Twelve V Twelve
The Uni State League Sevens hiked west this week to the cold and windy Capital border. Eager to maintain the team's undefeated status, Head Coach Julian Stockwell stressed the significance of the game at hand. The BelWest Reds are positioned at the competitive end of the table and this game was not to be taken lightly. This mental preparation seemed appropriate as the Reds quickly caught ANU off guard to draw first blood.
Calling upon the wind as a twelfth man. West capitalised on an early corner with a curving cross that fell directly behind ANU’s defence and then goal-line. This setback was short lived however as Uni retaliated with a solid through ball from Felix Freckmann onto Dan Blair who brought the score back to a level 1-1. The away team however did not have to wait long for more fruits to follow. Harry Crawford caught the West goalkeeper planted on both feet as he magically redirected a corner cross between the posts. And Felix cleaned up scraps as the keeper bumbled a powerful strike bringing the score to 3-1.
This rapid change in circumstances caused the Belwest Boys to rethink their tactics. Taking inspiration from a mixture kickboxing and gridiron, the Reds began targeting blue legs with the occasional shoulder to chest tackle.