As for team captains, 4 players with 2 votes each. The 2 who have played the most number of games over the current 6 month period can be captains, Rai (33) and Jeff (19), ahead of Glenn (16) and Boon Yick (14).
Keith requested Red. No other comments, so line ups, captains and colours confirmed as follows:
Whites: Jeff S (c), Boon Yick, Sean Luo, Jason Poh, Glenn F, Jordi, Kelvin Au Reds: Rai (c), Keith, James, Y, Philip Lim, Niel L, Norman, Tim C
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I thought Whites looked a bit stronger on paper, and it looked like it was going their way in the first 30 mins. Whites raced to a 3-0 lead. I remember the first goal - a long shot from Sean (?) from way back in his own half. I think he meant it as a pass, but we'll give it to him. Jeff scored a few cracking volleys - at least 2?
Whites began to tire after that and got sloppy positionally, with lots of unintentional interchanging of positions. Sensing an opportunity, the relentless Rai rallied his troops. Neil showed a lot of industry, huffing and puffing with James always looking for an opportunity upfront.
Their relentless efforts paid dividends. I think we were at 5-5 near the 50th minute mark.
We played on to look for a definitive winner.
Whites scored two on the counter to make it 7-5, and time was called.
Standout players for me: + Jason - young boy - full of energy always looking to be first to the ball. Lots of interceptions and energiser-bunny runs all over the pitch. + Jordi - first game at ECP, but adapted to the poor lighting, play-to-the-net, rugged pitch really well. Held up play, and used the ball intelligently. Speaks good Spanish too. + Neil - you never get less than 100% from the man.
Apologies, I missed a few chances and over ran the ball a few times - toes were hurting so couldn't run much or control my runs well enough.
Firstly thanks to Kelvin for filling up the last slot at late so we could start with 7 aside.
There were some discussion before the game with between Rajiv, Jeff and myself before we ended up with the above lineup. On paper Reds does look the weaker side along with the unknown element of Jordi but we know lineup does not always determine the course of the game over at ECP.
As per Kelvin's report above, Jordi turns out to be very good and Reds were still in our late "siesta mood" - conceding 3 very sloppy goals early on. We could have folded by then but credit to every Reds, we didnt and somehow clawed our way back. We rectified our early mistakes and was great to see the usually quiet Keith and Tim becoming more vocal and urging the rest of the team along. James and Norman (extended period in goal and kept us in contention with a string of excellent saves) had outstanding game for us. Neil and Philip ran their lungs out on the wings! We had our chances to take the game late but White finished the game strong to end an exciting and intensive session. Great workout! Lastly thanks to "Big Brother" above for holding the rain till we finished our game!
Kelvin never sleep or the adrenaline still pumping and decided to earn $2?
Respect to the red team as they continued pushing the agenda with Rai rallying the troops and James probing and trying to make sure Reds didn't fall further behind at 5-1 or 5-2. Kelvin and James were trying to capture their form again after almost 3 to 4 weeks hiatus from football due to injuries and travels and I am glad to have them back among the list of players.
Jason Poh at half the age of the regulars was expected to put in double shift and he did just that.