Wednesday, November 10, 2010

There’s no Substitute for Crisp Cags. (Literally)

Rowan Dykman.
The cags after being stung by a loss in the wet last week needed a lift, it was going to take something special to get the boys up for another big game. You don't have to look far for inspiration in a week like this especially considering tomorrow is remembrance day. And the boys would need all the fighting spirit they could muster if they were to bulldoze team rocket and claim bragging rights in riverside.

The game started with each team having 6 each on field as both teams waited for late comers to turn up.  It would be half time before the Cags had a substitute.

From the outset it looked as if the Cags would have plenty of opportunities to score if we wanted too, but we had to watch Dave VanDoo’s cherry picking and waiting on the counter attack.  Multiple shots on goal from Hamper, Wes and Shorty either went to keeper or out of bounds.  At times Rowtondo and Pete Licho were under pressure when pushing up too far and the result was a goal to the cherry picker, tipping the ball past Donk.  Rowtondo copped one in the face from Josh VZ from a corner and Caggers went to half time a goal down.

Enter Hammer Hemelaar. Hammer arrived without the scars from the first half letdown and a switch saw Hamper in goals and JT released to spend more time pushing up to give support to the forwards.  Pete and Rowtondo with the help of Wes Snr. meant the that the Cags had the numbers to be able to work the ball out of defence a lot better and create better chances going forward.

An absolutely cracking shot on goal from shorty from long range almost equalized. But the Cags weren't to be denied all game with Rowtondo intercepting a lob and was fouled by Dave Van Doo.  Donk took the free kick from half way and weighted it perfectly sending the ball at head height deep into the box catching the head JT then off the Back Wes’ head and into the goal to equalize the game and give son Wes junior a moment he would never forget.  Cags also excel at scoring goals by accident. 

In between all this Hamper was making some world class saves, Pete was causing problems for the opposition with strong defensive headers and attack on the ball.  JT was getting great space on the wing. A short time later Hammer continued strong goal scoring form putting another one in the net after a neat cross from Donk, and giving talent scouts plenty to think about with great work playing in a relatively tough position on the field.  With a minute to play the cags again grabbed control of the ball in midfield and picked out Hammer again near goal with the keeper beaten he unselfishly passed to Donk who slammed home the sealer and giving Mia a birthday present she will never forget, a week late though it may be, and elevating the cags up into the top 6 division for the finals.

The Cags really did find that fighting spirit that Australia is renowned for and what the country is all about.  It was really a whole team effort with each player putting in a great second half and possibly the best half of soccer for the year. And it took big Cags to suck it and say at half time shit happens and we got on with it.

It should be noted that once the Rocket Salads midfielder Ollie turned up, the game went south for them, so Cags are truly grateful to Ollie for this!

Some points to Ponder.
Can the Cags Match it against the top 6 teams in the world at the moment?
Will Richard ever play a full 20 minute half?
Will Pete Licho ever score a goal?
Will Team rocket end up the lowest of the low?


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