Scores on the Doors: Final Week

A round up of the entertaining intramural Football and Rugby scores from last week.

Division 1

The last Saturday fixtures of 2012 saw a free scoring division 1, with an astonishing 25 goals in the 3 games played. The game of the day was undoubtedly an 11-goal thriller between top of the table Henderson Hall and third placed Barca-law-na.

It proved to be a highly exciting and controversial game that left Hendo maintaining their 100% winning record in the Saturday league with the 6-5 victory.

A topsy turvy game saw Barca take the lead only for Hendo to go 2-1 up through Adam Kaznowski and their man of the match Jack Mellor. A highly controversial penalty decision saw Barca draw level before Hendo hit back as Robbie Sweet rounded the keeper and slotted into an empty net. However, back came Barca as the two sides went into the half time break level at 3-3.

Henderson ‘keeper Chris Pudner was the busier after the half but against the run of play Henderson retook the lead with a classic counter attacking move, rounded off by Armani Zafar. Their one goal advantage was soon doubled as the impressive Mellor grabbed a second goal.

Barca would have been forgiven for throwing in the towel but fought back once more as they again drew level only to be denied by Jimmy Taylor’s emphatic finish 10 minutes from time.

However, there was unbelievably still time for more theatre as Barca saw what would have been a dramatic equaliser contensiously ruled out for offside. The Barca players were incensed to see the linesman’s flag raised, although Hendo will see it as justice for the early penalty award.

All in all a thrilling game that wets the appetite for the next clash between the two sides.

The other two games also saw similarly enthralling contests as Medics 1sts and 2nds both won by the odd goal in 7 against the Axe Wielding Baboons and NUSSC FC respectively.

This leaves the impressive Henderson Hall at the top of the table, a point clear of their nearest challengers Medics 2 but with 2 games in hand, and Barca-law-na a further 6 points behind. Dyslexic Utd go into the winter break bottom of the league, with NUSSC FC only ahead on goal difference.

Division 2

A slightly quieter affair here as newly promoted S.S. Ladzio continued their impressive start to the season with a 3-1 win against the Larrikins. Ladzio’s goals came courtesy of Chris Limb’s brace and Adam Oram as they edged past their opponents in a somewhat cagey encounter, Tom Wood grabbing the consolation for Larrikins.

Title challengers Boca Seniors kept up their good from as they won 9-1 against Queens of Everything as a one-sided contest saw three hat-trick heroes. However, Omeed Laksari-Adams, Sam Mulroy and Teejay Coles goal scoring feat were overshadowed by a man of the match performance from Dom Oldham who produced a one man Barcelona-esque performance.

The victory sees Ladzio go into Christmas 3 points clear with a game in hand over second placed Boca Seniors.

Division 3

Div 3 saw another close contest as Shakhtar Last Night and Bayles shared 5 goals, the latter coming out on top despite goals from Matt Gaddes and Shakhtar captain Adam Renshaw.

In the division’s other game, Bath a Lona and Fiorentina Turner played out a tense first half, going in at 0-0 thanks to a fantastic penalty save from the Bath a Lona keeper.

Captain Christiano Marsala used the penalty save as the spark to rally his side to a much better performance in the second half to defeat a depleted Fiorentina side with an emphatic 3-0 win.

The results see Bath-a-lona, Hamilton Biomedical and Roman Villa FC at the top of the table, separated by just 2 points, while Aesthetico Madrid have the ignominy of propping up the Saturday leagues having failed to secure a point thus far.

Our coverage of the Rugby Intra Mural started with a slightly reduced fixture list as Cheeky Ladies’s contest against Law Blacks and Armstrong’s encounter with BioSci Falcons were both cancelled.

The games that did go ahead proved to be interesting affairs, with both Agrics team in action but faring very differently. The 1sts overcame a number of absences to dominate the line-out against Engines on their way to a 32-0 victory, a fierce defensive effort keeping out their opponents.

The first half proved to be a very tight affair, with the Agrics taking only a 5-0 advantage into the break but the Engines faded in the second half, the absence of co-captains Fred Gravestock and PJ Rankin catching up with the team as they allowed their opponents to run in 5 second half tries.

The 2nds were disappointed at a number of dubious refereeing calls at the breakdown as they were beaten 22-10 by the Southern Fairies. Strong backs moves from the Fairies resulted in a 12-0 lead for the Southerners at half time.

They then saw their captain sent off but managed to hang on to their lead, eventually winning 22-10 despite a converted try from Agrics’ Eddy O’Hare and an Ian Dagg penalty.

The other game of the day saw a convincing performance by the Titans as they ran out 31-5 winners over the Medics; Alex Phillip’s try proving to be the only bright spot in a difficult game in awful conditions for a much depleted Medics squad.

After a very physical and tight opening period it was the Titans who gained a stranglehold on the game, providing them with the platform to express some impressive running and support play, with outside centre Will Hudson particularly impressive breaking the line.

The day’s results see Cheeky Ladies and Armstrong hold on to 1st and 2nd place respectively despite not playing, as Agrics 1 closed their gap to the top to 3 points, while the Titan’s victory saw them climb up to 4th, level on points with the Southern Fairies.

Law Blacks, Medics and BioSci Falcons all remain without a point as the league takes it winter break.

Next term’s coverage will be more regular and detailed so watch this space sports fans.