East league

AWF travelled to Dundee to play in the second set of fixtures (match day 2) in the East League. The games were played at the  D I S C.
Great day for football, not too hot, not too cold.

Once again, the event was very well organised. Many thanks to all involved in making this happen.

Results:

  • Arbroath 2 Carnoustie 1
  • Arbroath 2 St Andrews 3
  • Arbroath 6 Montrose 0
  • Arbroath 2 Dundee United 3

EAST LEAGUE DAY ONE

With conditions and facilities near perfect, AWF walked into this tournament full of confidence. 4 games in 2 hours, 2 halves of 8 mins.
With referees fresh out their walking football wrappers, the team kicked off against DUCT. An extremely nervous affair with Kev Craib the one to settle his nerves first and score a brace to befit any opening game of a tournament. (2-1)

Catching their breath for their next game, it was about to dawn on the team that the referees, although new to the game had grabbed the rules by the scruff of it’s neck and applied them firmly and fairly. Players were pulled for running and too many touches and before the team knew it they were up against a dogged Kirkcaldy team who took their chances in an evenly matched 2nd game. Windaeman scored a sublime goal only to run out 1-2 losers. 

Game 3 matched AWF up with Raith Rovers. From kick off it appeared AWF had found their step. Great interplay and passing saw them easily have a few shots on goal with Raith Rovers not able to keep the ball. The first couple of minutes saw only AWF as winners of this game until their opponents scored with their first attack. Some teams would have struggled from there but Arbroath knuckled down and very quickly were back on level terms. The 3 running penalty rule then started to come into play. Arbroath first fell foul to it, losing a goal. With the game swinging one way then another, an excellent refereeing advantage saw D. Milne “race” onto the through ball to cut back for K. Craib to slot home. The veteran striker D.Milne started to take a game and the trusty left peg came on line helping to secure a 4-3 win.

Game 4 proved to be a roller coaster of a game and one that will need to be reviewed and understood if AWF are going to learn to play within the rules. This referee was a real stickler for running. No one could argue with his decisions and it really is the wake up call that perhaps ALL of Walking football required. There simply is too much running by all of us and the 4(or maybe just 3) impartial referees highlighted that well. Penalties were shared between both St James and AWF with D. Milne showing true emotion to smash a hat trick and I mean SMASH! The real kicker came at the death when AWF fell foul of the penalty rule again to make the last kick of the game the lifeline that St James took to make the game 3-3.

From the sideline, it’s easy to see the mistakes in all the games, but for the players it must be a real wake up call that everyone needs to slow down. This is by no means a criticism because we all do it. The last referee was as fair as any but took particular exception to anything that was remotely like a run. Even the 2 step run (which is a run) was penalised. He spotted guys off the ball running too. The referee set his stall out early and AWF didn’t adapt to it. If we can recognise the stickler of a referee, then we can adapt. You can’t knock the ball past someone and overtake them expecting the ref not to pull you up. You’re going to have to pass your way round players. Penalties will undo the great performances. But we all know that now.

Great performance by the team and the Management. But I’m sure we can all agree, this league is not going to be a walk in the park.

Myk.

East League

Arbroath Walking Football are making the short journey to Dundee tomorrow to take part in the inaugural games of the East Region Walking Football League.

The games will be played at the GA Arena with 8 teams taking part.

This a is a new and welcome venture and the people responsible for making it happen should take a bow. From  Walking Football Scotland and all the local teams, to the guys who are using their own time to make it all happen, the late nights, the phone calls, the Emails and the frustration, it’s all very much appreciated.

The very best of luck to all the teams taking part tomorrow. Play fair and respect the referees. Most importantly, HAVE FUN!

 

If you are interested in playing walking football in your area. please contact any of the following:
myk@arbroath-walking.football
mike-burnett@arbroath-walking.football
jim@arbroath-walking.football
and you will be pointed in the right direction.

Ootside

AWF ventured back outdoors last night for their Wednesday sessions and had a good turnout of players. Although it became a wee bit nippy when the sun started to set, it was a fine evening.

The players were split into three teams, and once again, the team selectors did a good job as all the games were very closely contested.

a massive thank you to the guys who take their turn to officiate the games, it’s never an easy task, you can’t see everything.

A wee video of a good move that ended up with Darin Bell trying to find the recently photographed black hole with his shot. To be fair to Darin, he did attempt the first time volley and he’s usually a tidy finisher.

WARNING: The video may contain a bad word from our resident Tourette syndrome sufferer.

Some people say the ball is still going up

AWF from jim alexander on Vimeo.