October 21, 2018

Roadsters adapt to depleted rosters

The roadsters are nothing if not resourceful.

With the gate to courts seemingly awol for good, they were able to adapt a discarded election sign to keep the ball in play.

And with fewer players than required to convene a proper game Sunday, they came up with an adaptation that kept the action going.

It’s all about getting a good run in, said Doo, which will pay off as the season unfolds.

“These games are really valuable once we get some big games going,” he said. “We’re getting lots of touches on the ball, getting our skills back.”

“We’re running a lot,” said Scooby.

With five players plus a goalie, the roadsters opted for a rolling game of two-on-two half-court that shifted in a rested player whenever a team scored.

The fluid line combinations kept everyone on their toes, Doo said.

“The game changes really quickly, so you’ve got to be really aware of what the other team is up to.”

That was especially true for Kid in net, who faced a dizzying array of passing combinations that had him spinning at the top of the crease.

“There’s lots more space, lots more shots and the goalie starts making bad plays,” Doo said, adding players can afford to get more creative with one less defenceman to tie them up or knock down a pass.

“With half court, there’s not as many consequences,” he said. “If you make a mistake, it’s not going to wind up in the back of the net right away.”

And while the depleted numbers might seem discouraging as the new season gets its legs, Scooby said it’s encouraging a core group comprises those numbers.

“We have a base of people,” he said. “We can build from that.”

Posted by jaysuburb at October 21, 2018 10:03 PM

Closing comments. They'll reopen next Saturday for check-ins.

Posted by: Jay Suburb at October 28, 2018 11:31 AM

Big D and i are out tommorrow as well. On a good note i spoke to Joker who will make a return at some point.

Posted by: Nouvelle at October 28, 2018 12:10 AM

Hmmm, doesn't bode well, especially as it's supposed to rain. I'm likely out. Maybe just call it and resume next week?

Posted by: Living Legend at October 27, 2018 06:31 PM

I have to pick up my parents tomorrow from the airport so I won't be there. I'm also going on a scouting trip to Texas and Colombia in November so I Will miss the next three games.

Posted by: Scooby at October 27, 2018 04:29 PM

I am out for tomorrow - have a good Halloween folks!

Posted by: Doo at October 27, 2018 10:56 AM

I will be a game day decision as I may have another obligation.

Posted by: Living Legend at October 25, 2018 10:27 PM

Gentlemen! Nicely done on keeping the game going!

I won't be able to get out until sometime in Nov. In the meantime, if someneon can get a second set of goalie gear (I sold all mine) I will gladly play goal when I come back.

Posted by: lakattack at October 22, 2018 11:45 AM