I can't get anyone else, and Elvin has volunteered to drop out to make 7-a-side.
As for line ups, I suggest:
The player on each team with the most number of games in the current 6 month period and who has not specifically opted out as team captain can be captain. That would be Damian for Team 1 (25 games) and Dev for Team 2 (20 games).
No comments, so line ups, captains and colours confirmed as follows:
Whites: Damian (c), Augustine, Vini, Jason B, Nazriee, Nordin, Leo Reds: Kien, Babs, Danny, Isaac, Yaseen, Dev (c), Wayne S
Everyone, please be early.
After the game, please post reports and comments on the game below.
PS: Andrew B messaged me at 4.16 pm, and Jan at 4.28 pm, to say they can play. By the time I got Jan's message and got back to Andrew, he had found another game. Elvin had messaged me earlier, at 3.15 pm, to say he was no longer available.
The game ended 4-4 a piece to the sides. Reds had to play with a man down for the last 10 0dds mins as a player went out injured. For a long time i didnt rant. I usually come play and leave. However there were lots of off the ball challenges that day. Alot. Example after the ball has left the feet, a challenge comes in. And it hurt. I accepted it the first 5,6 times not thinking much but it was coming in again and again. It was casual. Hit and go. No apologies nothing. It was then that things got riled up. A particular grown ass white player knows how to give but dont know how to receive and starts whining like a 2 year old. You know who you are and its shameful you lack fundamental respect. Great salute to the rest of the whites who were sporting enough to acknowledge that the game was actually rough with lots of uncalled challenges. Nordin had a good game with leo supporting well. Reds were playing well as a unit but defensively we were suspect at times. Kien did a good job pushing up the reds. -Damian you still got it bro. Sticking to me like a leech : )
$2 credit to Yaseen for a first report. $1 credit to each of Damian and Dev as team captains. $1 ball credit to Kien.
Damian, the ever-responsible team captain, messaged me after the game to say:
Some complaints post match abt fouls and rough play from [name of player] today . Danny, Dev and Yaseen we're the most vociferous. [Name of player] is big and tends to go in hard. At worst he cld be described as reckless but not malicious. What made them mad was that he wld tell them to F off if they complained. I apologised for his play and told them I wld talk to him abt it and also let u know
Later, Damian provided me with the player's response:
Hi Damian. No problem. One guy on right wing tripped me and I swore at him. I shouldn't have as it was accident. So fair point should have apologized to him. Big guy in middle though was trying to shoulder me ... so he he probably should stop giving out .... Appreciate you are just trying to keep the peace see you next time
For his extra effort as team captain, I'll give Damian the extra $1 of a team selector's credit.
I also reminded the player concerned of the Playing Rules & Guidelines. Actually, it's useful that I remind everyone of the following from the first post of that thread:
PLEASE READ TO THE END OF THIS THREAD. YOUR PARTICIPATION IN OUR GAMES IS PREMISED ON IT.
We play each game without a referee.
The playing rules set out in the post below are geared towards keeping the game flowing while reducing the risk of injury and are intended to accommodate different styles of play.
Our core values are:
Maintaining health, fitness and/or interests even as we get older through sustainable participation in sports and other activity.
Facilitating a work-life balance.
Voluntary participation with maturity and in good spirits.
Achieving a balanced and healthy perspective on sport and competition.
Developing friendships and finding enjoyment through participation.
During a game, the two team selectors/captains also have the final say on the application of the Playing Rules & Principles. If the team selectors/captains cannot agree, the issue should be discussed on the report thread after the game, and may be followed up on the appropriate announcements and developments thread Any residual dissatisfaction after the game can also be discussed on the report thread for the game.
Two things come out of all of this:
We need to exercise more care to prevent reckless challenges. Late tackles need to be cut out. This applies to a lot of players, not just the player concerned in this case.
There has to be a lot more give and take in our games. This applies to everyone.
If you know you committed a foul, a simple "sorry" makes for a better game. Again, this applies to everyone.
tackle where the sole of the shoe makes contact with an opposing player
raising of elbow
raising of knee when jumping
kicking or hacking a player.
tripping a player.
If significant contact is made with an opposing player by any of the above, it is a foul (even if the ball is won), with a free kick to the opposing side if committed outside the D and a penalty if committed inside the D. ....
If you are on the receiving end of a foul, the proper response is to call the foul and move on, not to foul back. Retaliation is unacceptable.
This also applies to verbal "retaliation", whether in saying "F off" to an opponent or calling him as "ass"
If an opponent calls a foul and you disagree, just tell him you disagree, no need to swear. If you can't agree, and the selectors/captains can't agree, the rules provide that we continue with the goalkeeper in possession.
And previously, on the "Keeping score & the competitive edge" thread:
As the aim is to keep our games competitive, there are bound to be the occasional heated moment, ....
The main considerations are:
* It doesn't affect safety, such as over-zealous tackling, retaliation, or other acts of recklessness or excess force. * It doesn't affect the rest of the game. * Players can shake hands after, whether immediately after the incident or at least immediately after the game. * If anything lingers from the incident, it can be discussed on the message board, and put to rest there, before the next game involving the same players.