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Men's 2s hit an iceberg in Titanic Meltdown

18 January 2020, 13:30, Eastcote Hockey Club astro

Men's 2s 3 - 4 Eastcote Men's 1s

You can accuse me of being over dramatic but you didn't spend Saturday afternoon watching the 2's plummet to a wholly avoidable defeat against Eastcote 1's. I was trying to think of an appropriate epithet to convey the horror which was the second half that Dunners and I, on the sideline, watched unfold before our eyes.

Put simply the boys had spent the first half contentedly cruising and reached half time with a 2-1 advantage which pretty fairly reflected the balance of play. Within five minutes of the restart Crazy Horse made it 3-1 with a cracking goal and it seemed there could be no way back for the home side. However some half baked defending allowed Eastcote to reduce the arrears to a single goal. The team clearly regarded this minor setback as an absolute calamity and responded by going immediately into its default mode - namely panic.

In this context panic means, in practice, abandoning all the principles that had served the boys so well for the first two thirds of the encounter.

Film buffs will immediately recognise that this sort of thing has an obvious precedent in the story of the Titanic. The only difference is that the passengers on the doomed cruise ship had an arguably more compelling justification for reverting from contentedly cruising to blind panic - namely that the ship had collided with a large iceberg. Ergo their lives were at risk.

Not so for the 2s as far as I am aware. There was no identifiable risk to life or limb - but with 3 League points (rather than lives) only at stake the remainder of the game was a Hawks melange of poor passing, rank decision making and woeful basics. Eastcote plundered 2 more goals and pocketed all the points.

Sadly, surrendering a position of superiority through our own failings has become a too regular feature of the 2's performances this season. All very disappointing.

Finally I should say that throughout the entire game Crazy Horse was immense scoring 2 and creating the other Hawks goal. He has started 2020 as he ended 2019 and is now way out in front as the Division's top scorer with 17 goals from 13 games - some performance!


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