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PWS Pupil In training For International Hockey Match

Roller Skating has been a passion of mine for about 3½ years.  When I first started skating I was only skating once per week on Saturdays which has changed enormously, as now I skate up to four times per week. I train on Mondays for 2 hours and on Tuesdays for 1½ hours.  In every session we always learn something new and our sessions are always fun.  The sessions are also very useful to our coaches because they get to see where we fit best in a match. In a match we have five people on the rink from each team at a time; two defenders; two attackers and one net minder (Goal Keeper). I play in defence; in this position you need to be prepared to take pucks. This means you cannot flinch or move when the puck flies towards you.  In our training sessions we always do drills (our coaches throw pucks at us and we have to stand completely still), even though we are taught not to move, we still have lots of padding so we do not feel the puck when it hits us (most of the time)!  The main reason we are taught to stand still is because we have no padding on the sides or back of our legs, we also have no padding on the side where our ribs are, therefore if we turn at the puck we open up the padding which could cause injuries.

In some matches we have to take more than one stick because they can break from pucks hitting them (mainly caused by slap shots - the most powerful shot in the game so called because you put a lot of pressure on the stick when you hit the puck).  We do not play many games in February or March because the only games that are played are Under 8’s which I am unable to play as I am aged 15.  Girls can play three years below or above their age group. I am able to play for Under 12’s and in the Under 14’s matches.  Boys can only play two years below and above their age group as they are mainly bigger.

We have an international match in Germany from 7 to 9 June 2017.  Each game will be 45 minutes long and we will have 5 games per day.

I play for Northants Stars Inline Hockey Club in Rushden and I am trained by Ross and Paul.

By Kristin