August 18, 2016

Summer scrimmage takes twin twist

It took 25 years, but Sunday Morning Road Hockey has found its doppelgänger.

The midsummer scrimmage to launch the league’s silver anniversary season took a twin twist Wednesday when a new band of roguesters claimed the centre court as their own. But with two goalies suited up and barely any players, they’d be hard pressed to execute a proper game.

The roadsters, on the other hand, had the opposite dilemma; more than enough players but no goalies.

A merger was negotiated.

The roguesters, it turns out, are no upstarts. Though new to the concrete court they’d adopted as their summer home, they’ve been together almost as long as the Sunday Morning roadsters, playing indoors every Wednesday night at various community centre and school gyms.

Like the roadsters, the roguesters span generations; their goalies are pushing 60 years of age. They play a spirited game of pick-up, randomly changing the teams every week. They value sportsmanship and camaraderie.

They are, in effect, Sunday Morning Road Hockey’s midweek, indoor twin.

“It’s kind of fun to play with some players you’ve never played with, see what they’re like,” said Colonel of the mirror match. “I thought it was fitting for a summer game. We had a fun time.”

In fact, it may even be a portent for a special season to come, said Beckenbauer.

“I think the culture is one of the greatest things about the league,” said the veteran centreman who missed much of last season because of a knee injury. “It keeps you coming back.”

Another harbinger of the coming season may also have been the unexpected return of Kid, who hadn’t played regularly since 2011. Beetle Boy also made his annual summer appearance to spark speculation about yet another aborted comeback.

“I think it’s fantastic to see guys out we haven’t seen enough of,” said Colonel.

“It’s good to see how you match up against some of the old faces,” said Beckenbauer.

On a night that could have been a letdown, the roadsters were buoyant when the advancing dusk finally made it impossible for the goalies to see the evil orange plastic ball.

“Twenty-five years is a huge milestone to build on, it’s not often you do something for that long,” said Colonel. “It has the potential to be a memorable year.”

For the roadsters. And their indoor doppelgängers.

Posted by jaysuburb at August 18, 2016 10:29 PM

Early October. As always. Check back mid-September for an official announcement.

Posted by: Living Legend at August 22, 2016 04:39 PM

When is the regular season going to start?

Posted by: Joker at August 22, 2016 11:32 AM

Midsummer game is always on a weeknight Joker! Sorry you missed it.

Posted by: Living Legend at August 19, 2016 01:45 PM

Damn I was so looking forward to this! I thought it would be on a SUNDAY and I even went out yesterday and bought new pads!! See you in the reg...

Posted by: Joker at August 19, 2016 10:09 AM