Clapham Demons X.X.XX def. South East London Giants X.X.XX
The final round of the men’s conference regular season was scheduled to be played at Wimbledon’s home ground of Motspur park. This was a surprise to many as the men’s conference wasn’t planned to play against Wimbledon this year, but we still had the pleasure of getting lost on our way to that labyrinth of a town. The day got off to a shaky start with only 11 men at the ground with 14 min till kick off. The kit, white board and poor little Tommy Byrne were all held hostage by the wild driving of 2nd VC Fintan McGrath as he hurracained around the streets of Mostpur Park looking for the seemingly fictitious football ground.
With merely minutes left until game time, the remaining 7 men needed to take the field arrived and hurriedly put on shorts and socks ready to take to the field. Thankfully this early shemozzle did not set the tone for the day, as the Demons took over the match from the first bounce and refused to let up their dominance for the remainder of the game.
First time player Alex ‘the step ladder’ Stratigos battled all game in the ruck without rest. Employing a muhammed Ali ‘roppa dope’ like strategy, he helped the opposing ruckmen to new heights using his legs as a step ladder for their jump. Even with Alex providing the opposing ruckman all the help they could need, our rovers were far superior on the day winning 86% of the clearances (stats from MotspurAnalytics.org).
Legendary ROW Uuundy Smith was dominant once again in his Motspur church, leading the goal tally by bagging 7 goals playing in trainers. With 21 goals kicked on the day, there were to be many new goal hawks to rear their ugly beaks. Notable mentions would be Harry ‘the menace’ Ennis (3), Duncan ‘Donuts’ Grey (2), Andrew ‘the Gifference’ Giffen (2) and captain Harry ‘the Horn’ Pierce (2).
A dominant performance from a team with 3 players who never played the game before, and down to 0 on the bench come games end.
A great end to the home and away season but full attention now turns to our finals campaign, kicking off in a 1 v 2 battle against the ever strong Shepherds Brush Raiders. Let’s get around each other for a big week on the track!!