Several new or less regular players, or players who haven't played together much or at all before, so I will suggest line ups after 12.30 pm tomorrow. I have added a team captain poll. I've included those who have played at least 10 games in the current 6 month period and 25 games since January 2011.
Nick with 2 votes can be captain of Team 1. With Babs withdrawing, no one else has votes, so I'll go with the regular with the most number of games in the current 6 month period. Kelvin (with 41 games), isn't that regular for Sundays, so Kien (27 games) can be captain for Team 2.
Captains can agree on changes. I'll assign colours in an hour and a half.
Weird game as Reds never seemed to settle down. Nick for Whites was unstoppable today, not sure how many he scored eventually but I stopped counting at the hat trick. Darren dictated the play as he was allowed the space to roam freely and created many opportunities for Whites. Zach and Arthur scored too while Dylan and Ivan held their own positions.
Reds had a couple of good chances but luck was just not with them today despite sending everybody up in the final minutes of the game. It was refreshing to see the likes of Kenny, Isaac and Jason in the White penalty area. Nordin was a little rusty after being out for a couple of months while Kelvin just could not click despite having good possession.
Tempers frayed a little on Red side due to frustration and at one point Reds threatened to call an early end to the game (which I won't describe as totally one sided but Reds were just not scoring) but gamely played on for the last goal. For the last 5 mims, Reds finally showed their mettle and started attacking in droves however a quick counter gave the last goal it Whites. We called it a day when the other team gathered at the entrance.
Firstly, I'll be the first to admit I didn't have the best of games.
This is not directed at anyone in particular, but my opinions and suggestions, which everyone will have a right to object to.
1) I knew when I saw the lineups that we'd struggle. But I've (learnt) to not complain and just get on with it. I like being the occasional underdog and I don't mind losing, as long as we put up a good fight. I was prepared to lose by 3 or maybe 4 goals, as long as we put up a positive fight and tried to play some good football.
2) I understand everyone comes from different ball playing backgrounds - and I've never expected my team mates to pull off step overs or fancy tricks. I will not (and have never) criticized anyone for lack of skill. However, it's frustrating when I see lack of effort. We just lacked the desire and fight today.
3) After you pass, move.
4) Don't dribble towards a team mate.
5) Play the safe/short pass, keep possession. If you opponents don't have the ball they can't score. (I'm guilty today of trying to hard at times today too)
6) Don't 'hide' behind opposition defenders - it's hard to reach you wish a pass.
7) Don't lose your head and let your team down just because things are not going your way.
Lastly, it's disappointing to hear your team mate say that there's no use running because I won't pass the ball anyway.
To that I'd say two things: I) Don't hide in a corner (see point #6) II) I believe I set up the most (if not second?) goal scoring or shooting opportunities for the team today. A pretty unfair accusation to make. Knowing we didn't have too many ball keepers, I tried to retain possession for the team as much as possible, and keep the passes as short as possible. If I didn't lob a long ball to you because you were waiting for it in a corner, my apologies.
Last Edit: Mar 30, 2014 23:41:51 GMT 8 by Kelvin Au
Perhaps it was just a mismatch of expectations. Unfortunately, if players on the team that is losing badly drop their heads, it just gets worse.
As I've said before, no one enjoys a one-sided game, not even those on the winning side. The players, especially the team selectors/captains, just have to bite the bullet and make the changes, while there is still time. Ending the game prematurely is not a solution, at least not for those looking to get a good work-out and some enjoyment out of our games. Nor is trying to get the players on the team that is losing badly to try harder, especially when one or more have completely lost heart. Instead, it can aggravate the situation.
I don't want to spend too much time on a post-mortem. However, I am concerned about new or less regular players (of which there were a few yesterday) coming into a game like this and not seeing what our games are all about.
Perhaps I should canvass the views of those who have been silent so far.
Post by Arthur Chen on Mar 31, 2014 18:51:21 GMT 8
The players of two teams were not that uneven as the final score. Kelvin and Isaac and some other players have made quite a lot of trouble for our defenders. It's really just short of luck for their final strike, Reds have made many attempts and many on targets / blocked. We scored like 3 goals in the beginning and reds started to attack back. They were eager to catch up but left behind open, many of our scores were by counter. Possession wise I would say 50-50, attempts also not many differences.
Oh Nick borrowed a pair of socks from one red player (sorry man I really cannot recall ur name) and became unstoppable. That's the main reason.
Fair guess - a Liverpool fan who "contributes" freely. However, that is the last reply on the predictions & report board without being logged in. I have changed the settings so that you have to be logged in to post on that board. In fact, the settings are now such that you have to be logged in to reply on any board other than the "Introductions, Requests & Chat" board. Further you have to be in the GIFFA Player group to post on the schedule thread. Only I can create threads under the "Administration" and "GIFFA-Defined Games" category. Users who are registered and logged in can create threads on the "Stand-Alone Polls" and "OPSAGE" boards. You have to be logged in to view the contents of the "Payment Information" board.
I received some more feedback via WhatsApp:
"Just a bad day laa The reds weren't bad at all"
"It's not that Reds were so much weaker - on paper it looked fine - they just didn't get it together as a team and we defended well"
Those were from Whites players. A couple of responses from Reds players to say they played badly and communication was poor, but all in all, not much more to be said I guess.