September 28, 2008

Wendel's comeback comeuppance

Wendel didn't lose his breakfast. His team wasn't so lucky.

The veteran winger, who's been in semi-retirement for most of the past three seasons, only wanted to survive his first game in almost a year without embarrassing himself. He succeeded, keeping pace with younger, fleet-footed forwards for most of Sunday's pre-season opener. But his team couldn't survive a mid-game swoon that cost them an early lead and, ultimately, a 20-15 decision.

"My goal after three years more or less away from the game was just to reintroduce my body to the concept of the game," said Wendel. "It's been a while and you've got to remember everyone's habits and tendencies and you've got to get a feel for the ebb and flow of the game again."

Early in Sunday's game, it was as if Wendel had never really been away, as he and his mates executed on all cylinders, firing pinpoint passes and then finishing at the net with a deft touch to carry a lead into the second half. But then the long layoff seemed to catch up. Passes went astray, shots on net were swallowed by Billy Idol, including a diving save on the Colonel, who's breakaway backhand was snared by the keeper's big glove. Wendel started to play winded.

"I think it was a general lapse on a lot of things," said Elvis of his side's second-half slide.

Their opponents were quick to exploit, led by Lak Attack's early-season wheeling and dealing.

"Lak turned up his game and the rest of us followed," said Beetle Boy, as his side stormed back to take a 16-11 lead before romping to victory. "Everybody was playing hard."

Meanwhile, Wendel and his mates were flailing.

"It's hard to point at any one thing," said the returning veteran. "Everybody is rusty, everybody's timing is a little off. It takes a while."

But with Lak and his mates having wrested control of the game, and Nibs struggling in his net to do anything about it, the outcome seemed etched.

"We just started getting comfortable with each other," said Beetle Boy.

Something that will come his way in time, said Wendel. "I've got to get my timing back, read people better, get my passing back."

And that's when his opponents will have to work to protect their breakfast.

Sunday's game was the first of three exhibition matches to prepare the roadsters for the upcoming season. That's more than have been scheduled in the previous two seasons.
The longer training camp will hopefully give more of the roadsters a chance to ease the game back into their weekly routine as well as overcome some of the bad weather that has plagued the seasons' early games in recent years.

But still, some roadsters couldn't help but be disappointed in the lack of commitment shown by some of the game's veteran leaders who opted to skip the first week of camp.
"I thought we'd see Wink out on a nice day like today," said feisty forward Elvis of the once stalwart veteran who has become a bit of a phantom at the courts in the past year. "When he wasn't, I was completely distracted."
Also absent were key players like Gump, Cowboy Bill, Paul One and Pig Farming Goalie, while young gunners Scrappy and Doo were reportedly en route, only Scrappy actually made it to the game, just as it was ending.

Posted by jaysuburb at September 28, 2008 09:34 PM

Hold on to the leg pads Gumper. I'll talk to you next week.
Wont make it this Sunday but I'll be there the week after. Have a good game fellas.

Posted by: Billy Idol at October 4, 2008 03:18 PM

... especially as neither of the Kits Boys that still actually play live in Kits ...

Posted by: Mrs. Wendel at October 1, 2008 09:36 PM

Lobster is right. Where is the Colonel's card? Doesn't anyone want to collect it? This Kit's Boys stuff is so passe.

Posted by: Mrs. Colonel at October 1, 2008 12:12 AM

hey commish, where are the new cards for the new players, there has not been an update in the collector cards for a long time

Posted by: lobsterboy at September 30, 2008 04:43 PM

If by "reportedly en route" you mean sleeping, then yes, I was "en route".

Posted by: Scrappy at September 29, 2008 10:05 PM

Wow, that's more press coverage and more photos than I've had in my entire road hockey career ...

Fun game guys, looking forward to more soon.

Posted by: Wendel at September 29, 2008 09:14 PM

Hey Boys,

I'm holding out for more money...Idol, I bought some new pads this year, you interested in buying my old pads?

Posted by: Gump at September 29, 2008 01:54 PM