Story Behind the Cup: Kiko Lake
ALTADOR CUP - Kiko Lake entered the tournament as the underdog, coming from a
mini world instead of an actual world. This team had a lot to prove to its critics,
but they did not prove much with their loss to Brightvale. Although the early
first round exit brought them down, they had nothing to be ashamed of.
Kiko Lake's newly signed free agent Meela Kitah proved to be one of the worst
deals of last season, posting the worst numbers of her career. Kitah replied,
"Last season was a nightmare. I hope to recover to my former glory in the Altador
Cup." Kitah had a lot to prove, though. Her contract wasn't worth her playing
and it will be a miracle to see her return next season.
The team also lost top scorer Helmo Timm to an injury, and had to put a cast
on her right foreleg. This was a costly injury to Kiko Lake, but replacement
Holbie Pinnock was fired up for the Cup. Now the team was made up of 4 Kikos
and 1 Jetsam. But during practices before the Altador Cup began, Pinnock received
a concussion in the back of the head. Helmo Timm convinced her doctors that
she was well enough to play for her team.
Goalie Ditan Colb was painted Disco right before the season started. "I thought
it might confuse my opponents, and might create an advantage for this squad,"
he said. His goalkeeping was fantastic this year, but did not do well during
the Altador Cup.
"Poke" Sellers, Right Defender for the squad, has helped Kiko Lake improve
defense and provide quick scoring opportunities. "Poke" earned her name for
her "poke 'n' pass" move, where she quickly steals the Yooyuball and passes
it to one of her forwards. She says of the move, "It has helped us become a
great team, and I hope to teach it to some of my teammates."
The last player, a Jetsam, has been the real star for Kiko Lake. Relle Felson
had to step up after Helmo Timm's injury, and also had to teach Holbie Pinnock
the team's strategy. "Holbie is a fantastic player," says Felson, "It's a great
thing that some of the younger players can play for our team."
On the 7th Day of Relaxing, Kiko Lake found out they were going to play against
Brightvale, the roughest team in the league. Helmo Timm was confident in her
team and said, "Let's show them what we've been practicing and hopefully come
out the winners." Holbie Pinnock was watching from the crowds, although he still
had numerous headaches and mild nausea.
Then, it was time for kickoff. Three minutes were on the clock. Both teams
were playing in a 2-2 format. The first Yooyuball rose from the middle of a
field, and it was a fire Yooyuball. Brightvale won possession and ran down the
field. Timm tried hard to steal the ball from Brightvale's Kayn Hireck, but
he kept the ball steady in possession. Hireck passed the ball to Reb Weemelott
right in front of the goal post, shot the ball, and scored on the right side
of the goal, making the score 1-0 with 2:17 on the clock. The players were in
position for the next ball to appear, which was a mutant Yooyuball. Brightvale
once again won possession and Weemelott took it down the field. The Nimmo rushed
past Felson and ran straight into Poke Sellers. Sellers "poked" the ball out
of Weemelott's hands and quickly passed it to Felson, who was wide open down
field. Felson ran into defender Montecito, one of the toughest players in the
league. Felson passed it to Timm, who was heavily guarded by "Squeaky" Tressif,
but Timm managed to get the ball. Felson whizzed past Montecito and was wide
open in front of the goal. Helmo Timm made the pass to Felson and he shot, and
scored! The Yooyuball made a sharp left turn into the goal! The game was now
tied at 1 with 0:37 on the clock. The next Yooyuball to appear was another fire
Yooyuball, and Kiko Lake gained possession with 30 seconds left. Timm tried
to pass it to Felson but the ball was stolen by Weemelott, and he sprinted to
the goal. He made a nice fake left to the right to get past Meela Kitah, and
was face to face with goalie Ditan Kolb. Weemelott faked the shot to the right
so Kolb jumped to the right side of the goal, but Weemelott shot to the left
and it was a goal for Brightvale as time expired. The final score was Brightvale
2, Kiko Lake 1. The Brightvale team was jumping around with joy, and then shook
hands with the Kiko Lake team. Very depressed, the Kiko Lake team made a very
long walk back to the locker room, but as they made that walk, their fans were
cheering for them. The team looked to the crowd with delight. The crowd was
chanting "Kiko Lake! Kiko Lake!" and the team made its way back to the locker
room with pleasure.
The team decided to watch the rest of the Altador Cup before heading home to
Kiko Lake. They saw their opponents get beat to the fearsome Haunted Woods squad,
and saw Haunted Woods and Darigan Citadel face each other in the Finals. The
whole experience was a blast to Kiko Lake.
When they returned home, fans were crowding the small town cheering for the
team. Each player said a few words about the Altador Cup. Ditan Kolb said, "It
was incredibly foolish of me to let that last goal zoom right past me, but I
had a great time."
Relle Felson said, "I think we played our best out there on that field, but
we came up one goal short of winning that match."
Helmo Timm said, "I'm just glad I didn't get more hurt than I already was;
I hope I'll be back to play next year."
"Poke" Cellers said, "The better team won. They proved that they were better
than us and this match convinced me to play harder next time."
Meela Kitah said, "I'm depressed that we lost, and I hope that I can stay here
next year after my performance on that last match."
And finally, Holbie Pinnock had to say, "I'm proud of my team, proud of my
town, and proud that I took a shot to the head even if it was practice."