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Despatches from the trenches of Turin by intrepid war corresponent Capt Clark Kent with additional input from Corporal Lois Lane: dated 0400 4 August
Yes unlike Liverpool and the Champions League, Mums Mob have qualified for the World Masters - AGAIN !!
Ok, so we only had to be old and pay the entry fee (being stupid also helps) but it is some achievement nevertheless. Over 35,000 have made their way to Turin (Not all Mums Mob) to compete in a huge range of sports under the World Masters Banner. The next version of the games will be held in Auckland in 2017. We offered to help promote this for the organising committee by "spreading the word" and unwisely, they accepted.
On to the games. We nearly all arrived on time (Players, WAGs and PAKs - Parents and Kids) in Turin and with nearly all our luggage - no mean feat in itself - and after going through the registration process, turned up for our first game against Canadian Legends. It was hot and humid 37c, and we needed a half time break while getting changed. Tried to organise a drinks break, but the bar manager refused to deliver 30 beers every 15 minutes so this was abandoned.
Despite the conditions our commitment to open, attacking football was undiminished allowing the opposition to attack at will. A resoulute and well-marshalled defence soon had this under control. Realising they were as exhausted as us we took over the game, Simon Aley broke through and although the keeper saved the first effort he knocked in the rebound to put Mums Mob 1-0 up. From the restart we regained possession and pressing forward gained a corner. The tall timber and Bob Thomas went forward. A great ball in saw a certain Bob Thomas rising like a young salmon (at least 5 cm off the turf) at the far post. The ball managed to hit the back of his head and snuck into the net, deceiving the keeper to put us two up.
(Bob Thomas is available for interview if you have a spare hour or three to waste)
Shortly afterwards came the first and only controversial moment of the game. Simon Aley showed his blistering pace, running on to a through ball and planting it past the keeper only to find a certain linesman, who has previously been accused of being one-eyed, had raised his flag for offside, the goal was chalked off by refree Collina. Said linesman received the traditional award after the game for his indiscretion. (I think he is referred to as 'Richard' for the next 24 hours. Ed)
Half time allowed us to rehydrate - it was so bad we were drinking water. Team talk was cancelled due to lack of oxygen and ass there was not enough time to get liquid back into the system, the 11 nearest to the pitch had to leave the bench and restart the battle.
The second half was a dour affair with both team succumbing to the conditions, and more time spent making substitutions than actuall playing. With a two goal lead we withstood the pressure from the Legends, coping with a few scares and winning 2-0.
With the stay at home Mums Mob winning a double header in Auckland, it meant that in leass than 24 hours we gained three wins ... on opposite sides of the world. Worth celebrating and it was. Viva Peroni!!
Next game v Calgary United Travelling Football Club who had been impressive in winning their game just prior to ours.
More to follow later... Clark Kent over and out