Remarkable Remains take on the Printers
Such finesse and elegance on a Sunday morning... inspiration for the youth of today....
Wapping's most sophisticated and elegant side took to the pitch in the pouring rain for their first match of the season. They were initially due to play a local side, however after the opposition cancelled (running scared?!), the Wapping Printers (whose opposition had also pulled out) bravely stepped in to take their place.
This was a warm-up match, to enable the older ladies to get used to playing with each other, and remember how to hold the stick before the start of the National Knock-Out Competition. Hang-overs and travel issues notwithstanding, a strong and determined squad went forth to face Chewy and co. As befits our holistic 'experienced' approach, the following match report was written as a team, with input from all....
An extensive warm-up in the stadium stands and on the steps, meant the old folk avoided getting wet until the start of the match. However, both young and old, and ladies and men across the pitch had obvious aches and pains, including our dear umpire Roche, who bravely made it just before half-time.
The Remains managed some great outletting, particularly up the left side from Sarah up to Hoff - this was despite pressure from a solid press. Considering that this included Micky (M1) and his go-go-gadget arms, the Remains defence should be proud of their performance - Dutchie's eye for the ball, and Mooch's quick saves frustrated the boys repeatedly, and Lou stopped Austin from scoring on numerous occasions.
Much to Mooch's horror, Wardy ended up at right back, and at one point (hoping to emulate Greg on the other side), managed an aerial that went at least 5 metres. Young Jess was on the opposing side, and despite a pre-match 7 mile run had an excess of energy on pitch, meaning Babs had to drop to midfield. We will teach Babs the concept of 'staying wide', and 'midfield' as the season goes on. Becky had another stormer in the middle, as ever, with her usual distribution skills being supplemented by a goal from the top of the D. Boom.
Abi and Clarky held the forward line together, with a few near misses at the post that (I am sure!) will come together as the season goes on. The Printers won 6-1, with good goals from Sippy, Micky and Charlie (I think), however it must be acknowledged that the Remains were just holding back, so as not to embarrass the younger folk, and if they had chosen, would probably have won about 17-0. Or something like that....
A few comments from the masses:
'Becky got really cold'
'I sat on Mickey's stick'
'%^*ing wet and chuffing cold'
'Hoff got mad'
A huge thanks to Dutchie for stepping up as a ringer, and for being on multiple teamsheets due to Wardy's inability to count; and much love from the Remains to Jess, for her question 'so, are most of you nearly over 30 yrs old now?' Respect to Fowler, who played for the kids despite her team thinking she was O35. Credit to Charlie and his tache for not winning DoD, commiserations to Greg and Roche for coming joint 1st DoD. MoM for the Printers was Jess, and Wardy for the Remains.
The Remains will be playing Colchester on 30th Nov in the 1st Round - their play today bodes well for a good Cup run this year. Bring it on...