Since Anthony first started playing in Q4 2015, his being frequently late for games has been brought to my attention several times, and I have messaged him twice about this. I have brought his attention to this thread, and reminded him to be at the game at least 10 minutes before the time the game is scheduled to start, and to give himself sufficient time to reach the game on time. As pointed out several times in this thread, it is a matter of time management.
A player who is going to be late for a game should have the courtesy to give his captain a heads up on the WhatsApp group at least 15 minutes before the game is due to start. If 15 minutes before the game, you are nowhere near the venue, you know you are going to be late, and should let your team captain know, so that he can make the necessary adjustments.
And if the late-coming player subsequently seeks the ... credit for a ... report, he should at least apologise for being late in the report. I will not give the ... credit for a ... report to any player who I learn was significantly late for the game, unless he apologises for his late-coming on the report thread itself.
As for Anthony, I had a word with him. He apologised to me, but it is not me that he should apologise for. My exchange with him last night is below.
As I pointed out to Anthony, it is very disruptive if players are late, especially for the 5-a-side games, where being 1 player short is felt more acutely than in a 7-a-side. If Anthony's late-coming continues, the first sanction will be that I block him from playing [in the particular game he is late for]. It it still continues after that, other sanctions may need to be considered.
On that occasion, it was the Tuesday night game at Grandstand. More recently, Anthony was late for a Monday night game at Macpherson despite being one of the two selectors. (On that occasion, the other selector was late as well.) From the report thread for that game:
Should both captains be deprived of their additional $1 credit for being so late? I've added a poll.
3 players voted that they should be deprived of their additional $1 credit and no player voted against, but I think I need more players to vote before I deprive the captains of their additional credit, so I will give it to them this time. However, they will be excluded from the selector poll for all games for three weeks (until 14 February 2020). Just a reminder that captains should take their responsibilities seriously, including being early. The credits (like the penalties and admin fees) are token, but penalties, admin fees and withholding of credits are intended to serve as a reminder that players shouldn't ignore the repeated reminders.
$1 to each of Anthony and Ray for a first report for Reds and Whites respectively. Additional $1 credit to Ben and Anthony as captains. $1 credit to Calvin for a second report for Whites. Ball credit to Calvin.
Those who play at Grandstand are generally fussier about punctuality. For weeknight games, players may from time to time be held up at work, so we may excuse occasional late coming, especially if the player provides an early heads up and apology on the WhatsApp group chat, but for weeknight games, there is less excuse.
Those who choose to play particular games should make a greater effort to conform to the standards and reasonable or legitimate expectations of those who regularly play in that game, including collateral expectations such as punctuality.
Returning to Gerard's point in the WhatsApp group chat, it is the frequency of Anthony's late-coming that is particularly galling.
At the very least, an apology on this thread is required to receive the report credit and any first report priority for the following week's game. I may also put up a poll to allow players to vote on whether Anthony should be blocked from the Grandstand games for a period of time.
Games were quite tight with both sides fighting hard for the first 30 min. At the end of half time, whites were leading 5-3. Whites got in a couple of quick goals within 5 min widening the lead between both teams.
Reds fought back but couldn't outplay the whites - the match ended with the whites winning 10-4.
It was close at the start as teams were level at 2-all after 15 minutes. White soon pulled ahead with a 3 or 4 goal lead and kept the lead till the end of the game. Final score was around 10-5 to White.