Away games are funny things in hockey and often bring about events that nobody can really explain, not even those close to the action. Only a few weeks ago we were winning 2-0 with 10 minutes to go when the opposition resorted to sabotaging the floodlights in order to gain undue advantage and scrape an undeserved draw.
This time it was the Senators who benefitted from some strange goings on, some of them perhaps best left unexplained. What moves Dan and Andy discussed or executed in a steamy car with the engine running in the car-park at the meet point is probably best left alone, but the extra nutritional input certainly seem to have given Dan the Midas' touch. Under the cosh for most of the first 20 minutes, Senators found themselves 3-0 up at that stage thanks to some late Christmas presents from the Teddington defence that RvP Robins in particular made maximum use of.
Jim Klammer Felix had decided that skiing is much more important than playing hockey and he left behind an almighty scrap looking for an alternative goalkeeper old enough to appear in a Senators' shirt. Luckily a dodgy South African was picked up just in time from the local train station, not long after Dunners was spotted breaking and entering The Cat's secret lair.
Talking about shirts, this was the first opportunity in well over 23 years that the Senators had started a game all wearing the same type of shirt and perhaps the ease with which they found each other on the pitch is best explained by the fact they could actually recognise each other by the outfits they were wearing! Not sure the slick haute couture outfits that no doubt had been designed with a different body-mass quotient in mind are going to catch on, but their immediate impact was clear for all to see.
The Bok in goal decided in the 2nd half that playing outside the D was actually much more fun than staying between the sticks, which made for some entertaining viewing, at least for the neutral supporter that was spotted along the perimeter fence. Senators are experienced if nothing else, so they secured all 3 points away from home for the first time this season and promptly sat about celebrating that in the Teddington club-house with a rack of London Pride.
The longer term effects of those celebrations were in evidence upon our return to the original meet point, where the Niagara Cup was won by a clear margin by Marky Mark.