Balmain Rovers 3B Firsts v Enfield Rovers Firsts
Easton Park, Rozelle
Sat 6 April 2002
Report by Craig Brown
Rovers Firsts took the field with a core of last year's side plus four debutants, in what might be described as the first game of the post Van Heugten/Fiorenza era. After an indifferent pre-season our supporter(s) may have been concerned as we took the field, but the greatest worry proved to be whether or not the referee would let us play without a full deck of ID cards. That problem solved, we kicked off and proceeded to totally dominate Enfield, scoring at will. So much for promotion to a "higher" division, but such is life in the "Mad Magazine" Canterbury and Districts Soccer League.
The first goal came when Nick strolled out of defence - Beckenbauer style - and found Ammon on the edge of the box, who squeezed past a couple of defenders and put it away. Not long after Nick demanded control of a free kick on the edge of the box and blasted it 30ft over the crossbar - Hopkins style.
The game progressed with Rovers dominating possession, thanks to a commitment to simple, and let me say that again, S-I-M-P-L-E, movement and passing. New boys Dave and Dean contributed greatly to this, and they complemented Clem and Eddie beautifully in midfield. Millard and Ammon terrorised the Enfield backline, and both should have had a bag full by half time. In fact, Ammon did have a bag full. Millard had one, and a whole lot of memories.
The backline did have some work to do, and did it well, barring a couple of "vaudeville" touches from Kon in the opening minutes. Glenn and Nick were rarely troubled, and Andy was more comfortable at sweeper than Dick Van Dyke.
The goalkeeper? Well, lets just say I took a couple of fine goal kicks. Thanks of course to The Kaiser for the clean sheet.
It took us a while to hit the score sheet in the second half, but eventually we did, another 4 or 5 times (goals cease to become memorable at some stage when you win 11-nil).
With half an hour to go Pier, Matt and Patrick came on and all made a significant contribution to the final result, with Patrick and Pier both getting on the score sheet.
The score ended up 11-nil, so we’re off to a flyer. Should have been at least 12, but Ammon and Patrick decided to play Good Samaritans in the Enfield six yard box, passing the ball to one another about eight times. In the end nobody scored. The dialogue went something like this:
Patrick: After you
Ammon: I couldn’t possibly
Patrick: Go ahead. You deserve it
Ammon: But I’ve already got 4
Nick Vince: Just kick the f#@king thing one of you
With the other results, the club scored 23 without conceding, so well done to everyone.
Ammon Mackie 4, Dean Da Silva 2, Paul Millard 1, David Hind 1, Paul Edwards 1, Patrick Nolan 1, Pier D'Angelo 1.
The Pele points go to:
1 - Ammon Mackie
1 - Paul Millard
1 - Paul Edwards
1 - David Hind
1 - Dean Da Silva
1 - Nick "The Kaiser" Hopkins