Southport festival - (7 games) 0 - Sandbach 0
Sat 3 May 2003
Sandbach Scorpions ? Southport Tour 2003
The cast: William Bordill, Chris Burrows, Alex Clutterbuck, Joseph Cooper, Luke Gross, Kurt Hurlstone-Johnson, William Jepson, Katie McEvoy, Elliot Moore, Nick Muldoon, Jack Robinson, James Stops
It must have been good, I phoned round the coaches this morning and collected what they could remember of the scores ? if they are wrong, my apologies!
Friday night and the squad arrived with their cash dispensers in tow. Coaches briefing at 8 o?clock, they had free beer and invited us to take some more on the way out (or did they say one more?). H-J and Stops filled their pockets, with Jepson, ever the one using his head, opened up the bag so kindly donated by Gullivers and stashed the rest.
Now to rejoin the party at the bar, and then through for the Mad Hatters, who went through their set and were introduced to two new members of the parent group, Bruce and Robert, Bruce pulled!
Off to bed, a big day ahead, and it is great testament to the squad?s devotion to the task in hand that every one of them was tucked up before 7:30 (am).
First up for us were Hinkley, a good side from God?s own Leicestershire, we might have lost the game 15 ? 0 but the best bits were when Hinkley players targeted Katie McEvoy as the weak link in our defence. Big mistake, Hinkley, very big mistake! Each on of them was firmly planted on their behind. The final score was made despite the efforts of the Kamikaze Kid, if ever you need a charging buffalo stopped (quite likely in Sandbach) just call Elliot Moore. After the game the Cobham Coach came over to address out team and say how well we stood up to be counted in defence.
Next up Nottingham, team shuffled around to ensure everyone gets equal pitch time, 15 ? 0 to us hoorah!
Next up, the chirpy cock-a-knees Chingford ?Cam orn Ching!?. A very tight game where we destroyed their scrummage much to the disgruntlement of Captain Blubbo whose amazing X-Ray vision could spot incorrect binding on the far side of the scrum. We won the game 5 ? 0.
The weather took a turn for the worse and so we taxed out tiny minds with building a barbeque. This was obviously too much for Stops Snr who slunk off to his pit and missed the rest of the evening?s festivities which were alleged to have included a hypnotist but the victim couldn?t remember, so it couldn?t have happened, could it? A fine display of break dancing in confined spaces was given and the abilities of the body to absorb fluids was tested. Oh yes - Captain Blubbo further enhanced his reputation by having security call to him in the dining room,what a guy! Again though, big day ahead, all of the squad were in bed before 7:30 (am).
Coolmine from Dublin were next up, would we start in our usual sluggish fashion ? no! The diet of junk food, sweets and pop along with sleep deprivation was obviously working. We won the game 30 ? 5. Note to coaching diary ? must use that hypnotist again.
Cobham up next, we knew they were good and in spite of their loss to Hinkley were probably the best team in our age group. Where is that hypnotist when you need him? 4 tries later and we were still waiting for him to tell us to wake up. A high price in injuries with a number of players finding their ability to shrug off knocks was in some way related bedtime. 0 - 25
The sun was shining now and spirits were up, the competition to see who could get the biggest ice cream was in full flow.
Hertford played a good game and again we didn?t really kick into gear, losing 15 ? 0.
Last game ? Southport, and we now know where the European pie mountain went! We had to take the long way to the try line by running around some of their players but after a scrappy first half we ran in 4 tries for a 20 ? 0 win.
Played seven, won four, lost three, loads of fun, well done.
Now on to cheer on the Under 11s for their last game.
Presentations, Hinkley won our age group with Cobham as runners up, a number of the adults had brought onions with them when Coolmine?s Stevie went up to get his award.
Then off for some of that beer stuff while watching Tino the Equadorian Juggler attempt a world record in plate spinning, what a guy, what a cheesy grin. The great Tino was followed by Eternal Kitten, well they did seem to go on a long time. All the time the migration of cash from parent to offspring to Pontins was ongoing. The Southport Chamber of Commerce owe us a vote of thanks for our unswerving attempts to boost the local economy via arcade machines.
Thanks to all for a great tour.