Brave Ferrets come up short
Footscray's 2XV fight hard against a Charlton Park Club XV coming second best but showing great potential.
A frightfully cold Saturday meant there were concerns as to whether there would be any rugby for the ferrets at all. Luckily the pitch had par-thawed by kick off and the game went ahead as planned. Unfortunately, unlike the pitch, the Footscray lads had not been properly defrosted. Charlton Park capitalised and picked us apart scoring 3 quick tries to go 21-0.
Having warmed up Cray decided to apply a bit of pressure. Happy Darren moved from flank to centres and this spurred the forwards into a rampant mood. Good phase building play and barnstorming runs from Kempy, Glen and Alex helped cray to get a strong platform in the Charlton Park half. Pressure eventually told and Alex stormed through under the posts with Park players sprawled across the pitch. Conversion slotted the teams lined up again with Cray tails up. Gathering the ball from the kick off Cray were back on the front foot. Glen took up the running mantle and stormed through a gap with options either side. Having successfully ignored all help for a good 50 metres and evaded all defensive forces, Glen claimed Cray’s second try. Unfortunately the try was not matched by the conversion.
Cray were enjoying their strongest period of the game and once again marauded forward. Camped in Park’s half their penalty count began to rise. Cray decided to take the three points, unfortunately the theory was better than the execution and Park were let off the hook. At this point Cray lost Alex to injury and that knocked us off our stride with the half petering out from there.
Half time and Cray hearts were optimistic. Unfortunately the optimism did little to keep out the cold and Cray again started slow and conceded early. Another head start given, Cray set about clawing the initiative back. Playing up the slope and away from their own frozen try area, Cray had a few opportunities to score. A try held up and a chip and chase that Park just got to were evidence of this. This spell was largely due to a ‘tap and go’ offensive launched by Cray with Butters scampering away at every opportunity. One such tap and go led to possession in the 22 which Cray eventually turned into points. The forwards forcing the hard yards before Kempy eventually bulldozed a gap for himself in the corner. Luckily the non-existent wind had died down and the extra points were added.
Parks numbers told at the end of the game. 10 subs available due to icy conditions for other teams meant they had the legs to run round cray and add some gloss to the score line. This part of the game was quite boring so we won’t dwell on it. The only event of note being that Cray threw their fly half up in the lineout for a bit as gravity was proving troublesome for some of our more well-built personnel.
Special mentions: Mike for an outstanding debut; Happy for a mid-game tantrum about playing in the backs; and Matt L for his best game in a cray shirt.