To be honest, it wasnt a great game... players walked off the pitch around the 45 min mark... game was ended in controversial circumstances as Nick sustained a nasty cut above his left eye. Reds were cruising 5-2 at this point with the Whites well beaten.
Reds impressed early in the game with a very potent attacking combination of Fred upfront, supported by Babs and Raminder on the wings and Brendan bossing the middle of the park. The WHites knew before the match started that they had to battle hard today, run their lungs out and make minimal mistakes in defence but sadly they did none of the above. Babs was running riot down the right flank as he was given ample time and space to score early in the game. Reds up one goal. But the main attacking threat from the Whites in the form of Richard pulled the game level with a brilliant individual effort and a fine precision finish from 15 yards out. But shortly babs hit a brilliant half volley from outside the box after three successive attempts on goal from the Reds and the ball ended up in the top corner of the goal. A brilliant piece of finishing albeit courtesy of some very slack and indifferent marking from the Whites. In truth, the game was always slipping away from the Whites as they were overrun in midfield and the attackers dropped too far back applying little pressure on the Reds defence. The usually reliable and dynamic Captain Lynz was seriously hampered by injuries and spent a protracted period of time as GK. This critically affected the formation, tactics and fluidity of the White's performance. Jye's physical presence snuffed out Bernard as an attacking threat; the mobility, skill and physicality of the Red's midfield went unanswered by the Whites who were severely stretched around the pitch and players were strolling!!! The score soon became 3-1.
Nick was switched upfront as striker and bernard to the right flank for the Whites and Lynz came out of goal. The Whites improved slightly and were lucky to pull a goal back after a good cross from Bernard was slammed into the top corner by Xiongwei. However the tiring Richard went into goal for a deserved rest and the Whites were flat. Reds were able to establish a 2 goal cushion again. By then the Whites players were tired in body and disheartened in their minds... through an innocuous kick in. I didnt look up at all and passed the ball to the solitary figure of Fred in front of the Whites goal. He was fouled in the process but picked himself up and put away the penalty with much accuracy for a 5-2 lead.
Soon after an unpleasant but non-malicious incident happened just in front of the Red's penalty box. Nick, whilst trying to control a ball in mid air was clattered into by Arjit who was jumping to challenge for the same ball. Nick took a blow to his face and received a fairly deep cut above his left eye. There was quite a lot of bleeding and stitches will be required. In truth it was a 50-50 type of situation in which both players were entitled to go for. However with the benefit of hindsight and underpinned by the principles of social footballing, perhaps this incident is a good reminder for all GIFFA players that we should curb our positive aggression and pull our punches in situations where going for a challenge (albeit non malicious) might result in the inflicting injury to our fellow players. At the end of the day, we are social footballers and it should be top priority that we avoid inflicting any form of injury upon our fellow footballers and friends. Although i am the first to admit that in the heat of the moment, it is easier said than done.
Hopefully we will have a more enjoyable game next week! Take care and wishing Nick a speedy recovery!
Thanks for the excellent and comprehensive match report CH.
Just a couple of points: Fred's penalty came about because I handled his goal bound shot after our keeper had been rounded, not for a foul on him. Secondly, I agree that the incident was non-malicious and Arijit is one of my favourite guys but I disagree it was a 50-50 ball which both players were entitled to go for.
To recap, the ball was bouncing high in the left corner and Nick, with his back to the Reds goal, was attempting to bring the ball down. Arijit then came charging out and jumped into Nick from the back. I agree that he probably didn't intend for Nick to be cut but I don't agree that it was a ball he was entitled to go for because he had to go through Nick to get to the ball.
As it was, Nick was slammed to the ground and it would have been a foul regardless of the injury. I stress that I don't think Arijit set out to injure but it was a tackle which he should not have made. Just my two cents' worth. Maybe a timely reminder for us to be a bit more careful given the (alleged) social nature of our games.
Given the friendship and camaraderie, I am fairly hopeful that all concerned will shake on it the next time on the pitch. Peace.
There have been at least 2 previous incidents of cuts around the eye during the Saturday game at The Grandstand.
It would appear in each case, the injury was caused by arms or elbows flying about. I accept that in each case, there was no intention to injure an opponent, but recklessness is nearly as bad.
.... I would like to focus on how such incidents and injuries can be avoided. I would like feedback from players, especially those who were present at the time. Feedback can be given either on this thread, or by a message to be alone.
I won't wait for feedback before giving credits for the game. $2 credit to CH for a first report. $3 credit to Lynz and Brendan as team selectors.
Good to know Nick is doing fine. The Saturday game for me is one of the highlights of my weekend . Enjoy the the friendship and camaraderie with the Saturday regulars . My apologies to you again Nick. Given we play for fun and to enjoy , injury is not part of the plan . Definitely need to be more cautious.
For 45 minutes I did enjoy Saturday's game, the reds played some lovely football and scored some lovely worked goals. Whites showed great spirit coming from 1 down to 1-1 & then from 3-1 down to 3-2. Reds were lucky not to have the dynamic Lynz in midfield due to injury which enabled us to get hold of the match there & launch our attacks. Fred didn't allow me to take the penalty when we were both on our hat-trick, even though I sneakily tried placing the ball down quickly, in fairness he did win the pen & put it away nicely!
The incident I had a clear view as I was playing center back at the time & it happened in the corner at right back. Arjit did what most would do which is close the 2nd ball down but perhaps a bit clumsily & over eagerly he jumped into Nick & turned his back on play. Arjit is not malicious at all so it was unfortunate that the result was a bad gash above Nick's left eye. I'm glad Nick's Ok & all have cleared the air as Des rightfully says above we are all a good close bunch who get on well off the pitch, hence the Sat'day sign up rate!
A big thanks to Des for his chilled Beers and 100 plus combo delighting all present on the day, especially me (hence I cuddled him before the match) & big thanks to Lynz also who bought Beers so we had twice the amount to consume after!
Get better Nick and hope to see you back soon, cheers all.