Ah yes, Sepulveda Basin Sports Complex. How we love to show up and see the fog roll in. There’s always a mystical light…
Wait, what do you mean we’re at Balboa Sports Center? Grass field, uneven, holes…? hm,.. ok…
AH YES, BALBOA SPORTS CENTER!!! Where champion teams of the past were made, and beer bracket teams of the past learned or lost their chemistry. For those of you who are fairly new to the LAOUT, we haven’t always played on turf fields. No, no. We use to play just three-quarters of a mile south of where the sports complex is at the sports center, between the softball diamonds. This is also where the gophers run rampant, digging holes that can kill anyone. Or at least, give some pretty bad injuries. As a team, we are somewhat use to playing on uneven fields with our Sunday pickup games at Valencia Valley Elementary. Several of us have lost momentum stepping into dips in the ground while running full speed, losing enough of that energy to even LAOUT for the disc. However, despite everyone’s best efforts, Balboa’s terrain has a habit of humbling even the best of players.
Luckily there were no injuries or rolled ankles on the field. What was on the field were 2 former KAPOWERS that came to cheer us on: Mark Baker and Jay Newman! Shout out to them, and all of the former players who have played at Balboa in previous years.
Tuesday night started with all teams arriving at a pretty full park. 8PM rolled around and the fields started to clear. The lights also started to clear – all but one set. We had taken our time to scout the field to determine the best place to set the field, moving twice to avoid the worst of craters. It wasn’t until about 8:40 when we had the second set of lights were back on, and play started between the Tasty Taiwanese Treaters and the Comic Book Exclaimers, the former receiving the first pull. Both teams were lacking on their women due to ladies being out of town or injured, and the one sub that showed up, Jeni Kwok from After Party, joined our side of the comic strip. So before we go any further, we want to tip our hats off for Boba ladies going savage.
Mad props goes out to whoever did not order the wind this week, by the way. After Thai Tea threw the disc away and 8 passes, I brought in the first goal of the game. Maybe they really needed some Coffee Tea, and someone may have delivered it, because they won the second point, tied us at 2’s, and then started their run after breaking the seal open, 3-2 them.
Josh to Jeni tied it at 3’s.
The Tea Party capitalized on a dropped disc to score their 4th, played long and hard for their 5th, and took another turnover to brew their 6th score.
Us Caped found a way to water down the sweetness, Crusaders Meg to Jeni scored our 4th. Josh blocked a punch, leading the disc to find its way to Matt to Andrew for our 5th. And Sasha slashed the defense go get Josh the goal, tying the game at 6’s.
If you were looking for a reason to always “catch your d’s”, talk to Meg. She saved our hides with an amazing catch off of a defenders tip, allowing Andrew to score. We had the score tied at 7’s, but the Tea Break happened at 8-7, and Tea Time lasted until at 10-7.
The second half was way less eventful. Tea set the disc on a Tray right after a pull, setup in the end zone, and scored, giving the Teacups a 2 point lead at 11-9. Heatherlyn almost had back-to-back goals. I pulled in our 12th and final point of the night via an interception on the home side, passing the disc to Matt Lawrence, and then receiving the very next pass on the far away side of the end zone for bookends.
The next 3 points flew by before all 27 pieces of Boba were consumed. There were definitely plenty of Boba in the Tea, and our opponents ended up with 3 more Boba than we did. Even though there were a few close line calls and minor fouls, Boba is a fun and high spirited team to play with and against. Not including their sweet uniforms, they’re different than we remember from last year. We’re glad that they stayed around. Thanks for the great game, we’re looking forward to the next time we play.
On a side note, bookends are never possible without teamwork. It may take persistence and practice over years of playing to figure out the best defensive positions to cause turnovers, especially ones that lead to goals. However, bookends are not a solo act, as they require you to rely on your teammates to complete the transaction. Oftentimes, we take a look at the person who got the interception or knocked down the disc and score the point, and we don’t give enough credit to those who throw the assist, or who helped to move the disc down the field. Bookend assist wise, thanks needs to go to Billy, Bobby, and Matt Lawrence who has made bookends possible for Josh and Myself so far this season.
Teamwork also includes contributions of advice from other players. Sasha is one of the three women KAPOW! picked up this year We appreciate the experience and knowledge that she is sharing with the team. The small adjustments are making big differences!