Jackson 5 Goes Oh So Close

Chasing their first win of the season, Jackson 5 got off to a great start against Mixed Nuts. In a rather uneventful first half, Mike Haydon scored one of his trademark “take on a couple of players and score” goals that left Jackson 5 leading 1-0 at half time.

An ankle injury to Jeremy Forsyth left Jackson 5 without substitutes early in the second half, shaking up Jackson 5 enough that Mixed Nuts pulled a goal back, levelling the scores. But Alex Lustig put all that out of his mind when he got the ball deep in his own half, fended off two players and scored a screamer of a goal.

One minute from the end of the game, with Jackson 5 struggling from the intensity and lack of substitutes, a corner from Mike Haydon was cut out by a Mixed Nuts player, leaving Bronwen Edel and Matt Bowen exposed to an onslaught of Mixed Nuts desperate to score. An unorthodox shot left Matt unsighted and Mixed Nuts drew the sides level with seconds to go.

A final flurry of shots by Alex Lustig, Mike Haydon and Tristan Cockman were just not quite enough to produce that elusive win.

Player of the match award goes to Alex Lustig for a great goal and his tireless suport of both offense and defense, with special mention going to Bronwen Edel, Matt Bowen and Tristan Cockman for their superb defense.

On behalf of Jackson 5, we hope Jeremy Forsyth makes a speedy and full recovery.

BXVI Demolishes Former Champions

Once again stamping their mark firmly on the A-grade Mixed Indoor Soccer Competition at Lords Sporting Complex, BXVI comprehensively took apart former A-grade champions Footloose to win 6-1.

Even such a high score flattered Footloose, with their substitute goalkeeper performing brilliantly, denying many goal-scoring opportunities. The sole goal that got past BXVI keeper Mike Haydon was a slow looping ball that he lost in the lights til it dribbled into the back of the net, much to Mike’s chagrin.

Two great goals by Chiko (aka “the goal scoring machine”), a brilliant through ball from Mike Haydon to set up a Tim Haydon goal and goals from Gerard Cummins and Justin Carrick were outclassed by a spectacular two touch volley from Dave Haydon. Even injured, Dave showed the former champions how to play futsal.

Player of the night award goes to Catherine Haydon. BXVI star defender Melissa Haydon can’t play for several weeks because she got her wisdom teeth out, but they took so much of her jaw bone out that if she gets knocked in the mouth it will break her jaw. Catherine had a huge responsibility to live up to. She has only been playing soccer for a few months and was filling the shoes of someone who grew up playing soccer with her brothers. Catherine did an impressive job and BXVI thanks her sincerely for her efforts.

*Sidenote: Footloose were the A-grade champions for several seasons until BXVI burst onto the A-grade scene 3 seasons ago. In their first A-grade season, BXVI beat Footloose 7-2 in the grand final and have not looked back since. While Footloose remain a dominant force in the competition (before last night’s result, Footloose were second on the A-grade ladder… behind BXVI), they have been measured by BXVI and found wanting.

And So It Begins…

Welcome to the inaugural posting on Mike, Russ and Monty’s site. This site has been running for some time, but we have just brought it to the form of a blog.

As you will see, we have many adventures, which we wish to share with you. We are the world cheese toast champions, we make strange bets (like that Russ will be 5% body fat by the end of the year or he pays Mike & Monty $1,000 each, but if he does make it they don’t pay him), we go to gold class movies and eat out at Sizzlers. We play Dance Revolution (well Mike and Russ do… Monty sucks at it – Mike even managed to beat him when Mike had a dislocated knee!).

We are all active: Mike plays soccer, Russ dances and Monty plays hockey.

Welcome to our lives, we hope you find it as interesting as we do 🙂

The Future is Bright for Jackson 5

In a sign of things to come, Jackson 5 indoor soccer team put on a great show against Minter Ellison in the Wednesday night indoor soccer competition. It was a battle of the law firms, with Jackson McDonald clearly the better side.

An early (and lucky) goal by Minter Ellison paved the way for a fast paced match. Soon after, a Minters player deliberately handled the ball just on the edge of their penalty area. For some strange reason, all the Minters players could think of was that Mike Haydon was going to shoot at goals from such a close range, leaving Alex Lustig completely free one meter from the goals! Not even the goalkeeper was watching him! Preferring a certain goal to glory, Mike Haydon faked a shot and passed to Alex who scored with deadly accuracy.

Soon after, a Minters player was given a red card for a dangerous sliding tackle against one of Jackson 5’s players. Strangely enough, the referee rescinded the card, allowing the player to continue playing. Discussions among the Jackson 5 players after the game revealed that the tackle was probably not serious enough to warrant the player being sent off.

In the second half, a poorly timed pass by a Minter Ellison player left Mike Haydon a clear run from one end of the pitch to the other with only one defender and the goalkeeper to beat. Despite a recent comeback from a knee injury, Mike raced to the goals and scored in style, leaving the goalkeeper kicking the goal posts (no really, the keeper stood up, turned around and started kicking the post! It was hilarious!).

Less than a minute later, Mike again had the ball at his feet and with a flash of his former skills, took on the entire Minters team and showed them how indoor soccer is played. Cutting the defense to ribbons, Mike scored a great goal. The scoreboard showed Jackson McDonald 3, Minter Ellison 1.

In an unlucky collision, a Minters shot ricocheted off Catherine Haydon past Matt Bowen (who by the way played brilliantly, as always) into the goals for an own goal. Soon after, Minters drew level with a very lucky goal that somehow squeezed between 3 players, Matt and the post without touching any of them.

Final score: 3-3

Despite all the above, the player of the night was clearly Lidija Sliskovic who was rock solid in defense, set up a number of goal scoring opportunities and came within centimeters of scoring several times.

The highlight of the night was the way Jackson 5 played together… as a team. There were some great combinations between Catherine Haydon, Jeremy Forsyth, Jamie Blanchard, Alex Lustig and Tristan Cockman and Jackson 5 dominated the game. Matt Bowen was superb in goals, displaying outstanding agility and skill.

Jackson 5 was unlucky not to walk away with a victory, but given the way they played tonight… the future is very bright for Jackson 5.