6-a-side wrap: Erica’s happy to score
The shock upsets continued like a great big upsetting shock in Melville twilight 6-a-side businesshouse football as a wily PSL Originals team came from 0-2 down to beat Times Black 3-2 in the final round of matches before the Christmas break.
Aspiring model Erica Owen potted a controversial hat trick to steal the victory – even though some spectators left convinced it was actually Steve Nicholls who had scored the winning goal.
“Nah, it was me,” insisted Owen, who said she took inspiration from both the Timings family hat trick last week, and the post-truth Donald Trump environment, where “fake news” has become quite acceptable.
In fact the darkly attractive, cider-drinking goal-grabber was so delighted with the way she had shaped up, that late, late into the night she proudly lifted up her unfashionable orange PSL shirt to display perfect abs to an admiring clubrooms throng.
“Six-a-side can be a real challenge,” Owen sighed. “When you’re playing with a bunch of middle-aged men you are never sure if they are going to make a pass or not – so it can be hard to express yourself.
“But on the other hand, they do buy you a lot of drinks afterwards.”
Invited to sum up the difference between the 11-a-side game and Melville 6-a-side, Erica was mathematically precise.
“You’re missing five players…”
But was businesshouse 6-a-side proving more rewarding than women’s football?
“Well, there’s the sex afterwards,” she laughed.
Erica plays centre midfield for the Melville women’s second team on Sundays, though when asked her favourite position, further entertained the clubrooms crowd by nominating one that could not be found in the FA coaching manual.
Owen is due to be married in March, to Jack, a Menzies Electrical team member.
“But if it doesn’t work out with Jack, who knows…” she whispered.
Owen said she was aiming to make the New Zealand women’s businesshouse football team.
She is also angling for Melville Personality of the Year in 2017, and reminded all those who may wish to vote for her that she next turns out for PSL Originals in 6-a-side businesshouse at 6.15 on January 18 at Gower Park.
Meanwhile Team Alignz extended their lead in the A Division to five points with a 4-2 win over Salmon Panthers, after defending champions Ballbusters could only draw 1-1 with The Other Guys.
Maniacs lead the B Division after a 4-1 mauling of Ball Fondlers. Red Devils and Loop Techonogies FC are tied at the top of the C Division.