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Sat, 2nd Nov 2019 14:45
Duke's Meadow
Barnes Men's 3s
Spencer Hurricanes
  • Anthony Kane
I’ve experienced plenty of grim sporting days in the past. Sitting through a 200-partnership between Michael Clarke and Brad Haddin vs. England in Adelaide probably ranks as the grimmest. The most recent Blues vs Villa derby is up there too. And – of course – the time I casually flicked over to Sky Sports Main Event to find they were showing the Formula 1.
2nd November 2019 will be a date which gets added to that list. In keeping with previous fixtures vs. Barnes away, many Hurricanes had opted for a pre-match typhoid vaccination to guard against any water-borne diseases lurking in the notoriously swampy astro (Matt Hinge: “Is typhoid an STD?”). In the event this proved unnecessary – the recently-re-laid pitch was a dream, and one seemingly suited to the ‘Canes brand of passing hockey. Or so we thought.
The first half wasn’t so bad – some dogged defending, particularly at short corners, saw the ‘Canes go into half time with a respectable 1-0 deficit against a solid Barnes team. Then for a 20-minute period in that second half, the ‘Canes were less England vs. South Africa and more Ireland vs. New Zealand – 4 goals shipped without reply. Some good, some less-than-good.
A late rally saw the Hurricanes steady the ship and a fine finish from Antman restored a bit of pride. He even had time to cap a fine solo performance with a less-than-sympathetic pass when through on goal that a) made Churchy look bad and b) kept clear water between the pair of them in the scoring charts. Mission accomplished.
5-1 the final score, but through a quirk of other results the Hurricanes are still 3 points off top spot in Surrey Div 2. Big thanks to Fred Butler for making time in his schedule to play for us in what is presumably an intense ‘reading week’ back from university. Next stop for the ‘Canes – Barnes 2s.
MoM: Granty – I think one vote simply gave the reason that he ‘kept going’ – hardly champagne moment stuff but he’ll take it.
DoD: Stu – Green card – check. Yellow card – check.
WoD: Gibbo – Another for the record books, no votes for Lord Church as WoD. Hopefully the video of him on the catwalk will redress that next week.


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