Round Two, aka The Big Wet
St Lukes, Sunday 26 June 2020
There is nothing like getting comfortable with a good book on a cold and rainy Sunday, and for the parents of Cannons 15/2s this Sunday was no different… that is, it was nothing like getting comfortable.
St Lukes was the venue, St Ives were the opponents, the heavens opened, and the rain was biblical!
It was weather better suited to ark building than football and the hellish scenario was made worse with injury and illness further depleting the already limited numbers. It would be a test of courage and commitment as coach Paul urged the 16 available boys to work together and have faith in each other.
The ground was soft but the Cannons brought a hardness to the opening bounce and the constant rain was a great leveller of skills and speed. It was obvious in the first quarter that this game was going to be a hard fought slog in the wet. The slippery ball was hard to handle, the wet jumpers made tackling nearly impossible, and the constant rain meant scoring a goal would require divine intervention.
Coach Paul had asked for extra effort from all the players. He asked them to push that little bit harder to impact a contest and affect a spoil. To stick close to their opponent and ensure every possession was hard earned. To follow up when the ball went to ground and maintain the pressure. The Cannons courageously fought the David and Goliath battle but ultimately 16:22 is not an even contest and the weight of numbers caused the floodgates to open with the Saints eventually running away convincing and deserving winners.
Despite the gloomy skies there were plenty of bright moments. The reuniting of the successful midfield combination of Big Riggers and Cooper coupled with Eathn’s trademark ferocity allowed plenty of first ball use. Fighting against a flooded defence, the second efforts of forwards JB and Woody in conditions that didn’t suit big men was encouraging as was the contribution from debutant Adrian who was unlucky not to pick up a goal with his first kick of the game. Husky and Kipper adapted to the conditions well and applied great forward pressure as did Broadie who was perfectly at home down at water level where the ball spent most of the day.
Courage was on show watching Lachie fearlessly contesting against a player that towered over him and again with Texas ferociously tackling on the far wing even when the game was done. Max’s determination and commitment didn’t stop even after he was pounded into the ground in a contest. Rising star Rameez proved last week’s stellar performance was no fluke with another outstanding all round game.
The Cannons backmen can all hold their heads high. Killa ensured his opponent had no influence on the game and Cruisey’s charge at the ball and at the start of the second half was rebound footy at its best. Grechie was consistent and reliable all day and ended the day on a high somehow marking an incoming torpedo, a feat that would have been impressive in the dry and was nothing short of miraculous in the conditions.
At the end of the game the rainwater on the ground reflected the scoreboard but the scoreboard did not reflect the game. The Cannons were courageous and determined and their effort cannot be questioned. They are weathering a storm of injuries but the forecast looks bright so keep the faith!
Match reporter: Stephen Grech