There is something enchanting about a floodlit astro. The nocturnal movements of the hockey players seem mystical, magical, almost surreal as the ball zooms across metres of green astro bathed in an unnatural white light.
From the off it seemed that this would be a tough night for the Maties Old Boys: from the get-go they were out-maneuvered, out-paced and out-skilled by, what is starting to look like, an immensely talented Eendrag first team. Early pressure from the men in orange led to a defensive error. From the resulting short corner the Maties Old Boys goalie made a sharp save to deny Franco Carstens; the rebound, however, gave Justin de Nysschen an unmissable opportunity from point-blank range which he finished with aplomb.
The rest of the game would follow the same pattern: relentless Eendrag pressure being applied as Maties Old Boys struggled to get out of their D, never mind their half. It was this pressure that lead to another short corner. Not to be denied again, Franco Carstens stepped up and drag-flicked the ball past the out-stretched arm of the goalie.
After some beautiful interplay down the righthand-side – fluent movements and precision passing that most professional hockey teams would be proud of – it seemed as though the opportunity had been squandered when newcomer Joshua Viljoen popped up on the top-left side of the D to fire a low, grass-cutting shot past the helpless Maties Old Boys goalie.
It was a frustrating night for Eendrag right forward Cameron Tully, but, roared on by the band of loyal Eendragters chanting his name with fervent passion, it was from one of his forays into the Maties Old Boys box that the ball fell to Mighael van Schalkwyk, who calmly slotted it home.
This extraordinary performance by Eendrag's first hockey team was capped off with more beautiful interplay between links and forwards which gave Mighael van Schalkwyk the opportunity to double his personal tally and to complete the demolition, which of course he did.
5-0. The orange wave goes rolling on.