“I got rocketed in the goolies, but I’m ok now.”
– Tom K shows his famous resilience after taking a painful blow against Le Foot.
The Herston Hatchets have confirmed that they will be playing finals football this year with another two wins. The Hatchets beat Le Foot 4-0 and Colleges United 5-0 in consecutive weeks. These results put them in the box seat to claim fourth position on the ladder, and a place in the semi-finals.
Last week’s game against Le Foot was billed as ‘do-or-die’ by many in the media. With the Hatchets placed fourth and Le Foot fifth, both teams knew going in to the game that a win would be needed to be sure of making the finals.
Early pressure paid dividends when a ball to the far post found Tej unmarked. The Hatchets winger had time to measure his shot, putting it just under the crossbar and out of reach of the opposition goalkeeper.
The advantage was doubled not long afterwards thanks to some excellent lead-up play from Nick R, whose broken body is mostly held together with string and elastic bands these days. Nick made it to the byline with a good run and played it across goal for Trey to finish powerfully into the empty net.
The pressure continued in the second half, with the Hatchets out to prove a point. They were playing some of their best football of the year and it was reflected on the scoreboard. In the 63rd minute, Jack scored a contender for goal of the season. While lurking menacingly outside the box, a clearance fell kindly for him. Jack struck the bouncing ball first time on the volley and imparted such spin and swerve on the shot that the hapless Le Foot keeper had simply no chance. This was Jack’s third goal in three games and it is indeed a rich vein of form.
The ball had barely been fetched from the net when it was 4-0. Nick, not content with playing provider, placed a good left-footed shot into the bottom corner to round off the scoring.
“Definitely the best Hatchets performance I’ve ever seen.”
– Club stalwart Bjorn was effusive in his praise for the performance at Le Foot.
The following week, it was the turn of Colleges United to incur the wrath of Herston, this time at a sold-out Jack Speare Park.
It was once again The Hatchets Show as the home team took the game to their opposition from the opening whistle. A good ball from Mike T to the far post fell for Stew, who volleyed it first time into the roof of the net to celebrate his comeback match in style. Minutes later, Bjorn, who was clearly enjoying a rare spell in midfield, unleashed his response to Jack’s goal of the season contender from last week, rocketing a vicious strike into the net from 25 yards. “It felt like he was a lot closer than that”, said the Colleges keeper after the game.
To round out the first half scoring, Simon took advantage of a defensive error to tap into the net and make it 3-0 before half time.
In the second half it was more of the same. Marcus finished off a scrappy passage of play in the box to make it 4-0 and score his first goal in Hatchets colours – a special moment indeed that he won’t be forgetting in a hurry.
The final goal to round out the contest came in the 78th minute. Steven C, playing up front after a horrible whiteboard accident, lumbered after a through ball. The makeshift striker was able to square the ball to Stew, who tapped in for his second goal of the evening.
These two wins will leave Hatchets supporters optimistic that the team can make a real impression in finals. Although it is unlikely that they can move up beyond fourth place with just two games to play, a match-up against Annerley FC would arguably see the Hatchets go in as favourites.
The Hatchets will be back in action next Friday night at UQ, playing against UQ Fifths at 7:30pm on field 2.