On Saturday afternoon another chapter was written in the titanic struggle between good and evil, light and darkness, that is Adelaide Uni v Old Ignatians SC Division 4. Their very name, an anagram of ‘Old Satanic Sign’, indicates the depth of the malevolent forces that the heroic boys in Grey were up against. With such a serious task ahead of them the Uni players warmed up by pinging balls at the cars parked next to the pitch, the house across the street and the roundabout on the corner.
The game was played on a pitch of miniscule dimensions but that in itself posed no real problems for the Greys, given that our own pitch is the size of a hobbit’s front lawn.
From kick-off Uni dominated possession, keeping Anal Disco Sting at bay with triangles that would have sexually aroused Pythagoras himself. While we caressed the ball with a tender (yet masculine) touch, Satanic Nil Dogs ran around aimlessly, failing to do anything useful.
Anish was running amok on the left wing thanks to a series of beautiful through balls from Dave, but when he tried to challenge the goalkeeper after he had already picked up the ball, he was duly shown the cheese.
On the right wing Kyle was similarly linking with Jwood, both using their twinkling toes and Latin sense of rhythm to bamboozle defenders.
Down the other end of the pitch the referee gave a bizarre indirect free kick in the box when goalkeeping debutant and all-round swell guy Etshin collected the ball and had the audacity to bounce it on the ground before booting it back into play. Apparently illegal. Seems our players never got the memo from FIFA that the laws of the game had suddenly changed. Thankfully we defended like beasts and Dancing Ass-Toil couldn’t take advantage.
Half time was certainly not free from incident, but the less said about that the better, other than to highlight Etshin’s magnificent UN peacekeeping / Malaysian judo skills that ensured everyone could get on with enjoying a nice Saturday amateur sports match.
Having favoured aesthetic beauty over scoring goals during the first half, Greys set out after half time with the intention to actually win a game of football. There were fewer Sam’s this week, but the team sheet did also feature Seamus – basically a Gaelic Sam.