ball to their own players.
Upto half time there was no score. After half time the pace of the game increased. Our right-out passed a ball to our forward striker who in his turn gave it to the left-out near the penalty box. He took a harp shot from the “box” area or “D” area that entered the goal. The goalkeeper stood helpless. After the goal, the Government School team tried their level best to equalize. However, luck did not favour them. So, our team won the match. We all were very happy to win the match.