i totally agree with Ade. The scoreline was respectable only due to the individual brilliance of Andre Costa and the fighting spirit of Tan Wee.
The Reds had 8 players who had the skill, experience and fitness to play out the full demanding one hour game. The whites had at least 2-3 players that found it hard to keep up with the pace. There was one point where the Reds attackers were taking consecutive 4-5 free pot shots at the whites goal whilst the white attackers were just looking on without tracking back and helping out in defence.
Kudos to Rajiv for coming up with the line ups week in week out. its never easy to strike a perfect balance especially with new and unfamiliar players.
A suggestion might be to split up the guest players from their host, as they usually take a while to get used to the demanding pace. It might make for a more balanced game.
Just my 2 cents. I think it's a combination of organisation and stamina/skill but stamina/skill was the main factor.
Reds did reorganise after going down 4-2. We brought CH to play centre mid and specifically to track Dan B. That resulted in us scoring 3 goals to lead 5-4. White raised their game while Red runners began to tired from covering extra ground. Not much we can do about the eventual scoreline.
I think Ch's suggestion is not a bad one. It's probably the 3rd game that I'm involved in the past month that had an unbalanced line-up, 2 of which are avoidable if we split newcomers.
Don't get me wrong Rajiv, not suggesting that your job is easy. Just want to provide some constructive feedback because there is always possibility for improvement. =)
I've moved all the responses to my post (starting with a couple posted about the same time I moved mine) to the other thread as well. The discussion is not just about this one game, but our games generally.