As someone who usually skips over the sports section of the paper, last week's international women's hockey test in Hamilton was a revelation for me.
Our Blacksticks and Argentina's Las Leonas ran like gazelles for the whole 70 minutes of the game. Both teams were remarkably fit, agile and deft and their dazzling display had me rapt. I had not appreciated how demanding and skilled hockey at this level is and what a great, fast-moving game it is to watch.
At the final whistle I was dancing with delight. We had won 3-1!