No time to feel ner­vous

The Irish Times - - The Best Of Times Women's Hockey World Cup 2018 -

Emily Beatty was on hol­i­days in West Cork when she re­ceived a heads-up that Me­gan Frazer had been in­jured in the semi-fi­nal win over Spain on the Satur­day.

Beatty, who had played in sev­eral World Cup warm-up matches, re­ar­ranged her flight to Lon­don for that night from Sun­day, the day of the fi­nal; with no of­fi­cial sum­mons she nev­er­the­less packed all her hockey gear, along with the face paint for her pre­sumed role as a sup­porter.

At 11.30am – the World Cup fi­nal started at 4.30pm – she re­ceived a call from Ire­land coach Gra­ham Shaw ask­ing her make her way across Lon­don to the team ho­tel. Beatty jumped in a cab, told the driver her predica­ment and he ex­pe­dited the jour­ney.

She re­called: “When we got to the team ho­tel we posed for a photo and he said he’d put it up on the Lon­don cab­bie web­site. Gra­ham greeted me and said we’ve a team meet­ing in 15 min­utes and to hang out with the other girls for a while un­til it started.

“I was so ec­static. There was no time to feel ner­vous, no time to think. It was like taxi, ho­tel, team meet­ing, team meal, bus, sta­dium, World Cup fi­nal. I was think­ing it’s ab­so­lutely crazy. But I’d played in the warm-up games against Ja­pan and Italy and Chile so I felt pre­pared. I just sent my fam­ily a text mes­sage that I am go­ing to play in the World Cup fi­nal and I’m putting away my phone so let ev­ery­body know.”

There was no fairy­tale fin­ish to the story with Ire­land los­ing the fi­nal 6-0 to the Nether­lands but for Beatty tak­ing part in the fi­nal was a suit­able per­sonal re­ward.

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