After a string of defeats, The Gut bounced back into form with a stunning defeat of their traditional rivals in the local derby played at Brooklyn Oval. It looked bad for the home team when they let in a soft one early on after which stand in ‘keeper Troy Magoo complained ‘I told you I can’t see the ball!’ This served to get the defence to tighten itself epitomised by Gary’s subsequent covering tackle on former teammate Gabby (el urugayo muy muy rapido), which left Hayes physically flattened but mentally elevated. Soon after the Gut equalized when Aiden disguised a shot as a cross and had the maroon keeper grasping at thin air and allowing the ball in. The game was tight for the next 40 minutes with the mighty Brookie halves Wade, Flyn, Aiden and debutante Jon physically dominating the midfield, the Brooklyn defence of Steve, Stu, Paul, Greg and Gary stonewalling, and keepers Troy then Jeff patrolling their areas with authority while Pedro played puppet master and inserted himself as super-sub. With 15 to go the heavily marked Jimmy escaped his tormentors on the left, his superb cross was desperately cleared by the maroon defence but only as far as Jon at the edge of the box from where he drove the ball low inside the right post. Desperate to equalize, Berowra then opened themselves up more. A through ball on the right found Jon in space. Unselfishly, he pin-point-passed to Paul the Younger on the left and 20 metres from goal, from where the Scot belted a half volley into the net. Jimmy was then rewarded for his hard work when a Berowra goal kick went awry, and deciding his right boot was of no use, knocked the ball in with his supposedly less favoured left. Shortly after the full time whistle blew with the final score Brooklyn 4, Berowra 1.
Artist's impression of Gary Hayes' reaction after the game