Carrier Pigeon arrives - more from Turin

The carrier pidgeon has finally got through and we have the second installment from intrepid reporter Clark Kent:

Day 2 saw Mums Mob up against Calgary United Travelling fc....a team who had set their stall out on winning the competition. .... they had coaches,  physios, warm up and warm down routines.......but no more beersies. This was felt to be against the spirit of the competition......tantamount to cheating almost !
The game kicked off in 34c conditions and immediately we had them under pressure with a good passing game. The Canadians coped well with this for 15 minutes until one of our new recruits, Kent (picked up on a free transfer from under Ryan Nelson's nose) unleashed an unstoppable shot from 25 metres.....1 - 0 to Mums Mob. It stayed that way until half time.
Second half started with the Canadians trying to up the pace and getting significant help from the ref....apparently they gave his guide dog a drink at half time and repainted his white stick. Soon this tactic was paying effect as Wayne Barnes failed to see a blatant offside which allowed the Canadians to draw the keeper and slide across for his colleague to have an easy tap in. For the first time we were up against it and ref Wayne Barnes continued to do us no favours although the defense was able to cope with the pressure with relative ease. However things changed with 10 mins to go....a diagonal ball behind the backline had our keeper in a straight race with their attacker. Whilst the keeper won the race and collected the ball he was almost immediately collected by the Canadian and his kryptonite boots sending his shoulder in one direction and the rest of his body in another.  Both parts reunited on the turf....just!!!! Once again Wayne Barnes saw no problem and allowed the " Canadians to take advantage of their numerical superiority to eventually put the ball in the net. Goal allowed and cue mayhem with a lenghty break ensuing whilst all the kings horses and all the kings men tried to put humpty dumpty together again. They succeeded only temporarily and after the game humpty was off to hospital !!!
Despite valiant attempts in the final few minutes the Canadian goal lived a charmed life but remained intact and so we vwent down 2 - 1.
A disappointing result particularly after we had controlled the game and felt that poor referee decisions had cost us at least 1 point.
However we could always go and drown our sorrows. ... so we did with great enthusiasm !!!!
Apart from humpty of course who spent several hours in the holding cell ( sorry, waiting room) of the local hospital. ..... never complain again about North Shore hospital. .... thats a cake walk compared to Martini hospital in Turin !!!!!!!
Medical Alert
The travelling party have been struck down by a mystery illness which has required the finest medical brains to resolve. Symptoms include slurring of speech, loss of control of legs, general loss of awareness, and in extreme cases falling asleep in unusual places. Symptoms often appear after team meetings and the physicians have narrowed the illness down to a severe case of blisters caused by the amount of walking and running that is being done by all.
Several players have fallen down "BLISTERED" in the last few days but fortunately symptoms rarely last more than 24 hours and all have made a full recovery! !!!!


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