Sunday, November 9, 2008

And the Adventure Continues...

Last night we had a meeting at 9pm, once all the referees had returned from the quarterfinal matches. We were all pretty sure that the purpose of the meeting was to inform us who would be staying, and who would be going. Obviously we were all very nervous and the tension in the room was high. Edgar came in with an envelope which said, “Final Referee Appointments”. He then thanked everyone for their contribution and hard work over the past 3 weeks, but unfortunately we would not all be continuing on in the tournament. They had decided to keep only 5 referees and 10 assistants. Considering that we have 14 referees and 26 assistants, those aren’t really good odds. Like I said before, I really wanted to stay, but considering this is my 1st FIFA tournament, and I have only been a FIFA referee for 2 years, I knew there was a good chance that I would be going home. If this was the case, I would be happy with my 1st experience and proud of how I performed both on and off the field.

Anyways, once Edgar had said all his thank yous (which I’m not gonna lie, I didn’t really hear), he opened the envelope and read the names. And guess what, he read my name…Pye, Michelle…heheheh! Yay! I was so excited. To be one of only 5 referees chosen to continue in this tournament is such an honour. I am very proud to be able to continue to represent CONCACAF and Canada. There are only 4 games remaining, and 5 referees, so obviously one of us will not get a middle, but for me, just being chosen to stay is very exciting. I have heard that the FIFA president, Mr Joseph Blatter will be at the final game…maybe I will get to meet him!

So, it looks like my adventure is going to continue for 1 more week. It feels like I have been gone for so long (which I guess I have), but I have learned so much, and met so many great people. I am not sure when the appointments will be given for the semi-finals, but I will let you know as soon as I find out what they will be. I hope everyone is well, and things are good in BC (or wherever you are from!). I am really missing my Venti Vanilla Tea Misto with Awake Tea and non-fat milk and sugar-free vanilla. Yeah, I am officially one of those….those annoying Starbucks snobs!

11 comments:

susan said...

OMG Michelle, I was proud of you before, but now WOW!
CONGRATS, CONGRATS, CONGRATS!
Woohoo. :))

jnielsen said...

Michelle,
Great News. We are alle clapping here. (it hurts clapping with your fingers crossed).
You have done so much, so well, and now..it's just really starting.
Keep your focus....ENJOY
John and the Girls

law5 said...

Michelle, we are all behind you. As John says keep your focus and when you get back I will bye you that Misto what you ma call it, a thermos size one. Peace from me and Martina.

law5 said...

We are in your corner and Martina looked at New Zealand on her map and wants to know if you have see any Mauri.

Ivan Daniel said...

Congrats! One of the reasons you made it is because Canada didn't make it to the semi-finals (sad face here) but, as you say, out of 14, being selected is a great honour. I know you will do fine and, who knows, why not dream about a Final game! From Vancouver Island, congrats!

Nick H said...

Awesome Michelle; I am very impressed. You must be having so much fun, you worked hard to get there, its great that its turned out so well. I had a great coaches league match yesterday ;) you must be missing those eh?

joe ciresi said...

Congrats.......!
You done yourself proud but also
Canada,CSA,BC,BCSRA,VASRA and of course yours truly ...Joe

In your next game ..if you look in the stand , by the media corner
you will see a lot of us watching you and cheering .....

Keep up the good worked

joe ciresi said...

OOPS...
I forgot ...BCSA.

Iain said...

Congrats on getting the Semi! looks like it was an exciting game!

Tiberio said...

Michelle, BC and Canada is proud of you. This is a moment in life that can never be taken away from you.

Tiberio

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