We all headed for the hills this weekend with just enough heading up the Collie hill to field a team. As is the case in most games when numbers are low, it provides opportunities for others and this was no exception with a few crew lining up in unfamiliar positions or playing for the first time. With a clear sky, a temp of 20 degrees, a gentle breeze and a playing surface which is probably the best we will play on all year, we looked set to have as much fun as you can with our shorts on. Reever had his girlfriend at the ground and went missing during the half time break (presumabley for a cuddle, $2) so maybe his shorts were given a rest for a bit.
After a brief warm up and introduction to Frank Italiano, Sauce (Shagga’s cricket buddy who played in last years mid season scratch match) and Kimmy Narkle who all pulled the boots on for their first game it was a toss of coin and we were kicking to the sea across a northerly. The Fossil came out firing and had had two snaps at goal for minors before it happened…yes, this aging rock star of Jurassic Park, popped one through and celebrated like a man who had just woken up with Cindy Crawford….i swear I saw him having a ciggy later that quarter. The midfield of Juice, Bask, Griever and Narks were driving it out of the centre with Reever and Macca streaming down the wings and Gunja providing a formidable target at CHF. The backline generals in Hammer/Hoggs/Shagga were rebounding like a unit that had played together for years with a discipline approach of playing in front and playing off quickly. Collie where putting up a good fight and at half time there were only a few goals in it.
For the second half the coach decided that he was safe from any likely sanctions of playing a game following a red carding so moved himself into the forward line to take advantage of what was the most open game of footy we have played this year….unfortunately a higher powered intervened and he limped off with a puffy knee after a typically gutsy ‘get myself into the drop zone’ scenario…crunch, wallop, pow!!! The newbies in Frank and Sauce followed the lead set by Hammer (who was now playing an out and out blinder) and go hold of pill, fed it to the mids and wings and they drove it up the ground. One of these forays forward was to hit Trev on a beautiful lead, unselfishly he passed off, got the hands back in a second effort that J. Selwood would be happy with and snapped a left thru for his first goal in the tangerine…the boys came from everywhere. Mangers continued to ruck on one leg in an effort that is classic Mangan when the Dinos needed him most.
In the end we had about 30 shots at goal which would be right up there with the best we have done offensively….unfortunately it was 10.20 but enough for a comfy 6 goal buffer.
Best : Hammer, Macca, Juice, Bask, Gunja, Fos…..there could have been half a doz extras on this line as we had contributors on every line.
A big up to the Collie boys who provided both umpires and most of the waterboys/girls for the day.
The beers and burgers at the presentations were enjoyed in a vibe that is what our footy is all about. We chatted about the state of the comp and found common ground on more than a few opinions. Thanks to Bask for driving the bus and the 7 players who went up like that, well done + Haousty of course for providing the wheels. Congratulations to coach Hutto on a great job of bringing the new guys in, placing players in new roles and generally handling a tricky situation with so many players unavailable for the weekend in an organised but relaxed manner.
Only 2 games left for the year boys so let’s get down to training for a good run at our last home game in two weeks and a monster bus trip to Busso at the end of July. The Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea is the next major none footy event on July 5th. The club benefit financially from helping with this day and gets much of the kudos for raising the funds for Variety (the main reason we have been given Country Club of the Year for the last two years) so please help out if you can, buy a ticket or use your contacts to help sell a few tickets.