The Putney Magpies have reclaimed the TigerPig Trophy for 2016!
18 brave pigs traveled up to Newcastle on the 5th March in pursuit of a third straight title against the Tyne Tee Tigers. Speculation was high as to whether it will all go ahead, due to adverse weather conditions and the general state of the pitch, but the Pigs pressed on to Newcastle upon Tyne in search of silverware and debauchery!
Our preparation for the match was in true Putney Magpie fashion, hitting the pints and jager bombs hard on the Friday night with a level of excitement from the entire group that has rarely been seen before! We continued onward and upward into the depths of the night and into the morning…as mentioned, in true Putney Magpie fashion.
With 18 sore heads, bleary eyes and some very questionable stomachs reeling from the previous evening’s activities – the Pigs advanced upon Gosforth Park. What awaited us was a very keen Tyne Tee Tiger team (what alliteration!) and a paddock that was more marshland / mud pit than a genuine grassy playing field. The Pigs filed into the change room, reluctant to get changed due to the cold (it had started to sleet at this point) there was a moment when it looked like the boys wouldn’t make it out onto the pitch! After a quick rile up from the president, the Pigs donned their shorts and jerseys and jogged out onto the battlefield led by Upright Razorback – Bear. Literally like Pigs in mud we oinked into action – even with the driving sleet and snow in our snouts – and got away with some quick possessions and pressed towards the goal line. Within a minute the ball turned into a bar of soap and handling become a big issue. Tireless efforts on the ground from many but in particular, Statter, Gatman and Pistol really got the ball moving in the Magpies’ favour. Goal kicking was loose but the Pigs lead from start to finish. Kayno snagged two goals, Gatman, Big Horse, Tubs and Sleeping Bag all got themselves on the score sheet too.
Notable mention goes to Kizza who took a contender for Speccy of the Year – plucking it from 3 deep after it ricocheted off his bonnet! Vintage Kizza.
All in all, the Putney Magpies beat the Tyne Tee Tigers by 4 or 5 goals and sunk many a beer to celebrate winning the TigerPig trophy. Good on ya boys – fun all around.
We want to thank the Tyne Tee Tigers for giving us a good run and hosting a great afternoon on the pitch and on the beers!
To all the boys that came up for the ride; the club thanks you for your services both on and off the paddock. The morals, ethics and goals of the club are truly in a great place.
It may not be the last time we venture to the land of ‘Toon this year but followers of the club can be assured that we will aim to for the 4-peat in 2017!