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Mens 3rds - Match centre

Clontarf
Three Rock Rovers M3's
Sat 21 Feb 10:30 - League Full time

Back in the grove as Mens 3's win 2-5 V Clontarf in Mount Temple

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1,2,3,4-1,4-2,5-2 what a difference it makes when we take our chances...

Perhaps last weeks loss to Monkstown was a blessing in disguise, clearly we improve with pitch time, lets build on this momentum for next weeks big match V Railway at home.

I have no funny words for this week's match report - Hinds was absent yet again, skiing or something, and me thinks its time for him to return and do a match report, I am sure you will be happy for his creative genius in a match report...?

Our expectations rose as our leader Findo was sighted at the pitch with playing kit, would he play, sadly no he lifted a bag which put paid to this... however Stephen and Dylan would combine their expertise to manage us, I thought very well on the day. Findo rightly pointed out that we need to be patient, not go mad belting up the pitch trying to score wonder goals, indeed 'anyone caught dribbling up their own a**e would be benched' Brilliant just the right tone to make us listen.

From the whistle we did just that, kept it simple, kept possession, dictating the tempo of the match, I don't think Tarf where expecting this, nor indeed us, but Scott C, Rig, Scott W, Ritchie, Roly, Ben, Mac and Greenie all moving the ball around nicely, probing, looking for the right moment, making the right decisions, in the main we did this but we did make the wrong decisions with too many long cross court balls straight to the oppo in the middle of the park.

Taps opened the scoring with dare I mention it 'placing the ball' past the keeper 1-0, then PhiI I think moved the ball along the by line, expertly drew their keeper out passing to Roly with an easy tap in 2-0 (easy I know, but we have to take these chances unlike the previous week). Then I believe Phil made it three with a dink on their right post over the stick of a diving keeper, 3-0, and lo and behold we continued to play 'patient' hockey, with Ben finishing a rebound on a short corner (we had so many shorts with not much to show for - but still we played patient hockey - which is most excellent).

Our concentration went, lone Clontarf forward receiving the ball in the d and coolly finishing to 4-1 at the half time whistle.

We knew not to let them in, or let them sense a point was on the cards, we conceded several shorts, a smart save by Ed from a drag flick, kept Clontarf at bay, after more pressure from Clontarf we were all guilty of 'ball watching' there must have been 8 or so offenses committed but we are stood still waiting for the whistle to blow, allowing Clontarf player to score a walk through goal, its difficult but we must play to the whistle.

At this stage Mac asks me who is captain as he is getting pinged re tackles, and lo and behold he asks the umpire a question and receives a yellow card (potential DOD?), several other TRR players are warned a flurry of greens, with one or two serial offenders from Clontarf players also seeing green and a yellow, fair play to the umpires play resumes with Scott C scoring a 5th and vital goal killing of the match. TRR leave with a very satisfactory performance 5-2.

I think 5 matches or so left, need to win all these and yes put in a massive performance v Trinity, as I believe we can give them with a fit and full squad a run for their money.

MOM - Tough one, 5 individual scorers, a good team effort, a good'ish defensive performance, but my man of the match goes to Scott C, excellent holding role, marshalled the troops and was most effective in us playing patient hockey which i think will bode well for the remaining matches... and yes Scott its a Jug (speaking of which we have all racked up enough jugs to boost Diageos shares, can we think about a date for a social, otherwise the fall back is to have a bbq here at my house, the older generation can retire to the pub after and have a civilised drinking and our youth development (Ryan, Scott Jnr, Scot W et al can join us or go on a 90's rave)...

DOD - Mac for a yellow? Nope I think this weeks DOD award and jug goes to Ben Epstein - yes Ben I know you played well, and were brilliant at calling the shots - but DOD doesn't have to be related to on the pitch, your call on a friday evening late clinched it, 'er the 3's have 13, so I am going to play for the 2's' 'Hi Ben how many have the 2's got?" '16' 'So we will be down to 12 if you dont play and the 2's 16' 'Yes'

Should have called Findo! Speaking of which and this goes for all of us, whether we know the rules or not, it is not often Findo asks us to do something, but for no-one to volunteer to umpire, leaving Stephen with no other option, is simply not on. We cannot be a team where we simply turn, play and leave even if it takes us this long to organise and agree to a social...

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