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Round 2 2011
Wembley Supers v Central Crocs
‘I Got The Music In Me’
First, some housekeeping. A massive congratulations Shane ‘Muriel’ Wedding and his oh so much better half Tash on the safe arrival of their son, Lawson. Having seen the little man in the flesh he’s got future Wembley Vet written all over him. Naturally, neither Muriel nor Tash were too pleased with me for doing that, but I did point out it wasn’t indelible ink so a few baths should get it off.
I’d also like to thank everyone who texted or emailed me for my birthday on either the 13th, 19th or 20th April. It was great to get a number of birthday messages through the month of April from my teammates. Just for future, it’s the 20th, but given most of your kicking skills I’m surprised at the accuracy in getting the month right. Cheers fellas.
A quick apology for the delay in getting this out, but my excuses are two-fold: 1. The aforementioned birthday and trip down south for the Easter break and 2. The lack of Survivor on telly last Tuesday (19th) night. As regular readers know, I write these reports while watching Survivor most weeks so when it wasn’t on last week I just couldn’t muster the mojo hence it’s only getting to you now. I just can’t start typing until I hear Jeff say ‘previously on....survivor’. It’s like my Go button. Speaking of Go, thank god I got one of those new DVD recorder player thingos because Survivor has moved from 9 to its digital station Go! See the lengths I will go to get these things written!
Okay, so now onto our game against the Crocs way down in Warnbro. As you know, I’m not much into recall, so if you’re reading this hoping for your self-interpreted sublime effort from the game, best you stop reading now. However, I have moved away from the usual format this week and decided to put more effort in recalling the game. More specifically, I’ve attributed an 80’s song to each of the Supers boys efforts from the game. I thought this might be a good way to get some banter going on the newly created ‘forum’ too.
Ben ‘BP’ Powell – I Can’t Go For That (Hall and Oates)
As we know BP is on the recovery path from a nasty leg break. He’s milking it for all it’s worth by lining up at full forward each week and is regularly heard nominating which kicks he will and won’t make attempts at.
Shane ‘Muriel’ Wedding – Sweet Child O’ Mine (Guns n Roses)
Nothing to do with the game and everything to do with his new arrival. Good work mate.
Wayne ‘Turls’ Turley – Like a Virgin (Madonna)
Turls isn’t new to the club, but he and his knee were touched for the very first time in Supers in 2011.
Mark ‘Selfie’ Selfe – Just Can’t Get Enough (Depeche Mode)
Obviously in reference to his insatiable appetite for footy as he backed up from Masters and played a stellar game down back for the Supers.
Justin ‘Paris’ Boelen – Wake Me Up Before You Go Go (Wham)
Those rumours just got stronger when Paris rocked up late and still landed a plumb role in the forward line. In danger of turning into sister Nicky and ending up on the HBF in the coming weeks.
Sean ‘Sarge’ Sargeant – With or Without You (U2)
Sarge is heard saying this to his ‘opponent’ most weeks and this week was no different. Only sees his opponent after the game in the beer tent and even then gives them a wide berth. Did finish off some quality work from a teammate in the third quarter though.
Clint ‘Fev’ Nieuwendaal – I Ran (Flock of Seagulls)
He covered some ground again this week did Fev. If he played AFL there would be a stat invented for the number of meters covered per possession. On the weekend Fev unfortunately returned numbers of about 3200 to 1. Geez he looks good running around though doesn’t he?
Shane ‘Padsy’ Paddon – Take On Me (A-Ha)
Sublime on the weekend. We started calling him ‘Salt’ because he was in everything. Consistently repelled Croc attacks from half back and delivered on both feet into the forward 50.
James ‘Jimmy’ Waghorn – Here I Go Again (Whitesnake)
If anyone can ensure a Whitesnake song makes it into a match review then surely it’s Jimmy. Showed us again his unique running style when breaking away from packs on his own. Consistently stuffs up the disposal but the runs are breathtaking.
Jason ‘Flanders’ Fleay – Bust a Move (Young MC)
Flanders has a low centre of gravity which is a lovely way of saying his body is too long for his legs. He used this physical ability deficit to aplomb on the weekend though with a couple of exceptional pick-ups on the run from half back.
Michael ‘Devo’ Devine – Hungry Like The Wolf (Dyran Duran)
Easily the hardest to assign a song to this week given the drama he provided on the day. Rocked up late, then went down like he’d trodden on a land mine. Was carried off by two team mates and then came back on in the last quarter to produce one of the greatest hogging efforts of all time. In fact, he only rivalled his previous hungry like effort from Round 2 last year.
Nathan ‘Cogs Colgan – Could’ve Been (Tiffany)
Cogs was having a good day out finding the footy and hitting targets when struck down by the injury curse. As the song suggests he could’ve been anything had the injury not come about. Never mind, Cogs – at least this song only describes your game from the weekend and not your whole career like, say, Ara.
Geoff ‘Wally’ Ahern – Faith (George Michael)
Wally needs to ring up late night love songs and dedicate this number to the Coach so he can move out of the back 6. He’s hadf a couple of midfield runs, but he’s got full forward written all over him. Needs to either break his leg or find out exactly what Paris is doing to get himself up on the front line.
Anthony ‘Monty’ Monterosso – Under Pressure (Queen)
An expert at turning into trouble, Monty was at it again on the weekend when his need to get on to his raking left foot led him to turn out of the last line of defence and head toward no less than 5 Crocs players, meabwhile over on the other side of the ground, no less than 6 wembley players stood unmarked. To Monty’s credit he was able to turn himself inside out and get the footy to one of the aforementioned teammates and the footy went coast to coast for Wembley goal.
Dale ‘Chip’ Newsome – We Close Our Eyes (Go West)
Once again had no trouble finding it, but this is what we do when he gets it. In fact we highly suspect this is what Chip does when he gets it. Excelled in his tap work in the ruck which provided first use of the ball to our on-ballers.
Sean ‘Irish’ Delaney – Jump (Van Halen)
It’s not an 80’s list without Van Halen and who better to assign it to than the man who has the same haircut today that he was sporting in 1983? Consistently outjumped his counterpart at the centre bounce to win the tap outs. If only he would tap it to where we discussed prior to each bounce life would be so much easier. The clock system has him baffled, but Muriel and I have now worked out why. He was working on digital and we were on analogue.
Adam ‘Rookie’ Scott – Do You Really Want To Hurt Me (Culture Club)
A word for word quote of what I asked the Crocs player after his elbow went through my face. I definitely thought I was more ‘Ali’ than ‘Tyson’ in my response Cogs.
Mark ‘Aravinda’ da Silva – Every Rose Has its Thorn (Poison)
And in the Rose that is Wembley Vets Footy Club, Ara is definitely the thorn. Was at his usual niggling best when remarkably he got up enough speed to tear a hammy. His day then turned into the Unskinny Bop – another classic from Poison.
Joseph ‘Joey’ Agnello – Start Me Up (Rolling Stones)
Another of the late brigade and we all know it takes Joey a little while to get the old legs turned over. Once he got going though he presented well in the forward line and was keen on more than one occasion outside the goal square. He will no doubt be devastated to see his game can be summed up in three sentences in a match report though.
Mark ‘Two Dads’ Snabel-Matthews – Word Up (Cameo)
Okay, so this is more about the artist than the song. Two dads is a regular at Wembley training and stepped up to the plate for us when we only had 14 players at the start of the game. Cameo is apt too, because despite good playing time he didn’t get near it.
Tony ‘Newboy’ Newnham – Back in The High Life Again (Steve Winwood)
May have been seen to pull on the boots again due to low numbers. I say ‘may have’ in case Di is reading this. I can’t confirm or deny anything. If he did play though, he would most certainly have been in the high life again with quality disposal and a mammoth 50m goal to seal the chocolates for the Magpies.
And if i missed anyone, my apologies. But I’d have to say you would be best represented by ‘Invisible’ by Alison Moyet.
Pick of the Bunch: Padsy, Irish, BP, Chip and Newboy (if he played)
Round 2, 2011
Masters vs. Makos
Rumours were rife that Joe Agnello had signed a contract to play with Western Sydney in 2012.
Having none of it, Master’s coach Ben Powell demoted him to the Supers under the ‘Non Commitment, No Play’ ethos of the team.
Two-Dads put on the black and white but showed his true allegiances wearing black and red socks, just goes to show Joey, even a double agent is better than a complete traitor!
This meant of course that the write-up for the Masters game had to be passed on to the most unsuspecting player in the team. After getting much guidance on how to write a match report (basically talk about yourself as much as you can), it was decided to go against that advice and to write it as it actually happened.
The ball was bounced 20 seconds early, as though 12 minutes isn’t long enough for a bunch of old and/or fat blokes.
After a bit of a tussle the first goal was on the board for Wembley. A reply goal from Mandurah indicated there could be a great match brewing, but three goals later the Vets looked to have this one under control. Selfy was staunch in defence, and Brainy was playing the loose man across the back line with ease, taking 3 good marks from the opposition’s long bombs into their forward line.
Up forward, Bevan was his usual elusive self, roaming around and ending up with 4 goals – no sorry it was 5 goals as he politely reminded us all in the dressing room after the game.
Roger showed why he was named for his first game, taking strong marks in the forward fifty, Magic was exactly that as he took control of centre half forward, and with other strong marks in the forward line all day by (please insert your names here as you read this out aloud to your kids and wife/partner/lover) that one time full-forward for the Masters was a distant memory - what was his name again ?
Around the ground belonged to Nelmsey and Turls, who had to make up for their work in the centre, Sean won just about every ruck tap but the boys underneath had a torrid time clearing from the bounces. And the last notable mention goes to Dave, solid at Center Half Back, taking mark after contested mark, linking the defensive rebounds with the strong marking forwards.
Injuries to Nelmsey (right shoulder), Roger (cut above the right eye), and Ara who copped a bit from both sides, not because of his umpiring which was quite good, but just because he is Ara!