Week 3 of the ISSC Vancouver Spring League took place last Friday at Memorial South park on a rain swept night.
The first game saw Beast Modes take on Stack’s. All started well for the Beast Modes who were in control of proceedings with all the action in the early stages going towards the Stack’s goal. Darren Mc Andrew and Dave Mc Dermott were winning plenty of ball inside and causing trouble for the Stack’s defence. The Beast Mode’s spurned a high number of scoring chances during this time. A scoring blitz of 2-1 from the Stack’s in a three minute spell turned the game on it’s head as things started to unravel for the Beast Mode’s heading into half time. Stack’s lead by 2-1 to 0-3 at the break. The second half started like the first with the Beast Mode’s eating into the deficit, getting to within a point with just a few minutes played. The Stack’s defence were resolute as they held the Beast Mode’s at bay for the remainder of the game, turning ball over time and again. The Beast Mode’s did themselves no favours with inaccurate shooting and taking poor options under pressure. With the game winding down the Beast Mode’s equalised from a Brian Naughton free. There game was level with a couple of minutes remaining. The Stack’s remained resolute and the last action of the game seen a Stack’s block on a James Gannon shot to give both sides a share of the spoils on a 2-1 to 0-7 scoreline.
The second game seen the depleted Cougars, due to Aussie Rules commitments, take on the Wibblies who re-entered the competition after their bye week. This game was another nip and tuck affair played at a fast pace. Brian Morley of the Wibblies turned back the clock with a fine display, taking the game to the Cougars. A tight first half seen the side level at Wibblies 1-3 Cougars 2-0, a Russy Cleere penalty being a vital score for the Cougars. The Wibblies started the second half in strong fashion, a Darren Lambe lobbed shot for a point dropped short, but did enough to evade Cougars keeper Philip Murphy to give a goal that looked like setting the Wibblies on their way to victory. From there the Cougars upped their game and their dangerous forward line of John Roche and Sean Quinn came to the fore, causing havoc in the Wibblies defence to bring the Cougars right back into the game. The score was 2-6 to 2-4 with seven minutes to go and a grandstand finish was in store. However, at this point the lights went out leaving everyone wondering how it would be resolved. The game will continue next week at 8pm sharp with the remaining time to be played.
There is lots to play for with two weeks left. Week 3 finishes and Week 4 starts next Friday at Memorial South from 8pm.