Milestone an ideal time to say thanks
LAST Sunday I played my 100th game and, yes, we won 63-54 against the West Coast Fever.
But it was a trip down memory lane. As I was marking a milestone, the young Firebirds - Nicola Gray, Amelianne Wells, Gabi Simpson, Abbey McCulloch and Kim Ravaillion - were making history too in the first years of their national league careers.
I remember that like it was yesterday.
Being a country girl, my parents would drive endless hours to allow me to compete in the sport.
If they hadn't been prepared to do this, I wouldn't be where I am now.
So I want to take time out, especially with Mothers' Day upon us, to say thank you.
Go to any sports game - junior or senior, amateur or professional - and you will see the mums and dads in action: Some coaching, volunteering, washing uniforms, running the club tuckshops, scoring, umpiring - you name it, they are there.
Like most kids, it never occurred to me they might have had their own lives but were involved for my sake.
So that beautiful bunch of flowers I was presented with at our home game on Sunday was for you too, Mum and Dad. Thanks.
These days, there are so many more ways to be involved in sport, whether playing or supporting, that if you are not involved, you are not trying hard enough.
For example, my column is now in your hands.
But this column can also be seen online each week and I link to it on my own webpage http://www.laurageitz.com.au.
I've blogged about it, tweeted it, and put it on Facebook.
This week I have spent the morning reading the sport on breakfast radio. I've had text messages after the broadcast giving me feedback.
The point being, we are all so connected today that the up-side is you can get your sports news around the clock.
Even though we are going across the Tasman this weekend to play the Tactix team in Christchurch, you can watch us on Fox 2 live from 2pm.
Also, results will be continuous on Twitter and quarterly on Facebook and I'll tell you about it here next week.
I'm looking forward to it, wish us luck against the Kiwis and happy Mother's Day to all the sporting mums, whether you play or are on the sideline.