So it has finally come to an end. My last Summer Cup (for now) and my last season with the Cougars (for now) has wrapped up. The season ended in a mixture of emotions and the one was disappointment. Not because of the team’s performance, as I believe that the team over performed and exceeded my expectations, but because of what was supposed to be our last game was cancelled. I had hoped to go out after giving my all once more for the team I have represented for five years and help the team celebrate a winning finish to the season. To have the game cancelled was a disappointment on so many levels.
So how do I think I fared? Well given that I missed half the season to knee surgery, and managed to score more points than I did last season I think I did all right. As for the team, I had expected that it would be one filled with frustration and to be honest at times it was, it was a far more enjoyable season than the one before. The team gelled together rather well, though a bit late and a few games that we should’ve won, we didn’t, which explains why we aren’t in the play offs.
Now what? I will be starting training with the Pitbulls in a few weeks time in what I expect to be a gruelling month of getting into shape and learning a new playing system and learning to play with new team mates. Till then I will be skating with the Cougars so hopefully I will have the advantage that I have skated through the summer. I’m not a 100% happy with my physical condition at the moment, but that is something that can and will be worked on. I’m still in better shape than I was this time last year.
All in all I leave the Cougars with fond memories and a good skill set. However, most importantly I will leave the team with something more precious than memories. Friendships. I have met truly great people during my time at the team and I have nothing but respect for my team mates, both past and present. I won’t be doing a list of names here as this is not a Hollywood thank you list. The people that have influenced me and I have played with know who they are.
Why the brackets at the top saying for now then? Well I’m a never say never type of person and who knows what will happen. I’m sure that I will be training with the Cougars and the guys through the summer months once more.
I will be updating the blog again once I start training with the Pitbulls to keep everyone up-to-date with the transition.
For now, I thank you