Metro 2 Men
On a glorious sunny afternoon at Perry Lakes the Grass Crabs faced off against Guildford, who are the top team and looking like the ones to beat. They are younger, faster, fitter and more skilful than us - but otherwise we match up pretty well. Unfortunately, they got a bit of luck early in the game, as one of their forwards tripped over and knocked the ball into our goal with his flailing stick. That was really their only scoring opportunity for much of the rest of the game, as the Weapon, Chicko and Sean build a wall in defence. Once we got the ball moving through the midfield via Coco, Shano and new recruit Theo (nickname pending – it shouldn’t take too long) we started to look likely. Burt was employing his cunning push-the-ball-between-their-legs™ move, Shano was making friends as always, and the Animal, Captain Budgie and Bundy were all getting into dangerous positions, but luck just wasn’t on our side. That ball swiped across the face of goals more times than the Animal swipes his finger across the phone screen on a Saturday night. It went across the right, across to the left, it even swiped up over the top (not sure what that gets you?), but it never went in the goals. In the end we ran out 0-1 losers, but it had been a good effort from the team, made tougher by losing papa Claz to a calf injury – clearly weakened by an excess of evasive manoeuvring the previous Saturday evening.
Given our lack of scoring during the game the post-match discussion focused on the individual approaches team members take in order to get that result on the board. For some it seemed to come easily, with a minimum of effort, while others were prepared to put in the hard yards over a much greater period of time. Still others seemed destined to only get on the board once a season, no matter what they try.
But the great thing about the hockey season is that another opportunity comes around the very next week, and for us that comes in the form of ECU (Coco’s mates). Let’s hope we get a result that afternoon.