Cody puts his soccer ball on the ground and passes it to me. 'Bet you can't score from here.'
Bernard Beagle Kicks Off, page 160
At the end of Bernard Beagle Kicks Off, Bernard tries to kick the ball into the goals from just in front of the halfway line, after the game against the Jets has finished.
When I was in year 8, I refereed Reynella East Primary School's senior home games on this very field. These matches, and our lunch-time soccer games throughout high school, provided the inspiration for some of the scenes in the book.
You know when the corner of your novel's pages get bent or torn - Blog Ears.