Well that was in year 2008 i guess . I remembered we have played couple of months back 9 asdie on one of the mondays and it was pretty fun . Well never try never know unless you are taking as 2008 post as default that its overcrowded .
The Premier Pitch @ Khalsa has a 9-a-side pitch. It's not floodlit or covered, so more like many football pitches anywhere in Singapore, just that it's astroturf (which is anyway increasingly common these days).
Actually I've been wanting to ask you about 9-a-side for a while. There should be interest. After all, many of us come from 11-a-side teams which became defunct because of lack of organisation, insufficient players or opponents.
Am keen on 9-a-side, subject to the time not being inconvenient.
I'm informed that it's $220 for 2 hours at Khalsa. Actually, we can consider any astroturf football pitch for an 11-a-side on a Saturday afternoon/evening.
However, like our new-fangled challenge matches, an 11-a-side would require team selection.
... I’m currently not too keen to be involved in organizing 11-a-side games against other opponents. First, the bulk of our participants are primarily interested in futsal. Secondly, organizing one-off 11-a-side game takes more effort than organizing up to 6 routine sessions a week.
However, like I’ve also said before, I’m happy to lend support to anyone using the blog to organize an 11-a-side match.
If there is sufficient interest, and there are players interested in putting together and taking charge of a team, we can have a regular 9, 10 or 11-a-side game, say once every quarter.
The game would be within our pool, although from time to time, we can take on other teams.
Don't expect me to make it happen though. Those who are interested will have to take the initiative.
* 5-a-side at The Cage, but we'll go ahead 4-a-side if short. * 7-a-side at the big pitch at Sports Planet and at Khalsa, but we'll go ahead 6-a-side if short. * 8-a-side at the big pitch at Turf City, but we'll go ahead 7-a-side if short.
If we are short for even a 7-a-side at Turf City, we'll go ahead 5 or 6-a-side on a small pitch.
Both Sports Planet and Khalsa have small pitches suitable for 5-a-side, but no one seems interested in playing there. Anyway, it's easier for me to organize 5-a-side games at The Cage as it is covered unlike Khalsa, and more central than Sports Planet.
I havent played at the cage for a while, but this game reminded me of what it used to be like when we first started playing there - fast paced, lots of goal and basically everyone running themselves to death!
It was a bit of a goal fest at both ends, with Blacks probably edging it over Whites (as well as the all important "next goal wins").
Hope it was a good introduction to GIFFA for the new players.
Apart from Monday nights at The Cage, the following will also be scheduled on small pitches:
..., two additional games under consideration for the fourth quarter:
* Mixed game on Saturdays, 6 to 7 pm, at the Premier Pitch @ Turf City (5 or 6-a-side). I'll try to get it going from October 2011. * 5-a-side game on Wednesdays, 9 to 10 pm, The Cage, available from the end of November 2011.
While games at The Cage are played off the side walls, and are thus faster, games at Turf City are played to the lines, which slows it down a bit.
I don't think we should be too worried about so few of us on the big pitch, apart from a couple of players on each side, most of us don't have much pace. Anyway, will be almost like real football. Anyone keen on switching to a small pitch, let me know.
Some of the players expressed concern, and after the game Tan Wee said he considered asking to switch to the small pitch, but in the end, it was a very good game.
Players keen on 6-a-side on the big pitch at Turf City include - Balach (named in the first post above and who voted in favour of it), Dan B (named in the first post above) and Kenny, Dhiraj, Joel C and Fred (the remaining four players who voted in favour of it).
There is plenty of space for 8-a-side. I think if both teams can organised their teams and move to open space a bit more, it will be better... Let's not forget we play 6-a-side on the small pitch on monday night and we got space to move around. ....
There has even been a suggestion (set out two posts above) that if we have enough players, we go up to 9-a-side.
For me, if we are looking at 9-a-side or more, we should be looking at the 9-a-side pitch at Khalsa, or even consider an 11-a-side on a full field. 9-a-side on a big pitch at Turf City would be way too intense.
As set out in the post immediately above, for the first time yesterday, we tried 6-a-side on a big pitch at Turf City.
To sum up, for the big pitch at Turf City:
* 8-a-side is the aim. * 7-a-side is fine if that's all we have. * In exceptional circumstances, we can even have 6-a-side on the big pitch rather than switching to a small pitch. * 9-a-side may be too intense.
As the discussion of the maximum number for the big pitch at Turf City is now on this thread, I have merged to old thread on "Maximum number for big pitch at the Premier Pitch" with this one.
Unfortunately, the older poll on that thread seems to have disappeared. I'll need to figure out how to save the older poll (perhaps in a separate "Polls Archive") when I merge an older thread into a newer thread, where they both have polls.
I have merged the "Outstanding issues with Sports Planet" thread into the "The big pitch at Sports Planet" thread, both on the Discussion & Introductions. and renamed the thread "Outstanding issues with Sports Planet".
* Playing on a bigger pitch rather than a 5-a-side pitch. * The big pitch at Sports Planet and all the pitches at Khalsa are uncovered, and thus wet when it rains.
As The Cage only has covered 5-a-side pitches, these issues don't arise, hence, no separate thread on issues relating to The Cage.
In fact, for a while, we didn't have any 5-a-side games, and it took a while to get a game at The Cage going again. To mark the return of a regular game at The Cage, I started a new thread, "Games on a small pitch".
This thread is increasingly about our regular venues generally. I will therefore rename it "Regular venues".
I am now informed by the Premier Pitch as follows:
* The lease for the Premier Pitch @ Turf City has been extended to February 2012.
* The SLA has opened the lease from March 2012 onwards for tender. The Premier Pitch can only continue at Turf City if they are successful in their bid.
If they have to offer a signifcantly higher rent to succeed, I would imagine they would have to pass the cost on to their customers (including us).
I'm now informed somewhat differently.
The SLA opened up the lease for several plots at Turf City to tender. The previous head lessee lost the tender.
The Premier Pitch sub-leased their plot from the previous head lessee, which sub-lease expires at the end of January 2012. They have to negotiate with the new head lessee for a renewal of their lease. If they are not successful, they have to vacate in January 2012, so they are currently not taking bookings for January 2012.
They hope the position can be ironed out by the middle of this month, which is soon.
I haven't heard from the Premier Pitch yet. I hope they can get back to me by this week. Once we get to next Monday (which is a public holiday), it will start affecting the schedule for the following week (into the new year).
For now, we have three more games at Turf City over the Christmas weekend (24 to 26 December 2011) - Saturday, Sunday and Monday, each from 5 to 6 pm.
Several Turf City regulars are away, and others may be celebrating Christmas, so I'm not sure how numbers will hold up over the three games.
If there are insufficient players, games will be cancelled. However, I expect at least one to go on.
The prospect of not playing at Turf City anymore may inspire more to play, or some to play more.
Let's see how it goes.
Currently, apart from the three bookings this weekend, I have just one more booking, on New Year's Eve (Saturday, 31 December 2011).
If the lease is not extended, the Premier Pitch will have to vacate the premises. Initially, they had to vacate in January 2012, which is why they initially did not take any bookings for January 2012. They only took bookings for January 2012 when this was extended (presumably by the current landlord) to February 2012.
If they sign a lease with the new landlord for 3 years from March 2012: