For the second week in a row, DojoMojo used its new shirt-colour-change tactic to devastating effect, leading to a what must have been a BPL record-breaking blowout win of 15-2 (!) over an unfortunately short-handed MBB: Messy crew.
The Messy lads were missing their top guns, currently on assignment overseas representing Australia at the WUGC in Vancouver, and attending some sort of medical junket in Ireland. Reduced as they were to 6 players, Messy had no answer to the Dojo's unrelenting defence and patient offence (which produced only 3 or 4 turnovers all night).
But why just read about it when you can watch some actual footage and see for yourself? Big thanks especially to Mrs Dan Walls for holding the camera whilst under a blanket on the sideline (and for keeping the footage of Dan looking manly between points to a minimum...).
This first clip is from an early point in the match where a contested block was quickly followed by a simple throwaway, setting DojoMojo up with an early break-point opportunity that wasn't wasted:
Dave Watson managed to complete a spectacular thumb hammer goal (just off camera) to Hjelmie a few points later. Here he is making do with your run-of-the-mill, over-the-top scoober option:
And yes, that's Matt Eastburn and Wetnose busily diminishing the Spirit scores for both teams in the endzone. After that little venting session (unfortunate as it was) the prevalence of heavy, accidental/negligent contact from earlier in the game thankfully dried right up.
Messy had no option but to play zone defence all night, which, if there had been even the slightest breeze, might have generated a few more turnovers. But as it was, the Dojo handlers (yes - that really is Steve Hjelm in the back 3 for a while) were able to patiently dump & swing their way to the goal with cutters finding holes through the middle of the zone.
How about that pull just making it past the halfway line (not to mention the force-anywhere defence)? At least Dan wound up catching the goal...
The last point of the game was typical of all the others, with Dojo earning a turnover on D, then steadily taking the disc all the way downfield to score. Not spectacular, but it worked.
With any luck we'll track down Wetnose himself and invite him around in the next few days for a contemplative Shakuhachi recital beside our miniature waterfall and a chat about the game.
And of course the MVP Standings are now: Matt E (3.5), Stefan (2), Mike (1) and Stephen C (0.5). Stefan is away for the rest of the season, and with 4 games still to go we could still see the likes of Dan Walls or Dave Watson emerge from the shadows to steal the season MVP title. Vote for this week's MVP (voting for multiple players is just fine) in the poll to the right!
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