2016 Round 3, Who’s Coming to Play?
Round 3, Game 1: Pirates vs. Seals
El Niño has brought a flurry of rain this winter to a thirsty and barren Bay Area. The saturation deemed the fields unusable and therefore R2 was cancelled. By missing a round, the teams were hungrier than ever to get on the field for a chance of earning 4 points in the ladder standings. The only club to not play a game this season thus far had been the SF Seals. The Seals are a determined and proud club, eager to reach the Finals for the first time in club history. Would their superfluous Seals swag be enough to match the athleticism and skill of a rejuvenated Pirates club? The GGAFL Cali Craft Scoreboard would feature the fixtures and scores of round 3’s games.
From the opening bounce, the message was clear, get the footy in to Fab and let him do the rest. Fab would take marks all across the forward 50 with ease and little contention. Before the teams could blink, it was a 26-6 quarter time lead for the Pirates. Things didn’t get much easier for the Seals as Richard Gates swept out of the backline and was able to connect up field to Dan Livy and Sam Davey who ran loose all over the field. The Pirates were able to execute the switch effectively more times than the Seals had shots on goal in the half. Harry Brothwick, who got plenty of touches and marks, proved to be another handy target up front for the Pirates. The halftime score was 48-7 in favor of the Pirates.
The Seals came out with a bit of fire at the start of the 3rd quarter with a quick goal by Chris O’Conner and some courageous attack at the ball by Ed Seaford and Tim Pratt. But the Pirates game plan never changed; run with pace off the backline and hit the massive target Fab up front. Fab single handedly continued his onslaught of the Seals and put the Pirates in the driver’s seat with a 67-7 lead after three quarter time.
The Seals have never been a club to lay over and die for the opposition, as they took the fight until the final siren. But the El Niño that was unleashed on the Seals club by Fab’s torrential downpour to the tune of 9 goals proved to be more than enough for the Pirates to stroll into an easy victory with massive percentage point implications.
Pirates: Fab 9, Harry Brothwick 1, Livy 1
Seals: Chris O’Conner 1, Bushy 1
Round 3, Game 2: Knights vs. Mavs:
Traditionally, the Knights have been a team that takes time to warm up and get moving, unless it’s Bingo Night at the Green Acres Nursing Home. The Knights are slow to start and often fighting from behind. Conversely, the Mavs live by the old Marina Latin creed of, “Occides autem, veniam post” (slay now, ask forgiveness later). With the Mavs winning by a handful and the Knights losing by as much in Round 1, the two clashing styles of footy would be a beauty to watch, as these two bitter rivals squared off for the first time this season.
Someone at the nursing home must have slipped the Knights the wrong pill, because they were hungry for the footy and attacked furiously in numbers. Noamy opened the scoring with a fine set shot from 30 out. Luke Curran skillfully delivered the footy in to Coach Uppers and Shoey who added to the first quarter Knights onslaught for a blistering 19-0 lead at the first break. With a bit of reconfiguring and adjustments, the Mavs came back and responded with two goals of their own by hired Victorian gun Tommy Mcall. Tommy proceeded to kick a goal, run to the interchange, have a chunder, and come back to kick one more. Despite Tommy’s short time in the GGAFL, he’s already proving himself to be a True Roo. The Mavs were able to work their way slowly back into the competition and bring up a more manageable score of 28-14 at the big break.
In the 3rd, the Mavs were able to ramp it up and begin wising up to the Knights efforts of bombing the footy into Shoey and Coach Uppers. Moose began to spoil Shoey marks and turned the footy upfield to rookie Jesse Macapagal. Jessee took big marks and moved the ball upfield to Ace and Lege who linked up well along the wings. Dragus took the screamer of the day as he used Jobbo’s head as a step ladder to take a brilliant mark and bring the Mavs within one goal. Unfortunately for the Mavs, Knight’s backman, Cozmo Kramer, had duty of guarding Dragus, and the screamer was about all he gave to the Mavs on the day. Cozmo shut down Dragus throughout the day as well as only Newman could do on Kenny Rogers chicken. Josh The Kid again, continued to wow spectators and fill in a big role of sweeping off the backline and taking meaningful marks down the stretch for the Knights. Glenn Murphy was able to control taps and win heavily contested possessions in the waning minutes. Up by five, Glenn lined up for goal, and nailed the set shot; dashing the hopes of a Mavs comeback. The Knights then circled up and incoherently mumbled their fight song. No one is sure if it’s due to Alzheimer’s or simply not knowing the words?
Knights: Glenn 2, Shoey 2, Uppers 2, Noamy 1
Mavs: Tom Mcall 2, Dragus 1, Casey 1, Ace 1, Joey Bruggs 1
With one quarter of the season commenced, the competition and numbers look even and fierce. The Pirates have distanced themselves for the time being with a 2-0 record and high percentage points. While the Knights and Mavs sit in a log jam in the middle of the pack. And the idle Hornets ahead of the Seals only by percentage points. As we look forward to honoring our fallen soldiers with oatmeal cookies and football, what we want to know is: Will the WAFL Hornets show up to help Captain Clarky right the ship? Will Yeezy and Carpy come back to save the flailing Seals? Will Tully and Timmy Creed show up to help the above average Mavs? Will the nursing home find out that half the Knights have escaped so they can play AFL on Saturday’s? And will the Pirates continue to recruit players who are all “first year” players with 10+ years of AFL experience? ONLY TIME WILL TELL!
Round 4 ANZAC DAY, 4/23/16, Ygnacio Valley Park
Game 1: Sirens vs. Breakers @ 10am (opening game)
Game 2: Hornets vs. Pirates @11am
Game 3: Seals vs. Knights @ 12:30
Footy Watch Party (ANZAC Day weekend) at Patriot House (2 Embarcadero Center) at 8:00PM
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