Reds: Joel, Imran, Melvin, Philip and Ian (c) Whites: Vjay, Karthikeyan, Senthil, Sivaraj (c) and Calvin
For a fixture that is supposedly teethering on the edge of extinction, this match provided a timely reminder of why we love The Cage.
The game was played at a brisk pace overall and at other times it was breathless (or maybe it was just me feeling the effects of returning after a 6-week injury-enforced absence).
The match was an entertaining and somewhat topsy turvy affair, with Reds very much in the ascendency from the off and this was reflected in them establishing a commanding 6-1 lead after 30 minutes. As the game wore on, however, a mixture of heavy legs on the part of the Reds and increased fluency from the Whites saw the latter reduce the arrears to 6-5. By that time, Whites were combining like a well-oiled machine and their incisive play was rewarded as they first levelled before taking the lead 8-7 with 5 minutes to play. The next couple of goals were shared between the teams but Whites took advantage of more sloppy defending to lead 9-8, which was the score at 10pm. We played 2 final goals and again, these were split for the match to end up 10-9 to Whites.