Saturday 25th April 2015 saw ‘Le Glamour’ take on Grads Red in the first ‘local derby’ of the season. With the season still in its infancy getting points on the board early was of the utmost importance. The addition of securing bragging rights over the red peril just added extra motivation.
‘Hot Fuzz’ again had the luxury of naming an almost unchanged starting eleven for the Anzac Day clash. Big Dan (wedding expo) and Ian Begg (work) being the only two absentees.
Young Eddie Mitchell was traded like a ‘Pokemon’ card for Beggsie at left back and Callum donned the gloves for ‘Le Glamour’ after an excellent game in goal for the B team.
‘Le Glamour’ had the luxury of naming a bench brimming with experience / age (Crab, ‘Hoppy’ and Jacko), youthful exuberance / pace / flair (Robbie S) and ‘Bali Belly’ / the shits (Fairuz).
A minute’s silence was observed by the two sides, and as the last chords of the ‘last post’ drifted across from the Uni AFL game ‘Le Glamour’ went to work.
With only minutes on the clock ‘Le Glamour’ opened the scoring. Working the ball down the Grads left hand side young ‘light weight’ Damo played the ball inside to the advancing Chris. Without breaking stride Chris walked onto the perfectly weighted pass and hammered home an absolute cracker from about twenty yards.
Unlike last week though Grads were organised, had a few boys who actually play and generally made life tough for ‘Le Glamour’. Poor marking and no communication lead to the Grads equalising from a corner.
Injuries soon followed the Reds equaliser as first Matt and then Juan broke. Crab replaced Matt in midfield, freeing Leo from the holding roll and giving the Whites an extra attacking dimension. Cam was a straight swap with Juan at full back.
Half time and one all.
A few ‘Effs’ and ‘Jeffs’ from ‘Hot Fuzz’ sent the ‘Le Glamour’ out in determined mood for the second half. Chris grabbed his second of the game following a good period of possession and a cut back across the six yard box by Damo.
A third followed quickly after. Having forced a corner Damo sent over an inviting cross and there was ‘Le Crab’ rising like a (dead) salmon to bury an instoppable header. Three back flips and a cart wheel saw the goal celebrated in style.
At three one ‘Le Glamour’ looked comfortable but some over confidence let the Reds back into the game. A loose ball was seized on and as the Reds winger drove into the box Ed made minimal contact with his ankles. A swan dive, triple salchow and a pike with two and a half twists saw the Reds player convince the referee there had been contact.
The penalty was converted and the Reds suddenly fancied it. Jacko (blood boiling) was sent on, having spent ten minutes ‘discussing’ the off side rule with the Reds linesman, for a tired Kev Bock (soft according to wifey) and immediately tightened things up at the back.
‘Le Glamour’ resident Spaniel on Speed Robbie Scammell replaced young Damo on the right and his contribution was instant as he ran tirelessly at the Reds back four.
As the Reds chased the game Crab sent Rob through one on one with the keeper and ‘Le Glamour’ had their fourth. A fifth followed as Crab, Cam and Leo combined to send Robbie scampering away down the right. Having beaten the tiring Reds full back Rob cut in and set Chris up for his third.
Five two it finished. Hard fought and a bit scrappy at times but it shows ‘Le Glamour’ have character and the desire to battle this season. That’s It…..