Game 7 - AGGM O/65's v. Hiroshima - Sunday 19th May 2013
As we wake from our slumbers, the skies are overcast and grey, already there is light rain falling. This casts a sombre mood which is fitting for the moment, as our tour bus takes us to the A-Bomb Dome and the Hiroshima Peace Park. The complete and utter devastation that was wrought on Hiroshima by nuclear war is chilling indeed. In silence, we pass by the Children's Peace Monument, inspired by the eleven year old Japanese girl who fought and succumbed to post-radiation leukaemia a decade later. The rain continues to fall as we come to the Cenotaph commemorating all those that lost their lives on August 6, 1945. The Flame of Peace continues to flicker as a reminder to the world and will only be extinguished when the last nuclear weapons on earth have been eliminated. Photographs in the Peace Memorial Museum that demonstrate the awful destruction will be forever etched in the memory.
The rain continues to fall as we drive to the ground, no soccer, no waving crowd today. The large puddles on the pitch continue to fill with rain. We warm up in the corridor inside the stand as the unrelenting rain continues. We should place the 5 - 0 win in its appropriate context, a game against the Hiroshima B team which includes seven girls. The 76 year old takes to the field and wonderful it is to see such a fine lady continuing to play. The six other girls are young and fast with sufficiently good hockey skills that Captain Len, when faced with one attacking forward, is seen to use his considerable bulk to obstruct her progress and then proceeds to fall on top of her. Perhaps he has seen the bulls do this sort of thing back on his farm in the South-West. The score sheet might have been higher had not both goalies, Harps and Brian each playing one half in goal for the opposition who are short in this department. The goals are shared equitably, Mick being the unlucky one with thirteen shots on goal and the one that goes is in disallowed ! Rod pulls up short with a hammy in the second half. One of the girls outpaces the defence late in the game and nearly scores but doesn't. We're wet and cold from the continuous rain as the siren blows, so straight to the hot showers to compete today 's warm-down.
Australia O/65's 5 (Goal scorers - S.Thomson, L.Blyth (pen), E.Davies,
Hiroshima B 0