I don't intend to make this too long a post.
My football season is over, but the new A-League season is a little over three weeks away. Looking forward to it? Of course I am! I purchased my season ticket(s) months ago. Just have to wait for them to turn up in the mail.
As for my season, well, it ended in a disappointing fashion, with a 0-1 defeat at the hands of the minor premiers, Auburn Black, a side that we didn't beat this season, but came close a couple of times. The winner, for me personally, was a tough one to take. It was close to half-time, and a forward had just managed to elude one of the defenders, and got into space in the penalty area. I came forward, thought that I had my run timed nicely to thwart him, even got a hand to the ball, but he still got past me, as did the ball. Prior to that I had hardly been troubled, with only one save (on target) for me to make, and it was one that I got down on my hands and knees for. (In the second half I was busier, with two shots on target, one saved low to my left with my legs, and the other fired right at my head which I parried with both hands. I did have to clear another with my feet.)
Ray Marshall Reserve, South Granville, Field 1.
The best pitch we played on all year, and a good afternoon for a game of football.
I think I touched the ball maybe ten times all game. But again, the sheer tension of being in the thick of it. The corners, the free kicks, the loose balls... Ready to pounce at a moment's notice when something comes your way.
So I now have another runner-up medal to go with my champions' medal from 2012. (The other football runner-up medal was earned in 1981, in the Tamworth junior comp. Ironically, three grand finals, and all three times I was in goals.) We wanted to win for our manager, who's moving to Tasmania next year, and one of the senior players, my mate Rod (who got me back into playing soccer back in 2011). Try as we might, it wasn't to be. Sure, we could use a number of excuses for our loss. We had played on Tuesday night. They had two weeks off. But the end result was that we weren't quite good enough on the day.
I suppose better a 0-1 defeat in regular time than a loss in a penalty shoot-out.
A surprise for me after the match though. The outgoing manager presented me with the match ball for all the effort I put in on and off the pitch. It was promptly signed by the team, with the manager writing "You are the ultimate team player. Thanks mate." I nearly cried when I read that after I got home. The ball now sits on top of the video cabinet in the lounge room.
We do plan an end of season get together. As to what format it'll take, I don't know as yet. It would be good to see the rest of the side once more before the end of the year.
Anyway, what else can I add? Not much, except to say that I have been reading more of Killing for Company, only to find that serial killer Dennis Nilsen was an extremely complex person. His notes and poetry reveal a person in torment, killing, as the title of the book suggests, for the company. Some times he wasn't even aware he had killed someone until he woke up the next morning. Other times he recalls the murder in vivid detail. One of his victims he had even strangled with the cord of a pair of headphones.
His surprise, most of the time, was that he wasn't caught sooner. Had he not chosen to flush pieces of flesh down the lavatory, clogging up the pipes, he could've added any number of victims to his tally. Of the fifteen he did kill, only two had ever been reported missing, one being a Canadian tourist, the other unfortunately shared the same name with dozens of others on the missing persons list.
It's interesting to note, four other men survived being attacked by him. The police were called on two occasions, but no charges were laid. One was even revived by Nilsen.
On a more positive note, I sent off entries for the NSW Schizophrenia Fellowship's annual art (and poetry) competition. I submitted a poem and a photograph, easily done seeing I didn't have to have the photograph framed. I also e-mailed off an expression of interest form for the NSW CAG Recovery in Art Exhibition. This one, along with the Art Works! Exhibition in October, will need framed prints.
So I'd better get them done. Ciao!