Post by Rajiv on Jun 6, 2011 10:58:34 GMT 8
It rained heavily this morning, and again at noon, but is just drizzling now, so unless the rain gets significantly heavier, the game is ON.
Everyone, please bring both a white top and a red top in any event. The pitch will be wet, so make sure you have suitable shoes/boots.
Whites: Rajiv, Wing Kong, Nick C, Wayne H, Reza, Dave H, Jayant
Reds: Uday, Joel, Rainer, Edmund, Daniel Tan, Azmi, Vincent W
Still drizzling in the east where I am, but the Premier Pitch @ Khalsa tell me it is not raining there. I'll believe it when I see it (in an hour's time).
In fact, the sun was out shortly after 4 pm as I left home for Khalsa. Even though it disappeared again before 5 pm, it remained dry, and the game was played in very cool conditions.
Whites got of to a great start, leading 3-0, then 7-2. Several of those on Whites had flat-soled shoes, which seemed to affect their game. I switched with one of them (Uday), to try to balance out the flat-soled shoes. (As I said to Joel and Dave H after the game, if the switch was to balance the teams, it would have been someone else from Whites who switched. )
Whites extended their lead to 9-3 but at that stage, Reds had a good spell, creating several chances, without taking any of them. There was also unusual sequence where Whites hit the post twice, and Reds once, without a goal being scored that period. As Whites pressed to get back into the game, Reds grabbed three goals on the counter, to lead 12-3.
Reds finally settled, and pulled 2 back to 5-12. With Reds finally enjoying the game in the cool weather, time was called.
Final score - Whites 12 Reds 5.
The wet pitch makes for a different game - the ball moves faster and the control needs to be better. Reds suffered in the early stages as they didn't have a shape. When they finally got their shape together later in the game, the game came to an end soon after.
I enjoyed the game. It's actually quite fun playing on a wet pitch in the afternoon/evening.