Supers Round 3 – vs Bayside Bombers
Saturday night football returned to the MAFL and produced the biggest crowd of the season. Few of them coherent or remotely interested in this game for that matter but bums on seats nonetheless. A league game played just before the twilight kick off provided us with a few extra ingredients for this clash. Firstly, a boozy, boisterous crowd of jeering, swearing, argumentative know it alls. The kind you might only expect to see at a Sharks committee meeting. And secondly, a self confessed “professional” umpire who decided to show us the fine art of whistle blowing.
Plagued again by accuracy issues early. Mutley was outstanding off a half back flank, whilst the Kenmore connection of Easy and Hottie provided plenty of footy to forwards Sass & Princess. But as with previous weeks, their errant goal kicking from set shots was starting to draw comparisons to Dooley’s haircut. Plenty on either side but not a whole lot through the middle.
The half back line of Longy, Wolfy & Nashy were solid contributors and the efforts of Fish or Little Fish or Nemo for the sake of not confusing him with Big Fish, did not go unnoticed. Pipes had a huge first half whilst Zulu continued on his steep learning curve with some impressive attacks on ball and opposition player alike.
The game was punctuated with some bizarre umpiring decisions that riled a few players which probably contributed to some unsavoury acts. The increasingly agitated Bombers demeanour no doubt had a few very nervous parole officers sitting in the stands, worried about potential AVO infringements.
If this wasn’t frustrating enough to both teams, the grounds official time clock had an apparent malfunction. Hopefully they offer naming rights to their clock and siren next year. Anything that promises you two minutes then proceeds to blow after 10 seconds should probably be named after me.
An oiled and decidedly more tanned Skull returned from his trip to the Middle East, somewhat fittingly for a Twilight game. Producers of the popular Vampire franchise could do a lot worse than cast the Sharks winger to fill the shirts off requirement to play a werewolf in the blockbuster films. Dooley of course could certainly put his hand up to fill the full moon requirements, if necessary.
Chief charged in straight lines with a single minded focus and attack at the ball as though it was the dessert bar at Sizzlers.
Verne took a strong mark that was a highlight but became overstimulated by the effort and played on. No doubt commentating as he ran and already preparing his responses in the post game press conference, Verne was mowed down from behind in a tackle and left pondering what might have been.\
Another strong finish by the lads that was marred again by injury. Kingy cut a forlorn figure from the bench with a knee injury, Ant took a hit late in the game that must have shaken him up and went unrewarded by the umpire but he managed to play on, despite obvious discomfort.
Most distressing of all was watching the unnecessarily brutal tackle laid by one of the bigger Bombers players on Fiddy. Like watching a Rhino trying to mount a Praying Mantis, Fiddy was ridden to the ground and came up nursing a broken collar bone. Reward for hard work though with a 16 point win.
Last Modified on 01/03/2011 12:37