If it is Dennis, Raphael, Glenn, Yeo and Raj on one team, then they need 1 more for 6. Dennis will probably want Ian? Anyway, I've added a team captain poll, and included everyone who has played at least 10 games in the current 6 month period. Players who want to go with that should vote for Dennis or Ian and one other.
Dennis asked to stick with his players, plus Gerard. As for the captain of the other team, between Ian and Imran, Ian would be captain having played more games over the current 6 month period (14 to 10, and tied 90 each on games played over the past 3 years). Imran was ok with all of that, but Ian hasn't replied yet. I assume Ian has no comments.
Dennis requested white, so the line ups, captains and colours as follows:
Whites: Dennis (c), Raphael, Glenn, Yeo, Raj Vaswani, Gerard Reds: Ian (c), Imran, Dylan, Philip, Kodaka, Rayan
Everyone, please be early.
If Ian continues to be silent, Imran can take over as captain of Reds.
Post by Just D James on May 13, 2015 1:27:39 GMT 8
i am going to do a quick report just to irk Ian -
it was another great game today - although the Whites expectedly lost again when I picked a slight lopsided team - all in the jest of the spirit of the game -
old faces all round - Yeo (who had acquired new shoes for $92 just for this game a couple of hours ago), Glenn, Raj - feels like the good old days - Ian slipped me by like a ninja in the night when arrived - but probably correctly since the theme of the game for his team had an element of japan in it as his japanese team mates were a real handful for the whites.
Whites were overrun early when Rayan despite his dodgy team began his trademark runs - and we were soon 3-0 down - but once we pulled one back - we felt we had a game on - or so I thought - but the kodaka was a real terrier in attack scurrying around the whites defence and we knew we were in for a long night.
the game opened up and it was end to end stuff - Raphy missed a few shots, as did Gerard and then Glenn but everyone was trying and at one stage it was 8-3 and then 14-9 but we were almost keeping it close to the 50% threshold. I told the team never to give up and chided anyone who was slacking off.
it was really end to end stuff, no one cared about defending much it was just all about attacking. whenever we were had players fit enough to pressure the reds in possession, their passes became wayward or they lost the ball but these moments were far and few between. Whenever we scored, I would celebrate like I won the World Cup but those on the pitch knew who really had the upper hand. With Imran solidly commanding the back and Rayan making the dribbles it was almost impossible for the whites to get anything closer than 5o% mark.
At one point, Raj had received a through ball, and Philip was stretching and trying to prevent him from scoring but the Raj I knew, would finish and he stretched every sinew of his body to angle the right foot drive in the bottom left corner despite Philip's valiant attempts to thwart his effort but the goal was Raj's. I saw the disgust on Philip's face but as I howled with delight in the dark night like a wolf who had just devoured his prey, I didnt care that the goal only brough the scoreline to 21-13.
It was finished witha aplomp and I felt a sense of satisfaction knowing full well how hard Philip tried to stop the goal and how much effort was made by Raj to finish it off after a few attempts tonight. Mind you he was wearing tennis shoes as well!
when it was 10 mins past 10 - we called for last goal and I cheekily hollered that winner takes all, Glenn stole possession from a mismatched pass and finished with his trademark curler. The old Glenn has returned!
sorry I made this sound like a report celebrating the victory for the whites but in truth, the Reds won it still - 21-15.
To be fair, Ian had a nice rare headed goal and I accidentally trodded on Imran's ankle. On a another occasion Ian scored off a kick off / throw in and we debated because I thought that was not allowed and Ian insisted it was and I had my own teammate Gerard misleading me that it was not allowed or let's not intentionally do that so I dont know what's what there?!!
The Reds played great stuff and the team was too strong. It is always fun to play against a worthy adversary in Imran because he is sporting and he is a good leader and has a great sense of humour too!
We lost but with pride and no shame to lose it to the stronger team last night -
Thanks for the game again guys - see you lot again next week but next time we will defo balance it out. no more one sided line ups.
Dennis, it was 24-15 to the Reds. I don't blame you for losing count though.
By the way, after the ball went out, it was kicked in to me (from the sidelines) by Dylan/Imran, I was in my own half and scored with a direct shot from 20 yards. That was a goal on any day so I'm not sure what confusion there is or what rules you play by (maybe in Hong Kong you can't do this?). When it is 6 vs 6, you can score from anywhere, including your own half. I'm sure Rajiv will confirm this.
$2 credit to Dennis for a first report, and $1 credit to each of Dennis and Imran as team captains.
I received an SMS from Kodaka last night concerning verbals by a player on white. Knowing Dennis, I guessed it was him, so I discussed it with him. Dennis admitted to trying to wind up Kodaka during the game, but told me that most of his wind up was directed, as usual, at Ian. As I didn't go into details with Dennis, and Kodaka hasn't provide me with details, I don't know if the following rule has been broken:
Sometimes, words may be said to a player falling short of the basic standard which seem harsh. However, please no swearing or show of aggression towards your team mates or opponents.
From what I have been provided, it does seem more a case of winding up an opponent, so I've drawn the attention of both Dennis and Kodaka to this - "How to deal with a wind-up merchant".
I have asked Dennis to tone it down, especially with players he is meeting for the first time. We are a big, diverse group now, and some players may not take kindly to his style, so get to know them first!
Let's respect players each other. If we see something is wrong or too rude shouting, let's stop the game. At least, I will walk out.
point taken buddy. no offence but it was a bit of English banter between some of the lads - I know Ian for a long time so always love to wind him up -
It was not meant to offensive.
Yes we are all from different cultures so we should respect one other -
I dont recall being abusive to you or anyone else in particular but definitely towards Ian - because he is a "close" friend -
If you dont like the shouting environment, its kind of difficult to play in total silence. At long as the shouting does not get abusive or antagonistic, I dont think it should be prohibited buddy.
If one person thinks he wants to stop the game and walk out, then it may not be for the best of everyone on the pitch as that team would be short of numbers.
Captains are there for a reason so raise it to your captain and he can speak to the captain from the opposing team - let's not start with the "I will walk out" practice. It is not healthy and certainly not mature.
I am happy for anyone to disagree and share views but most importantly let's enjoy the game.
btw, shouting also includes words of encouragement.... and if Ian is not there, the game is generally quiet with little or no banter because there's no one to wind up! lol
see you tomorrow again buddy - for the record, I think you are an excellent player. thanks for speaking up and raising your opinion, always better than keeping it bottled up.
Kodaka, Dennis, I've moved your posts from the schedule thread for today's game to here as I prefer to keep discussions about games on the report threads, and the discussion is in any event a follow up on last week's game.
It is good that we can discuss these things sensibly on the forum. With such a large, diverse group of players, we are going to see differences in approach, but by playing together regularly and getting to know each other, hopefully, we get a degree of convergence, at least enough to give us sufficient common ground to allow games to played in the right spirit. It is useful to remind ourselves that, as set out in the Playing Rules & Principles thread:
.... If we see something is wrong or too rude shouting, let's stop the game. At least, I will walk out.
Kodaka, I hope that instead of walking out of the game, you can address it during the game, or if you feel you are unable to address it during the game, you can follow up with me or on the forum (as we have in this case), and we can work towards a better understanding, and look to what is needed to keep us within our core values.