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Sadly depleted students find no succour from rampant Hawks 4s

30 November 2013, 14:30, Banbury Road North (Top)

Men's 4s 9 - 0 Brunel University Men's 1s

I don't really know what to say about this game. Last Wednesday we had a full squad of 15 players, but by Friday night we had a mere 12 due to various reasons, but these willing sports proved far too much as we found out the tax dodgers neophytes from Brunel College of FE University had turned up with a mere 8 scholars. However, they were willing to play. In yellow vests. On a cold winter’s day. Not stereotypical at all. Plus they all did that 360 degree spin around with the ball that is obviously drilled into you when you start at University, which is mightily impressive and gets you nowhere. But why eight players? You're at Uni, you get three lectures a week, put out a decent side on a Wednesday, but come a Saturday and from a college of 14,000 students and they can't get a team of 11 players out. Shopping? Studying? Drinking? Probably the latter, but none a decent answer and for the life of me I can't see a better alternative than playing sport at the weekend with your mates. All we had to do was keep the ball, pass round them and we'd win. Which unfortunately we didn't do. Eventually we sorted it out and ground out a tight 9-0 win. Full praise to their blokes that turned up, as they tried their hearts out, especially their keeper, no.4 and skipper Ross who are pretty decent players, despite the twirls, and no doubt will give us a stern test when we face them at home with a full team. Hopefully. Adam scored four and is clearly the lead scorer in the league and we will miss him in the second half of the season. Jasper was ill which was of no use to my fantasy league team. I, in particular, wish him a speedy return. Thanks to Nick and Geoff for umpiring excellently as usual.

Additional player: John Carey

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