One new, and several less regular or newer players, so I will suggest line ups after 11.30 am tomorrow. I've added a team captain poll. I've limited it to Sunday regulars who have played at least 30 games since April 2011.
Sivaraj and Calvin earlier requested white, so line ups, captains and colours confirmed as follows:
Whites: Kien (c), Sivaraj, Senthil, Jon, Calvin, Ling Chong, Humza Reds: Gerard (c), Paul T, Zachary, Damian, Dev, Manish, Clarence Lee
Everyone, please be early.
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I understand Gerard and Kien agreed to swap Jon for Clarence before the start of the game. Reds then took a 6-2 lead. As the captains had agreed to swap back if the lead reached 4 goals, they did so, and re-set the score to 0-0, but Whites were exhausted by then, and Reds again led, this time 3-0. "Last goal wins" was called, and Whites scored.
That swap meant that Reds had 4 regulars (Gerard, Paul, Damian, Dev), plus Zach, who plays occasionally, while Whites had only one regular, Kien. Also, Calvin had said on the WhatsApp group chat that he hadn't played for 5 years. The balance of regulars makes a lot of difference, especially in a 7-a-side. Regulars know the game at that venue better, have a better understanding between themselves, and, as they play regularly, have a better level of match fitness. It is disappointing, as I mentioned the balance of regulars to Gerard before the game. The Whites players I asked all thought the original line ups would have been balanced.
I think Gerard was unduly concerned by the report on Humza's first game, on Saturday, 15 March 2014, where Lynz described him as man-of-the-match. I pointed out the report to Gerard and Kien before the game, so they'd know a bit about the player. They probably read too much into it. One player doesn't make a team. You do need a balance between the two teams, including a balance of regulars. As for concerns about any one player on the opposing side, that can be addressed by formation and tactics, such as man-marking. Reds had good markers like Damian and Dev capable of making the original line ups competitive.
In this case, I am afraid I can't give any credit to the team captains. I know it's just $1, but it needs to be done. Better than the more serious sanction of blocking them from the team selector/captain poll for a month , although there are some who would see that as a reward rather than a sanction!
The $2 credit for a first report is limited to players who started on White, apart from the captain.
Apologies to white team. Hope I didn't spoil the enjoyment of your game today. It really wasn't my intention to unbalance the teams. Complete opposite. Sorry Kien. I owe you one Aquarius.
Everything just seemed to click for reds today. Despite my lack of judgment for swapping players before the game, I have to give credit to reds for our great teamwork. We just played really well together, whether with Jon or Clarence in our team.
I hope today's game will not deter the new players from playing in future Sunday games at turf city. We need all of you back!
Rajiv: My oversight for not taking into consideration the number of regulars in each side when I agreed to the swap, as it certainly does make a difference. By the time the Whites finished the run of 2-6 against what I now realise were the Reds which has 5 regulars (vs. just me on Whites), it was too late.. and the swap didn't help as much as Reds top-scorer Jon by the time also took a much-needed breather in goal for us.
Hope the guys who just joined us don't feel discouraged!
Apart from anything else, I understand, even from the Whites players, that the game was played in a good spirit, which is always the most important thing. In the circumstances, I'll give the team captains their credit, and won't disallow the Whites captain a credit for a first report, so $2 credit to Kien for a first report, and $1 credit to each of Kien and Gerard as team captains.
To be honest, it wasn't such a big deal lah.....I think on paper it looked kinda scary for the Reds initially with the "fearsome Humzah", Sivaraj of Kallang fame (or notoriety), Jon the powerhouse and a couple of new players who looked really fit...while on Reds though we were the regulars, we didn't have anyone who could hold the ball especially in a 7-a-side scenario and Paul and myself were mostly defenders while Dev and Manish were also relatively new at this venue. So the captains conferred and Gerard voiced his concerns to Kien who gamely accepted the trade.
Actually, it wasn't that lop-sided a game in terms of possession and the reason why Reds went up 6-2 was because we managed to convert while Whites couldn't. Also a couple of long balls to Gerard lurking up front (Whites werent used to G's fox in the box stealthiness) got us a couple of goals and later with Jon foraging up front whilst White defence were still getting organised got us another couple of goals. For the Reds the fact that we had 5 regulars didn't really swing the game either ways since I guess it was only Gerard and Zach that combined up front well and even then many passes went astray and we gave possession right back to Whites.
Whites did mount a stronger comeback after Jon went over despite his starting off as goalie with more of the back players like Sivaraj, Ling Chong and Calvin all surging up front which resulted a lot of scattered clearances and outnumbering of Red defence on quite a few occasions. Still the final ball just wouldn't go in.
All said and done, it was a nice friendly atmosphere that prevailed and both sides ended the game in good spirits. Good decision by Jiv to reverse the earlier call to dock the captains of their just rewards
I think it is a bit unfair to go so heavy on Gerrard as he was only making the call in the attempt to make it a amore fair game. When I arrived there was a general consensus amongst everyone that the teams could be mismatched. The resulting teams were pretty even and I think in Hamza and the guy in the notts forest top (sorry), they did actually have the best two players on the ball. Reds also scored quite a few lucky goals after going down early; I don't think I will ever catch two shots as sweet again in my whole life and the long ball from paul which gerrard volleyed in was amazing, however I guarantee you wont see that again for the rest of the season (no offence paul or gerrard). There was also an unfortunate own goal as well.
The game was played in good spirits and no one seemed too annoyed after the game. Perhaps in hindsight we could have made a different switch but I am sure in hindsight gerrard wished he hadn't slipped and let demba ba through on goal.
New players were great and looking forward to the game next week.