All the women's games in December 2011 (4, 11, 18 and 25) were cancelled due to insufficient numbers. Before that, there had only been two cancellations since May 2011, on 18 September 2011 and 6 November 2011.
I didn't put up a schedule thread for 25 December 2011 and 1 January 2012. Anyway, the schedule thread has for some time not been used by anyone to put their name down.
Although a thread is posted on the message board under the "Women's & Mixed Games" category, the games are largely organized by Hur Yuin, using a scheduling website called "Doodle".
Usually, Hur Yuin SMSes me on a Friday evening to let me know if she has enough for a big pitch or a small pitch, or not enough players for a game.
Therefore, for some time now, the schedule thread for the Sunday women's game at Turf City has not served any purpose.
Hur Yuin SMSed me to say that they didn't have enough players for Christmas Day (25 December 2011). Surprisingly, they had enough players for the big pitch on New Year's Day (1 January 2012), and the game went ahead.
Even though I did not put up a schedule thread for the game, and the report threads for the women's Sunday game are used even less than the schedule thread, I will put up a report thread.
My primary role now is making the booking for the women's Sunday game. It would be easier for Hur Yuin to deal directly with the Premier Pitch @ Turf City. However, she has requested that I continue, and I will do so for now.
I really appreciate all your help in dealing with Premier Pitch at Turf City, not just for Jan 2012, but since the ladies began playing from around Sep 2010.
It would have been ok for me to deal directly with Premier Pitch for Jan 2012, except that there were in essence just 5 more Sundays before the end of the Turf City pitch operations, and I will also be away for a whole week around CNY.
As is usual every year, the Law Society ladies begin training after CNY on a full-size grass pitch for the Bench and Bar Games held on Labour Day weekend. Thus, Sundays are not free for us from Feb to after the 1st weekend of May 2012.
We're not sure what our plans are after that in the light of the Turf City closure, and I hope to be able to speak with you to get some idea of what's available in Singapore.
I have tried on a few occasions to let the ladies know of the Saturday all-comers game, but the ladies are more comfortable playing in all-women's games.
In view of our training coming up on Sundays, I'll let the ladies know again about the Saturday games (assuming you restart it), just in case anyone's interested.
As for an all-comers' game, everyone should see it as just an opportunity to have an extra game which will be more social and less competitive. I haven't really tried to get it going so far (that is, on each occasion, I didn't SMS anyone, which is what is needed to get a new game going). When I do try again, I'll probably try a little harder.
Although the women did not have game on the eve of Chinese New Year (Sunday, 22 January 2012), they had a game from 4 to 5 pm on the big pitch at Turf City on the second day of Chinese New Year (Tuesday, 24 January 2012) (before the men's regular game that day).
Gwen SMSed to say the women will take the big pitch this Sunday (29 January 2012, 6 to 7 pm).
As it was raining on Sunday (18 March 2012), Hur Yuin called at about 4.30 pm and asked if a pitch was available at Turf City. I checked, and was informed that a small pitch was still available from 6 to 7 pm.
Late, Hur Yuin SMSed as follows:
Thanks for all yr help today. Our scheduled friendly match with another team rained out after the warm up and some of us thought since we were already slightly muddy n wet, might as well find another place to kick aroud to make it worthwhile.
The regular men's game on Sunday (from 5 to 6 pm) carried on beyond 6 pm, so I assume the lot playing after us cancelled due to the rain. The men's game carried on for a further 15 to 20 minutes, so I hope the women were able to switch to the big pitch after the men's game finished.
As stated in the post above, no women's game will be scheduled from February to April 2012.
Last year, they won 7-0. I believe it was their first victory in a while. The regular Sunday games might have helped.
The game this year was on 30 April 2012, in Sarawak. Hur Yuin SMSed me later than day to say they had won 1-0 and asking to resume their regular game on Sunday on 6 May 2012.
I have booked for them the big pitch at Turf City from 6 to 7 pm. As the Women's & All-Comers' Game category is not used by anyone else, I won't maintain it. From now on, all bookings and confirmation of the regular women's game on Sunday will be on this thread.
.... As the Women's & All-Comers' Game category is not used by anyone else, I won't maintain it. From now on, all bookings and confirmation of the regular women's game on Sunday will be on this thread.
We didn't manage an all-comers' game after all. Any future attempt will be under the OPSAGE category.
While the organizing of the regular women's game on Sunday will be on the Women's & allcomers' games thread under the "Discussion" board, if anyone wants to do a report on a game, they can still do so under the OPSAGE category.
As stated in the post above, you can report on any project, activity, game or event under the OPSAGE category even if it wasn't organized on the message board.
There are other games/sessions referred from time to time, such as the Monday night game at Turf City and David T team playing from 7 to 9 pm game on Thursdays at Khalsa. If the Thursday night game at Khalsa is cancelled, players have a choice of either switching to East Coast or asking David to join his game.
Better cancel our 9 pm game Babs. We're a bit stretched at both venues. You can join David and his friends at Khalsa as I believe you won't want to switch to East Coast?
If any approved player does a report on the 7 to 9 pm session, I'll give them a $1 credit for it.
More broadly, until further notice, I'll give $1 credit to any approved player who provides a first report under the OPSAGE category of any game he plays in (excluding our regular men's games or team matches, which are reported under the Men's Games category) or watches.
● As views about a mixed game vary, if we are to have such games, I would prefer to designate a particular session as a mixed game, rather than having it arise ad hoc by having female players in a regular game.
● For it to work, we need the right balance of male and female players. What is more sustainable longer term may be to use the pooling effect of the blog to develop a regular women’s session.
The reason for the first of the quoted paragraphs is that I have had adverse reactions from some of the male players. By specifically designating the game as mixed, those who feel strongly about it have the option of not putting their name down for the game. To change the nature of the game after players have put their names down may not be fair to them.
We have continued to have the women's game every Sunday - 27 May 2012, 3 June 2012, 10 June 2012, 17 June 2012 and 24 June 2012. All the games were on the big pitch except the game on 10 June 2012 was on a small pitch, as the big pitch was not available.
As the uncovered big pitches are operated out of a separate office, I informed Hur Yuin that if they prefer those pitches, it's better they do the booking and payment themsellves. The women tried out the uncovered big pitch again on 22 July 2012. They had an 11-a-side game on 29 July 2012.
Rajiv, speaking for the ladies, the new uncovered pitches at Turf City are very nice but could be too big at times when we don't have the numbers. You can't halve those pitches unlike the covered ones.
We tried it out a few weeks ago and 2 hours can kill you even when you have the numbers!
The convenience of the covered pitches is that it's possible to play just a small court when you have just 8-10 players. Protection from rain and sun is another advantage.
They have returned to playing on the big covered pitches over the past three Sundays - 5, 12 and 19 August 2012.
I will keep a separate table for team "managers" who arrange their own games. To be a team manager, you need to be on Approved List A. A team manager is a player who organizes a team for any game other than our regular games. If the line ups and the result of a game between two team managers is posted on the reports board under the OPSAGE category, the following points will be awarded:
* 3 points for a win. * 1 point for a draw. * 0 points for a loss.
I assume the team manager will play for a team he organizes. However, if he can't make a particular game, it can still be counted if another player who is also on Approved List A deputizes for him, and plays.
As with the team selectors table, as the number of games per selector will vary, the table will be based on a modified average - Total Points/(Number of Games +2) x 100.
Also as with the team selectors table, in the event of a tie, one selector will be placed ahead of another in order of the following criteria:
1. Greater number of games played. 2. Better goal difference. 3. Greater goal average. 4. Better results of games between the managers who are tied. 5. Toss of a coin.
As with the team selectors table, provided that there are at least 4 team managers whose teams play at least 3 matches each, the team manager finishing top of the table at the end of each 6 month period will win $50 credit.