8 January 3064
WILD GEESE DE-FEATHER THE HJ CLAN IN A WILD MW F.A. CUP FINAL!
In the inaugural MechWarrior F.A. Cup Final, the Wild Geese won a memorable soccer game over their arch-rivals, the HJ Clan by the incredible score of 5-0.
The game saw sublime soccer skills on display as ponderous mechs showed their graceful side as well as their power and speed. The highly favoured HJ Clan made some big tactical mistakes both before and during the game. The most glaring was their choice of having the goalkeeper in a 100-ton Atlas, the thinking being that the large mech would fill the entire goal mouth!
This tactic was shown to be folly after only four minutes as Challenger Tank, in a tiny Raven, weaved his way past three mech defenders and snuck up right under the goalie and deftly shot through the Atlas' legs. The goalkeeper never even saw the Raven. The Atlas had an embarrassed smile after the goal.
At the other end, Cuda was simply magnificent in goal. His choice of having a nimble Chimera equipped with jump jets paid huge dividends as he made one leaping save after another.
Barak was the midfield general of the WG in his Loki. His long range passes over the heads of defenders were a joy to watch.
The other midfield colossus for the WG was Giant Robo. His physical never-say-die style of play in his Mad Cat II meant that HJ simply had no room in midfield. Giant's crunching tackles were a sight to behold.
The WG defence was like a rock. Super Sonic was simply superb. The Uller is well known for its spectacular long slides after being hit with heavy weapons. Super made use of this attribute and practised for long hours perfecting the art of the sliding tackle. He isn't known as "Mr. Slide" for nothing!
The left flank was well taken care of by the speedy Sherman Tank. His Osiris would blaze past the opposition and leave fallen mechs in his wake.
After going one goal up, the Wild Geese scored a lovely second goal ten minutes later. From a curling free kick on the left by Barak, Giant Robo defied gravity using his jump jets to score an amazing overhead kick. Even landing upside down didn't dampen his mood nor his teammates as they celebrated afterwards.
Just before half time, a booming goal kick by Cuda, which looked suspiciously as if the ball was helped on its way by an LRM20, caught the HJ by surprise. The tall bounce was taken down by Sherman who laid it off for Stardust to hammer in a low shot. The goalkeeper couldn't reach down far enough to stop the ball!
After half time, the game was more even as the HJ desperately mounted attack after attack. However, their attacks lacked penetration and one promising foray down the left wing by HJ's Balshain was dashed by a sliding tackle from Mr. Slide.
Play was briefly held up when a Daishi accidentally squashed the ball under one foot.
Later on an ugly incident occurred when the HJ captain, Cerberus, fired an LBX10 at the back of Challenger in frustration. Challenger whirled round in fury and fired a Thunderbolt at the groin of Cerberus. Other mechs piled in and the officials had a tough time untangling the mechs from the ensuing rugby scrum. Both Cerberus and Challenger got a yellow card. Soon afterwards, Cerberus was substituted as he was running around very gingerly, with eyes glazed over.
A fine diving save was made by the HJ goalie when he finally figured out how to make the Atlas move sideways. However, his teammates had to help pull him out of the trench he had created after landing on his side.
Eventually the WG twice caught out HJ with quick counterattacks on the break and Challenger Tank got his hat trick and Barak scored an unstoppable 25 yard blast.
The fans went wild and afterwards, Challenger explained why the WG played so well.
"Well, we looked at holovids of soccer games from the 21st Century played by the best teams. This meant looking at Tottenham Hotspur games since they were, and still are, the best of the best. We learnt our passing skills from them and our team is modelled after them; unlike HJ, who were modeled after Manchester United, a team since relegated to fifth division and merged with Bangor United."
Long after the game ended, the WG fans were heard to sing:
"We love you Wild Geese. We do. We love you Wild Geese. We do. We love you Wild Geese, we dooooo, oh Wild Geese we love you!"
From their wonderful style of play, it was difficult not to.......
The Canyon, Kentares IV
13 December 3063
MYSTERIOUS MERCENARIES MAUL MECHS
"This just in: Scattered reports have come in about heavy fighting taking place in the region of "The Canyon". Most of them report that many mechs which entered The Canyon earlier in the day to flush out some mercenaries have re-emerged in headlong retreat and their formations completely broken.
Some eyewitnesses reported that a certain Daishi that is currently only known by the initials "S.D." has been causing mayhem with its long range weapons. A Bushwacker pilot, close to having a nervous breakdown said to Reuters:
"I....I... can't ....go ....go back there.. That Daishi..... Aaaarrrgghhhh" before breaking down in sobs.
There are unconfirmed reports that some mech commanders had to resort to training their ERLLs on their subordinates to force them to re-enter The Canyon. Some even fought their commanders rather than go back against the mysterious S.D. and his companions.
A retired Colonel advised the defeated forces to "use cluster bombs, cluster bombs, cluster bombs, and then use more cluster bombs. That ought to do it. The Colonel reportedly hadn't seen action for about 15 years.
More updates will be given once we receive them. Stay tuned."