As the payment cycle for both the Tuesday and Thursday games at Sports Planet had come to an end, I called Sports Planet last night to arrange to make payment for the next set of games, starting with tonight's game.
I was shocked when Sports Planet informed me that the big pitch was not available from 9 to 10 pm. It appears that the big pitch had been booked from 9 to 11 pm earlier in the year for a corporate event, and Sports Planet had forgotten to inform me. The company was not prepared to give up the 9 to 11 pm slot, or push their booking back to 10 pm to midnight, even when I offered a premium for the 9 to 10 pm slot.
At that stage, the 8 to 9 pm slot was also not available. Sports Planet said they would check with the customer and get back to me on whether the 8 to 9 pm slot could be made available. Sports Planet SMSed me earlier this morning to say that the 8 to 9 pm slot is available, so the game is brought forward to 8 to 9 pm.
I will SMS everyone down for the game whose number I have to confirm that they are available for the earlier slot. I don't have numbers for Kenneth W, Eric Y and Clarence so Kenneth C, Rai and Melvin Au will have to confirm for them.
If anyone can't make the earlier slot, please let me know if you can play at Khalsa from 9 to 10 pm instead. If it's only a couple of players who can't make the earlier slot at Sports Planet, we should be able to find replacements.
I've renamed this thread to reflect the earlier slot.
Whites: Justin, Rai, Eric Y, Melvin Au, Bryan F, Glenn Tham, Stan D Man Reds: Kenneth C, Jeremy, Srini, Wayne H, Steve F, Nick C, Yaseen
If some of the 5 players who couldn't make the earlier time slot at Sports Planet had switched to the Khalsa game, we would have had enough players for both games - Rainer, Nordin, Rajiv, Andre, Kelvin Au, Gilbert L, Chen Hong, Clarence, John Sng, Kenneth W - in fact 2 extra players.
However, Chen Hong, Clarence, John Sng are relatively new while Kenneth W is completely new, so it wouldn't have been fair to ask any of them to play against David T's team. Further, all of four of them play at Sports Planet because they have friends (Kelvin and Melvin Au, and Kenneth C) who had intended to play there, so again, until the get used the rest of us, I wouldn't expect them to play in a team match. Maybe after they've played many more games with us.
Anyway, Andre didn't want to switch, Gilbert L didn't reply to my SMS yesterday asking him if he could switch, and I couldn't get Kelvin this morning as he was in a meeting.
In the end, it would have been Rainer, Nordin and me. Steve F, Wayne H and Nick C might have preferred the match at Khalsa, but that would have left us with 11 for the regular game at Sports Planet and 6 for the team match at Khalsa, hardly a solution. Even if I dropped out and two from Justin, Yaseen and Stan D Man agreed to switch over to Khalsa, the game at Sports Planet would have had to be cancelled, depriving 9 players of a game.
It was for the best that the team match at Khalsa was cancelled.