Match Report : South Africa 3 vs 2 Zimbabwe - M +50

Finally after 10 months of preparation and 5437 WhatsApp messages we played our first game against Zim. Preparation involved trials, training camps, dreaded beep tests, the occasional practices, whiteboard lessons and games. Craig Garrett showed off his sublime skills to score a field goal which he casually flicked passed the goalkeeper. Mike Jarvis scored from an amazing deflection, although there is a suspicion he was just trying to stop the ball. He is more than willing to give you a detailed description of the skillful maneuver and pose for selfies. Craig Garrett was in action again from a short corner to make it 3-0 after 15 minutes. At this stage we all had visions of winning by a large margin, however Zimbabwe showed their grit by coming back strong in the 2nd half and scoring 2 goals. They started improving during the game as their players live in Ozz, SA, Zim and England so this was their first game together as a team. Marc was man of the match for some diving saves in the dying minutes to prevent a draw. Overall the game did not disappoint as expected between neighbouring African rivals and everyone made a valuable contribution. We play Australia next which promises to be a tough game.