It has to be a stroke!

Saturday August 21st 2010 – UC Davis 2 (1) @ U of Pacific 1 (1) – with Mike Wagner

My opening game of the 2010 college season has me driving to Stockton for a scrimmage between UC Davis and University of the Pacific.

It feels good to be out on the field again. I really enjoy scrimmages because they give me time to practice just like the players. And I’m really feeling fit this season. Mentally and physically and my head is on a good place for hockey too.

Although UOP’s field is grass it is in great condition.

From the opening whistle to the end of the match I was running effortlessly. I really felt good out there.

UC Davis had most of the play in the first half and took an early lead. Late in the first half UOP were awarded a Penalty Corner.

The initial shot came in low and to the near post. A UOP player made a deflection and the ball rose to head height and hit a UC Davis defender on the cheek. She was all alone, behind the keeper and in the cage: easy stroke call: but I held my whistle, it was all instinct. The ball fell to the stick of the same forward who had deflected it initially and she gently pushed it in the goal.

I called time and conferred with Mike. He agreed it would have been a stroke. I called the goal!

The UC Davis coach insisted it should have been a stroke. I played advantage. I’ve never had a coach demand a stroke against her own team.

Early in the second half UC Davis scored the winner from a Penalty Corner.

They were the deserving winners.

About Kevin

In the past year Kevin has spoken at 20 conferences and seminars on a range of leading IT topics, including methodologies, business analysis, quality assurance techniques, governance, open source issues, tool interoperability, release management, DevOps, Agile, ITIL, from the mainframe to distributed platforms to the web, mobile, wearable and embedded systems. He is a much sought-after speaker, recognized around the world for his provocative and entertaining style. Kevin is a 40-year industry veteran, holder of three technology patents and today is a Technology Marketing Evangelist. In the past decade he has been crossing the globe and has met with over 4,000 people. He works closely with industry analysts, the press, customers, partners and employees to exchange ideas about industry direction and business issues. He was born and educated in the UK and lives and works in the Bay Area, California.
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