A new life
Things were hard in the beginning. Though Adrienn had a good job at the bank, everything else in Belfast was alien to her. She had left behind in Hungary not only her memories, but also the father of her daughters, with whom she had split up a while ago. She had no car, but even if she had had one, she would have been too afraid to drive because people drive on the opposite side of the road in Northern Ireland. What’s more, ice-hockey practice started before her workday was done hours, so Nóra had to take a taxi to the arena. “It was expensive, really expensive, but there was no other option,” says Adrienn, recalling how little Nóra was at least accompanied by her sister Dalma, three years older. Today, everything is different. Adrienn has bought her own car and has been driving for almost four months, without no accidents so far! She has become accustomed to the local traffic and regularly drives Nóra to practice and matches. “The car has made our life much easier,” she says.
“Sometimes it takes me just twenty minutes, but if the traffic’s heavy we’re talking up to three-quarters of an hour,” says Nóra as she describes her regular commute in pursuit of her dream. She plays left or right wing. “I’m good and fast,” she believes. The coach plays her in almost every match. Matches take place most weekends and often involve travel. Nóra believes her best game was against the Solway Sharks in Scotland, when her team scored just the one goal – Nóra’s. When she gets home from a match, she usually analyses the game. She can talk about it for hours. She describes what happened, who did what, what they didn’t do or what they could have done better. She looks at ice-hockey from a tactical point of view, perhaps partly influenced by the fact that she has been playing chess since she was little. She always thinks a few steps ahead of every possible outcome she can expect of her opponent.