16 May 2010 – YCAC vs Shonan Playboys

Match report by Hunter Hemingway and photos by Kyoko Obayashi
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YCAC 15, Shonan Playboys 21 (HT: 10-21)
Tries: Dougal Robertson, Dean Stallard, Aran Delaney

This week’s match report will take the form of a ‘stream of consciousness’ poem:

This is the big show.

To the victor go the spoils.

Your team are the raging hot favourites.

You have all the form behind you.

In contrast, your opponent’s recent performances have been patchy.

But they will be motivated.

They are not just playing for themselves.

They are playing for their country.

That counts for a lot.

There are rumours the ref will be on their side – a gold watch.

Suddenly, a savage bout of food poisoning – Suzie?

There is no way of postponing the game.

You battle bravely but it isn’t clicking.

You can’t get a call to go your way.

Your opponents tackle like demons.

You only need one score but time is running out.

You can’t get it.

The final whistle goes.

Jubilation for one side, despair for the other.

Some old fella shakes the winning captain’s hand.

Says something like “Thank you for what you have done for this country.”

Slow Joe rocking back and forth in the corner of the Breezeway.

Repeating to himself:

I am the master of my fate,

I am the captain of my soul.

Hunter Hemingway

Team Sheet

1. Erich “Freezer” Friess (USA)
2. Dean “Moe” Stallard (Australia) (cv)
3. Leopold “Oz” Visser (South Africa)
4. Stephen “Hang Time” Marcon (England)
5. Aran “Two Inches” Delaney (USA)
6. Sam “Tall Timber” Stephens (NZ)
7. “Slow” Joe Fisher (NZ) (c)
8. Steve “Big Cuzzy Bro” Gray (NZ)
9. Dougal “Big Daddy White Serevi” Robertson (NZ)
10. “Big” Ben Patu (Samoa)
11. Heihachiro “Ben Affleck” Yamaguchi (Japan)
12. Rich “Curly” Watkins (England)
13. Tristan “Larry” Fahy (Ireland) (cv)
14. Arnaud “Mature Big Daddy” Terrien (France)
15. “Wee” Willie Lapthorn (NZ)
16. Rafi “Ghengis” Khan (USA)
17. Daisuke “Silent Assassin” Okada (Japan)
18. Taichi “Posh Spice Junior” Noda (Japan)
19. Conor “Tristan’s Disciple” O’Shea (Ireland)
20. Charlie “Wendy” Caskey (Canada)

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