Friday, 3 June 2016

Young Authors Challenge Story: Kick Off.

Kick Off!

He walks onto the field. As his foot hits the ground muddy water bursts up his legs! He calls to his teammates. The whistle goes. Fast paced men run towards him, the ball smashing against their boots. “Goal!” the crowd roars as the ball passes the out stretched goalie.

“Hey did you catch that game last night?” asked Mike.

“Yeah, I reckon one day I’ll be like Messi, you know fast, strong, good at football!” replied Axel.

“You’ll never be like him, no one will!”  

Axel had that saying in his head the whole night! You’ll never be like him, no one will. The next day Axel asked his teacher if he could join the soccer club. “Training starts tonight!”

Axel set up his gear. “There's a new Messi in school!” He walked over to the field and Mike was training! “Could this day get any worse?”

“Hey little Axel decided to come play soccer!”

“Who said I can’t?” queried Axel.

The more Mike kept saying those things, the more Axel wanted to play.

Later That Day…
“Hey honey how was your day?”

Axel didn’t reply. He walked up to his room and slammed the door. “Maybe Mike is right. Maybe I am hopeless. Maybe I’ll never play soccer!”

“Son, want to come watch the game with me?” asked his dad.

“OMG!” yelled Axel.

The next day Axel decided to grab a ball and practice his skills he would need if he wanted to join the team. He practiced for hours, he even propped his ipad on a seat so he could learn the miraculous and prodigious skills and tricks that Messi could do! It took him about 3 weeks to master juggling the ball 3 times, and he thought he was hopeless, well really he was!  Afterall his mum and dad had watched him fail for hours.

Than finally he did it, he could juggle, dribble and much more, he was ready!   

Weeks later he stood up and walked onto the field for his first day of polished and professional training. Mike was there laughing with his mates. “I bet he can’t even score a goal!” he muttered to his friend. Axel ran home, and found all his life savings. He went online and bought a small soccer goal. When it arrived he got his ball and two pairs of shoes.

Why, you ask? Well if he put the shoes in different places near the goal he could practice dribbling the ball passed the shoes like they were other players! And the idea actually worked! The next day he had a big match! “3 2 1 Go!” The game had started.

Axel was playing against Mike so he wanted to play the best he could. He had the ball, he now knew that passing the ball is the right thing to do, so he kicked it up towards the strikers who are the two people who play up front. One of the players was then injured but the game still went on. Axel ran up front with the ball. “Come on Axel you can do this!” he muttered to himself. He thought and when he got near the goal he passed it to his team mate and turned his back. The teammate passed it back and Axel flipped himself around  kicking the ball straight into the goal.  That soccer move, ladies and gentlemen, is known as the Bicycle!

“Can’t score a goal aye?” as he walked passed  Mike. Mike was speechless, surprised with his mouth wide open.

The one thing that Axel learnt is that you never give up on a dream, because one day it might just come true!

This is my entry for the 2016 Young Authors Challenge. It is about a boy named Axel, who struggles to play soccer, but he practices and finally he plays. He also faced playing against his mortal enemy, (worst person he knows) and eventually he shows him who can really play.


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