Masters Round 2 – vs. Morningside
Always going to be a tough one his one. Strangely physical for a game between these two, with the Sharks largely on the receiving end and Frances earning the big bikkies the club has him on. Amazing dedication from a bloke who doesn’t even eat stale Monte Carlos. Cookie came from the game from the ground early following a high shot but if past seasons are anything to learn by, Cookie would get flattened at a christening.
Igor (again talking about himself here in the third person) got dumped in a slinging tackle but was able to break the fall with his head. The resulting divot can be used to launch a boat in after heavy rain or a speech from Kingy.
Haema was in the wars throughout the game. Things started badly when the big fella gave away a 50 metre penalty for umpire abuse. The usual blow up we get from Haema following any form of contact to his head. Leading me to conclude that he simply hates to be touched above the shoulders. Spare a thought for his hairdresser.
If that wasn’t bad enough, the big guy provided a rare highlight for the team sprinting off half back following a great mark and ploughed through their feeble attempts to tackle him. This came to a tragic end upon trying to take a bounce. He would have had more luck bouncing a pineapple as a right angles rebound forced an unfortunate turnover.
Not even the return of Burger to the side from overseas, sporting a new tattoo and I daresay a few yet to be classified infections, could prevent us starting the second half ten goals down.
There was much to like about the second half though. Mary was everywhere, Jenko went forward to kick some late goals and Kanga made one of his occasional appearances to curb the usually dangerous Perra down back. Nicko continued his steep learning curve in the ruck, whilst Cam provided plenty of voice. Plenty of voice. He yelled at teammates, opposition, passing motorists and even a flock of migrating geese at one stage.
Former club stalwart Della strolled over at ¾ time walking a dog that made more sense than him but if nothing else it provided some light heartedness. Ado won a tonne of the hard ball and only had the half dozen holding the ball decisions paid against him. Old habits die hard for him. (I saw his daughter hug him after the game, to which he instinctively fended her off and ran back towards the nearest set of goals before realising the game was over).
A tactical highlight came from the successful pairing of Bic and Dooley down back. No longer just the eye candy around the club, these two provided the first of many miserly defensive efforts.
Perhaps the biggest highlight on the day came from the joy of watching BC kick his first goal for the club. Gathering the ball at centre half forward, the man that was once beaten in a sprint by Ayres Rock turned. Time stood still and so did he. Ignoring both the yells from team mates demanding the ball and the (moss that had taken up residency on most of his body, the man mountain threw it on to his boot and wobbled one through. Much to the delight of his team mates. A rare highlight on an otherwise disappointing day.
Morningside by over 13 goals.
Last Modified on 01/03/2011 12:35