After playing twice at Turf City I been telling the East Coast boys what a nice pitch they have & how wide & big the pitch is. It is indeed different from the kampung pitch we been kicking about in the East.
Each playing surface has its unique characteristics. The Turf City guys may find their rhythm interrupted by the plastic sides where the ball gets stuck. The East Coast boys may find the wider pitch at Turf City more challenging & may tire out faster.
As such perhaps one match at each venue will be interesting & if we end up having a draw then a final game can be played at Khalsa ?
The winner will have bragging rights with a new post for one whole year !
Actually I would love to play for either side, I foresee a good 2 leg match. But I think both sides have enough players to put up a strong team. I'm just happy to go along and watch. Can find reason to cycle around anyway.
I propose: + house rules + 7 a side with at least 6 same players over both legs + 60 mins flat out + referee
All other GIFFAS rules apply.
So the team co-ordinators are:
* Kelvin Au and Rai for East Coast * Fred and Elvin for Turf City
House rules should be fine. The only real difference is we play to the side lines at Turf City while we play of the side fence/padding at East Coast. For those who only play East Coast, you need to remember it is a kick in, not a throw in, from the side line.
We usually play 8-a-side at Turf City but 7-a-side is not unknown. I'll leave it to the team co-ordinators to agree. The main difference will be the price. The price per team will be more or less fixed, so you have to decide if you want to split it 7 ways or 8 ways.
I don't think we need a requirement for players being the same over the two legs. After all, it is a matter of availability. As long as the players for both Turf City and East Coast are regulars for that venue. I will check. I propose that to count as a regular, a player must be recorded as having played at least 10 games in the 6 months from August 2011 to January 2012. Or will 5 suffice?
1 hour flat out is the norm at both Turf City and East Coast. You need to consider if you want a substitute in case of any injury.
If there is to be a referee, I think each home team should arrange for a referee, preferably a suitable regular at that venue, who is familiar with the house rules. I can offer the referee credit for a free game.
Finally, is there agreement on the dates? Fred has proposed:
* 16 Feb 2012 - that would be 9 to 10 pm at East Coast. * 19 Feb 2012 - that would be 4 to 5 pm at Turf City.
east coast has overhead netting too but i've not personally played in a game where a goal is score directly off the overhead netting.we do however play off the overhead netting (ie: game continues to flow wo fk or anything.
i'm fine to go w the 'no goal off the overhead netting rule'. at least it's consistent & save us the trouble of remembering one less 'house rule' to take note of.