Write-up By Ganes
Elite 9 - 0 Lower Hutt
As Saturday rolled round and I awoke with a dryness of throat and a slight headache, I found the sun shining and cool breeze to shake off last night’s litre steins - prost. Life was good. Today was football day. But first I had to spend a few hours removing the many bricks from my new house and time was running short. I hastily dove out to the badlands of Newtown and was soon covered in soot and dust. What a day. What a lovely day. Ganesy driving to the Hutt:
Unfortunately come warm up it turned out the mornings work had already done me in and I felt less than my usual vigorous self. Luckily for me however the team was in good order and took to the opposition under the leadership of Imperator Ryanator:
After a quick prayer to the football gods, the ball moved freely in our favour and it was not long before we found the back of the net through Clem. Or I think Clem. Who started as he meaned to finish, running around the park like a mad man possessed. He attacked, scored and defended at every opportunity. Which was great for me as I misjudged many a ball in my lackluster statebut Clem or Damo was always there.
Some further play up the wings and through the centre saw the opposition midfield…. (Well actually, we didn’t see the opposition midfield because they were nowhere to be found) crumble away with Patrick showing off some impromptu juggling abilities before stubbing the ball into the back of the net for our second. I believe Greggors scored the first of his hatrick after this as he pushed forward from the line (I actually have no idea of the order of goals so feel free to correct). Ross also got the first of his hatrick I believe or was it Deks? Was it even 4-0 at half time? Bit of a blur as I took in some high octane crazy blood to get me through the second half. Either way we were winning!
The opposition had a couple of good chances and almost came away with a goal after a man got free in a corner and hit the post. Somewhere in a grassy maimai with a brace of ducks, Stevo felt a disturbance before returning to the hunt. Stevo duck hunting:
Otherwise the opposition rarely threatened the solid defence and our cat like goalie. I certainly felt a lot of comms were going around (or I was just being shouted a lot) and the majority of loose play was easily picked up with Roger racing down the left and Greg and Damo leading the charge in the centre. Damo again throwing himself around the park like a monster. Damo and Ganesy in defence:
As we settled into the second half we further established our dominance early on, pushing the ball out to the wings and back to the centre of the pitch for some cracking football. Any saved attempts by the Mooseknuckle backs generally found a corner where Greggors punished the lack of defence and deftly headered in two more goals. Ross pushed on with two as well running the defence ragged with his speed and pondering whether the golden boot really was made of gold. Imperator Ryanator also bagged a goal I believe, leading from the front, while others were unlucky to not come away with one or two like our hardman Niall and weaving maestro, Disco Stu. Crispy, who ran more than any game I can recall terrorised the left wing. I imagine it was because he may have been trying to stop the beams of sunlight from touching his skin, but crack on lad.
Someone managed to take a pic from the sideline and I feel it really captured our awesomeness and the heat of the day if you will. It is a bit blurry though so you might have trouble recognizing everyone:
Full credit to great all round game lads and a well-deserved 9-0 win!
Hard to give points out considering everyone did well but here goes:
Clem 3 points – solid all round mate. You were a presence on the pitch and I’m pretty sure the opposition are scared of you.
Damo 2 points – Another solid game for the little general. Other than the slip up/cockiness near the end.
Gregg & Ross 1 point each – hatricks and constantly getting stuck in. What more can you ask for.
Unfortunately I won’t be available next game due to work but according to autoscore we should be fine... Might be a bit tougher then suggested however. Good luck lads.
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