Today was the big grand-final match of indoor soccer. This being my first final series, and thus also my first final of playing indoor, i was particularly psyched about this match.
Before the match, i didn't really fancy our chances. We were playing Cardno, the team that beat us 9-1 in the normal season, and quite comprehensively beat nearly every other team by a wide margin. We were truly the underdogs.
There was a little pre-match drama, as a few of the Cardno players weren't qualified to play in the final. Apparently, you have to play at least 5 games for the team over the season in order to be able to play in the final. I think that they only had 5 eligible players, but I think the centre 'umpire' allowed them one more in order to have a sub.
We started the game brilliantly, getting the first goal. They equalised pretty quickly, and then took the lead, before we equalised to end the half at 2-2. It was a particularly rough encounter, with the opposing team using their brawns a little more than their brains at times (to put it lightly).
I was fouled quite seriously twice in the first half: firstly copping a missed timed jab to the lower regions, and then getting absolutely hammered trying to round their big enforcer. Both times i ended up on my back, the latter quite winded.
The game was tense and was poised on a knife-edge for anyone to take. Most of the second half went by without any more goals scored, both teams having quite good chances. We had more chances than they did, and should really have been ahead, but I guess a combination of bad finishing by both sides, as well as both goalkeepers playing really really well, kept the score goal-less.
We finally made the break-through with about 8 or so minutes to go. I chased a ball that was heading away from the goal toward the right, dragging the last defender with me, and with me facing the right net, i had a quick look and saw Elliot in some space, and very cheekily back-healed the ball across net to him, to which he quickly dispatched into the goal. 3-2 to us.
We scored two more goals pretty quickly, me setting up one of them, and then controlled the game till the final whistle. Rolando did give away a goal in the last second, practically giving the ball to an opposing player right before the final siren, and we ended up winning the game 5-3.
I was really happy with my performance today. Compared to the less than average displays of late, I really got in there and chased players down, defending well and pouncing on balls when I got it. Overall everyone on the team played great, especially Rolando in goals in the second half saving more than a fair share of quality attempts by the other team that kept us in it, and Elliot grabbing the vital goals that pulled us clear.
As a trophy, we all got large beer mugs with 'Premiers' on it.
After the match, went to Church to attend the Vespers of Forgiveness. It was quite a good ceremony marking the entry of the Church into Lent. All the lights in the Church are turned off for a good amount of time during the service. Afterwards there was a supper in the Respite Centre with an ample amount of food.
By the way, we are looking to change our team name for next season, so any suggestions would be welcome (post them as a comment if you like!).