Crows clench victory in the heat
Saturday saw the start to the Kenguru Cup 2018 season as the Oslo Crows took on the Ås Battlers at Voldløkka. With the sun belting down, and 29 degree heat not deterring either team, good numbers turned out and it was a great atmosphere for Round One of the competition.
The first quarter saw inaccuracy let both teams down, with several behinds and rushed points conceded. With the heat playing a big part in this, though, both teams sensed that it would be real arm wrestle for the whole day. With no goals conceded in the first term, it was only when a stray ball out the back of a marking pack was picked up by Seb Muller that he was able to waltz in and kick the Crows first – mid-way through the second quarter.
When the half-time siren eventually sounded, the shade was then the only goal for both teams – with Ås having replied and the game being almost tied in the stinking hot conditions. Ruckmen and midfielders for both teams were thoroughly congratulated for chasing the ball all day in the heat, and some key changes were also made to give players a well needed rest, and with both teams eyeing a win, and looking to conserve a bit of energy in the second half.
In the end, another goalless quarter took place, setting up the final term to decide everything. However, quick goals to the Crows saw them 10 points up with only 5 min to spare. Finally, Ås replied via a goal from full-back Eivind Myrvold to set up a real contest with the game was set to be decided by the next goal. As it turned out, a final bit of luck for Ås saw the Crows kick in from a behind and the ball bounce out without being touched -just as the siren blew. This meant the Battlers just had to kick a goal from 40 metres out on the boundary line to win… however it wasn’t to be, and the Crows walked away victors by 4 points.
Big cheers to everyone who came and either played or supported in the very un-Norwegian, but very Australian, conditions. Especially big cheers to the Ås team for travelling, the two umpires (Mats and Denuto), and the Oslo guys that helped even the numbers playing for both teams. Was truly a great way to kick off the footballing year, and looking to get a good turnout again for Round 2 after the Sweden Cup next week.
Final Scores: Oslo Crows 3.7.25 Ås Battlers 2.9.21
Goals: Crows: S Muller, M Scully, M Williams; Battlers: L Barreiro, E Myrvold
Referees: M Danielsen, D Fletcher