Two astronomers. Separated by only 22 degrees, 58 minutes of latitude, 33 degrees, 29 minutes of longitude, yet seemingly worlds apart. Their common goal: figure out the very nature of the Universe and its womenfolk.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Forget the World Cup

For the year's most important football game took place yesterday. Yes, Astro and Cosmic finally played their inter-departmental 5-a-side game, with Astro looking to find some consolation for what has been a disappointing season, and exact revenge on Cosmic for their 2-1 win last season. I must confess to having lost sleep over the skillful nutmeg Ray Sharples subjected me to with his last minute winner some twelve months ago. I wanted them to suffer.

The teams lined up: Astro (Harker, Davies, Crain, Swinbank, Angulo), Cosmic (Schurch, Ross, Bielby, Harrison, Brown, Wake, Middleton). Cosmic's larger squad offering an early psychological advantage as Astro pondered whether, without regular Eke, their fitness might last the distance in a sweltering Maiden Castle sports hall.

Astro struck early. Angulo's 3 blistering goals in the first few minutes threatened to kill the game, but plucky play by Brown earnt Cosmic 2 goals of their own to resurrect the game just before half-time. With Cosmic stealing the initiative, they turned the screw by introducing Wake's fresh legs. Astro, looking tired, turned to Italian tactics and shut up shop. Cosmic found no answers to this more stoic defensive approach, and with a final throw of the dice introduced Middleton. As the clock ticked Cosmic must have hoped their subs' energy might steal them something, but with seconds to play Angulo showed why he's Astro's top hitman, and rounded the diving Schurch for a tap-in that earnt Astro a 4-2 victory and brought bragging rights back to the Ivory Towers of the ICC for the next twelve months. Football has indeed come home.

EDIT: As Ross (Cosmic, Durham) pointed out in the comments, I forgot to mention that Cosmic had an equaliser disallowed. In my defence, I think this was a fair omission since there was never any doubt of the illegality of the "goal", thus rendering the incident a non-event. To clarify: Cosmic were awarded a free kick with Astro 3-2 up, but it was taken some two yards forward of the correct position, with the ball still moving. Whilst Brown (Cosmic)(EDIT: Ross, not Brown - apologies) fired the ball home beautifully from the laid-off free-kick, the sheer audacity of the attempt to gain an unfair advantage resulted in much mirth from the Astro players and the referee, and no attempt was made to challenge the ball.


Blogger NPR said...

No mention of the disallowed equaliser I see...

1:49 PM

Blogger Rob said...

Such a non-event that I actually forgot! I'll make amends...

4:20 PM

Blogger NPR said...

Hold on!!

IMHO, what happened was thus:
From the re-start of the second half, the ball broke to me and I had a shot which hit Greg resulting in a high ball. As is given in the rules of football, one is allowed to take a free kick "near" where the incident took place, and so, Harrison took said free-kick, *near* where Greg had been hit, back-healed it to me and I promptly scored (what I though was) the equaliser. Anyway, the ref (who has regularly picked 3 players from Astro for his own 11-a-side team, AHEM) thought "near" wasn't good enough and said we had to re-take the free-kick. At 3-3 I think we all know which team would have had the momentum and the result could have been drastically different. Anyway, history, as they saw is written by the winners.

P.S. I'm just being particularly annoying, bitter and pedantic in defeat. This comes from the major fact that I don't know if there will be a "next time, next year" to undo the damage done last night. :-(

5:08 PM

Blogger Rob said...

Ah, sorry readers. It was Nic, not Tony, that didn't score.

7:26 PM


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