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Round 4, 2011
Wembley Supers V Rockingham
As most regular readers will know, the correspondent for these articles is an avid 94.5 listener; he can’t help but bring in a whole heap of musical influence to his articles.
Unfortunately he was available for this week’s missive. But having noticed that when he rants about something, he effects change, I thought I might have a crack at it. So here goes......
Well, I’m more of a 6PR talkback kind of guy. You know facts and figures, what going on around town and the world. So bear with me as this may be a little different to the norm.
Numbers, stats, and facts....mmmmm.
25. The number of Guernseys that should be in the case. Never really works out that way though. That infamous number 16 is never in great nick, after one game a few years back. Other have gone missing of the years and hopefully we will get the new ones in for the next round.
24. This equates to the number of quality possessions had by Muriel. Knowing that he wasn’t fully fit, telling us all he had a bad groin; he was offered a chance to just sneak out of the forward pocket for the day. But with Tash, Lawson and the Parents in law on the sidelines, he wasn’t going to let that happen. His biggest problem for the day was working out which wing he wanted to be on.
23. The suggested maximum temperature for the day in sunny Mandurah. Well maybe not so sunny. In fact quite overcast, but at least it stayed dry for the day.
22. The perfect number of guys to show up for a game. Plenty of rest for those that need it, plenty of options for the coach should he need to drag someone.
21. This is the amount of time Devo spent shivering before the game. Once the jumpers got there and he warmed up though, he was on fire. Great leads from the forward lines, setting up many of the scoring opportunities for the team.
20. This just has to be the score out of 20 for the umpiring on the day. With few (myself included) willing to put up their hands for this vital job, Padsy came through. Well done mate. You may just need to keep in mind it can be a little hard to see you behind the pack of players fighting for the ball on the ground. I am also of the understanding that this was coming of the back of a memorable performance on Friday night. Whispers have it that his efforts on Friday rivalled those of the wind up last year.
19. The number of guys we actually started with thanks to supporting roles from three guys from Rockingham. Whilst we played Rockingham in round one, it was good to up against a good bunch of blokes again. Thanks for a great game and the loan of a few players Rocky.
18. The number of Bundy’s Fev had the night before. Not to worry, it was that last nip of Amarula cream that did him in. We know he is at his best when he has been on the sauce the night before and things looked good early, playing on the forward flank meant he was creating space nicely. But I think he may have slowed a little later in the game. This just has to be the fault of that one single shot of Amarula cream, nothing to do with the Bundy Bear, he is always good to Fev.
17. The suggested number of guys going to turn up for the masters later in the day, so keep in mind boys, some of you will have to stick around and help them out. To those that did, Thanks.
16. This just has to be the number of minutes another left footer spent running in circles, just o get on his good side. Yes Jimmy, this is you. Even after stating you weren’t feeling the best, a solid game through the midfield. And congrats on your mob finally winning another Derby later in the day. I think that your uneasiness was due to the nerves you felt for your Eagles.
15. The actual temperature it felt for the stand in coach as he spent so much time on a team list and no time warming up.
14. The length of each quarter. Yeah, I know this one is weak. But I promise it does get a little better further down the list.
13. The number of guys the coach thought he had to fill the 18 slots on the field. It was looking very tough to write a team there for a while. Thanks to those that let us know if you’re in or out.
12. Poobah couldn’t have touched the ball more times than this. But when he did, it was fantastic to watch. His biggest problem for the day was that the Bigger forwards just had the ball sticking in their hands far too often. This meant there was little crumbing work for Poobah to get. His effort up forward is always of the highest quality.
11. The score out of ten for our water runner for the day. Ken Reynolds. Past president of the club and one of the original instigators of Wembley Vets. Lives down in Mandurah these days and came out to support the boys. Great job Ken and thanks again.
10. The number of times that various people spoke about slowing the ball down and using it wisely. No looping kicks, talk before getting to the ball, run to make space. All the clichés were used but to no avail.
9. The number of “confirmed” unavailable for this week’s match. Come on boys, show a heart muscle here.
8. The number of times a tall Irish ruckman pirouetted to get free for a kick on goal. Even with two or three team mates available for a quick hand ball, he still insists on getting is shot at goal. Whilst he was winning most of the tap for the day, and doing a great job all round, he only rates himself on his goal scoring week to week.
7. The number of times we heard Sarge scream on the rub down table after the game. To his credit he wanted to go off with back spasms, but couldn’t due to a “turn of ankle” for Benno. Sarge was also strong enough to get himself up for another run with the Masters and as always delivered.
6. The number of times the coach wanted to drag Ara but could not find him on the ground to drag. This came about as he was one of the guilty in point 9. Still needed to be dragged though.
5. The closest umber, but maybe not accurate number, to use for the number of goals that Bevo kicked. (Please note, this could also be a hangover from the previous week and I have just started running out of points.)
4. The number of Wembley guys filling out the back half for us. Add to this a new recruit in Andy, a good mate of Wally’s, who was briefed on the game and its adjusted rules just minutes before the game. Andy held up very well across the half back line, Thanks for the assist Andy.
3. This is the dour score the opposition was allowed to score for the day. A great job done by Monty on the backline with the more than able support of Cogs and Flanders. Flanders, later in the game realising that the ball wasn’t going to get down there too often swapped himself up on to the ball and did some great work at the feet of Irish.
2.5. Now this one is special, as we have celebrated anything other than whole numbers. This represents the number of hours between the Supers and Masters games on the day. Just enough time to cool right down and then struggle to warm up again.
2. The amount of times it took to get there and back. Not bad, if it is for one game, or a couple back to back. But when you take into account point 2.5, this makes a real long day of it for all.
1. The actual number of times the ball was used wisely (see previous reference @ point #10). This would have been carried out by Benno, always strong in Defence and the guy to set up some stunning thrusts forward. Good luck with the ankle mates.
Best on Ground: Benno, Bevo and Devo. Just coz it rhymes.