February 12, 2017

Sun shines on silver season's second half

The roadsters played their first competitive game in two months on Sunday. It may have been the season’s turning point.

Shut down by a series of snow storms and an extended deep freeze that locked the home courts in an inches-thick layer of crusted snow and ice, Sunday Morning Road Hockey’s silver anniversary season seemed in peril. Even a move to a new, thawed facility to kickstart the campaign’s second half was greeted with indifference and ennui.

But with the sun shining and temperatures warming, the roadsters returned, eager to play. Only one problem: the home courts were still frozen despite five days of mild, rainy weather after yet another storm had cancelled last week's game.

Undaunted, the roadsters packed up and headed to the new facility, cleared of ice and snow, the pavement dried by the sun.

Beelzebub, making his first start of the season, said it was important the game go on, even in an improvised way.

“Something like this, a game in the sun, makes you remember what the game is all about,” said the veteran winger who missed the season’s first half with injuries. “It was important to have a good time, have a good competitive game.”

The roadsters were a little more than rusty after the extended mid-season hiatus, said Lak Attack. “It was a bit of a slower game.”

But their enthusiasm to finally play again won the day.

“You’re not going to get a lot of Grade A chances,” said Lak Attack of the sometimes choppy and sloppy play. “You hope to shoot it on the net, get a lucky goal here and there.”

The roadsters were further hobbled by gaps in the fencing that allowed errant passes and shots to frequently skitter out of play.

“It really hurt the continuity of the game, the stopping and starting with all the balls going out,” said Beelzebub.

“You can’t really use the boards in the same way,” said Lak Attack. “It was a bit slower of a game, for sure.”

Although given their eight weeks of sloth, that may have been just the kind of game the roadsters needed.

“The timing will come back, so will the conditioning,” said Lak Attack. “But you can just see by the turnout the guys are ready to go.”

Posted by jaysuburb at February 12, 2017 08:46 PM
Comments

Usual adults game this week. Big D is welcome to join us of course as he's an established player.

Posted by: Living Legend at February 18, 2017 11:47 AM

Love the idea of an all-adult game this week but kids could come and play on a side court so that they will still have fun!
I think it has been great to have them out to help populate a game. They are the future and one day (4-5 years down the road?) may well be playing as regulars with us :)
See you tomorrow!
PS: Goalies - don't be worried about Lak. He has trouble hitting the goal when he attempts to shoot with sting!
Bam and Hoss - expect to see you tomorrow!

Posted by: The Colonel at February 18, 2017 11:43 AM

And I will be wearing my shinpads!
We should really decide whether we want any kids (including Big D)...I think just adults this week?

Posted by: Nouvelle at February 17, 2017 11:33 PM

And I will be wearing my shinpads!
We should really decide whether we want any kids (including Big D)...I think just adults this week?

Posted by: Nouvelle at February 17, 2017 11:33 PM

Sweet! I was going to check tomorrow when I was in town. A real game this Sun! Crazy!


I am going to hammer the f$%#@ out of the ball against the opposing goalie to let out my pent up frustration this Sun!

Posted by: lakattack at February 17, 2017 08:47 PM

Courts are clear! Everything back to normal on Sunday! FINALLY!

Posted by: Living Legend at February 17, 2017 07:08 PM

Fab game with the youngsters! Some good rain coming so the courts should be good for this Sun!

Posted by: lakattack at February 14, 2017 08:01 PM

My favourite set of pictures so far this year!

Posted by: The Colonel at February 12, 2017 09:30 PM