"Don't drop him."
That's all Dan Conroy thought as he rushed around the car and prepared to catch his son while his wife Scarlett went into labour in a hospital car-park.
He'd called the midwife. They'd made it to the hospital. But it was 6am on Monday, October 7 - a public holiday - and there wasn't a soul in sight.
Within 15 seconds, Johnathon Conroy was born. Conroy and Scarlett can laugh now about their hectic morning.
"Things started to heat up as we were getting close and as soon as I pulled up at the hospital I asked her to stand at the front until I parked the car," Conroy said.
"She very aggressively said 'no, get out right now, it's coming'.
"I raced out of the car and by the time I got to the other side of it he was coming out. We didn't have much of a choice than to deliver him right there, in the car-park.
"He was pretty slippery and came out in a hurry. There was a small fumble but I caught him in the end. So there we were, holding our baby in a car park in front of the birthing suites."
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Four days later Conroy was on a plane to Perth and led the Canberra Chill to their first victory in the inaugural Hockey One season.
"A bit controversial but you've got to commit at this level when you're playing against some of the best players in the world," Conroy said.
"You don't want to let your team down as much as I didn't want to let my family down - they're my priority.
"I'm lucky to be blessed with a wife who can handle everything well and we've got family around us if we need them. She handled it like a champion and looked after the kids. Everything was fine on the home-front."
Conroy will rush off again to help keep Canberra's Hockey One campaign alive when the Chill clash with Melbourne at the State Netball and Hockey Centre in Melbourne on Friday.
The Chill lost their opening two matches of the hit-and-run competition but reinvigorated their season with a crucial 3(3)-3(1) win over the Perth Thundersticks last week.
Canberra sit two points behind Melbourne at fifth on the ladder and have a chance to leapfrog the Victorians with three matches remaining in the regular season.
"All our games are expected to be tough battles but we're confident we can be successful," Conroy said.
"Getting on the board has slightly released pressure. We can prove we can win against great players and big states so it's about being able to back those wins up. It certainly gives us more confidence heading into our next game."
The Canberra Chill will have less than two days to back up the performance and will host the Tassie Tigers at Lyneham Hockey Centre on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Canberra's women's side will be looking to bounce back from their round-three loss and claim two victories in this weekend's double header.
Melbourne remain undefeated and won both their matches during regular time, while the Tassie Tigers are yet to put a point to their name.
HOCKEY ONE ROUND FOUR
Friday: Melbourne v Canberra Chill at the State Netball and Hockey Centre in Melbourne. Women at 7pm, Men at 8.45pm.
Sunday: Canberra Chill v Tasmanian Tigers at Lyneham Hockey Centre. Women at 2pm, men at 3.30pm.