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Match Report (1st September 2008)

Last night’s gathering drew 10 guys and they grouped as follows to kick a ball around:

REDS: PK, Chris, Rajesh, Sushil, Lai Hock, Damian

OTHERS: Tom, Raj, Mark L, Marc, Swee Hoe, Kin

After 2 hours of tea and scones, the boys gave each other a group hug, urged one and all to watch Oprah and tearfully bade farewell.

Raj will write his report below.

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  1. Raj
    Wed 3 September 2008 at 11:27 am

    Sorry guys I was too intoxicated to remember what happened. But I recall lots of misses, arguments, bad challenges, persistent fouling, chicken rice, punting, and a shot that hit the bar.
    Other then that, I don’t remember much.

  2. rajiv
    Wed 3 September 2008 at 12:06 pm

    Not even the score? Someone must remember the score, or something approximating a score. Or just the result. How is Tom to update his stats if there isn’t at least a result?

    Or have you blanked the game out of your mind because you failed to score? I’m sure you’ll still be ahead in the goal charts, after last week’s 5.

    Or perhaps “sieves” run in the family.

    Or perhaps, to paraphrase, “you only report when you’re winning”?

    Come on, give us the result at least.

  3. mark leong
    Thu 4 September 2008 at 10:07 am

    Hee Hee. The only thing i could add to the equation was…

    (1) Raj came in all Whites, despite him saying he had no white outfit earlier on the blog.
    (2) He was on the winning team.
    (3) He wasnt the only one who ‘complained about hangovers
    (4) It was an ‘ugly’ game compared to the week before. Long punts were the rule of the day, rather than on the ground passing. So in a span of a week, we had different playing styles. Perhaps as a result of having 6 vs 6 as opposed to 5 vs 5. Less space to run?
    (5) Final score, to be fair, i forgot as well. It was pretty close initially, then as always, towards the end, it kind of spiraled and became on paper ‘one sided’. But score surely didnt reflect closeness of game.

  4. rajiv
    Thu 4 September 2008 at 11:06 am

    Thanks Mark. As your report is better than Raj’s (especially since you, not he, provided the result), I’ve put you down as having done the session report for Monday, 1 September.

    Now that we have the result for Monday, Tom can update his stats, which have not been updated since 26 August.

    And now that you’ve done a session report for Bukit Timah campus (BTC), technically, you’re part of the BTC “Triumvirate”.

    Did you use the outermost orange line at BTC on Monday? That would have created more space. In any event, you can discuss the cap to the number of players with Tom, Raj, Ian and Yu Teik. The risk of capping numbers at 10 is that if anyone withdraws at a late stage, you’ll have to find replacements at short notice, or play short.

    I certainly agree with you that keeping score is not important – it is more for fun than anything else.

  5. Thu 4 September 2008 at 1:18 pm

    On our side, we had two players who were intoxicated (no names) and another who had a rather large helping of chicken rice. It was a normal game.

    The final score was 14-8 to Others quickly erased from our minds. Reds were playing well and the game was even (4-4) until Reds tired dramatically. I don’t recall any arguments or particularly bad fouls, although banter made a welcome return after some weeks of silence.

    @Mark: Yup, but I think Reds resorted to long punts more than Others, probably due to tiredness as well as lack of team unison.

    @Jiv: I think what Mark wrote was

    Final score, to be fair, i forgot as well.

  6. rajesh
    Thu 4 September 2008 at 1:50 pm

    Well i would also love to include this that REDS had two outsiders and both will probably take couple of matches to start playing as a team. The reds did some nice passing though .

    The two teenagers that joined us were playing too individualistic and will trying to dribble pass through everyone they can and do not cover back when losing the ball.Therefore the reason why the rest of the reds got tired .

    Arguments and Bad foul i dont recall but Foul Mouth i do recall 🙂 but anyway its happens and took it as part of the game.

    And another thing on the bad challenges, persistent fouling , i thought these were all professional tackles under the FIFA rules otherwise i did not notice any of the Persistent fouling unless the reds were suppose to say ” Welcome Sir ! and please score “.

  7. rajiv
    Thu 4 September 2008 at 3:33 pm

    Notwithstanding Tom apparently professing to the contrary, Monday’s session at Bukit Timah campus was evidently a “social event”, or at least akin to a bad-tempered episode of Oprah. Or the Jerry Springer Show even.

    Tom, I had already agreed with Mark. I think we are all capable of distinguishing “final score” from “result” … aren’t we?

    As the person now carrying the largest share of the responsibilities for the BTC sessions, it’s up to you Tom to take the “two teenagers” under your (bingo (?)) wings. Have them on your side in order to “galvanize” them, à la Dennis.

  8. rajiv
    Fri 5 September 2008 at 8:47 am

    At Tuesday’s session, I asked Joe about the “bickering” at Monday’s session but he didn’t know what that was about.

    After all the above reticence by Raj, Mark L and Tom concerning Monday’s session, I again asked Joe about it at yesterday’s session, and he still didn’t know what that was about.

    It appears almost as if through some anomaly of space and time, they played in different games in alternate realities or parallel dimensions, one where a lot of mysteriously unspeakable events occurred, and the other where the game was fairly ordinary. Almost like the Twilight Zone.

  9. Raj
    Fri 5 September 2008 at 9:41 am

    Well Jiv, Joe wasn’t even playing on Monday……maybe that explains things..

  10. rajiv
    Fri 5 September 2008 at 10:39 am

    Good answer Raj. On each occasion, I had assumed Joe had played on Monday. I need to start carrying a laptop or other portable device in order to be able to check the blog immediately or whenever I need to to check on line ups, reports etc.

  11. mark leong
    Fri 5 September 2008 at 10:52 am

    Ha Ha. You guys are FARNIE.

    Raj was at his very best with his BPL Drogba/ Ronaldo ‘fouls’ (read- Simulations)… He was calling everything .. whether foul or out. But after a while, the opponents realised and remember the story of ‘The Boy who Cried Wolf’ and hence his valid calls were also ignored 😛

    Next Monday.. will be fun. Jiv, we played the Orange lines.. Still small i guess.. since everyone was so ‘quick’ on their feet there was not so much space to run!

  12. rajiv
    Fri 5 September 2008 at 10:54 am

    You’re learning Mark. Raj was the boy who cried wolf. In the original story. In a parallel dimension. In that dimension, he finally got eaten by the wolf. In this dimension, he regularly tries to pull a fast one while playing hard court football.

  13. rajesh
    Fri 5 September 2008 at 11:22 am

    Probably we should start filming every monday matches and who knows probably Jack Neo can make a movie out of that .We could be Famous 🙂 .

  14. dennis
    Mon 8 September 2008 at 5:23 pm

    well you see guys…that’s what happens when the real mccoy is away – you have dodgy pp like Raj showing his true (villain?) colours when playing…probably never appreciated why it din happen when I was around? now you know – guess that’s human nature rearing its ugly head…yet again..dun appreciate what you have until you lost it…well niggly fouls and professional cheating will get its come uppance…as always..but as long as it is all forgotten after the game its fine…anyway you guys should keep at it until the enforcer returns – which wont be for a while yet – maybe in Oct and hopefully catch up wif you guys for a game or something!

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