We're a pretty laid back bunch of guys, but there are a few things can rile us. 3pm kick offs under the blazing sun of the PSA are two of those things. Having to wear a tight fitting Cosmo kit that is inconsistent with most of our body shapes is another. All three in the same day is a bridge too far. This led to a number of groans and moans in the changing room although I'm not sure how much of this was due to Bucko as he tried to squeeze into the number 9 shirt. I've also not seen Stylesy as incandescant since someone stole his scallops a restaurant when we were in Phuket on tour.
Once the action started, it was a game of fluctuating fortunes. Rivals started the stronger and could have taken the lead within the first minute or so, luckily Hibs Sunday Social striker and Housewives Favourite James M put it wide. Hibs then had a strong spell missing a glorious chance and hitting the bar. Sadly in football, it only takes a second to score and Rivals cut us open and their big fella up top finished with aplomb. Another goal followed quickly with Steve scoring on his debut for us, sadly in the wrong net but it was a hell of a finish. As it got hotter and 0-2 down, this looked like another tough afternoon for us.
Half time came and we freshened things up and for the next 20 minutes, dominated the game, scoring through Billie whilst we also as a team managed to butcher 2 or 3 one on ones and Holiday launched a rocket that is still rising, crossed the flyover and was last seen threatening Malaysian air space. Rivals scored a lovely free kick and also caught us on the break to make it 4-1. On another day, this could have 4-4 but we don't seem to have found our shooting boots yet this season. I think everyone agreed it was better that what the Germans had done to us the week before and we all made our way to Chermin Village to tuck into the delicious $18 Carslberg jugs and to debate if it was pigeons, plants or penguins clinging onto the roof of Reflections. Our most intelligent player and celebrity quizzer, Leci, still claims it's a flock of pigeons.
We've started slowly this season but with a number of regulars to come back, we have plenty reasons to be upbeat. Well played Rivals and welcome to the league - good bunch of lads, fair game and a solid addition to what's looking like a high quality division. Ref Jonathan as always was fair and consistent. Onto next week we go.
Notable mentions for Tony Smith who proudly told us how he'd flown home early from Japan for this one, what a guy. Great debut as well from Lam and he'll be welcome every week. MOM on the day to Billie for his running, goal and excellent rattling of the crossbar.