Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Hampstead vs Allenton

Every year these two sides battle it out for the "Frosty" Steele Cup.
Frosty is a by-gone who played for both clubs. Typically, it was said he prefers to see it go our way rather than to the upper class end of town.

Donning our new training shirts, thanks to the kind folk at Speights Breweries helped set a more professional atmosphere in the warm up. The NorWester Gale that is well known in these parts came out to play. Cruelly it was blowing directly down the ground and in tandem with the setting sun! One half of the game was sure to be tough. It made for a strong and passionate defensive show from both sides. Candian Davey learned what happens in an elbow vs Nose confrontation.

Shortly after I ran over for a try in the corner.
Wonderboy, Brian Parsons (BP) failed to convert from the sideline. 5-0.

Jerome Paese slipping in to 13 to cover for brother Steve had a few darting runs and was unlucky to go all the way on a few occasions. Below a scrambling Allenton player ankle taps the former Wellington U/19 flyer. Christmas is in support on the left, BP on the right.

Brian missed one penalty but then converted another. 8-0. Super coach Shane Enright made a few changes in a bid to inject some energy into the second half slog against sun and wind.

The game then darted up and down the field as they kicked and we ran.. On too many occasions the ball just wouldn't bounce our way. The exception being the lineout where Spencer was taking charge in the absence of Alipate (His youngest was in hospital.) Here he steals yet another Allenton throw.

Penalties against the blue and gold were the telling tale of the whole game, final count was 32-8. Its amazing to come away with a win with such one sided statistics. Final score was 11-5 after they had some late success on the blind-side which they had pursued all day and Sia Fifita slotted a simple chance from in front.

Celebrations did continue into the wee hours for certain members of the team. The Somerset, Zeebo's, Kelly's, the Dirty Dev and Harrison's Bar all enjoyed the company of Hampstead men. Sadly Ashvegas was closed during the week due to legal complications with the owner's ability to continue to operate a liquor establishment.. .
Below some changeroom cheer.


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