Vocabulary Development: Words Associated with Sports – I
Read the following passage carefully.
On 6th March 2001, Community Secondary School, Umuokpu held her sixth Annual Inter-House Sports Competition. It was sponsored by Dr. E.O. Egbogah, an illustrious son of the town. It was the best so far as it incorporated football competition, outside field and track events. At 3.00 p.m., athletes from four houses – Green, Yellow, Blue, and Red – filed out for a march past. After that, the referee, with his assistants, took his position and at the sound of his whistle, the track events started. The first was sprints, followed by relays, including invitation relays. Other exciting races like hurdles, sack race, and three-legged race then followed. A marathon brought the races to a close. It was all clapping and shouting as the competitors entered their last lap. The competitor for Green House breasted the tape in a record time of 13 mins, 10 secs, thus breaking the tournament record of 14 mins, 9 secs. He was carried shoulder-high. The runners-up were Yellow and Blue Houses.
Field events went on simultaneously. The Houses competed in high jump, long jump, shot put, and javelin. Red House recorded ‘no jump’ and ‘no throw’ on several occasions, so came last in all field events.
In the end, Green House emerged as the overall winner. Winners in various events walked up to the podium to receive their prizes and medals – the first, second, and third in each event were decorated with gold, silver, and bronze medals respectively – all donated by the sponsor. Three trophies from other donors all went to Green House for hurdles, marathon events, and for being overall winners.
Everybody then trooped to the football field to watch a match between the school and an invited team. There was a draw to determine which goal post would be occupied by the opposing team.
The players, the referee, and the linesmen then took their positions on the pitch and the match started with a kick-off taken by the sponsor.
The referee blew against many infringements and foul plays as players got hacked down needlessly. He was forced to issue four yellow cards to the visiting team and two to the host team. The host team’s captain, however, bagged a red card as he brought down a player by kicking his leg. The first half ended in a goalless draw.
At the beginning of the second half, the coach of the host team fielded number ten jersey who was benched during the first half. That made the difference. He dribbled the ball past all his opponents and, fifteen minutes into the second half landed a ground shot which the opponents’ goal–keeper had no answer for. The match ended 1 – 0 in favour of the host team.
Source: New Oxford Secondary English Course for SSS2
Read the passage again and look up the meanings of the words and expressions in bold.