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Session Report: 19 August 2008

Wed 20 August 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

Tom’s presence at Sports Planet @ East Coast added an edge to last night’s game, especially as he is currently keeping track of individual win-loss ratios. We lined up last night as follows:

  • Lights – Boon Yick, Reza, John, Benjamin, Joel, Tom
  • Darks – Bret, Sushil, Julius, Simon, Rajesh, me

Darks started well, with newcomers Julius and Rajesh showing good skill and nice touches.

Darks raced into an early 7-3 lead before taking their foot of the pedal. Lights pulled it back to 8-8 before Simon went off injured.

As on a previous occasion, to redress Darks being a man short, the rules were changed so that except for their goalkeeper in their own D, Lights were not allowed in either D.

When a side is a player short, in order to conserve energy, they should make a greater effort to move the ball around and keep possession, instead of running with the ball. It took Darks a while to make the adjustment, but by that time, they were 11-14 down.

Although Darks pulled it back to 15-15, with Julius and Rajesh tiring on their debuts, Lights scored two late goals to take the game 17-15. In the final analysis, several defensive lapses by Darks was the difference.

For Lights, Tom was full of hard running in the first half hour, and flat in the second half hour. Tom’s early energy inspired his team mates, all of whom raised their game. John, Benjamin and Joel, also making his FIOFAFI debut, were full of running, Boon Yick was getting into good positions, and Reza scored several impressive goals. I believe everyone with Lights managed at least one goal. Even Tom managed to score, including a long-range speculative shot that crept into the bottom corner.

The shooting was occasionally ferocious, with both Sushil and Joel getting struck on the head by the ball when in goal. Both came out of it dazed but otherwise unscathed.

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  1. rajesh
    Wed 20 August 2008 at 10:09 am

    It was a great game but would have been better if we ( Darks) had 6 players till the end.

    Anyway i am still recovering from my ankle injury which i got it from last month;s tennis session and it was like 80% workable 🙂 not until last night’s match ,gone back to 50% workable now .

    The last 20 mins was hell for my ankle and my foot when my foot got stepped by someone who was wearing boots , couldn’t recall who but looking at the DARKS Team Spirit , i eventually forgot the pain and continued.

    THe only challenge i have now is to walk straight and show no sign of pain when my wife is around so that i get to play another week 🙂 .

  2. rajiv
    Wed 20 August 2008 at 10:29 am

    Last night’s session was harder than it usually is at East Coast. Tom’s presence has that effect!

    Take care of that ankle. If it’s more than a month, you might want to consider seeing someone about it.

  3. rajesh
    Wed 20 August 2008 at 10:45 am

    Hi Rajiv

    The docs has told me to rest for at least 6 weeks but my legs got itchy after two weeks of not playing soccer and with the EPL season already started , i would have rather committed suicide. LOL .

    I should be all good with the pain killers and my ankle guard. Thanks for the thoughts.

  4. Reza
    Wed 20 August 2008 at 10:47 am

    I found it slightly odd that lights (with 6) werent allowed into their own D to defend. Fully accept that being a man up means that it should be harder to attack (so no entry into attacking D, even to retrieve the ball) but maybe “Rule D” needs some further thought…

  5. Wed 20 August 2008 at 12:13 pm

    @Jiv: I got three! The second was an impressive left footed attempt from an acute angle that was disallowed by Sushil because of the “retrieving the ball from inside the D and running out to score from outside the D is not allowed” rule. The third was a back-heel in the last minute when I was too tired to turn or pass.

    You are right about Reza’s performance, though. Some spanking good goals.

    By the way, my left knee has completely swelled up; so much so that my dog is afraid of it.

  6. rajiv
    Wed 20 August 2008 at 12:28 pm

    Reza, there’s still the goalkeeper though. I think the team one short needs that additional advantage to keep the game even. I do try to ensure that the sides are even, but on the odd occasion that one team is a player short, it is very hard work. We’ll see how it goes the next few times the situation arises.

    Tom, I figured you scored more than one, but wasn’t sure how many, and that was the one that made the biggest impression. What happened to cause your knee to swell up?

  7. Bret
    Wed 20 August 2008 at 2:07 pm

    I think if anyday we’re 6 v 5 from the beginning, a designated player – maybe the one with the best win ratio (thanks Tom) or most goals (if we get to that) or flashiest shoes (if we cant agree who) should spend 30 minutes in one team and 30 minute in the other.

    That’ll be fair says I.

  8. Bret
    Wed 20 August 2008 at 2:10 pm

    And yeah, Reza scored some really neat ones – esp one that he took on the turn late on…!!!

    And Tom’s backheel shot was worthy of a bid from both the Bernabeu top brass as well as the damsels on the pitch next door.

    Speaking of which, Rajiv, how about a game against the girls? 🙂

  9. rajiv
    Thu 28 August 2008 at 7:42 am

    Tom, I think your knee ran into my left shin very forcefully causing my shin to swell up very badly just below the knee. It was so swollen last week that it felt numb, and I was able to play again last Wednesday.

    The swelling was down to about half the size by the weekend, which made it feel less numb but more painful. It’s going down very, very slowly, and any firm contact with the very bruised swelling is very painful.

    Should be cleared up in another week.

  10. rajesh
    Thu 28 August 2008 at 10:07 am

    I have had some nice neat bruises on my leg thanks to the Chinese Guy ( sorry forgot his name ) who did some Bruce Lee Stunts when winning the ball from me. His beautiful Studs missed the ball but never fail to miss my leg.

    Did not realise the damage until when i had my shower and felt the pain . Anyway its all in the game. Probably will rent the Hockey Goal Keeper’s Shin Pads if i ever play against him again.

    🙂

    27th Aug 08 Cage .

  11. rajiv
    Thu 28 August 2008 at 10:28 am

    The only Chinese guy on our side was Benjamin.

    The ball was in the air a lot yesterday, so there was a lot of high kicking, and I think it went around quite a bit, not just between him and you.

    I think it was largely due to the shoes he was wearing. There appears to be two types of shoes for artificial turf, one with multiple rubber “pimples” on the soles, the other with fewer, longer, plastic “blades”.

    The latter seems to cause more pain and even cuts and bruising when it comes up against an opponent’s leg. I think someone else (Sushil?) was also wearing those kinds of shoes, but I suppose the other person didn’t go in for the high tackles as much.

    Anyway, I need to remind everyone that these games are primarily social, and perhaps to start recommending various equipment too!

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