WEATHER : Grim
PITCH : ZooTopground-Soft6
SCORE : 3-4
REFs : BillandBen
CAPTAIN : Kev the shoe Sandalls
Carlo’s calamitous clanger at the Zoo
Not for the first time this decade has a bombed try at the Zoo ground turned the result on its head for the Box Hill Quenchies. Who could forget the moment a few years hence, when a younger Carlo ran over the dead ball line in extra time. A jockstrap award soon followed. Will we this see a repeat jockstrap for the Fleet footed Carlo? queried Grant Fleet.
Indeed the monkeys squealed with laughter, the Giraffes bowed their heads, as ten metres out and well clear Carlo unfortunately just ahhh dropped the ball. This being relatively early in the game and with young guns Browny and English recruit Kevin Derby in the centres showing ample penetration on attack, the large crowd was left suitably amused but not at all concerned that the end result would be affected.
The Brumbies had other ideas though and won the game 4 tries to 3 with a pacy back scoring most of them. Credit to the ACT defensive line as they withheld countless hit ups from the rampaging Ramage brothers amongst others.
Territorial dominance hadn’t converted to points in this game. “This could be down to the coaching or lack of it on the day!” , might have contentiously suggested Life Member Grant R Mahoney, had he been there.
Grant had followed the game via the new Vic Masters Rugby score update App, whilst decked out in an almost new Wallaby jumper, and supping lagers at the European Bier Café.
The Burdett game plan which the team had diligently invested in all season was thrown out the window as it was decreed there was to be no kicking in this non-comp fixture. No clever little grubbers from Colin, No Chips over the top from Barge rs. Alas no chance for anyone to witness the hilarious sight of Pommie Paul toe kicking the ground rather than the ball and falling over, like he did at Booroondara only weeks ago. The jockstrap award has some stiff competition this year.
Nil competition points on offer this match meant the Admirable Burdett stayed home in
dry docks virtually grounding a rudderless Quenchie ship. This vessel was in dire need of a Captain Cooks Endeavour, or even a Welsh tug master to steer its course, mused Dennis.
The run at all costs approach had former Supercoach, and Danny Cipriani fan, Paul Moran absolutely seething, “Don’t they know!, first you’ve got to oof it down field like, then once down there play your Joker!, like bringing on a Jonny Orani when opportunity presents i.e when far enough ahead or well short. That’s how you win premierships at this level like!”. (Editors note, Paul Moran was not paid for this interview.)
In a pro-logue to the match some Brumbies and Box hill boys backed up an hour later to take on Maroondah invites in a dour contest with some notable highlights.
The return of Edward Muailiauailiusi (Big Ed) to the fray and testing out the elasticity of Jims shorts.
Big Glenn Hill may have surged ahead in career games from Walshy with racking up two games on the day, whilst Walshy was first in the showers again. The Quenchies statistician is meticulously going through the archives to determine the next likely milestone maker after the success of Dennis 600th. Will it be Glenn Surrey Park Originals Hill, or Kevin 40years straight no side trips to Stawall to play footy Walsh. Will it be Chris Puegots 20th trip to Box Hill Hospital?
This weeks game at the Zoo again, could be against a combined Chargers/Babas over 50’s outfit, with free guinness pies at the Dan O Connels afterwards, rather than Powerhouse, and a half cooked sausage, as reported in other media outlets.
Over and Out
Lots of authors over the years!