Saturday, February 28, 2009


Friday’s game saw the team defeated Bamms Caledonian Thistle 5-2.

With the referee filling for a missing player on Thistle’s side, the game began rather balanced. Corfecastle picked up the pace and within five minutes already had three shots on target. The absence of regular goalkeeper Dustin Joyce was soon felt though as Thistle’s Chris snuck in a goal past temporary keeper Samuele Spina.

Despite clearly being the stronger team, Corfecastle were still lagging behind at half time. Obviously threatened by Thistle, the team came back with renewed energy, a powerful drive to win, and a new goalkeeper - Tommy Carter.

A few minutes into the second half, Corfecastle stepped up their game and soon equalised. Nick Flegg fired in the shot that went sailing past the slowly crumbling Thistle defence.

Dave Rose then made it 2-1, converting a clever cross from Nick Flegg. into a stunning goal. Now full of confidence, Corfecastle were on a roll.

Samuele Spina then scored the first of his three goals and followed it up with the second almost immediately. Thistle were now on their back foot lagging behind 4-1 but took advantage of a slightly relaxed Corfecastle. John scored for Thistle making it 4-2. But the effort was in vain as Sercan Ozcan, playing with an injury, assisted Spina in his final goal.

Corfecastle now have three points from three games. Bamms Caledonian Thistle are currently bottom of the table having lost both their games. Bang Bro’s currently lead with a clean sheet in all their games.

P.S. - Striker Nick Flegg may claim that the goal he fired in was from somewhere on some far off planet!! Or perhaps he'll tell you it was from 7000 yards off. All true by the way!!!


Bang Bro’s remained at the top of the table with a 5-3 victory over Corfecastle United in Bournemouth University Football League's Dorset Cup on the 20th of February.

The glory was shared however as Corfecastle bravely battled the leaders with an incomplete team.

Playing with only 4 players, Corfecastle started out aggressively and within the first 5 minutes had 3 shots on target.

Keeper Dustin Joyce was busy as Bang Bro’s relentlessly fired shot after shot, most coming from winger Christian Noble.

The keeper’s record was perfect until Stewart Black snuck in a goal from a rebound ball catching Dustin completely unawares.

True sporting spirit showed when, to balance the teams out, Bang Bro’s Simon Beazley suggested that referee Chris play for Corfecastle.

Just before half time, a goal from the referee/player saw Corfecastle equalize, making it 1-1.

It seemed as if Bang Bro’s had held back initially but after the break they came into the game full swing, scoring two goals in quick succession; one from Simon Beazley and another from Black making it 3-1.

Tactical passing saw another two goals get past the Corfecastle defence with Daniel Persson, keeper in the first half for the Bang Bro’s, scoring both of them.

But Corfecastle continued to pile the pressure on Bang Bro’s.

Nick Flegg and Sercan Ozcan stole the ball and on several occasions got past the defence, but their efforts were stopped by Bang Bro’s second keeper Jim.

Just when the game seemed finished with only two minutes remaining, striker Nick Flegg masterminded a goal that was put in by Captain Dave Rose.

The game had hardly restarted when Dave Rose fired another goal making it 5-3, and leaving Bang Bro’s wondering what the scoreboard might have read if their opponents had a full team.


The Dorset Cup 5-a-side football tournament kicked off on Friday, the 13th of February with S.T.I. and The Bang Bro’s starting with wins.

The first match between STI and Corfe Castle United ended 3-0 to STI.

Corfe began strongly and seemed in control of the game. They dominated possession but failed to convert five goal chances and hit the bar several times. The STI keeper made a great save to deny Corfe's Alexandros Elias a goal.

Corfe's defence of Tufan Uysal, Samuele Spina and Davide Maestropaolo was initially good with the ball constantly in Corfe’s half, but it was not long before the defence caved in. Keeper David Murray was unable to save a splendid shot from James D.

In the second half Corfe’s Sercan Ozcan, Tufan and Samuele each had shots on target but failed to score. The team had pace and organisation but were unable to get the ball to strikers Nick Flegg and Dave Rose.

A resurgent STI came back into the game when James scored his second goal. This broke Corfe's spirit and they were 3-0 down after James completed his hat-trick.

Moments before the end Corfe had a last-gasp attempt to get on the scoreboard but failed to convert.

STI picked up the three points and are currently joint leaders in the tournament with Big Bro’s who won 10-2 against the Bamms Caledonian Thistle.

The third fixture of the day was to be played between Late Entry A and The Frances Road Boys A but the match was called off and has been postponed to another date.

Monday, February 23, 2009


I realize that this should have been my first entry but I've never been one to do things "normally". So I took my own sweet time to come up with this bit of seemingly useless sentences put together. It seems that way because I'm not the greatest write and therefore cannot come up with poetry and layered poetry at that. All I plan to do on this blog is write what I feel.

As I said, I am quite random. And random shall be my blog.

I didn't have enough space to write "About Myself" in the tragic 500 word/character space blogspot so kindly provided. So I'll do more of that right here...right now.

I live in Poole. It is a town on the South coast of England as is closer to France than London. (I told you I was random!) I'm doing my Master in Multi-Media Journalism. I'm thoroughly enjoying myself and will write more about my escapades here. You'll also hear more about my partners in crime. Old ones from undergrad and new ones from post grad. I seem to always find a bunch of friends who are the absolute best in the whole wide world! Oddly enough, they're all as crazy as I am!! Needless to say that some of the entires will therefore shall I put this...erm...bizzare? Yes...that is perfect...bizzare! hmmm...where was I...I really need my mind to stop working faster than I can type. I'm missing out on crucial points here!! *sigh*

Ah yes...meesa's friends. So this one lad from Ipswich...Nick Flegg...I think I was in line after him when God/The Force/Science/whatever-you-believe-makes-the-world-go-round was handing out talent. So Nick got all the skills. He plays piano, writes incredible poetry, stories, makes music, edits films, plays footy, draws. He even knows how to burn pizza every single time! Yea so since I was assumably in line after him...I got...well...never mind what I got. He works hard at it though. Talent plus blind optimism. Look and be amazed. For stupid people - click on the differently coloured words. It's his blog link.

Of course I am far more of a diva than I've made him out to be but he ain't too bad!!

Then there's this other chap...Dave Rose. He is, for all practical purposes 25 but technically the 29th February born little baby boy is all of 6!! Yea so when Nick stole my share of creativity and things, Dave came along and had a word with God/The Force/Science/whatever-you-believe-makes-the-world-go-round and demanded they replenish the afore mentioned skills and talent. I don't know what he said but it worked. So of course Dave can play, compose and teach music, play football, water polo, he acts, he sings, he swears, he burps...he does it all. His influences? I suppose I am one but he didn't have the guts to say that out in public so he diplomatically said, "I'm inspired by the arts." For silly people - click on the differently coloured words. It's his blog link.

Now back to the most important thing in the world. ME! So the journalism thing. In Uni we write for a website...Bournefree News. 'Bourne'mouth Uni...get it? 'Bourne'free...vale? Ah that brings me to Dustin...another friend. I will tell tales of him in another blog as I shall have to censor his speech to the greatest level possible! Yea so Bournefree News...get the latest news from Dorset.

Journalistic skill is what that website shows. Pure, unmatched skill. Don't listen to the droning ECHO in the background!!

That is all for now. I'll be back soon!!

May the force be with you!

Sunday, February 22, 2009


“Stand in height order…I said height order!” These words seemed like the harshest words our ears had ever heard. 30 of stood in four lines (Why did we succumb? Why? Innocent, terrified ‘ickle first years waiting (in line) to be scared and raumatised for life. Yes it was the official PyEC ragging session. (PyEC = Psychology, English Literature, Communication Studies)

But that was the beginning of the best days of our lives. Slowly, the harsh, evil seniors became our gurus. Needless to say we eventually bettered their skills! But apparently it’s a touchy topic. The juniors said so! Not much worthy of being documented happened in the first semester. It went by quite fast actually as we found/wound our way around college (through the then basketball court, the once existent bleachers, the late trees and the erstwhile AUDITORIUM. May they rest in peace.)

By the second semester, however, things began to change. Change that had never been witnessed before. We fast became a household name. And why not? We brought “FINE PRINT” back and it was now bold and finer! We brought Darius, Jimmy and Nazarius into the campus. (Yes indeed Darius escaped unhurt!)

We had made our mark though. That’s it. FULL STOP. (For those who did not get to witness history being created…we created the best wall magazine ever.)

Fast forward through the hot summer during which we worked hard at out internships.

“Stand in order of the biggest little toe to the smallest. I said biggest LITTLE toe!”

Woohoo! Trauma time is back and we were there to take out sweet, sugar coated revenge. We believe in helping Karma avenge on our behalf you see! After all we were no more the ‘ickle first years.

We stormed through our second year and brought honour and glory to the college. Or so we believe! Radio Active returned to the campus full swing. Tuesdays and Fridays 12:40 infact. (But did you listen?) We turned Mount Carmel College into Studio 54! By this time, it must be noted that we were pretty much THE BHAIS. College’s own MAFIA if you will! Everybody knew us. Even the new Chechi (i.e. the lady at the refectory) knew us (Read: knew Christine and me). And of course we knew our way to all our classes. Where is room 27 anyway? And 16? Or is it 19? Ah forget it…I’m just not going in for my lesson. Food anyone?

The Union was filled with us (Ok fine. It was only Kripa and Vaishali. But the rest turned up for moral support and attendance). Ah well…one couldn’t be everywhere at all times could one? Obviously we could! That too without Hermione’s silly time turner. Though we all could have used “a few turns” every now and then during exams. Oh in case you hadn’t noticed, the second year also came to an end.


“Stand in order of…” “Hey stupid woman let the super seniors handle it” Ah ha! Finally! Our moment of glory (not that we didn’t have our share last year) was here! We were, at last, Lords of the Land. Master and Commander! But we speak the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth when we say, “Under all the pretend nastiness we are only being thoughtful.” Can’t let our first year baby juniors be traumatised ONLY by the big bad world, can we? We were giving them practice! (Muhahahahahahahahahahaha)

The last and final year *sniff sniff sob sob* saw the making of our four films – the best films in the history of cinema worldwide. Apparently the directors (means US) are simply brilliant. (Applause) “We’d like to thank our families, our principle and teachers, our college mates, our dear dogs, our…” We promise to wave from THE Red Carpet my dears.

Speaking of dogs…they gave us great entertainment and support when we sat through perfectly non-creative evenings on the cold GJ Block steps AKA the amphitheatre. Most of the last semester went by on there. We spent long hours just talking, playing killer and mafia to the point of being shooed away from there! We took our time to go though. We took our own sweet time to leave the secure and safe haven of college. (Except when there was canine chaos. Then we fled without looking back even once!) We tried to take longer but before we knew it and wanted it, time politely asked us to “GET OUT!” And we graduated as PyEC 2008.

We laughed, we cried, we laughed some more until we nearly died. We learnt about life and we learnt about the bloody taunting future. Oh we also learnt lots of psychology, English, Communicative English and several languages. But most importantly we learnt to be modest. And so we leave saying,

We came.
We saw.
We conquered.

Peace out!


Andre Agassi will always be remembered for his bright pink racquet wires and Michael Schumacher for his `victory leap'. They are examples of people who came into a sport as players but left as icons. No sport is the same after the most impressive player in it retires. And a gap left by the likes of Michael Jordan, Pete Sampras and Pele will never be filled.

When a great sportsperson retires they leave a void and it is as if a light has gone out. Fans are the worst hit as it means being loyal to a sport that is bereft of the person they liked and admired. When seven-time Formula One World Champion MichaelSchumacher announced his retirement in September, it marked not only the end of his reign as king of formula one, but also the end of an era. "If the best guy in the world retires it is certainly a sad day," said Austrian Niki Lauda, a triple champion who, incidentally, retired twice during his career. It certainly was a sad day in Formula One and for fans world over, for it will be hard to imagine motor-sport
without the Red Baron.

They influence us in ways we never imagined possible. Some even end up following in the footsteps of these athletes. Serena Williams says of Andre Agassi, ''I used to watch Agassi. He was just everything that I aspired to be, not only on the court but off the court.'' For Formula One Driver Narain Karthikeyan his dream came true when he got the chance to race against Schumacher. "I looked up to him before I came to Formula One, he was one of my heroes, and racing against him was just a great feeling."

Sometimes, when we think of people who have retired we believe that they have run out of steam. Sporting greats like Martina Navratilova did not quit. They just stepped back. They gave way to those who aspired to be like them. After all what can they do when they have given everything they possibly can to a sport?

Lance Armstrong, after winning 6 consecutive Tour De France titles retired without pomp or show. He like other legends brought character and strength to the game.

There are people who come into sports and leave without making an impact. Then there are those who leave behind a legacy; People who gave their lives to the sport. They made their way to the top and when they found there was nothing higher for them to achieve, they stepped aside, leaving it to another to lead the way. Each of them authored a unique chapter in their respective field. Each one of them will go down in history not as mere sports stars, but as LEGENDS.