Reds: Raj, Fred, Look Liew, Elvin, Uday, Ade, Babs, Vincent Y
Match brief ( mainly fictitious) :
REDs strutted ard as per prematch expectations n went up 1 0 in 20 min... N the equalizer off the post n hitting the keeper's back still seemed Acceptable until WHITES picked up the cohesive pace n pulled to a 3 1 lead.....REDs ' midfield was missing.
With gritted teeth, the largely old RED guard dug in n came back.
Every goal was hard fought and soon 3 3 was the score n one could sense the tension in the game. WHITEs regrouped and noticeably attacked in droves and this left the lone RED striker ready to pick up the long clearance and true to form, Elvin did his thing n turned the scrambling RED defender and in similar fashion! 3 goals Came in succession to crush the WHITE fightback........a last goal came in to finally lock in the score @ 7 3 in REDs' favor.
1. Sivaraj got the scolding of his life as he turned way from REDs ' first direct shot n he turned away to allow the first goal 2. I think Jye scolded everyone n verbally won every free kick in the game.... REDs always the fouler 3. Veteran poacher Elvin got his hat trick, sweeter as he was nursing a flu 4. Raj did well in his goalie stint......... starting a nation-wide poll " WHICH position should the lad PLAY ?? " 5. The after game conversation was TOP class gossip.......on which pubs to visit........n incredible quote of this week :
From Sivaraj, after REDs slotted in goal #6 fr a 6 3 lead, he turned to me n said " 6 all yah ? " !!! Steady Dude, i did pass my PSLE maths n dementia is still 2 years away........
I was definately frustrated last Sat and I apologize for scolding everyone (not true) but not for all free kicks we deservedly won.
Another classic case of a team losing its shape and the match but the following thoughts remained with me after the game:
- We are here to enjoy ourselves but should the desire of an individual over-ride the needs of the team? Everyone wants to play up but unfortunately not everyone is gifted to be an attacking force and it frustrates me to see better attacking players sitting back in defence to accomodate others less gifted who want to play further up the field. Soccer is a team game and all of us need to put the considerations of the team first. Soccer is also a young man's game and the younger and fitter players tend to be more effective going forward as they have the energy to track back. In general, old farts (me included) are not much of an attacking force and the team suffers if I am leading the line
- Should players who claim that they are crappy keepers or afraid of the getting hit by the ball be excused from this chore. The answer to this question I think is obvious unless they are players who like to turn up and stay in goal all day. If everyone takes their turn, we will be in goal for about 10 min max. It does not even matter if one is crap as long as one tries his best. Cheng Hong went into goal with 1 hand injured and this was appreciated by all on the team
- The ball will hit you at some point in the game and you will survive. If you cannot deal with this, you need to switch to another sport with smaller balls (ping pong?). I took 2 shots to my guts yesterday and I am still alive. Some will say that this is due to my ample girth which helps absorb the pain but trust me, it still hurts
- the team that keeps the shape and work for each other will always win. The reds were disiplined in defence with players swopping around but still keeping their positions. Leo used to be a nightmare to play with but last Sunday, we saw a different Leo..one who is willing to work for the team and not run with the ball too much. The end result, he was more effective as a player
Enough venting...let's look forward to next week and I promise that I will try to be more affirmative and encouraging to my team mates
but definitely these weekend games have evolved in intensity and competitiveness in my short history of joining the group....maybe 30 months ( ?)
it was less intense when i first joined and the skill levels differed considerably amongst the participants
dont get me wrong - i do enjoy the weekend warrior stuff and everyone playing hard for a nice workout, and hopefully WIN but essentially all 16 players that show up share a desire to have a robust exercise, not get injured, and have a laugh at the end............will always be a challenge to manage individual commitment efforts, or desire to throw their bodies in front of a volley, etc
no offence to anyone at all.....just sharing
ohoh, playing again in several days' time....n a chance to redo evrything ! cheers !
Jye, I like your post! Well said..... i think this issue has not been adequately addressed in the past. There are some players who I see not volunteering their time in goal and usually not just for one game.....in almost all the games they play in which is unfair to the other players. Everyone wants a run out and get involved in the game and if all of us claims that we are crap keepers, then who is going to play in goal. Its fine if your team thinks that they dont want you to play goalie as they prefer you play in another position because they are chasing the game or the game hangs in the balance ....that would be the team's consensus but not when you make a decision yourself and not play keeper.
Actually at 3-1, Whites were pretty good for the victory, but I think we somehow started to relax a bit and got pushed over a bit more as Reds were getting back into the game. At 3-3, Reds were pushing harder to gain the advantage and capitalized on Whites losing their defensive shape as both sides were eager to edge ahead. I think the remaining 4 goals from Reds were from counter attacks with probably 3 Reds against 1 White defender and 1 goalie. I think Whites lost their cool more and it probably showed with a lot of individuality play and frustration once we were losing. I admit I was having a relaxing run about for more than half the game, very very slow starter that's why I started as keeper and was happy to slack as a defender. So partially to be blamed for not listening to the captain. Overall I thought everyone really worked out a sweat and perhaps more composure from Whites could have had a really different ending to the game. That's how Reds won it coming back from 3-1 down. By the way, I somehow didn't feel at ease getting Chen Hong to play as goalie with a bandaged wrist. Of course if everyone comes with a bandaged wrist everytime its a different story, but some leeway could perhaps be considered in future.
Not sure if I am suffering from Amnesia but I thought Reds went into a 3-1 lead & were looking the stronger side. Whites however came back strong & pulled it back to 3-3. At this point int he game I felt Whites had control of the midfield but the game was locked at 3-3 for quite some time, I thought it would end at 3-3.
But Whites I think paid for their buccaneering approach to try and win the game as they threw 6-7 players up with every attack & the Reds maintained their shape in defense & midfield. Fred took over the centre midfield and along with myself & Elvin were often found counter attacking against 1 white defender. After taking the lead the Reds defense simply had to pass long or even whack their defensive clearances down the pitch where Elvin found himself alone 1-1 with the keeper. It finished 7-3 after some quick late goals which was probably a bit harsh on the Whites but shows what a total loss of shape can do!
Coming from the more leisurely pace of East Coast the games at Turf City are definitely much more intense & pressurising. With the more vocal & skilllful players like Rockstar & Ramainder on the same team as you the pressure is definitely on to play our best & not make any silly mistakes. As adults we definitely dont enjoy being shouted at like a small boy but I learn to take it in my stride as I am here to improve as a player & learn from all of you.
For Sat I contributed 3 mistakes that led to the Reds scoring - one for either Elvin or Vincent running behind me & another from a poor corner which was intercepted & counter-attacked. Rest assured I truly feel bad about them as we all want to win & dont one to be the one that contribute to oppositions' goals.
All said I truly enjoy playing with you bunch & look forward to getting tips to improve & enjoy my game !
Cheng Hong...not to worry. As long as you have tried your best, take your turn in goal and hold your position, that is nothing more anyone can ask for. Babs was right, we were like Man Utd vs Everton...all attack and no defence for the last 20 min. Having a few beers after the game is a good idea but will do my waist line and lack of pace no good. We should continue this tradition....
Good attitude towards the Beer Jye! And don't panic I have done some calculations & the calories burned from an hour of football n say 30 degrees heat - The calories from 2 cans of Tiger Beer = A saving of circa 250/300 calories!! You see you can do both activity's & still have a win/win scenario!
Last Sat I bought the Beer already cold & put in Freezer for 30/40 minutes, hence they were still chilled after the match! It was a good laugh after the game I thought which is what I was aiming for!