Happy Friday Gents!!
Apologies for the delay in the stats report, I have had a lot on at work – admittedly not as busy as Rob “chained to my desk” Chapman, but enough to slightly delay the publishing of the stats!! Any way, here we go…
Wednesday showed what a difference a decent pool and Sutton and Cheam coming with a team that better resembled a 2nd team could do. Having lost by 9 goals the last time we played them, we succeeded in getting a big fat “W” on the board with a satisfying 12-11 win. Having lost 5 games on the trot (2 of those to Sutton), it was nice to stop the slide. Onwards and upwards!! Having been 4-1 down after the first quarter, we got our act together, went to a full press and won the 2nd 4-2. What then followed was a game of “anything you can do, we can do better” with a series of flicks, lobs, unprecedented “skills” and some really good goals. For the whole of the 3rd and 4th quarter, there was only 1 goal in it – it was some very exciting polo – at one point I even heard the “crowd” cheer… bloody hell… Throw into the mix some decent man-down defence (again) it was a very good game all round!!
- Man of the Match went to Nick “Goals Goals Goals” Shute for his 6 goal tally. This is the 3rd week in a row he has won MoM and he is now 2 goals off the half century.
- Moment of the match went to Tom “Bumaldinio” Bummage for his superb goal – rising from the depths, under immense pressure – to turn his pit defender, flick the ball back over the defenders head, and then lob the stranded Sutton keeper. We didn’t know you had it in you!!
- Fluffer award went to Phil “no woman no cry” Richards this week for his non-appearance. It seems he let his off-field, extra-marital problems affect his match performance and he recorded a big fat Maddy. He should take a leaf out of Finchy’s book – who has never allowed his Jeremy Kyle worthy private life influence his performance in the pool…
Special mentions also need to go to John “Lycra” Holah who smashed in two goals and to Finchy for allowing us to play some free flowing route one polo with his distribution from goal.
As for the stats chart itself, Nick is still pushing on in his quest for a 3rd Golden Ball (whey) whilst Holah is doing his best to push me all the way for Major King. Matt “Crusher” Finch is closing in on having a leading brutality rating given his preference to give away majors and penalties as a keeper… Shocking!!
See you Sunday for the game vs. Watford!!
And as discussed on Wednesday, I am proud to introduce our new Latin club motto: “Volo ego eram aptus” (loosely translated as “I wish I was fit”) – based on the popular phrase: “If only we were fitter” – alternatively “Si tantum nos erant aptus”