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Twelve Eager Men

Juror #5: Boy oh boy, it’s really hot, huh? Pardon me, but don’t you ever sweat?
Juror #4: No, I don’t.

Despite the rain, early withdrawals, threat of cancellation and floodlight failure at the start of the session, 12 eager men came to Bukit Timah campus for football duty. Rajiv, having opted out of the game due to domestic commitments, nonetheless still managed to interrupt his date, Jaya in tow, to oversee the delivery of ball and bibs; clearly his organisational bones were in full tingling, working order. That’s dedication!

Stragglers arrived and, with Teik roping in AIG Boy, the teams lined up (unevenly, it would prove) as follows:

WHITES: Ian, Mike, Look Liew, Amit, Sze Kuan, AIG Boy
COLOURS: Nicolas, Yu Teik, Mark, Murray, Damian, Tom

The bulk of the early comers wore COLOURS and were thus sufficiently warmed up; it was no surprise that they started off the brighter (no pun intended) and raced to an early 4-0 lead. Teik scored a couple, while Murray shook off last week’s injury to be a handful in midfield, chipping in with a scorcher. Mark made a timely return to the Monday Night Football scene and the three formed a potent attacking triumvirate playing off Nicolas up front. WHITES simply had no answer to their quick passing interchanges; at one stage, Damian ventured that COLOURS could keep a clean sheet so poor were WHITES, who hardly mustered a shot on goal despite Amit’s best efforts (and crackling cricket commentary).

Perhaps it was the collective bruising of WHITES’ egos, but they soon made a contest out of the game: 4-1 became 5-2, became 7-4, Amit, Ian and Look Liew contributing with well driven goals and tenacious tackling. With a little more composure, and more accurate shooting, they could have made Damian sweat in goal.

Awoken from their complacent slumbers, COLOURS soon moved out of second gear to complete a thumping 13-8 victory. In the end, a porous defence cost WHITES, while credit must go to Mark and Murray of COLOURS for their non-stop running and splendid touches.

It wasn’t quite the 10-10 Epic of last week, but it was a classic, competitively friendly, “end to end” game where no-one was found wanting either in effort or spirit. Sze Kuan performed admirably as usual while Nicolas usurped Beckham as Arch Assist Artist and Yu Teik metaphorically collected 2 match balls for his double hat-trick. No mention should be made of an awful, awful miss by Yu Teik when, with the ball at his feet in front of goal, and the goalkeeper nowhere in sight, he managed to “do a Gomez” and shin his shot across goal. Tom failed to hit either post or bar during the game but still had occasion to perform “his” baby celebrations when a speculative shot from his own box deceived the over-worked Sze Kuan.

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  1. rajiv
    Wed 23 July 2008 at 9:41 am

    As we already had 14 by Saturday morning, I left myself out, so as not to have to switch to 3 teams, and made other plans.

    By the way, who is AIG Boy?

  2. Murray
    Wed 23 July 2008 at 11:56 am

    AIG boy is P.K. a student we roped in (wearing a Man U AIG top) – he was pretty good i’ve got his details and will send them through to you shortly

  3. rajiv
    Wed 23 July 2008 at 12:17 pm

    No worries, PK is already on the unofficial mailing list. He has played with us a couple of times before.

  4. dennis
    Wed 23 July 2008 at 12:18 pm

    i hate to admit but a truly well written reply altho I must add that Tom wouldnt have written it unless somehow his team eke out the victory from nowhere – then again if not for this report, I would never have believe Teik would ever manage 2 hat tricks!! not in a thousand years – but it was good that you guys had a compulsating contest…keep it up and its comforting to know the standards are still there –

  5. rajiv
    Wed 23 July 2008 at 1:09 pm

    Dennis, I think you’ve created a new word, “compulsating”, by combining “compelling”, “pulsating” and “compulsive”.

    Well done!

  6. Shankar
    Wed 23 July 2008 at 2:58 pm

    Riveting stuff, too bad i missed it.

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