The Old Ladies from Picton gained yet another award today, after we won our final 5 - 3. Great work by our team. Special mention to Andy, who only played about two games for us, but at least played the one that mattered most!
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The game was ours by half time, as it happens. Although they scored first, after I was mugged in a tackle the ref later admitted was illegal, from there it was one way traffic until the end of the half. I got the equaliser, then PJ played his ninja game to keep them well on the back foot. I think Donovan might have scored somewhere in there too.
After the half, they were more competitive while our defense was worse, but time was always against them.
I played another game afterwards, filling in for some team in a completely different grade. It was a good, high standard game. We conceded a breakaway goal, but other than that our marking was good and we were making a lot of the play. Still, their goal keeper was proving a very hard task to beat. At the break, I told the guys to be more composed in front of goal and wait for the easy option, and finally we got our chance early in the second half. A couple of quick passes and I scored just under the bar. The game was more open after that, but neither team was able to force a decider, bringing us down to golden penalties to decide the game.
They went first and scored, then we scored right back. Then they again slotted theirs, and I was picked to go and take the next one. I seem to have a good thing going with penalties in shorter forms of soccer, and that run continued. Strange then, that I can't score a penalty in full soccer even if the goalie decides to have a nap while I do! Their next guy blasted his shot high and wide, leaving our guy to slot the ball between the goalie's legs to take the victory.
So all in all, a good finish to my competitive soccer playing for the year. I did play as goal keeper in two games after that, but I'm a useless keeper so I'm not counting that. We'll probably use the bartab we got for Syn bar last year to celebrate tomorrow night.
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The end result of all of this is that I'm now very stiff and tired. Five nights a week of soccer is too much, I have decided . The holidays are a chance to let my feet recover and become unfit again, before games resume some time in January.
|||Well to be fair, everyone was telling me this already. But I just had to do it to see. Turns out they were right.|
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