The final Auskick session for the season is always highly anticipated for it is the legendary PARENTS v AUSKICKERS play-off. So much is at stake:
- self-respect and
The parents met on the four nights leading up to the game. Positions were worked out, battle plans hatched, secret 'calls' devised. Phil Harrison, Daryl Hecker, Rob Laird and Stu Leverton seemed the most desperate for a win and these guys certainly took charge early on. Rob Laird's mark was one of the best of the season. Scott Le Lievre and Helen Hecker worked magic on the wing and Daryl Hecker supported with varying degrees of magic up in the forwards. Bhavesh Mehta and Paul and Vibeke Ackland were key in the centre and Andrew Hearne provided some top left-footed clearance kicks from the back. There were other mums and Dads playing their hearts out too. All played with utter commitment and gusto.
The umpire tried his best to match players in the ruck but questions were asked early on when Scott Le Lievre (who pretty much towers over Mike Pyke) was pitched against the 5 year old Natasha Hain. Other dubious decisions soon followed with penalties to the parents resulting in goals galore for them.
But what of the Auskickers?
Well, there were so many of them that we soon needed to split into two fields. Ewoks and their parents went up the back and Jedis/Wookies and their parents stayed on the front field to battle it out. The Auskickers called on recruits during the game who came running: U17 player Connor McFadden, Nick Browne, Tom Peter and others soon joined the fray to lend a helping hand to the languishing Auskickers.
And as it turned out, the Auskickers just scraped home on both fields.
* An appeal has been lodged by the parents which will go to the judiciary over the 'imports' for the Auskickers who seemed to score too many goals. So stay tuned, the jury is still out on PARENTS v AUSKICKERS 2014.
Thanks go to Dan Agnew for being an exceptional right hand man this year. Thanks also to Connor McFadden for helping out diligently each week and other helpers such as Liam Agnew and Ben Gee who also did some great leading at times during the season. Of course, the parent-helpers were fantastic as usual. Unfortunately, there are too many to mention. You know who you are though! Thanks to everyone too for pitching in and helping in the canteen this season. We have a great club and you are all an integral part of it.
Go the Eagles!