Metro 2 Men
This week we faced off against Joondalup, ironically the same team we were likely to meet in the following week’s final. This led to a tactical dilemma: do we keep all our secrets under wraps, or do we go for the big win to gain the psychological advantage? But it didn’t prove to be that easy, with the bumps and divets of the pitch at Lake Joondalup Baptist College playing havoc with our normally sublime skills. Seriously, finding a flat area to pass through was as hard as finding a safe spot to sit on the Websters’ couch. It bounced over our sticks, came flying at our heads and clean bowled Sean the goalie on at least one occasion. But thankfully it didn’t bounce into our goals, and we went to the long break at 0-0. In the second half we decided to reveal a weapon, and it was a new one for us – speed, in the form of the younger brigade in Harry, Ben and Ozzie. With those boys creating space through the midfield the Animal and Red were able put some dangerous long balls through to Burt, one of which he converted into a well-deserved goal. Both Bundy and Captain Budgie looked (sort of) dangerous at times but they weren’t able to convert their opportunities. The umpire was determined to even up the game by inventing a series of short corners, but Joshie, Coco, Sean and the Weapon successfully kept them out. Eventually we got the ball out of our defence and back into Burt’s possession, who proceeded to employ the push-the-ball-between-their-legs™ move. However, being relatively new to the team Harry misinterpreted one of these as a pass and pounced on it, taking it all the way to score our second goal and seal the match. With Chicko and his moustache away for this game, we were at least able to keep one big secret under wraps until next week.
With finals upon us the post-game discussion turned to selection, and it is fair to say there is some tension in the air. Most of the team have felt Coco’s wrath and been “cut” at some stage of the season, so none of us really know where we stand. Some of us tried to prove our fitness by taking on Burt’s kids in a game of football, but it appears we grossly overestimated our ability to compete with primary school-age children and may have done genuine harm to our chances of selection next week, not to mention our hamstrings. If you want to see who makes the grade we would love to have you on the sidelines. I’m sure the times for all YMCC teams in finals will be listed above, but just in case – Perry Lakes at 3:30.