The player on each team who has been playing most regularly on Sundays and has not opted out from the team selector poll can be captains - Gerard and Tan Wee. Apart from Sushil (with 20 games, mostly at Kallang on Tuesdays), they also happen to be the player on each team with the most number of games over the current 6 month period - 30 and 19 respectively.
Tan Wee and Gerard were ok with the line ups, but looking at the line ups again, I was concerned that Team 2 had a lot of fire-power, so I suggested Wing Kong switch over with other compensating changes. Tan Wee wanted to keep Wing Kong. Gerard asked for Sushil to be his centre back, so Gerard and Tan Wee agreed on one change. Line ups and colours confirmed as follows:
Whites: Damian, Anthony G, Martijn, Gerard (c), Tim T, Rubhan, Sushil, Dan F Reds: Wing Kong, Dave Horne, Andrew Y, Tan Wee (c), Danny Lien, Jake, Fred, Elvin
For a moment there, I thought that the all the sayings above in my post was coming true!! Whites not only drew first blood but led the at half time 4-1!!!
Just looking at the line-ups, I would never have imagined that Whites would be leading by such a margin at this stage. Our Captain Gerard has proven over the last 3 weeks that he has the uncanny ability to score goals all by himself as the solitary striker even against a strong defence marshaled by the formidable no-nonsense Wing Kong and flanked by Andrew and Danny, and he took the first hat trick to score the first 3 goals for White.
Anthony and Martijn were able to seize control of the mid-field while Tim and myself played left and right backs respectively with Rubhan playing on the left wing and Dan rotating between Goalie, Right Back and Right wing. It seemed to strike a good balance for Whites as despite the prominent running into space by Dave H and good build-up play by Jake and Elvin, Reds were unable to gel effectively for the first 15mins or so.....
However the tide turned and the catalyst was a wolf in sheep's clothing! ELVIN!! This sheep was supposed to be nursing an injury (actually he was) and so shouldn't have posed as much danger as his reputation suggests but his lay-off and "itchiness" manifested itself in 5 goals for Reds.......some of which were his traditional trademark twist and shoot and 1 was a rather spectacular spin and volley onto a running ball from an angle that defied the odds.
Reds went from 4-1 to 4-4 in quick succession and there was nothing Whites could do about it. Sushil tried his best in center def but we were caught out time and again until Reds stopped the rampage at 8-4! There were a few minutes left on the clock to play and the hot and stifling weather was having a visible effect on players on both sides of the pitch....with players standing stationary or walking......
However, Kudo's to White's spirit as most teams by this time would have hung their heads down and tried to do damage control but Whites were still game for scoring and scored the last 2 goals of the match to bring it to 8-6....quite a respectable score at the end.
good report Damian - well written. Gerard was absolutely fantastic and Anthony had two great assists. But yes when Elvin came out - the balance shifted and I felt that the Reds had a bit more energy during most of the game onthis very hot afternoon. See you all next time. Martijn