Its true that the sun will always come up again tomorrow....it dawned a pleasant and potentially warm day, after the darkness of the previous night Tri Nations match.
Avoiding the depressing talk and post match permutations the team quickly moved onto the field and went through our prematch stretching, and hand eye co=ordination warm ups (rapidly looking and pointing at things).
The team were too busy concentrating on Scottys in depth strategy and tactic lecture to do the toss so Indians decided they wanted the ball and the umpire decided we would stay as we were.
The team was boyed with the return of Craig, all be it in a reduced capacity, but with the backs and halves in their usual positions, he was promoted to Right inner.
2 mins into the game and Craig collided with an Indians player (actually the Indians player tried to tackle Craig without any arms in the tackle and bounced off him), we all held our breath that craig hadn’t damaged and luckily he hadn’t. He took a slight knock to the eye, which had virtually closed over by the end of the match.
The Farts played their normal expansive game, and Trapper had some insicive runs up the right flank , with Willy putting pressure on the Indian goal. After a PC and more pressure Willy slammed the ball goal wards, the goal threw his body in front of it, and Trapper thumped the ball into the boards.
The game see sawed and Indians had some PC’s, and Rearend partially deflected a shot at goal, only to have it cannon into Nuts (well actually it was nearly completely swallowed up by his stomach) on the goal line, and the umpire had no hesitation in awarding a stroke. Indians converted by sending Rearend the wrong way to draw level.
Trapper had his second goal disallowed, a Nuts free hit inside the quarter didn’t go 5 before he drove it to the far post for Trapper to guide past the goalie.
Just before going to the sheds Indians scored again, and the Farts came off 2-1 down. The team was very quiet at half time, not so much from the score but as no one seemed to have enough breath to live and talk at the same time.
A slight jigging of the tactics for the second half showed results quickly. Craig played higher, and the team were trying more quick short passes.
The Farts front threes match fitness and stamina started to show, with them applying lots of pressure on the goal mouth, and during one scramble Sean passed a shot in to level the scores.
Shortly after and Willy was carving up the Indians left hand defence, driving to the goal line, quick bvall back to Sean who passed the ball to the far post for trapper to slam home for his second.
More pressure and Scotty slid one past the goalie, and the Farts had come back from the brink of disaster to lead 4-2.
It seemed at that point that the decisions in our defence circle started to get a bit one sided, with the umpire giving Indians advantage in the circle then bringing it back for PC’s when they squandered that advantage. One highlight was a great tackle from rearend, he lined up his man and was already launching himself out of the line when the ball was passed to the Indians attacker, the attacker got the ball and Rearend at the same time, and Rearend flattened him in a tackle that Brad thorn would have been proud of.
Indians pulled one back, a fluky goal from a ball driven into the circle that just clicked an Indians stick and whipped past Rearend.
The game was fast paced though, and one such break saw Trapper accelerating past an Indians attacker only to be taken out in spectacular form.
Shortly after Inidians camped down in the Farts circle and scored the equaliser. And when it looked like the Farts might breakout and score the winner the umpire blew for full time.
So the Farts ended the normal round robin season with another draw, and new record in one season.
2 – Trapper
3 - Adrian - great effort especially in the second half
2 - Alan – consistently high work rate
1 – Craig - strong performance after his injury lay off