At this time of the year, a lot of people are away, or have family or social commitments. Even today's Sunday game was difficult to fill up.
The Thursday game at Sports Planet has taken a fair amount of SMSing to fill up over the last couple of weeks. In addition to the Tuesday night game at Sports Planet, I will have the following games on Wednesday/Thursday over the next two weeks:
* Wednesday, 15 December 2010 - The Cage, 9 to 10 pm. * Thursday, 23 December 2010 - Sports Planet, 9 to 10 pm (big pitch)
I will see how the above games go before deciding on whether any additional games are required, and what games to have on 29/30 December 2010.
I also intend to have only one game over each weekend until the start of the new year:
* Saturday, 18 December 2010 - Premier Pitch, 5 to 6 pm. * Sunday, 26 December 2010 - Premier Pitch, 5 to 6 pm. * Sunday, 2 January 2010 - Premier Pitch, 5 to 6 pm.
Converting a regular game to match against another team is exceptional. However, in this case, as there was only going to be one regular game this weekend, it doesn't really matter if it is on Saturday or Sunday, so the other booking is available. Look Liew informed me that the other team cannot make Sunday.
Any chance for return of weekday 5 a-side games next year?
I will continue with extra 5-a-side games until the numbers are good enough to have a regular 5-a-side game. Even several of those who have played the last few extra 5-a-side games tell me they prefer the 7-a-side games.
I prefer 5-a-side myself, so I will try to get a regular 5-a-side game going by February or March next year.
I didn't have an extra 5-a-side game this week as I was not sure how many people are away or have other family or social commitments. I have also been quite busy this week.
My apologies to those who were in reserve this week but didn't get a game. We might have had enough players for an extra game on Monday or Wednesday.
I will schedule an extra 5-a-side game next Wednesday at Sports Planet.
I will also be doing an extra 5-a-side game each week. I had hoped to alternate between Monday nights at the Cage and Wednesday nights at Sports Planet, but a 5-a-side pitch is not available on Wednesdays, 9 to 10 pm, in January. Therefore, the extra games in January will be as follows:
* Wednesday, 5 January 2010, 9 to 10 pm, The Cage (Kallang) * Monday, 10 January 2010, 9 to 10 pm, The Cage (Kallang) * Wednesday, 19 January 2010, 9 to 10 pm, The Cage (Kallang) * Monday, 24 January 2010, 9 to 10 pm, The Cage (Kallang)
I will not require prepayment for extra games.
In February, I intend to start a regular 5-a-side game on Wednesday nights at Sports Planet. Whether the Monday night game at The Cage continues into February depends on how popular it is.
If the Wednesday night game at Sports Planet is popular, I may consider moving it to a 7-a-side pitch.
I don't have the 7-a-side pitch at Sports Planet next Wednesday, so we'll have the extra game on Wednesday at The Cage instead, but the 7-a-side pitch at Sports Planet is available from the following Wednesday onwards. This includes the eve of Chinese New Year (2 February 2011). As our Singaporean Chinese players are likely to have family and social commitments that night, we may be short of players, so I won't risk a 7-a-side game that night.
Also, 3 to 6 February 2011 is a long weekend, so I'm not sure how that will affect our other regular games on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.