Classics v Chilliwack
James Hill
3rd. Dec. 2017

Conditions: Dry but chilly

Players on duty: Jason Clegg, Jeff Dickson, Jimmy Butler, Pat Rohla, Alan Massender, Larry Thorlakson, Gordie Macklin, David Breen, Gene Crowley, Daryl Lawrie, Jody Nelson, Chris Arcari, Lorenzo Arcari, Brian Griffiths, Pat O'Krane, Willie Dixon.
Coach on duty: Chris Arcari & Gene Crowley

Classics whacked on a chilly day........
The game began at a frenetic pace and the ball was in the net within two minutes. It came from the Oldham Athletic fan but, unfortunately for the Classics, this wasn't their fan as this one played for Chilliwack! He is called Adrian (spelled ADRIAN) and he popped the ball home to the right of Jason Glegg after strolling round a statuesque Chris Arcari. The Classics responded with a good right wing attack which ended with Daryl Lawrie heading the ball across goal but there was nobody there to take advantage. In the fourth, a great centre from deep by Jody Nelson was headed on by Jimmy Butler. It was a goalworthy effort which brought a great save from the visiting keeper who responded with a dive to his right to push the ball for a corner. Lawrie chipped the ball over for Butler in the sixth which again brought a good reflex save. On 17, a good effort from Pat Rohla was parried out to Butler but his shot rebounded off the keeper to safety.

It was 2-0 to the visitors two minutes later when an opportunist goal came from just five yards into the Classics half. It was a fine long range effort which deceived Clegg and sailed high over him before dropping into the net. Chilliwack were in cuckoo land in the 21st. minute after a right wing break which resulted in the ball being cut across goal for a simple tap-in to put the visitors three goals to the good. It came after the winger skipped around a stationary David Breen who looked like he had tied his shoelaces together and "his feet weren't talking to one another!" It's been a long time since the Classics have conceded three goals in 21 minutes, if ever! The Classics pulled one back just before the half hour. Willie Dixon made a good break down the left and he pulled the ball back from the dead-ball line; it was dummied by Rohla which left ace goalpoacher Pat O'Krane with a relatively simple tap in to the right of the keeper.

Two minutes into the second half, Gordie Macklin had a decent effort pushed away by the keeper. Play was evenly balance but the Classics were having the majority of possession without the end product. In the 70th. minute play resembled a game of ping-pong in the Chilliwack box with no fewer than three Classics players having efforts bounce away to safety off the opposition; it eventually went out for a corner. O'Krane was denied a second goal by the woodwork in the 78th, but his shot came back off the right upright and hit the keeper's back to bounce into the net for an OG. It was time to show character with enough time left to salvage something from the game but Chilliwack managed to stave off all the Classics could throw at them to retain their lead and travel back with all three points.

OAFC supporter Adrian took the credit for an assist with the awarding of the 'Crap Award' to Chris Arcari after he had easily steamed past him for the first goal.

Final Score: Classics 2 Chilliwack 3 (1-3)

Chilliwack scored an OG
Crap Award: Chris Arcari

For the members who did not attend the Awards Evening last Friday the results were:
Nigel Bowkett Award: Larry Thorlakson & Dave Moore
MVP: Gordie Macklin

Gordie receives his award and there is advice from the physio for those players suffering from injuries.