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Captain J Curtis, Chaser
Start as you mean to go on.
Sun Nov 13, 2016 12:13

This was it. Her chance to prove herself. Joella had waited so long for her time and now it was here. She’d worked her team as hard as they would let her in the run up to their first match of the year and she hoped that it would show in their performance today. Although she was serious about winning for a number of reasons, the Pecari captain hadn’t let herself get so obsessive that practices became too much for everyone. At least she hoped she hadn’t. She was aware that most people weren’t using this as a stepping stone in their career and for that reason she had to cater for all levels of ability and competitiveness, alongside making sure they were unbeatable. Joella had thus made special efforts to maintain the fun element of training sessions because she didn’t want to turn into a tyrant who was far too concerned with their own aims to recognise that of the team.

Hopefully her attempts at creating the fittest, best-skilled team would pay off and the game would be a good one. Despite simply having to win this match, Joella did hope that Aladrens’ loss of good players and influx of inexperienced ones in more recent years wouldn’t have made them suffer too greatly. She liked a challenge, and whilst she loved to win, she wasn’t looking for an easy win.

The weather didn’t look unfavourable when she woke up on the morning of the match, feeling excited at the thought of the competition that lay ahead. The sun was shining, which bode well for temperature, but when she stepped out to check, the air was cold and a breeze whipped through the fabric of her clothes. Joella was in her sixth year and had played enough matches by this point to be pretty smart when it came to dressing appropriately for the weather so she got changed according to the day’s climate.

The brown-robed captain greeted her teammates when they joined her on the pitch and didn’t hang about long before putting them to work with a good warm up. She began with a gentle jog as a pulse raiser before progressing onto stretches. There wasn’t much time for skill practices but she brought a few Quaffles with her for anyone who wished to use them before the game commenced.

“Alright guys, huddle in,” Joella called her teammates closer, putting her arms around the shoulders of two of them with the expectation that everyone else would do the same so they’d all be standing in a circle. “Come on, quick, we’ll be starting soon,” she added because she knew she wanted to address all positions individually.

“We beat Aladren last year, and we’re going to do it again,” Joella got straight to the point. “If you all do your best up in the air today, that will be more than enough to see us through to the finals. I’ve been really impressed by all of your progress in training so now’s your chance to show everyone else what you’ve got.”

Joella had gone through everyone’s roles for this first game and made sure they all knew what they were doing, as well as reminded them individually of key things they needed to bear in mind, at their last team practice but she still wanted to reiterate a few points to boost their confidence if nothing else.

“Chasers, that Quaffle is ours. We need to make sure we’re pushing up the Aladren end as much as possible - we want to be attacking at all times, no defensive playing if it can be helped. But if they do get into our half, you know what to do. So long as you remember all that we’ve done in training, we’ll be running the show.” There was so much more that Joella wanted to say to her Chasers but she knew to have faith that they would keep all advice she’d given them in training in mind. She loved having an all-girl Chaser trio and especially warmed to these two particular teammates. Since the Chaser position was her position, she had the most advice for them but as any good captain should do, Joella did know the other positions well so they could certainly benefit from her coaching and she was careful not to play favourites.

“Beaters,” Joella turned to Ben and Sammy to give them a brief run through of what she wanted them to be doing. “I trust you two know your jobs,” she smiled confidently. “But remember, even though you, Ben, have been assigned to the Chasers and Sammy to Jamie, you are a duo and if you communicate with one another, you’ll be unstoppable.” She spoke more to Ben than Sammy because this was his first year playing Beater for the team and she always kept Sammy informed of all tactical plans before making them known to the rest of the team anyway (so that she could give her own input), but she directed a grin and a nod at Sammy at the end.

It made sense to her to have Ben mark the Chasers, since he had played in the position alongside her and Ingrid in the past so knew their playing well. And Sammy was the senior Beater so it seemed logical to have her protect their precious (not to mention irreplaceable) Seeker, and surprisingly she and Jamie seemed to get on rather well. As she was assistant captain, as well as senior Beater, it seemed only appropriate not to be too controlling of Sammy and also not quite as much with Ben as she was with the other players, so that he could take more direct orders from his fellow Beater.

“Luke, you’re totally ready for this,” Joella gave her relative a light squeeze since he was beside her in the team huddle. “It’s pretty chilly today so just make sure you stay warm. If us Chasers are doing our job properly, you shouldn’t get too much action, I’m afraid,” she grinned jovially at her Chasers in an attempt to relieve any pressure her words might have on them. “But even so, you need to be prepared at all times - no turning your back on the match, got it?”

“And last but definitely not least,” the captain began to rap up her peptalk, aware that she didn’t have long. “Jamie, keep your head in the game and just do your thing. Sammy’s got your back. Clark’s not catching another snitch so long as you’re around.”

“Now, any questions?” Joella asked the team as a whole, specifically for the benefit of Luke and Lily as it was their first formal game and she didn’t want any last minute concerns to be left unaddressed.

“Okay, let’s do this,” she grinned once her team seemed prepared. “”Hands in,” she put her hand in the middle of the circle. “Pecari on three. One, two, three, PECARI!”

Joella couldn’t wipe the grin off her face as she made her way onto the pitch to shake Clark’s hand. She felt like she should make some sort of comment but she couldn’t think of anything to say to the Aladren captain without coming across as a bad sportswoman so she settled for “may the best team win” and left it at that.

She was disappointed that Coach Grase wouldn’t be witnessing the Pecari team’s first performance with her as captain but she refused to let this change her mood because if they did as well as she thought they could, Pecari would be playing in the championships at the end of the year.

Joella was up in the air after the Quaffle the moment it was released, her reaction time faster than ever. Her hand closed around the leather ball and she sharply changed her course from travelling upwards to heading in the direction of the Aladren hoops. She couldn’t wait to score a goal against Clark’s girlfriend - as easy as the task sounded, it was bound to be satisfying. But there was a lot of ground to be covered before that would happen, relying on a number of seamless passes.

Aware of a well-positioned teammate keeping up her fast pace, the blonde sent a firm pass their way. The Chaser position had always suited her well and from a young age she’d excelled with her ball skills so aim was no problem, especially since she added a little extra power to avoid the wind sending it off course. If it turned out to be unnecessary, the recipient of the pass might just find the catch a little sharp, but Ingrid and Lily had trained with her enough that she was more than confident they were capable of keeping a hold of it.

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    • Start as you mean to go on. — Captain J Curtis, Chaser, Sun Nov 13 12:13
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