Wednesday, April 9, 2014

First game of the season - "Zombie - Dawn of the Dead"

The first game of the season was on the morning that daylight savings changed, and obviously the Farts bodies were  "savings-lagged" (the daylight savings equivalent of Jet Lag).

Another new season saw a lot of old faces (will actually mainly very old faces and bodies) and a few new players.
Stan "the Man" Pope came back for another season, to bless the team
Watties had been busy in the off season and recruited Andy "Carlos" Paiti and a younger cousin Harry (yes, you can here the strains of the duelling banjos from deliverance in the background).

Phil "the axeman" Monrad had taken over the rudder to steer the team this year, so Nuts so spend more time on the sideline concentrating on his figure (Reportedly KFC is opening a new store next to Fraser Park).

So when this band of merry men finally arrived and  prepared to take Sunday morning, the opposition had already been there 30 mins, had a team warm up run and talk, and were stretching.

Not to be deterred, the Farts were buoyed with the youthful exuberance that comes from a mis-guided youth (yes i know some have to look through their photo albums at all the B&W photos to remember back that far), and seemed please that they actually made the field, and more that their shirt from last year still fitted them (great job Al getting stretchy shirts).

With new players, and old players shuffled into different positions the first half took a while to settle down. It reminded me of a retirement village when residents change rooms and take ages to realise that  they're not off on a world holiday to another country, they've just moved 20 m down the corridor.

To be far the Farts did challenge the Vic goal early in the first half with a couple of excursions, but they became increasingly camped on defence.

Half time saw the Farts 4-0 down, and in need of a breather and an energy boost. Trapper had prepared for that, with  highly specialised sports energy supplements (don't tell the Sports Anti Doping Commission, they aren't on the approved list) - although to his horror the WAGS had stuffed them selves with the Jet planes and left the Farts with only the Dinosaurs.

Maybe the addition of sleeping pills in the Dinosaurs backfired, as the Farts really seemed to go to sleep in the second half and it more resembled the "Zombie - Dawn of the Dead" as players seemed to wander around with a dazed look in their eyes.

The Farts did pull one back, Moses scoring from a stroke, i think the umpire gave it because given our age and potential dementia setting in, if we didn't get a goal we would forget what we were supposed to do when (if) we got into their circle.

Watties mustn't have had any of the secret Dinosaur uppers as he played well in goal to keep the second half to only 3-1.

Carlos was a god send, he seemed to have energy for Africa (think Nuts dozed off at one stage just from the effort of watching Carlos's boundless efforts).

So first two games over, Victoria won them both 4-0 and 3-1.

Talking to the management team after the game they were pleased with the efforts, the aim is not top peak too early (cause once they have theres no tomorrow) and that they came through with no injuries.

Goal - Moses !

3- Carlos - like the energiser bunny
2 - Watties ("it must be watties") - did manage to fall over a few times and luckily it was when Vic were on attack and shooting at the goal
1 - Moses (scored, was still able to walk and talk after the game)
1- Trapper (token point for the season for bringing oranges)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Opening game of the season

First game of the season, Sunday afternoon, 6th, V Upper Hutt 4 at Fraser, 3.45 PM!