Sivaraj messaged the WhatsApp group chat at 2.22 pm to say he has been called back to work and is out. ....
As I only saw the message at 3.15 pm, I tried to call Dev, but couldn't get him. In the meantime, Nealraj had messaged the group chat to say Jake was available, so I called Jake, and confirmed he was in.
Jake in for Sivaraj.
Jon messaged the WhatsApp group chat at 3.31 pm as follows:
Reds had an impressive attacking lineup of Manish, Elvin, Jake and Simon, a handful for any opposition on any GIFFA game on any given day, and the Whites flattered to deceive when we fought hard to come as close as 4-5 before Reds eventually pulled away to win the game 7-4.
That said, the Sunday games still remain the most enjoyable for me, as there is a fine balance of team selection, team chemistry, and individual effort that goes into determining which team walks away with a win. There is also a certain level of robustness that ensures a good workout, without ever really spilling into playground scuffles, which is really nice too.
That said, there were 2 unnecessary penalties given, one for each side, both for essentially ball-to-hand incidents. Both attempts weren't converted and that was probably the best outcome.
Agree with Kien on the penalties or non-penalties. I too felt both incidents are not real penalties and we should refrain fm calling for penalties when its clearly a ball to hand thing. If a person has the hands down by his side or on his body, a penalty should never be given for a ball striking the hand at close range. If the person had his hands outstretched, then thats a diff matter altogether.