See you guys later! Thunder over at the east now....hopefully no showers tonight.
A bit of thunder from about 6 pm onwards, then some lightning which reached a peak between 8.15 and 8.30 pm. No rain though, and with players already arriving, it was decided on the WhatsApp group chat to go ahead with the game. The lightning had largely stopped by 9 pm, although there was the occasional flash even up to 10.30 pm.
Some comments on the WhatsApp group chat about it not being a good game. Add any other comments about the game below.
Apologies for the outburst at the end of the game, no excuses, I shouldn't have said what I said - apologies to Ben or anyone else who may have been offended.
I thought it was an all round scrappy game. Both teams didn't seem to get in much of a rhythm or flow. I believe reds won by 3 or 4 goals? Can't remember the exact score, but I think we all stopped counting up to a certain point.
For two consecutive weeks the sky threatened to rain with loud claps of thunder and flashes of lightning but the rain never came much to the delight of the players. And I observed, for two weeks, one team will be very quiet in the pitch with minimal calling, talking, cajoling to the team mates into game play. Needless to say, the quiet team lost the matches and the trend also showed that they tend to concede bucket-loads at the end of the game. I experienced it last week where communication among the team members were few and far in between and yesterday I saw the opponents doing the same.
unfortunate the game ended the way it ended as usually this bunch are a friendly bunch (I think it is just a blip). Anyway, I a bit more effort from players will be appreciated all round. It really boost up the team's morale if each one put in the effort and don't allow easy passage to goals.
Hoping for a better outing next week. Cheers and lighten up. What's in the game, remains in the game.
On a brighter note, the outburst shows how passionate about the game some of our players are
Perhaps players should not just leave the pitch before the game ends no matter how scrappy the game was.
I also feel that even if team members do not play well or try hard enough, we should encourage them in addition to critique. We all have different skill and fitness levels and are of different age groups. (Please cut the older players some slack ). Sometimes players stop running because they are tired, not for want of trying.
At the end of the day it is a team effort and most importantly we are all out to have fun and get a good workout!
Last Edit: Sept 3, 2013 12:15:25 GMT 8 by Boon Yick
I must confess there was a period of time when i came week in week out wanting to give my 100% on the pitch, be it physically and mentally. It became frustrating when I didn't see similar amount of effort from my team-mates and as such, I would sometimes end up react out of that sense of frustration or say things I only live to regret later. As such, of the past half year or so, I have decided to come and just kick about...if things work out, it works out. Good, celebrate. If it doesn't, no big deal. life goes on. kind of an indifferent kind of attitude because i rather leave the pitch feeling less frustrated and knowing i didnt say anything to hurt or offend anyone.
but yday was different. I felt really bad for Rai...because he was trying his best...shouting, not at, but for the whites to work hard and focus. i guess, he reached the tipping point and so decided to walk out lest he reacts in anger. not condoning his actions, but i could empathise with him.
honestly, i could probably go on playing at ECP, with that sort of indifferent attitude..and just pretend nothing actually matters but that would go against my principle of sportsmanship (in giving my best regardless). but for the sake of 'fun' and 'friendship', i could compromise.
having said all that, i need to say this. i enjoy playing at khalsa and at turf city even though sometimes i get on the reverse end. i received the 'shouts' and the 'abuse' because i made a bad pass...but i enjoy myself each time because i know everyone, well almost everyone, is putting in their best, thats why the frustration and most of all, wtv happens or is said on the pitch, stays on the pitch. we dont bear grudges nor do we judge someone based on their performance. and that, to me, is what sports is all about.
Apologies for the walkout last night. I think it was past 10:10 when I decided to call it a night and I don't think my leaving disrupted in anyway the hour+ of play we had before. In fact I thought I put in an extra hard shift last night to make up for the lack of effort & teamwork for the Whites. Even thou the lineup was skewed quite obviously towards the Red, at least I tried to give it my best shot and make my time and $10 worth.
Apologies if I spoiled the night for anyone. But I don't think its right for someone should be singled out and penalised for trying (hard), so that those who "didn't even turned up on the pitch" can find an excuse for their own poor performance and effort week in and week out.
My post was not aimed at anyone specifically... Rai, if it sounded that way my apologies and to whoever felt offended by my comments.
I do not condone lack of effort and teamwork or selfish play. Because it spoils the game for everyone. It's just that I don't think anyone deliberately goes down to a game to want to play badly or not put in their effort.
I am also not advocating no criticisms... I am just saying let's balance critique with compliments and encouragement. I get shouted at many times too.
And I think there is nothing wrong with the occasional flare up and arguments.. it's all part of the fun anyway.
Post by Jeff Salleh on Sept 4, 2013 10:07:28 GMT 8
Mel, Rai - I hope you guys keep on playing at your level. Don't drop it as it will affect the ECP playing dynamics. Plus I think the satisfaction is there when you know you have given your best despite everything else.
Boon - agree with you about cutting the slack for the older ones. My only take is that if the legs are giving up, acknowledge it and get in goal or play a more withdrawn role to recover. I've seen a fair share of players who are not physically fit but knows how to pull their own weight ( no pun intended).
Secondly, for those more experience players do help the less experience ones instead of bringing them down or try and organize it a bit better.
Btw, I really think the tenacity of ECP games have gone down a couple of notches compared to when I joined close to 2 years odd ago where the players are fitter and technically good. So those from the old school might have that remnant of the competitive edge. Just a thought.