9th Oct 2010: 2nds Vs. Glasgow

Glasgow 4 – 3.5 Ed Uni 2
Saturday 9th October 2010 

Anthony Bloom, Chris Kay, Fern Sinclair, Helen Ramsden, Helena Corner, Jamie Miller, Big John Mottram, Rosemary Nolan, Sarah McKeand, Sophie Brown, Stephen Carr, Will Ellis Coach: Will Lawton

A dynamic, fresh and young-looking second team assembled on Buccleuch Place around lunchtime, eager and ready to, in the words of Big John Mottram **** on St. Andrews.

The group decision was that a road trip was preferable to trusting the train network, especially after the third team’s trials and tribulations on the way to St. Andrews the weekend before. As we drew closer and closer to Glasgow the tension was rising and game-faces were being prepared, especially in the coach’s car, where intense motivational music was the order of the day.

Upon arriving in Glasgow it was clear that the team had left their Four Leaf Clover at home Once we were Hit with the Notice that St. Andrews II clearly weren’t ready and were apparently Jumping Into Rivers rather than gracing us with their presence. If any of the St. Andrew’s crew are reading, between Me & You, You’ll Never Get to Heaven.

Ahem.

It was a special day for the majority of the squad, pulling on the blue shirts in anger for the first time, stepping onto the court as the second team. The match started and the nerves showed from Uni, going down to an early goal. Having a decisive defensive tactic was a novel thing for last year’s third teamers and although rebound defence took a bit of getting used to, we warmed to it and the cracks in Glasgow’s attack started to show, with even the more experienced players shooting from range without a collect.

In attack, some good structure was starting to show through, with collects and feeds being fought for valiantly. Steve Carr popped up with a mid-range effort to level the scores. Fresh legs were brought into the breach for the second half for both sides at half time and the match continued to be closely fought, both teams still struggling to break down each others’ defences with meaningful attacks. A long range effort and a running-in-shot later, we were 3-1 down, but a classy snap-shot from Fern Sinclair saw the score brought back to 3-2, game on!

Late in the second half Glasgow snuck another goal in, followed by an own goal, bringing the score to 4-3 to Glasgow. Yes, you read that correctly ladies and gents, a Glasgow player collected a shot on the penalty spot and with cat-like reflexes popped the ball through the korf, much to everybody’s disbelief. The look on her face when she ‘scored’ was great, but her realisation was better.

With the score so close, Uni 2 stepped up their attack for the final minutes, with Sophie Brown unlucky not to score the crucial equaliser the ball ran round the rim of the korf before tipping out, hence the half a goal that we awarded ourselves without a hint of bias.

At the whistle Coach Will was full of praise for the team’s defensive display rebound defence had utterly stumped the Glasgow attack and it was only reflex goals that got past, rather than actual attacks. Onwards and upwards!