With all the excitement over World Cup football, our family had its own equivalent of an epic football game or soccer as we call it. The girls love the game and were eager to participate.
It was hot at the beach house in Launching, Prince Edward Island, as we headed to the field. The teams were oddly matched. The Reds included Georgie, the golden retriever, Nanny and Sylvie. The Greens included Caitlin, Mommy and Poppy.
Before the play began there was trouble on the field as Georgie ran off with one of the goal markers. A chase ensued as the retriever scooted across the field chewing on the ring. She ignored efforts by her team mates to call her back.
She eventually fell for, “Treat time, Georgie.”
Not to be outdone, Georgie decided to chew another goal marker, a piece of firewood. She ran off with that too when approached. The teams were running out of treats but finally wrested the marker from the naughty golden.
Finally play commenced with Nanny in goal for the Reds and Mommy for the Greens. Play was in front of the Green goal as Nanny stopped several goals by deflecting the ball with her hands. Her boot was off however as she kicked the ball out of bounds several times. Then Caitlin, all alone in front of the goal, scored. Georgie wanted to chase the ball as well and tackled Nanny as she kicked it down the field.
Meanwhile, the stands were empty except for a shady area at ground level. One year old Owen was content with the 1-0 score. He favoured Mommy’s team.
At half time all the players were thirsty and headed for the kitchen where ice water and milk awaited. Owen joined us for the half time beverage.
The second half saw the score tied up by Sylvie. Then second goals by each of the girls resulted in a 2-2 tie. Finally Caitlin scored the winning goal as the little spectator started to cry.
Time for lunch.