• Maria Nightingale

GSK Girls hockey team, Orange United.

Hi, long time no see! I apologise, I\’ve been on holiday and Wi-Fi connection has been sporadic and is continuing to be so.

So we set off Saturday morning from the site with a coach load of supporters as well as another coach on the way from Tokyo. it was about a 3 hour drive away in a neighbouring prefecture; Satima. As soon as we got on the bus we were handed piles of merchandising to support the team. We had cool bags, towels, fans, horns, toothpaste and water which all came in very useful during the day. Everyone was wearing orange of course and everyone except me hadn\’t taken that into account. They stood out like a sore thumb in a sea of Orange.

We stopped for lunch at an outlet centre, which I am sure was a bad idea. We were given 2 hours so they obliviously wanted us to shop. I did quite well I guess, I didn\’t go overboard but I got a fossil I Pad case for £4 (yes!) and a gym top from Nike and a sponge that looks like a doughnut for the apartment.

Then off to the game, when we arrived it was excruciatingly hot, you have no idea. We thought it was just because we were English, but other people were hot too. We later found out that it was the hottest day of the year so far at 44 degrees Celsius, 44! With no shade watching hockey seemed almost impossible, but by the time we sat down on the bleachers and started watching the game, we forget about it.

Overall a enjoyable day which ended in being exhausted in the evening. A good night sleep was definitely had that night.

Maria xx

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