True sportsmanship is still alive
SOCCER: Meteors may have won the women's soccer grand final, but both teams proved to be winners to everyone who witnessed true sportsmanship on Saturday night at the BITS Soccer Club.
With scores locked away at 6-6, Meteors' Hayley Holmes lined up to take her penalty shoot-out kick.
What was followed was beautiful, extraordinary and yet sealed with a mutual respect.
Meteor Rites goal-keeper Jean Van Vegchel saw that Holmes was a nervous wreck before she took the penultimate shot that won Meteors the women's premiership.
"Hayley was the last player to come up and she was stressed and breathing heavily," Van Vegchel said of her opponent as she took aim for the penalty.
"She was never in that situation ever before and I just couldn't leave here just standing there and the first thing was that I ran out there and gave her a hug and told her that it was OK.
"It does not matter in the end and I just let Hayley know to have a go and to wipe the tears from her eyes."
As it turned out the end result was a successful strike that slid passed a desperate Van Vegchel dive to her left-hand side.
"It was awesome and she made me feel settled and more confident , but it was a bitter-sweet emotion," a still emotional Holmes said.