The weekend bore down on us like the Polar Express, bringing its polar weather with it.
It has been cold, wet and windy through much of the weekend, making the spectators huddle together like a bunch of penguins under the Stocky Shed; and given me a brisk trade of sly fivers and tenners in the corner of the shed that I have marked out as my own.
My glorious moustachios kept my face warm enough, but we definitely couldn’t say the same about the weekend warriors on the pitches.
Huge congratulations to Barney, the AMU goalkeeper, for reaching his 300-game milestone; and to all the juniors who come back from their state competitions.
The canary men won over the parrots in the top grade, sealing top spot and thus go straight through to the Big Dance. This is an upset on my books and just proves that anyone has a chance.
I don’t think that the maggies have enough firepower to overcome the parrots, but they’re improving lately and I’ll be watching next week’s game with a lot of interest.
In the top women’s grade the Redleg girls stamped their authority over the Pies and will go through to the Major Game.
In the B women’s grade the Old Collegians came out to play against the canaries. My Stripey Mates from Up North beat the maggie’s second team, and the beady-eyed girls in the first team took on the redleg girls and came up grinning. Any one of the top four can take this one on the day and I wish them all well.
The B Men saw the Old Collegians with a strong victory over the older canaries; the young maggies squeaked a win over my Stripey Mates; the Redlegs stole the points against the younger parrots in an upset; and the old piebalds played the older parrots for pride and equal points.
In this grade we can see any of the top four take the points on the day, even though my money is firmly on the younger beady-eyed boys. Thrilling stuff.
The maggies could not overrun Clare in the rain in the 18’s comp; and the canaries had a strong win over the parrots. Nothing changes with these results.
In the 15’s My Stripey Mates defended the fortress in the rain to seal their spot in the top three against the maggies. The canaries beat the parrots in an upset and trilled for joy.
The 13’s results were interesting: the older piebalds won over the Young Collegians; the young Redlegs had win over the younger canaries, while the parrots had a strong win against the younger maggies in a game that wasn’t as one-sided as the scoreline suggested.
There is some shuffling going on in the top four here and I look forward to next week’s results to see how it pans out, with top three all playing teams below themselves.