During the game, he missed two penalties. Including one in a much more enviable position. But…
During the game, he missed two penalties. Including one in a much more enviable position. But he could wipe it all out with that final kick. A last chance to write one of the most beautiful pages in the history of the club. He then grabbed the ball and began his routine. Serenely, where many would have trembled. When the linesmen raised the flag, there was an explosion of joy in the small stand. That of the supporters of Arcangues-Bassussarry.
“You can’t miss it”
Drunk with happiness, they rushed onto the lawn. A little too hastily, moreover, since the referee still wanted to prolong the pleasure. Just a few seconds. The time for the formation of the Hautes-Pyrénées to commit a last fault, just after the dismissal. This time it was good. The public could let go and invade the lawn in order to commune with their heroes. Including the first of them, very happy to have been able to offer the title of champion of France of Promotion Honor to his club. The second national coronation in the space of four years.
Congratulated by everyone, he still had enough lucidity to share what had well been running through his head when transforming the test. “What I did first was look at the whole stand,” he said, all smiles. Faced with this enthusiasm, I said to myself: “Honestly, you can’t miss this one. »» And he did not miss it. An epilogue as crazy as the scenario of this final, the first episode of which took place well before kick-off.
Because a victory is never as beautiful as when the path to achieve it is strewn with pitfalls, Emak Hor had to face a breakdown of the bus which was to take him to Oloron. At lunchtime, players and staff members were still stuck in Arcangues. They only arrived in Béarn at 2:45 p.m. That is a quarter of an hour before the start of the final… postponed by 45 minutes.
Beyond this twist of fate, the red and green had to face a solid team from Maubourguet, who dominated the first 20 minutes of the match, as well as almost all of the second period. Led 6-3 at the break, the Hautes-Pyrénées team camped in the opposing camp. Multiplied the offensives. Pushed the Basques to fault. Logically took a six-point lead in the 73rd minute. But his mistake will have been in not having been able to take shelter for good.
Because if they folded, the partners of Captain Etchart never broke up. Valiantly defending their line. Tackle with all your might. Forcing Maubourguet to settle for three points because unable to cross the goal line with the ball in hand. And because he could still believe it, Emak Hor dominated the last five minutes. Camped in turn in the 22 opposing meters. Multiplied the charges. Until finding the fault in the stoppages of play, in the end. And then Bainçonau. And then the double invasion of the field. And then the cries of joy. Tears of happiness. Like those of Eric Fernandez, forwards coach who could not have dreamed of a better end to his last game on the bench.
“It’s an incredible club,” he said between sobs. These players have become big boys. Who managed to make a big guy like him cry. That is to say…