Uniforms were passed out on Monday and worn to practice. We got them cleaned on Tuesday, had our final practice and everyone was reminded, again, to be at school to get on the rented bus by 7:30 am.
So, of course, Ms Candi and I headed out at 6:30 to make final preparations. By 7:30 a little over half of our students were there, not bad by Belizean standards. Better yet, by 7:45 we were on our way. We picked up Mario and Kenneth on the way because they live between the school and our destination at Global Outreach, out near Belmopan, where the contest was to be hosted.
We reached our destination about 8:45, were assigned our team area and learned that one of the four teams that we were counting on had withdrawn at the last minute. Originally we had planned to play Team 1 and Team 2 in the first game, Team 3 (us) and Team 4 in the second game, losers bracket in the third game and winners bracket in the 4th game. It would have worked perfectly. But with three teams we played round-robin instead. We played the second game and the third game.
We got better as we went. The first game we lost 4-1. The second game we lost 1-0. I suppose I should feel bad about that but I don’t. The 11 boys on the field and the 4 reserves comprise over 75 percent of our student body, way above the other two schools who each have 60 students.
On the way home, I asked Ms Candi and Ms Darcel about their perceptions of the day. Both of them felt very proud of our guys and the way we handled ourselves–and about the way we played. So did I.
This morning we took a good while during opening exercises to tell them so.
I should apologize for not having pictures of the actual competition, but the old coach kinda of got into the game.