December 03, 2017

Half-court game no joke for goalie

In the half-court game, the goalie has no friends.

That’s when Joker thrives.

The veteran goalkeeper said he “can’t get enough” of the improvised demigames that mean he’s facing shots from any player at any time.

“I like the action.”

In fact, Sunday he liked it so much, he threw down a challenge when the pace flagged, asserting he hadn’t been beaten on a wrap-around play in more than three years.

Lak Attack answered with aplomb, whipping out from behind the net to Joker’s left and squeezing the ball past the stunned shotstopper, much to the mirth of the rest of the players gathered for yet another half-court game as a number of key veterans continue to be awol.

“It was a given that I would score,” said the slippery centreman.

And playing the half-court game affords the creative players the luxury to try new moves because the game isn’t on the line. In fact, there is no real game.

“You can experiment,” said Lak Attack. “You get to make a few moves, try to get your timing.”

For his part, Joker is also working on aspects of his game.

He said the unrelenting nature of the half-court game, in which a teammate becomes his opponent every time the ball turns over, affords him the opportunity to hone his focus, build the stamina of alertness required to sustain him through the long, grueling season.

“It takes a lot to stay focussed when you’ve got shots coming at you from every side,” he said.

Raining those shots at every opportunity is the key to success in the half-court game, said Lak Attack. In fact, with every man playing for himself the game is stripped to its core elements.

“Sometimes it’s just as simple as shooting it on net, get a rebound and hopefully it goes in,” said Lak Attack. “That’s the fundamentals of this game.”

That’s good news for a goaltending workaholic like Joker.

“I’ve got to be on my toes,” he said.

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