Look at the size of the stats on that!!

This week we have a double stat attack from our two away games of last week – vs. Sutton & Cheam 2’s and London Orca 2’s. Unfortunately I cannot remember much from either game so you’ll have to make do with what you get here and look forward to Finchy’s match report in a few days!!

July 13th Stats

Wednesday 6th July saw us head into battle against Cheam 2nd’s at Cheam Baths – a location we had not visited in several years. This became apparent when Matt “late arrival” Finch forgot how long it actually took to drive to Cheam and nearly missed the start of the game. Subsequently we ended up playing the entire match with borrowed Sutton hats… We did reasonably well for 3 quarters, going into the 4th 6-8 down. Sadly we didn’t do particularly well in the 4th – conceding 3 and scoring none. We had a lot of chances, but missed them all – some botched 1 on 1’s and some dire shooting. The final score (11-6) flattered Sutton but our shooting really let us down.

Awards for the match:
Man of the Match: Matt “double” Finch for grabbing two goals despite not having a warm-up
Moment of the Match: Dan “flappy hands” Bedford for a delightful volleyball-esque goal, flicking the ball over the pit man’s head and then flapping it past the keeper. He definitely was not standing. Or jumping.
Fluffer: Sadly goes to Rob “Woody” Loveless for his profligacy in front of goal. 1 hour of shooting practise the remedy…

 

Friday 8th July saw a plucky 8 turn up to Porchester Baths to watch the Belgium-Brazil game… I mean, play Orca 2’s. The team consisted of some returning heroes, including Tom “one major, one goal” Burridge and Tim “Bicep cannon” Young. After a World Cup Quarter-Final, a burger and a few beers (and a fizzy apple juice for Charles), we wandered down to the pool. As we were sans keeper, we all took a turn in goal – Young, Shute, Holah and Gamble doing the honours. A high press worked wonders for us and a convincing 16-4 scoreline was the result. With the final whistle the crowd went wild – mostly because Ed “Jordan Pickford” Gamble had managed to keep a clean sheet. Miracles do happen. Potential fluffers to the whole team for not trying to score an own goal…

Awards for the match:
Man of the Match: Big man Burridge for making his way up to the game from Bournemouth and heading home that same night. Big effort for the team – and despite not getting his usual major, did pick up a goal for his troubles.
Moment of the Match: Nick “acrobat” Shute for his deft redirection of a drilled pass to grab a goal. One of the voters likened it to an “overhead kick with his hands”… So a shot then?
Fluffer: goes to rubbish Nick Shute for his awful quarter in goal where he let in half of the Orca goals. We are all very disappointed in him… (lol)

Anyway – that’s the stats for this week. Will hopefully have another report for you soon from our game vs. Kingston last night.

Until next time – Forza Narwhali!!

Is there a World Cup on?

Despite the heroics of last night (did someone say penalties?), I had to get this match report out before the next game. With England’s shooting as bad as ours and Colombia’s defending as punchy as Eastern Otters, it feels appropriate that this stat report comes out now – not to mention the Lenki-esq refereeing from the American in charge…

June 30th Stats

Following a team sing-a-long at the social last week, we bring to an end our celebration of all things football and Narwhal related by bringing you the alternative lyrics to two more fan favourites… Please enjoy:

“Pre-Match Poo” (to the tune of Vindaloo by Fat Les)

Where on earth are you from?
We’re from the Arctic
Where you come from
Do you put the shot clock on?

Swim off

Nah nah nah Narwhals!
Nah nah nah Narwhals!
Nah nah nah, nah nah nah Narwhals!
Nah nah
Bonjour (Narwhals!)
Otters (Narwhals!)

(nah nah nah nah nah nah)
Narwhals! Narwhals! Na Na!

We’re Narwhals
We’re gonna score ten more than you

Narwhals!
(whistle blown)

Can I ask you kindly please,
To score a goal like one of these
Pit one
Bounce one
Lob one
Smash one

Smash it

Nah nah nah nah nah nah nah…
Narwhals! Narwhals! Narwhals! Narwhals! Na Na!

We’re Narwhals
We’re gonna score ten more than you

Narwhals!

Gamble and Bedford / And Shute and Finch
We’re off to Whitgift Pool
Loveless and Mann and Bowen and Holah
Phil did a pre match poo

F*ck it!

Pre match poo. Pre match poo. Pre match poo, pre match poo. Narwhals! (repeat)

Pre match poo, and we all love a pre match poo

We’re Narwhals
We’re gonna score ten more than you

Narwhals!

Narwhals (pre match poo), Narwhals (pre match poo)
and we all love a pre match poo

You know the rest… repeat forever!!

and for fun…

“The John Barnes Rap” from World in Motion (c.1990)

You’ve got to press or drop
But do it at the right time
Rob got a goal at last
Chris Mann wants him to be fined
They always hit Ogg and hurt him
Dodgy defence and attack
There’s only one way to beat them
Swift counter attack
Now Catch me if you can
‘Cause I’m Amy Wine-hands
And what’s quite clear to see
There is no master plan
Finch made a great big save
But left an open goal
A Narwhal on his trunks
We knew it would all go wrong

We’re singing for Narwhals
(Narwhals)
We’re playing our song,
(Badooooooop)
etc.

So basically – we beat Eastern Otter 18-8. it was a punchy affair but we won through. A nice distribution of goals and majors and a relatively good performance. Man of the Match was shared by Nick and Phil, whilst Moment of the Match was shared by Nick, Oggy and Weeble (2 votes each). Fluffer this week was shared by Woody (for not passing to Chris Mann and missing a “few” shots) and Finch Snr (for saving a 1v1 only to then flick the ball to an opposition player leaving an open net). Finch Jnr failed to vote so could have broken the deadlock…

Maddies were collected by Zac, Stef, Charles K-T and Andy W. A delightful four man trip to the Algarve.

Sutton tonight – up the Narwhals!! Baaaddooooooooooppppp!!

 

A Narwhal on our trunks…

A heat wave, an unexpected result, people on the streets – yes the World Cup is on, but make time in your schedule because Water Polo is coming home too!! This week’s match report is brought to you by Matt “Baddiel” Finch – it’ll bring a tear to your eye!!

June 26th Stats

A Narwhal on our Trunks (to the tune of some football song about Lions…)

We lost at home, we lost at home, the Narwhals, the Narwhals lost at home,
We lost at home, we lost at home, the Narwhals, the Narwhals lost at home,
We lost at home, we lost at home, the Narwhals, the Narwhals lost at home,
We lost at home, we lost at home, the Narwhals, the Narwhals lost at home.

Everyone seems to know the score (8-7), they’ve seen it all before
They just know, they’re so sure
Our defence is gonna throw it away, gonna blow it away
But we know we can play cos we can boast,

A Narwhal on our trunks
Our passing’s still appalling
11 strapping hunks
But massive problems scoring

So many shots, so many tears
But all those ‘oh so near’s
When your down and can’t find the gears
But I still see that tackle by John
And when Bedford scored, Finchy saving the ball
And Weeble wobbling

A Narwhal on our trunks
Our passing’s still appalling
11 strapping hunks
And Woody’s still not scoring

(The Narwhals have blown it, in the last minute of the game)
(The lights have failed, what now?)
(Bedford misses a sitter, didn’t miss the fluffer though)
(It’s a Father / Son / Shute tie for glory)
I know that was then, but could the Narwhals see glory again?

We lost at home, we lost at home, the Narwhals, the Narwhals lost at home
We lost at home, we lost at home, the Narwhals, the Narwhals lost at home
(Avondale have done it)
We lost at home, we lost at home, the Narwhals, the Narwhals lost at home

We lost at home, we lost at home, the Narwhals, the Narwhals lost at home
*REPEATED IN BACKGROUND*
A Narwhal on our trunks
Our passing’s still appalling
11 strapping hunks
But bigly problems scoring

A Narwhal on our trunks
Our passing’s still appalling
11 strapping hunks
But bigly problems scoring
A Narwhal on our trunks
Our passing’s still appalling
11 strapping hunks
But bigly problems scoring
*FADE TO END*

For those who didn’t get it – Fluffer went to Bedford for missing a sitter but he also got moment for doing something that I assume was ok. Man of the Match was shared this week by Finch Snr, Finch Jnr and Shute.

Due to the lack of majors in the game (despite our best efforts) we recorded 7 Maddy’s. That also includes Andy W’s match day disappearance. Stefan takes his first trip to Portugal and it was nice of the guys to keep him company.

Onwards to Wednesday and the visit of Eastern Otter. I wonder who can create our third football themed master piece?

Forza Narwhali!!

Free scoring Narwhals…

In the spirit of the World Cup, this week’s stats report follows a football theme. The entire update delivered in the medium of football chants. It will be almost like you are on the terraces… almost.

15th June Stats

(To the tune of “She’ll be coming round the mountain”) (Whey…)
We scored twenty-eight and they scored three,
We scored twenty-eight and they scored three,
We got twenty-eight goals,
We got twenty-eight goals,
We got twenty-eight and they got three.

(To the tune of “Blue is the Colour”) – a lovely 7 goal haul
Orange is the colour, scoring is his game. He just scored another, Bedford is name. (etc. etc.)

(To the tune of “Love will tear us apart”) – for his 6 goals – mostly counters.
Shuuute, Shute will tear you apart, again. (repeat)

(To the tune of “My old man’s a dustman”)
Matt Finch is a keeper, he wears a keepers hat,
But when he plays outfield, he says I’m having that,
He tries a dodgy bounce shot, sometimes it goes in,
Occasionally he’ll pass it, so well done to him…

Man of the Match: Charles K-T
(to the tune of “This old Man”)
Charles KT, he scored two,
M-O-M, congrats to you,
with a nick nack, paddy whack, winning was a doddle,
please try harder not to wobble

Almost a triple crown this week for Mr KT. A superb performance on the left wing – could have had more goals if he learnt how to push shot and catch. Who needs Rob Loveless?

Moment of the Match: Stefan Lombardo scoring on his debut…
(to the tune of “He’s one of our own”)
It came off the bar, It came off the baaaarrrr, He scored on the rebound, It came off the bar!!

Congrats to Stef for scoring his first goal for the club on his debut. Nice “assist” from Finch Snr – shame we aren’t counting those…

Fluffer: Charles K-T
(To the tune of “Blame it on the boogie”)
Don’t blame it on the bad pass, don’t blame on the stop clock, don’t blame it on Ed Gamble, blame it on your catching… He just can’t, he just can’t, he just can’t control the ball…

A well deserved and unanimous vote for Charles this week for his first fluffer of the year. Dangerously close to becoming the clubs second wobble master.

And to close, channelling the vibes of South Africa 2010: (to the tune of a vuvuzela…)

Baddoooooooooooppp!! Badddoooooooooooppppp!!

Until next time (to the tune of “Seven Nation Army”)
We’re the Narwhal Army!! We’re the Narwhal Army!!

Four courses, Two of them edible…

The Narwhals travelled to the familiar waters of Putney Leisure Centre on a warm Monday night to face the old adversary Avondale 2s. True to form, Avondale fielded a full squad of 13, and as usual a hardy 9 (including a late cry on from John ‘Punchy’Holah) turned up to represent Narwhal nation.

May 22nd Stats

One could consider the following hour as the plight of an early round Masterchef contestant, including grand ideas and flourishes of quality, infused with collapsing desserts and timing issues keeping John Torode and Greg Wallace interested, while ultimately falling short of culinary achievement. This was more than a Britain’s Got Talent cat whisperer with 4 ‘No’ votes, but Cowell would have recommended several improvements.

The game started as ever with a swim off. Perhaps a simple amuse bouche, probably involving Parma Ham and pineapple. The texture was wrong and the judges didn’t like the cut of the pineapple. Avondale ball. The ensuing 4 minutes saw dropped starters and items left in the oven, as in spite of organised Narwhal defending, Avondale cruised to a 2-0 lead. Phil ‘Floater’ Richards led the Narwhal rally, finishing a fine outside shot to bring a goal back. Avondale scored again as the quarter expired, 3-1 after starters, with John and Greg accepting the offering without being too impressed.

Improvements came with the first main course. The defence tightened up, with a strong press and some fine defending of the pit by Punchy. However as is often the case, the Narwhal attack remained a flavourless Jus. Maybe that is harsh – perhaps the judges would have felt it lacked complexity when added to the solid roast duck foundation the defence had cooked up. We conceded 2 goals this period, and Dan scored 2 hard earned goals from the pit. It was becoming clear that missed chances would come back to haunt us, with several players finding the woodwork (Rob ‘Woody’ Loveless an ever present culprit), over the bar (Punchy) and into the keeper (Chrissy Mann). One particularly memorable disaster involved a “fantastic” counter attack from Ed ‘Gimli’ Gamble, but the pass was not forthcoming, and a golden opportunity was missed. Overall a passable dish, 2-2 quarter, 5-3 half time score.

The third period, a second main course, proved to be akin to the difficult second album. The basics were still there, a well cooked chicken in defence providing a solid foundation to the dish. Here again the accompaniments were all wrong. There was no fusion of flavours in attack, and timing proved an issue. Dan worked hard in the pit to get open, but the pass in was frequently hesitant or indeed absent completely. The Avondale drop afforded Floater plenty of space on the arc, but again service was far from silver and too often he didn’t get the ball. A crown in the jewel of this underwhelming effort was when Woody had broken the length of the pool, only to be flustered by the onrushing keeper and blast a classic rising disaster over the bar of the open goal and into the stratosphere. Zach lost phone signal as satellites were taken out of orbit, and Rob had egg on his face, and fluffer sealed up. Gamble earned a major as the quarter ticked down, deciding a gourmet Portuguese meal wasn’t for him this week.

Overdone potatoes and poor seasoning meant Avondale pulled ahead again, 2-1 quarter and after the 3rd course (the weakest dish) 7-4 Avondale.

Desserts can make or break a fine dining experience, but perhaps the Narwhals efforts had left them too much to do to advance in the competition. Their effort in the 4th quarter however, was much improved on previous rounds. Again building on a solid defence (the chocolate bomb that didn’t collapse), the counter attack was the dark red fruit coulis that made the dish such a success. 2 goals from Nick ‘20-20’ Shute and another from Dan meant a comeback was on the cards. Fatigue set in however, and it was clear our hardy 9 wished we could have turned out a well fed 13 to provide some late game relief. Avondale managed another 3 goals this quarter, turning the screw on a tiring culinary team. Very conscious of his impending flight to the Algarve, having attracted lots of attentive defence to go with his wayward shooting all game, Woody found himself unusually open on 8m. Today was not the day to add a trip to Portugal to the already secured fluffer award, so with the usual overly long wind up, a bounce shot the the far top corner saved him a flight. This earned moment of the match, but earlier shooting woes meant a triple crown was never on the cards. The game ended 10-8 to Avondale, in what was a bruising but exciting game. Man of the match this week was Dan for his efforts in the pit (making that meringue with a furious egg beater), being open far more often than he got the ball, but offering an ever reliable stream of attack for a team who recently have been struggling with creativity. Off to Portugal were Chris and Zach, with a few weeks to top up the tan before our next encounter.

Forza Narwhali!

Special Olympics

Last Monday night saw the mighty Narwhals take on London Orcas in a battle of the Arctic Whales. Narwhals entered the fray horns up and ready to go, but the Orcas certainly put up more resistance than was expected.

May 21st Stats

Following a few training sessions with tictactical masterclasses from Woody, Narwhals certainly went in feeling confident that their homework would be rewarded with a sublime performance of tactical nuance. Fired up by a Westfield Nandos, the team even took to the pitch early and were warming up way before the start time. This caused panic and confusion in Poobacker’s mind as he saw the team already in the pool waiting to go while he was walking to the changing rooms. The pressure took its toll and no Pre-match Deposits were forthcoming which certainly did not improve that individual’s performance.

Narwhals raced into an early 5-0 lead buoyed on by our Ginger Ninja and 20/20 vision Winehands and all was looking well. However, it would appear that Woody’s reminder at the end of the first quarter that we should remember the tactics discussed over the last few weeks had the opposite effect. Bamboozled by too many thoughts of picks, drives, man-ups and other unrealistic plays inside heads that are generally somewhat lacking in matter, the Narwhals floundered and laboriously added to their lead – winning Q2 3-2, Q3 3-2 and the final quarter 4-3 to give an overall victory of 15-7. Ginge and Winehands both netted 5 apiece, with honourable mentions to Woody, Finch, Gamble and Floater. Spectacular failures on the man-ups were a particular highlight, with Floater standing out with an exceptional lob-pass to the opposition keeper.

An exquisite performance from Punchy Holah saw him managing to take home 75% of the total Narwhal’s majors for himself, and enabled him to get first pickings of what shower to use in the changing rooms. Spectacular stuff from a key Catas contender.

There were several notable high and low lights which deserve special attention in an otherwise somewhat routine victory:

 Fluffer:

  • Hotly contested this one between Woody, Dan and a.n.other who managed to miss a 3 on 0 situation in a comedy of errors, and our very own octogenarian Gary who performed a sensational lob straight into the keeper’s hands. Woody and Dan just nudged this one however

 MoM

  • Close between Winehands and Ginge, with the later just sneaking it to the coveted prize

 Moment

  • Sadly Weeble won this with his last quarter goal, however, this should be taken with a pinch of salt (See below)

Holiday update:

It was looking like a 3 man trip out to the Algarve this week, with a father/son Finch combo being joined by the destroyer of rings, however, due to a flurry of last quarter activity, the cancelation fees were activated for both Finch Senior and Weeble, leaving Finch junior out on a solo trip to this fascinating corner of Europe. Whoever passed to Weeble in the last quarter should sit down and have a think about what they have just done.

Until next time – Forza Narwhali!

In need of repair

Next report from guest writer Woody – live from Andy’s toy box. This report is accompanied by stats from both games. Goal hanger Bedford is taking his place at the top of the goal charts whilst Punchy Holah and Robo-hip Bowen are putting in solid performances to challenge Weeble for the Catas Trohpy… Enjoy!!

May 1st Stats

Thursday evening saw the Narwhal horde descend to the depths of Morden to take on Sutton and Cheam’s second (…) team. The opposition had clearly struggled to find players as they numbered only 7 in total, likely only achieved after some panicked last minute cries for help. The Narwhals, as has been the case in recent games were aplenty, a firm 10 turning out to do battle once again. It would appear this rally of numbers was where our achievement ended for the night, and what follows is a sorry tale of woe, floundering, and despair. The derelict and dilapidated Morden Park Pool, much in need of a coat of paint or a demolition contract, served as a fitting metaphor for the play we exhibited in what proved to be a long hour within its 4 high walls.

The first quarter started with a lost swim off (were we missing Gamble already?!). It rapidly became clear that the opposition’s main threat was former Olympian Matt Holland, who took a while to get used to in defence and attack. We tried a drop in the narrow pool, and while their pit had little success, we were too quick to leave shooters free and we conceded from the outside. Going forward we lacked ideas save for a couple of goals from Dan, the first in particular proving memorable for his sheer persistence under heavy pressure to put the ball over the keeper’s head. This was the moment of the match. After one quarter the scoreline read Matt Holland (and a few others) 5, Dan Bedford 2.

Cue the second quarter, and the Narwhals felt more comfortable defending in deeper waters, or so we thought. Our defence here proved leakier than the pool’s ceiling (which has a large net to catch falling roof tiles), and we conceded a further 6 goals. 3 exclusions and the resultant goals scored from Sutton’s men up had hurt us, but our poor passing, and poor finishing meant only Phil troubled the scoreboard all quarter. 11-3, and looking like our recent form had deserted us.

Phil and Dan scored a goal each in the third quarter, and remained the only Narwhals to trouble the net with only one quarter to go. On a more positive note, we held Sutton to only 2 goals of their own as we adopted a press defence which proved more effective (a draw for the quarter felt like a massive victory at the time). In one of the stranger episodes of the game, Rob attempted an ill-advised back hook shot from his right wing, and while the ball did little to trouble the goal, his flailing arm did connect with an unfortunate Sutton defender and split his eyelid open. Sutton now down to 6, blood everywhere, apologies all round, and surely now we might have a chance.

Its unusual to get such a prolonged opportunity to practice man up attack, and we now had 8 minutes of nothing but a man advantage. Sadly it quickly became evident that 8 minutes was nowhere near the time we required to make our man up play passable, and we continued to allow goals from a Sutton team a man short, while squandering opportunities at the other end. One particularly memorable failure was Phil’s attempt to put the ball in to Dan in the pit as we were 2-on-1, only managing to put the ball firmly in the grasp of the one defender. This earned him fluffer for the week. After this things picked up. Gary and Finch Sr. bagged a pair of goals each, and Holah once again left his post at pit defence briefly to score a self-branded ‘wonder goal’ ricocheting off the keeper, the bar, possibly a defender and the surface of the water all before finding the net. The final quarter was won 5-4. The match was lost 18-11. Man of the match was Dan for his efforts in attack and defence. At the post-match debrief in the pub, it was decided to send the Narwhals back to school, with classroom sessions beginning next week. Probably followed by several passing drills and man up.

Forza Narwhali

Probably the scariest man in the Universe…

Only a week late, but Finch Maximus delivers our first report of the day…

Narwhals vs. Enfield 2:

A Narwhals team buoyed by the absence of our resident Julio Englesias impressionist faced an unknown quantity in the mighty Enfield 2. We had two referees, a strong squad and were at home. A home win and strong performance was expected.

The Narwhals took an early lead with Dr Woody finding all deep home comforts much more to his liking than our recent procession of shallow pools. Our usual issue of decision making and poor passing saw us miss out on numerous other opportunities before Nick “Amy Winehands” Shute bagged a well worked goal. The oppo weren’t showing much but did score from the pit before our ginger destroyer restored our two goal lead. 3 – 1 to the Narwhals at the end of the first.

The second quarter saw our mighty Narwhals hit their stride another well worked goal by our team medic coupled with 4 from ginge, 2 from Nick and a deflected goal for Gary “more metal than man” Bowen saw us 11 – 4 up at half time and in complete control.

Then came our obligatory collapse. Our inability to adequately play a drop defence saw our TJ defending the pit by himself a couple of times and their big wallowing pit man took advantage, more on him though a little later. Our usually glorious reserve keeper (I.e. Me) forgot the dimensions of the goal and got beaten at his near post three times (oh the shame….), Dan, Woody, Amy and a “daddy” floater special kept our scoreboard ticking but the quarter ended with us 15 – 10 up.

The final quarter saw our resident enforcer and three time winner of our “Catas” trophy for services to excess violence introduce himself to the Enfield pitman. After a handshake, discussion of the weather and the merits of Brexit, our hard man very quietly and menacingly suggested that if he was “to do that again” then punchy would “redecorate his face”. Who knew that discussion on the relative merits of various passport colours could get so heated??? Needless to say their pit man swam away suitably chastened and utterly petrified of the Narwhals hardman.

The final quarter also saw an attempt by our leading goal scorers try to help Tim “patented guns” Young avoid a visit from the Portuguese police by giving him a recently won penalty. Unfortunately Tim’s pen was uncharacteristicly poor and for this he wins Fluffer for the game. The rest of the quarter saw three more goals for Nick and another man up goal for Floater. The game petered out with the Narwhals winning 19 – 14.

Dan and Nick both scored 7 but Dan gets the man of the match award. Moment goes to JH for his menacing threats and Tim gets fluffer for his missed pen.

Forza Narwali….

Some assembly needed…

Wednesday 11th April saw a bad water polo team beat a slightly worse water polo team. More through weight of numbers rather than skill and ability, the Narwhals were triumphant 16-8 against Blue Marlin. Apparently it was the first game of the summer league – but someone should have told the weather…

April 13th Stats

Despite the fact the fixture lacked any appeal – long drive, shallow pool, late night – the pub afterwards is quite nice, so we were in danger of fielding a full 13-man squad. However we managed to strategically avoid this – the Lord of Limoncello was collecting the dowry for his daughter whilst Andy W picked up a match day maddy for a late cry-off. Equally worrying was John “Punchy” Holah’s disappearance – requesting a lift from Finch Snr but not turning up. Our suspicion is that he spent 24hrs in Portuguese Police custody.

I can’t remember much of the game, but all the classic moves were there. Sensational blocks from messers Gamble and Loveless both resulted in own goals, Rob “woody” Loveless continued to bother low flying aircraft and Finch Jnr picked up his customary middle of the pool major. Gary “Duke of Edinburgh” Bowen made a triumphant return, picking up 3 majors for his troubles.

Slightly more worrying was our inability to set up a 3-3 attack for a man-up. Below is how it should have looked, and then how we did it…

   

or something similar to the Narwhal trademarked 2-1-2-1 formation…

For those of you who are interested, someone did a better tic-tac corner than me. (http://www.waterpoloplanet.com/HTML_Dave_pages/dm11_water_polo_tactics.html)

Equally, for a team who lack any real motivation to do much swimming, we were very good at swimming back to halfway – despite the ask being for a full press. I am sure we can work on that at our next training session… boooooooooooooppppppp.

Man of the match went to Nick “not so selfish” Shute for grabbing himself 4 goals and for uncharacteristically passing to other team members to let them score. He also won moment of the match for an audacious attempt to do a back flick thing towards the goal. I can’t remember it, but he got 4 votes for it… so well done.

Fluffer was a close run thing this week. Shute was close to getting the triple crown for not passing to Charles. In contrast to the reasons he won man of the match, he decided to shoot and score rather than let Charles escape the Portuguese police. That being said, I would have voted him fluffer if he had helped Charles avoid that flight to Lisbon – so swings and roundabouts. Gamble and Loveless were also close with their dramatic own goals, but the winner this week, for his delightfully well worked call for a time out is Matt “1 second to go” Finch. Calling a time out with 1 second to go in the 4th is superb even by his own very high standards. Congratulations.

The Narwhals continue you their march on against Enfield next week. Hopefully we have mastered the 3-3 by then…

Forza Narwhali!!

Japanese Blossoms

This week we bring a bit of culture. The match detailed in Japanese Haiku:

March 22nd stats

Dominant Display
Nineteen-sixteen victory
But just not for us

Man of the Match: Andy W

With great legs, big saves
leaping like a salmon leaps
a glorious game

Moment: Dan Bedford

A ball in the pit
Makes defender look a mug
Goal for the ginger

Fluffer: Matt Finch

Swim in to the pit
Save on line, the ball rebounds
He sleeps, they don’t. Goal

Where are Shute and Finch?
they went missing in Lisbon
a dangerous place