We had an extra 7-a-side game yesterday [Wednesday], and we still have 4 reserves for tonight [Thursday]!
All three games on the 7-a-side pitch at Sports Planet filled up, with still 4 more in reserve, and perhaps others who might have played if there had been any places left.
I don't have the 7-a-side pitch next Wednesday, so expect greater competition for places for the games on Tuesday and Thursday.
Beyond next week, there will be games on the 7-a-side pitch at Sports Planet on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights (with some modifications for Chinese New Year). If they continue to fill up early with players in reserve, we can consider an additional game on either Monday or Friday night.
If so, the reintroduction of a regular weeknight game at The Cage might have to wait a little longer.
As next Wednesday (2 February 2011) is the eve of Chinese New Year, I won't have a game that night. I'm wondering whether the Thursday night game at Sports Planet should be brought forward to an earlier time as it is a public holiday. However, it has been raining during the day, but usually stops at night, so it might be better to keep the game at the usual time of 9 to 10 pm.
As it is also a long weekend, I don't plan to have an extra game on the second public holiday (Friday).
I will try to re-start a weeknight game at The Cage in March 2011. It will be on Monday nights, at the usual time slot of 9 to 10 pm. I may try fortnightly at first, until there are sufficient numbers for it to be a regular, weekly game.
The take up for the regular game on Sunday is slow, so I doubt we'll need the extra game on Sunday.
As Boris is keen on The Cage on weeknights, I'll re-start the Monday night game at The Cage next Monday (28 February 2011) instead of waiting for the first Monday of March (the following Monday, 7 March 2011).
I'll delete the thread for the extra game on Sunday, and put up a new thread for the Monday night game.
The extra game at The Cage on Monday night has also been cancelled due to insufficient players. I will schedule an extra game at The Cage on Monday nights throughout March (except 14 March 2011 as no pitch is available that night), and see how it goes.
Lots of players seem to be working or travelling at the weekends.
Numbers for the weekend games (the Sunday game in particular) have fallen away a lot in recent weeks. Instead of considering an extra 7-a-side game on Sunday, we're only getting enough for the small pitch on Sunday.
To help distinguish between the Premier Pitch @ Turf City and the Premier Pitch @ Khalsa, from next week's schedule thread onwards, I will refer to the location first, and the proper name in brackets (abbreviated as necessary to fit in the limited space allowed for the 'Subject'), as follows:
* E. Coast (S. Planet) * Turf City (P. Pitch) * Kallang (The Cage) * Khalsa (Prem Pitch)
Below is a location map for the Premier Pitch @ Khalsa (click to enlarge), which can also be viewed here.
Doesn't look like we'll get to 14. I've SMSed everyone I thought might play (apart from those who logged on themselves in the past couple of days), but we're still well short. Too many away or injured I understand.
I've asked everyone whose name is still down whether they can switch to Thursday night at Sports Planet. Srini is already down for Thursday, too far for Boris, and David M hasn't replied yet, but the rest can switch.
I hope we have more players next week. In terms of quality of the pitch, location and price, it's the best venue we've had.
From next week onwards, the regular games will be:
* Mondays, 9 to 10 pm - The Cage * Tuesdays, 9 to 10 pm - Sports Planet * Wednesdays, 9 to 10 pm - Premier Pitch @ Khalsa * Thursdays, 9 to 10 pm - Premier Pitch @ Khalsa * Saturdays, 5 to 6 pm - Premier Pitch @ Turf City * Sundays, 5 to 6 pm - Premier Pitch @ Turf City
I cannot cap it at $10 per person like I do for Sports Planet, the Premier Pitch @ Khalsa and The Cage, as the big pitch at Turf City is significantly more expensive. For a fixed price, I need to base it on the minimum number of players for the game to go ahead on the big pitch. This is currently:
* 12 for the Saturday game, which works out to $13.50 per person. * 14 for the Sunday game, which works out to $11.50 per person.
I intend to introduce prepayment for the weekend games by June 2011.
$13.50 may be unfair to those who would be willing to play at Khalsa for $10, but have to pay $3.50 more to play at Turf City.