February 18, 2018

S'no repeat

Snow and ice cost the roadsters more than two months of last season. So when an unexpected visit from Old Man Winter dusted the road hockey court with a couple of inches of white powder and semi-frozen slush, they weren’t about to let history repeat itself.

But the effort to clear the concrete exacted a toll.

Especially for Velma, who’s still playing himself back into game shape after an extended hiatus.

“It was tough for me,” said reconstituted roadster after Sunday’s game was preceded by at least 30 minutes of shoveling.

While the snow wasn’t exactly welcome, it wasn’t as bad as he’d feared, said Scooby.
“It was a little slippery, but I think we’ve had worse,” said the veteran sniper.

Whether they were fatigued from the pre-game plowing, or worried about getting caught out by an unexpected patch of frozen slush, the roadsters were tentative once play got underway.

“People were slowing down in the middle of the court, especially after there were some big falls,” said Scooby.

Velma said that tentativeness helped keep the scoring opportunities to a minimum.

“Guys were overthinking,” he said. “You sort of had to let instinct take over.”

Which is exactly what Scooby and his mates, Screech, and Ohio, did as they battle back from an early deficit, gave up a lead and then won the game in sudden death, 7-6.

“Patience was a big thing today,” Scooby said. “We did have a lot more time with the ball, but you’ve got to wait for your opening.”

Velma said that cautionary approach cost his team.

“We should have won that game handily if we had been able to bury the ball,” he said.

But on a day that echoed the weather challenges that caught out the roadsters last year, both teams walked away from the courts winners.

“It was awesome to be able to have a full game,” Scooby said.

Posted by jaysuburb at February 18, 2018 03:59 PM
Comments

Crap, Cant make it today...and look how nice it is !

Posted by: Nouvelle at March 11, 2018 09:46 AM

Hey guys, sorry for the late notice but I can't make it today.

Lak bring your gear.

Kid.

Posted by: Kid at March 11, 2018 09:43 AM

No Ohio this week I'll be there trying to get a few more people on my end too

Posted by: Cleveland at March 10, 2018 07:18 PM

Remember roadsters, we move the clocks ahead this weekend. So nobody better show up to the game an hour late!

Posted by: Living Legend at March 9, 2018 11:16 PM

May there be a special place in hell for the insidious purveyors of spam bots.
I'm shutting down comments until Saturday night. The spam bots can go tickle Trump's toes for a few days...

Posted by: Jay Suburb at March 5, 2018 10:53 PM

I will be there

Posted by: nouvelle at March 4, 2018 08:28 AM

Won't be in attendance tomorrow!

Posted by: Doo at March 4, 2018 12:29 AM

Now that they conquered the US elections, the Russian spam bots think they can exert their influence on the Sunday Morning Road Hockey stick pull?

Posted by: Living Legend at March 3, 2018 11:18 PM

Ohio and I are in.

Want a good deal on viagra? I think I know some places

Posted by: Cleveland at March 3, 2018 10:01 PM

I am in for tomorrow

Posted by: lakattack at March 3, 2018 03:28 PM

I'm out for tomorrow boys.

Posted by: Scooby at March 3, 2018 02:04 PM

So viagra induced spam aside, what's the count for tomorrow? I'd like to play. Who else? Weather looks good.

Posted by: Velma at March 3, 2018 09:54 AM

Early heads up; it looks like I'll be a scratch for this coming weekend as well due to a work commitment.

Posted by: Living Legend at February 26, 2018 10:58 PM

Sorry boys for the late notice but I cannot make it due to baseball evaluations all day today.

Posted by: joker at February 25, 2018 09:53 AM

I am out as well-feeling sick!

Posted by: lakattack at February 25, 2018 09:28 AM

Late scratch. Sorry.

Posted by: LIving Legend at February 25, 2018 09:25 AM

I'm out boys!

Posted by: Scooby at February 25, 2018 01:48 AM

I can't make it tomorrow.

Posted by: Kid at February 25, 2018 01:26 AM

I am in for tomorrow! Have the goalie gear ready to go!

Posted by: lakattack at February 24, 2018 07:39 PM

I'm willing to shovel if enough people on here commit.

Posted by: Scooby at February 24, 2018 04:56 PM

The courts have about 6 inches of snow on them. Road where we park is centre-bare, but the curb lanes haven't been plowed. It sounds like the weather tonight could go either way.

Posted by: Living Legend at February 24, 2018 01:11 PM