Game 9 — vs. Martinez Magic

For our penultimate game of the season we had a fairly early start (although thanks to Coach Ed H., Noah H. & family had an hour earlier start).

With a few days of heavy rain, the fields were nice and muddy. Despite this, the guys were looking forward to the game and getting dirty!

Coach Kevin W. leads a pre–game “GO FIREBALLS!”
Coach Kevin W. leads a pre–game “GO FIREBALLS!”

We did our pre–game routine of getting our faces dirty again, which the kids seem to enjoy!


The first game this week had the amazing combination of Cole W., Travis S., Jack D. and Bryson W.

It was one the most evenly matched contests of the year. Martinez Magic jumped out to an early advantage, then the Fireballs came back and took the lead. After a few more goals for each side, the purple team edged ahead to win by just one goal, 8–7.

Travis S. REALLY enjoyed the big puddle
Travis S. REALLY enjoyed the big puddle

Bryson W., Travis S. and Cole W. each contributed to the scoring and made several fine defensive plays. Jack D. was trying hard as well, but didn’t manage to get a goal this week!


In the other game this week we had the explosive Rocco B., Isaac K., Noah H. and Bryson B. up against a pretty good Magic side. One of their players in particular was very good for his age.

Rocco B., Bryson B. and Isaac K. awaiting a Martinez Magic throw in [Photograph by Rose H.]
Rocco B., Bryson B. and Isaac K. awaiting a Martinez Magic throw in [Photograph by Rose H.]

The first quarter was pretty tight with one scrappy goal for each side. The pitch was the best out of all four at Sequoia but it was still heavy going and sticky for little people.

Isaac K. had his best game for the Fireballs this week. He was great throughout the entire game and was SO SO SO close to his first goal. He couldn’t have been any closer. Dollar signs in his eyes as three great ball wins and a run with only the mud to blame for the ball going wide. Well done Isaac K.

Bryson B. doesn’t like the mud much (watched by Referee Dad Shawn B. and Coach Ed H. [Photograph by Rose H.]
Bryson B. doesn’t like the mud much (watched by Referee Dad Shawn B. and Coach Ed H. [Photograph by Rose H.]

The second quarter was a different story as the Magic pulled away with three quick goals, only one good Fireball strike in response by Bryson B. to show for lots of hard work and offensive raids. 4–2 to the Magic.

Bryson B. himself had another good game with lots of good tackling and dribbling in the sticky mud. He scored well and was unlucky not to get three or four others.

Rocco B. attempts to convince Referee Shawn B. that his Cardianals t–shirt is indeed standard  uniform
Rocco B. attempts to convince Referee Shawn B. that his Cardianals t–shirt is indeed standard uniform

In the third quarter, thanks to an own goal and a Rocco B. strike, the Fireballs got things back to 4–4 and Coach Ed H. thought this was going to be the comeback of the season. The quarter ended at 5–4 to the Magic with five minutes to go!

Rocco B. was outstanding today and didn’t stop trying as hard as he could for every minute he was on the muddy field. He got in the way in defence and stopped lots of Magic attacks and was a constant threat in attack. He scored a great goal that really encapsulated his tenacity and appetite to win.

Noah H. was also good today and did his best on the heavy pitch. He didn’t manage to get on the scoresheet but punched above his weight in defence. On another day, his half dozen chances would have been goals–goals–goals. He watched in agony as his chances sneaked the wrong side of the post.

Unfortunately the comeback just didn't appear and four quick Magic goals in the fourth quarter killed off the game. Final score 9–4 to the Magic and well played to them.


Thank you to Shawn B. for refereeing once again and Jack D.’s Mom for a well–earned snack.

Roster

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