Whites eventually won the game 8-4 although Reds did the early running by leading at 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2. However, once Whites clicked into gear, it was backs to the wall for Reds. As always, Honda was particularly impressive controlling the play from midfield. It was very noticeable that Reds fell behind appreciably when Richard went into goal. Augustine also deserves a mention for unselfishly spending a long period in the Red goal.
It was a different game in that half the players are not Saturday "regulars" so it was interesting in that sense. Having said that, I was personally annoyed that a quarter of the players were playing in proper football boots. Granted the game was played in good spirit and there were no misplaced or mistimed tackles. BUT, if people are going to blatantly disregard the rules, or not enforce them, then I'm wearing boots the next time we play as I also prefer wearing boots to play.
.... I was personally annoyed that a quarter of the players were playing in proper football boots. Granted the game was played in good spirit and there were no misplaced or mistimed tackles. BUT, if people are going to blatantly disregard the rules, or not enforce them, then I'm wearing boots the next time we play as I also prefer wearing boots to play.
Over to you Rajiv.
The rules on footwear are set out under the GIFFA System, as follows:
As all our games are played on astro turf, if you play regularly, you should get a pair of all-weather astro shoes, like these:
i. For the covered pitches at The Grandstand and Kallang, if you don't have a pair of astro shoes, use flat soled shoes (for hard court), or even trainers (basketball or running). If you are new or irregular and don't even have flat soled shoes or trainers (hard to believe, but I'll take your word for it), you may, as a one-off exception, use boots with soft plastic blades or small studs.
ii. For the uncovered pitches at Serangoon and Macpherson, if you don't have a pair of astro shoes, you can use boots with soft plastic blades or small studs, as flat soled shoes or trainers are not suitable when the pitch is wet.
Where a player uses blades or studs, the onus is on the user to take extra care not to catch other players with the blades or studs.
The rules on footwear were established some time ago. Players, especially new or newer ones need to be informed or reminded. Although it is on the GIFFA System thread, most players don't read.
In order to inform or remind a player, I need to know who the player is.
If, instead of informing me of an issue so that I can address it with the players concerned, other players, especially the longstanding ones, take the view that they will disregard the system or rules as well, that is the start of the breakdown.
I am seriously considering requiring team selectors/captains to have a notebook and a pen with them.
More seriously, players, especially team selectors/captains, have to appreciate that they undermine the long term sustainability of a game if they don't provide me with relevant information.
At first instance, it is up to those playing, in particular, team selectors/captains to remind players to use appropriate footwear. If a player refuses to use appropriate footwear, I need the name of the player, so that I can remind him personally.