It’s picture day next week Tuesday June 12
By Terrance Gavan – HH.ca Sports
The hands go up.
In the entrenched soccer salute for: GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLL![fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”]
And it could be Lionel Messi.
It’s a 7-year-old boy and he’s just scored his first goal of the 2011 season.
He just dribbled around some cones, with, hmm, not quite the precision of a Messi Dangle through the jangle of four defenders and the keeper.
The kid is dressed in a green Haliburton Soccer Club [/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][HSC] jersey and not Messi’s Unicef bedazzled stripes of Barcelona.
It’s a gooaaaaaaaaalllllllllllllllllll!!!
And this young boy, schooled by televised celebrations in hockey or maybe even European soccer -the wonders of the GOL network on cable where it’s all goals all the time – knows how to celebrate a goal.
He raises his hand and… he spins like a top! Then just because it felt good?
He does it again. He now owns that signature move. Hands up, double doodle sionorama GOL! celebration.
Then he glances over at mom and dad on the sideline. And he’s torn over the next decision. Do I go over and get a hug? Or do I go back in line and drill again in this ungodly heat and humidity? Coach says, “get the ball and get back in line Billy -or Jill, or Teddy, or Janet – and Billyraises his arms again, gives us a twirl, grabs the ball and heads back to the line. Triple twirl?
Spin that baby and lock it in! And expect a call from Adidas – shortly.
I’m a member of the soccer executive. And I was absolutely gobsmacked this year.
I went to the fish hatchery to grab some pics for the website. It’s located at halsoccer.org and it’s the only reason this group of heady volunteers led by Hal High coach and teacher President Amy Klose allow me to participate on the exec.
We digress. The level of organization and detail was mind-popping. The same precise and detailed precision was evident at JD Hodgson and the High School field where the older kids play.
Numbers are up this year and the kids are happy. Young Billy was not the only kid celebrating at the fish hatchery fields on Tuesday.
All the kids seemed chucked as they navigated the coaching stations meandering from the dribble drill station to the shooting station and then to the keep-away drill. Marvelous. More kudos to the coaches and the kids and the parents.
Later, the soccer kids’ redux leapt into action.
This season for the first time the HSC fields six full teams of adults. Led by the avuncular Tom the Bomb Thurley and Sam – la Sammie because our Sam is a woman – Itani the first day of action was concise, organized and absolutely stunning.
I have no idea how I lucked out, but I managed to hook up with a huge contingent of very talented players. I met Peter who was there with his flock of kids. And I got to play with Paige Roberts – kudos on defense – and Brett Yake.
I point them out only because I know them from high school sports where I spend a lot of time.
Yake is better known for his prowess as a sniper on the hockey field. But last night he pulled the Manchester Delighted Dream Team to a 3-2 victory over The Blurry Azuri team.
Yake scored all three goals. A head, a foot and a hurdy hurdy deke past his teacher Mark Flatman on the winner.
If we can just get the lawn cut. Does anyone know when they’re going to let the goats out and onto the Field Hockey pitch at HHSS?
If you do, please let Tom the Bomb know. Just dangle that note to me and I will pass it on to Tom the Bomb and Sam La Sammie Itani.
Great night. For the kids and the fogeys!
Kudos to all of the coaches who generously give up their Tuesday’s all summer to coach and organize.
To my fellow members of the soccer exec?
We’ll see. We’ll see.
It’s a long summer so that A rating? Still not in the bag.
No! Me? Just kidding.
And of course you along with the coaches and the kids get big props from all of us here at HalHighlands.ca.