Game 10 — vs. Green Serpents

Game #10 and our last of a great season and everyone was in high spirits (well the Fireballs were) at a lovely 9am start.


Rocco B. was in Disneyland this week so in the first game we played with three Fireballs. No substitute which meant no respite for Noah H., Travis S. and Cole W.

Our guys played a great game today.

Noah H. trying some fancy backheel moves [Photograph by Jack H.]
Noah H. trying some fancy backheel moves [Photograph by Jack H.]

Noah H. had a nice goal (and another which stopped on the line in the long grass) and demonstrated some of the best dribbling we’ve seen this year.

Noah H. starting another Fireballs attack [Photograph by Rose H.]
Noah H. starting another Fireballs attack [Photograph by Rose H.]

Once he obtained possession of the ball, he did a great job of protecting the ball from the Serpents.

Noah H. and Cole W. win the ball back in midfield [Photograph by Rose H.]
Noah H. and Cole W. win the ball back in midfield [Photograph by Rose H.]

He was at times a ferocious ball shark, preying on unsuspecting opposing dribblers.

Noah H. explaining to the Serpents exactly how hes going to dribble round them all and score a goal! [Photograph by Jack H.]
Noah H. explaining to the Serpents exactly how hes going to dribble round them all and score a goal! [Photograph by Jack H.]

Travis S. bounced back from an injury to score a fine goal.

Travis S.’s awesome Fireball socks score a great goal! [Photograph by Jack H.]
Travis S.’s awesome Fireball socks score a great goal! [Photograph by Jack H.]

Travis S. made a fantastic pass to Cole W. that covered half the pitch, which Cole W. then kicked in for a goal.

Travis S. unaffected by his rather large chin plaster! [Photograph by Rose H.]
Travis S. unaffected by his rather large chin plaster! [Photograph by Rose H.]

Surely one of the nicest passes of the year.

Travis S. takes on the Serpent defence [Photograph by Rose H.]
Travis S. takes on the Serpent defence [Photograph by Rose H.]

He again showed off some terrific ninja moves with powerful kicks and stealth defense.

Cole W. is off on another length–of–pitch dash [Photograph by Rose H.]
Cole W. is off on another length–of–pitch dash [Photograph by Rose H.]

Cole W. showed off some fantastic hustle and speed. He consistently beat the other team down field to defend the goal.

Cole W. fights hard for the ball [Photograph by Rose H.]
Cole W. fights hard for the ball [Photograph by Rose H.]

He had a nice coast–to–coast goal where he maintained possession of the ball down the length of the pitch and hammered it home.

Great work by Noah H. and Cole W. [Photograph by Rose H.]
Great work by Noah H. and Cole W. [Photograph by Rose H.]

Our team jumped out to an early lead, but without substitutions, we ran out of gas towards the end of the game, while the other team was able to bring in some fresh players and took a lead just before time ran out.

Noah H. and Travis S. launch an attack while quick thinking Cole W. calls for the ball (this was ALMOST a goal)! [Photograph by Rose H.]
Noah H. and Travis S. launch an attack while quick thinking Cole W. calls for the ball (this was ALMOST a goal)! [Photograph by Rose H.]

Final score, 7–4 to the Serpents.


In the other game this week, Bryson B., Bryson W., Jack D. and Isaac K. were up against a half–decent Green Serpents team. The Fireballs played well and zoomed to a 5–1 half–time lead. They looked uncatchable (famous last words).

Bryson B. and his banana boots dribbling hard [Photograph by Erin W.]
Bryson B. and his banana boots dribbling hard [Photograph by Erin W.]

Bryson B. was quiet this week (compared to his usual self) but was very effective in annoying the other team, ball–winning and dribbling.

Isaac K. comes even closer than he did last week to scoring! [Photograph by Erin W.]
Isaac K. comes even closer than he did last week to scoring! [Photograph by Erin W.]

Isaac K. improved again this week with a good game. Always at the heart of what was going on, getting stuck–in and so so so close to scoring. Only a bobble of the ball at the last moment prevented his first goal!

Bryson W. slams home a fantastic goal [Photograph by Erin W.]
Bryson W. slams home a fantastic goal [Photograph by Erin W.]

Five goals from The Cannonball this week. Bustling around the park, knocking kids over (legally), ball winning and scoring at will. Bryson W. was excellent this week. He capped it off with an astounding goal from well inside his own half. Hat tip to you Sir!

Bryson W. celebrates his fifth goal of the day! [Photograph by Erin W.]
Bryson W. celebrates his fifth goal of the day! [Photograph by Erin W.]

Jack D. helped out in the first game when Travis S. was injured. In his own game he did his best to get round the field a bit more and put in a couple of good deflections.

The Serpents switched things around and just before the final whistle they managed to claw back the deficit and sneak it 6–5.


It was a strange day. We were winning comfortably in both games at half–time, 3–1 and 4–1 but tiredness and some good Serpents play turned things around for them. Winning 7–4 and 6–5. Well done to them.

There was the usual good play by the Fireballs but this week, just wasn’t enough to sneak a win.

Thank you to Cole W.’s Mom & Dad for this weeks snack (they went twice) and Shawn B. for once again performing the Referee duties.

Roster

No. Name 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
2 Noah H. B B B B
3 Cole W. B B B B
4 Jack D. B A A A
5 Bryson B. A A A
6 Rocco B.
7 Travis S. B B B B
8 Bryson W. A A A
9 Isaac K. A A A