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Round 5 (May 28), 2011
Wembley Masters Vs Kingsway
You're Hot Joey????
Okay guys let’s get this out of the way early. Yes I found myself in open space in an area to rival “Pagans Paddock in the 1990’s” with an open goal beckoning. Yes I got run down like a fool! And yes you enjoyed the moment more than you all will ever admit!!! So why did this happen?
Why? That is easy to answer.......... because I’m a slow bastard!!!!! Yes it is true I had never bounced the Ball in three years of Masters Football and I got so excited I didn’t hear the calls of “ kick it Joey, your hot Joey” and so on. So I think it is reasonable to make an early call for Turkey of the week (no dinner voucher required).
So was that the end of my stuff ups for the night? No of course not. So let’s jump ahead to the Supers game under lights later in the night. Firstly in my defence I was completely shattered after the Masters game due to having to use my legs in that run I had to goals. Even plea’s to coach Newboy to sit it out fell on deaf ears. So I battled on with exhaustion and dehydration certainly a key factor. My sincere apologies must go to Sarge. Late in the last quarter of that game Sarge will argue forever that his kick was going to be a clear goal and I will obviously argue forever that it had a large outswing on it and was certainly going to be a point, as proven by my position after preventing the ball going through the goals as I sat in a terrible shame to the left-hand side of the goal post. The cries of disappointment rang in my ears as both teams, supporters, umpires, children, and anybody else that was at the game or just passing the ground sighed in disbelief. You will be pleased to know Sarge that after fighting for 2 years not to wear contact lenses and having broken and dislocated most fingers on my hands and I am preparing next week for fitting of contact lenses. Will it help? Probably not.
Now to the game. The Wembley Masters side presented themselves magnificently on the day with the new white clash jumpers and if nothing else looked a treat. However and unfortunately our efforts on the day did not make this a memorable debut for the clash jumper. We were outclassed and played practically across all positions by the committed and the spirited Kingsway team. Yes we did have a few highlights and yes the guys did put in effort but it really was not our day or night.
A particular low light of the game, excepting my embarrassing run towards an open goal, was an injury to Roger Chapman. Roger, who is a likeable new recruit to the club, has had a typical and horrific start to his Master's career. The first game of the year that he played in he ended up in the Rockingham hospital and receiving stitches below his eye. The second game that Roger played out at Midvale resulted in a torn hamstring. This game however certainly tops those injuries with what seems to be a very serious knee injury and a torn cruciate ligament (ACL) in his knee. Roger is apparently heading to the surgeon's table thanks to the bad news which was delivered by Mike “Devo Dollars” Divine from Sports Med Subiaco (he told me to say that!), who is certainly making a killing in his business from injuries being received at the club. Roger our thoughts are with you and as you recover and rehabilitate at Sports Med Subiaco ( Devo again wanting to plug his business) don't forget about us down the club, as the Wembley Veterans Football Club is more than a place to enjoy football and just because you're knee will probably be in a brace does not mean you can't run water. Just don't get caught in the middle of the field like Benny did last year having a fag between delivering the water bottles!
Now for the highlight of the game which “Bevo” Sturguss Smith is unlikely to ever let us forget. In the second quarter (I think) and on his non preferred left foot “Bevo” found himself deep in the forward pocket. Standing beside him, I am still in disbelief, as he managed to kick a mongrel left foot kick through the middle of the big sticks. This effort rivals any goal that you will see on a weekend in the big person's AFL. Well done “Bevo” as you continued throughout the game to play your normal high possession no position, style of game.
Other players to perform well on the day included Curls, Nunzio and Irish. Padsy performed well as normal and as did many others. I even recovered from my most embarrassing moment to end up with two goals for the game.
No, I have not forgotten, Brainy had the game of his life, with the exception of the 6 or 8 goal effort in Warnbro a couple years ago, with at least, what I will call a 10 possession game. Brainy played the forward pocket in the last half magnificently and took several strong marks and goals.It was a pleasure to see Brainy do so well. Well done mate and you certainly deserved the official Turkey of the week award , if Tony “Newboy” ever gets back from his sabbatical around the country and overseas!!!!
Finally as I can hardly remember any more of the game due to my backing up in the Supers match, I will make this a short match report. Let’s all get together and get as many players as possible for the next round of fixtures due to the “Bali Nine” as I will call them, who are travelling to Bali for the annual international fixtures. Good luck guys.