Yes, we played 7 against 8 and it felt like these old-style ice-hockey power play situations. Reds were scrambling throughout with Jake (and sometimes Babs) as a lone hanging striker. It was not easy for Whites either having to pass the penalty line and then ofcourse our defence led by an outstanding Tim. But Dom and Rubhan also played very well as no one wanted to give that first goal. Lynz was back from a 25 hour flight where he went to look for some ugly bears in Alaska (instead of marrying a pretty Singaporese........?), so it was all enjoyable. Babs and Jake ran their heart out and created about 5 chances on the counter. It probably would have been the best I saw Babs play in a long time (extra-ordinary determination), except that he missed 4 chances. Whites creates some nice smooth play and finally took the lead with a good combination finised by Gerard. Tan Wee made a very nice goal as well, while Kodaka bearhugged our goally while heading in. So, that is where Dom came in, meeting a nice pass for the equaliser and another great header from a corner. Well done. Reds got lucky in the end with a fortunate bounce that I could finish and it ended in 3-3. The difference of one player keeps surprising you but in the end it was an intense game played in good spirits.
Credit to the Red team, even with 1 down, they kept their spirit and never bowed down to the superior numbers. As Martijn said, Babs played like he was on steroids and displayed true fighting spirit all the way to the end. Jake's swift feet did the talking and he was constantly a pain in the a__ for Whites rightbacks.
While Whites drew first blood and surged to a commanding 3-1 lead with their slick passing between Richard, Kydd, Tan Wee and Kodaka, Dom made things real interesting by scoring a superb header off a corner to make it 3-2. From then on, Reds smelt blood in the last 15 mins of the game and stepped up their play foraging into the Whites D scoring the all important equaliser on the bell.
Whites actually played a good game but thanks Martijn for acknowledging that having to score within the D is actually quite tough even with a man extra esp when the opponent is playing a tactically sound game packing the defense and letting the opponents come in. That said, nothing should take away Reds fighting spirit and they deserved the draw.
Post by Fergus Guest on Jul 16, 2013 21:43:54 GMT 8
Apologies for the no show for the game, quite obvious from the match reports above that it affected the game despite the spirited efforts. Had a bad stomach all day from something I ate so went to bed in the afternoon but slept through the game.
Apologies to all for the bad form and also to the waitlist for not pulling out in time.
I disabled the account immediately because there have been several priors, ...:
Once I was informed he was a no show on Sunday, I messaged Fergus as follows:
Fergus, I'm sorry, but it is unacceptable that you didn't show today, especially when there were players on waitlist.
He apologised and provided an explanation. I asked him to post his explanation on the report thread. He now has.
I told him I will consider the responses to his post before I decide what to do next.
I am prepared to give everyone a second, or even a third chance, if they are keen to play and I can be sure there will be no recurrence.
Subject to the views of those have been affected, I would consider giving Fergus another chance, subject to the following:
* He must be contactable by phone between 3 and 4 pm for the Saturday and Sunday games. If he is not contactable, I will start looking for a replacement. * He must confirm that he will start heading out to The Grandstand by 4 pm. If he hasn't started making his way by 4 pm, I will start looking for a replacement. * For my extra time and effort, he will have to pay a surcharge of $2. * If he is more than 5 minutes late, there will be a penalty of 25% of the payment per player (that is, $3 for games at The Grandstand). * If he doesn't show, he will forfeit the payment per player (currently $12 for games at The Grandstand), and pay a further sum in the same amount as penalty. He must have sufficient credit to cover both the forfeiture and the penalty. I will then reduce the payment for each of the other players in that game by $1.
My proposal may sound harsh, but I think it's necessary. Anyway, it's subject to what others think.