A big two game round 3 for the mighty Boho! New ground, new time slot, same Boho.
In what was a steamy and sweltering day, the boys really dug in with an undermanned squad.
Game 1 against the trash was about as good as it gets. The ball movement across the ground was slick quick and sexy. Eddy, Nath, Kaneo, Con and Magic patrolled the midfield and connected wonderfully.
Ringo and Kaneo were able to capitalise on the silver service with some big clunks and straight kicking to drop the hammer in the first half.
Roo stepped up in the second half and kick a barrel so big the ball is still floating above Long Island! The little man took a BIG hanger, no doubt earning him so brownie points with the missus, who graced the Boho box with her presence. A floggish celebration ensued post goal, but we’ll let him have it this time.
Ash was a general down back and played well above his height and weight. Big from the stick insect!
In the end we rolled the trash comfortably to stamp our dominance on the comp in an incredibly hot and sweaty match.
Thanks to Tim who played well on loan from the Rats and was heard saying “the culture is just incredible, the service up forward was a delight, I wish I wasn’t a rat”. We would happily have you Tim!
Game 2 was primed to be tough. Conditions were brutal and the boys were already tired.
Fired up, things got Spicey early with Captain Con unhappy with some treatment and giving a bit of lip back to the umps. It was a tight first half with the boys getting unlucky with a few calls and The rats converting their chances.
Despite many inside “50’s” the boys didn’t put enough away.
A see sawing second half saw tensions rise and little Con lay some hits that resulted in a peacock strut longer than Brendan Fevola at the Brownlow. A tight tag from Rhino and a lot of attention on ground saw Eddy and Nath having to negotiate a lot of the centre clearances without a primary Rick. Magic fought hard on the ruck and may have been frazzled in front of goals missing a few opportunities.
Kaneo got sniped from 350m and blew his hammy in a devastating blow for the team which resulted in no one on the bench.
From there the game begun to unravel as the heat got to the boys in their second outing against a fresher rats outfit. Ringo spewed up his weight on the sidelines, Eddy suffered an injury and the wheels almost fell off.
A dying moments intercept mark from Con almost allowed a match drawing goal. Although gorgeous off the boot, it faded right and wasn’t to be.
A good day and Boho remain on top of the ladder despite the close loss to the Rats.
Onto the next!
The Pizza Rats started the new #Raturday gameday on the right foot, winning 9-8 against previously undefeated Boho. The Rats had a strong midfield presence of ruckman Michael “Keem the Dream” tapping down to Matt Herbalicousness, who continued to show the elite skills that had him picked in the first round. Tommy “Rocky” Lana provided a useful outlet out of the ruck for some quick ball movement. The three midfield Rats fought for every loose ball, giving the Rats a strong counter to a skilled Boho midfield.
The backline was anchored by Alex “Diesel” Hampton and Bobby McDowell, who held the high scoring Boho frontline below double digits for the first time this season.
The Rats forward — Adam “Buddy” Franklin & Tim “Bucket Hands” Arakelian pushed deep which helped stretch the field against Boho. Buddy kicked a dribbler that curled in to give the Rats the lead late in the match (He did have Diesel running into an open goal though) but “Buckets” stole the show with 2 goals, continually leading in the right areas and taking contested marks on vital situations.
Jiva “Beast Mode” Smith had the play of the game as he seemingly took on every (three) Boho defender, breaking several ankles, and banging home a crucial goal late in the second half to put the Rats ahead on a lead they would not further relinquish. Jiva kicked two goals on the day, and played a crucial role in every aspect of the field.
Ryan “Revis Island” Strick was an easy choice Best on Ground for the Rats on this day. Strick opened the game kicking a goal of the center bounce, but played a more important role in neutralizing several players in the Boho midfield by locking them down in one-on-one contest. No opponent could shake him loose, and Strick kept the clamps on tight. Strick played physical, fast, and never seemed to slow down, and his play led the Rats to a huge win to vault them into sole possession of second place, and a Grand Finales contending spot.
The Rats come back in round 4 with the doubleheader assignment, but expect a few reinforcements to see them home.
Sirens Vs Cats
Subway sirens – 8
Bodega Cats – 3
Drea – most dominant forward today with 3 behinds in a row
Janie selling candy to everyone on the field
JT attacked well
Simmy with some great midfield work
Cricket and Lucy battle in the ruck
Subway Sirens – Claire
Bodega cats – Lucy