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Session Report: 7 October 2008

Wed 8 October 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

A tale of socks and gloves.

We lined up as follows last night at Sports Planet @ East Coast:

  • Reds: Joel, Benjamin, Dennis, Franco, John
  • Darks: Edardy, Steve F, Reza, Tom, me

Everyone was there by 9 pm, but when we were due to start, Benjamin was no where to be found.  I called him on his handphone, and he informed me that he had returned home as he had forgotten his socks.

I was annoyed that he had not told me this before he left, as first, I didn’t know where he had disappeared to until I called him, and secondly, because I immediately checked with the Sports Planet office, and they informed me that they provided socks, so there was no need for him to waste 10 to 15 minutes returning home to get a pair.  As Dennis says, communication is important (as long as, as also pointed out, it does not amount to abuse).

Back to the session itself.  It started 4 v 4 as I stepped out to wait for Benjamin to return.  After about 10 minutes, Benjamin returned and we joined the game.  Although Darks had a small big lead, Tom re-set the score to 0-0.

Darks again took an early lead and although the score was close for the first 15 minutes or so, they began to pull away to finally win 18-11.

The game itself was more even than the score-line.  Reds had as much of the ball as Darks, but ran into a sold Darks’ defence, while Darks moved the ball around well, scoring several well-crafted goals.  The passing and movement of all five Darks’ players was on several occasions excellent, and everyone got on the score-sheet.

On the other hand, the most spectacular goal was scored by Dennis, when a long-range blast from his own half nestled in the corner of Darks’ goal.  With Joel, John and Franco in their side, Reds were full of running, while Benjamin had a better game than he has had for quite a while (which he attributed to having dinner earlier than usual, although having a late dinner should never be the reason for a poor performance).

However, Darks were growing increasingly frustrated as they slipped further behind, which further affected their passing.  Franco, deceptively skilful on the ball, was running into Darks’ defence, while Dennis, John and Joel were all forced to take long-range shots, which apart from Dennis’s goal described above, were well wide.

Both sides squandered a few chances as well, and Reds hit the post a couple of times, but the misses were about even.

With both Dennis and Tom playing, the kid gloves were off, but the game was not significantly more physical than our usual Tuesday fare at East Coast, and overall, it was a good game.

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  1. Reza
    Wed 8 October 2008 at 12:56 pm

    Good game- i think Edardy scored some belters too. A pity Gilbert wasnt around to see some of the samba skills on display.

  2. rajiv
    Wed 8 October 2008 at 1:39 pm

    Everyone on Darks scored good or well worked goals last night – you, me, Edardy, Tom and Steve – but I don’t think any were as long-range as Dennis’s effort.

    Edardy had a solid spell in defence (as did Tom and me), which reduced Reds to long-range shooting.

  3. Wed 8 October 2008 at 2:48 pm


    Although Darks had a small lead, Tom re-set the score to 0-0.

    It was a five nil lead built within 10 minutes.

  4. rajiv
    Wed 8 October 2008 at 2:55 pm

    Sorry, I only saw a couple of the goals, but I wasn’t paying much attention at that stage, because, apart from waiting for Benjamin to return, I also had the couple of German guys trying to persuade me to allow them to play a team with other friends (ie, 3 teams taking turns), which I told them was not possible, as we only had an hour (although I was half minded to let one of them in to take Benjamin’s place until he returned, but I thought better of it).

    These two German guys had joined Look Liew’s side when we played against them on 17 September 2008. After the game, I had invited them to be play with us in the future, but they didn’t take it up. Last Thursday, when we were initially two players short, I again asked them whether they’d like to join us, but they didn’t.

    I thought the score was 3-1 or 4-2 or something like that.

  5. dennis
    Thu 9 October 2008 at 9:41 pm

    Now to correct some facts about the game last night…I agree we lost quite a few goals in the beginning when Ben was starting to get to grips with the pace of the game…maybe his socks din fit well…but honestly halfway through the game…din you realise Joel was socking them in, Steve especially too…plus I had a few…and thanks for mentioning the belter which was probably more fluke than anything else unless my HK training has really reaped rewards…and there were times when our passing took your defence apart..cos you guys kinda lost steam towards the end and not forgetting when I was in goal, I saved quite a few certain goals…when you guys were through one on one..ask Tom he would remember the one he fluffed…

    admittedly we let in some really dodgy ones cos of poor marking and defending but I think you are right in saying the game was more even than the score line suggested but because I was not keeping score I will trust your numbers..

    at one stage I think Joel, Franco Steve and myself had some good passing throughout and your defence went walkabout…and we plundered some decent goals…at one stage wif our wingplay, joel was creating havoc on your team..I even thot we may have nicked it…but then again if you said you guys were solid in defence, I guess you should know better.

    Din Ben tell you that this was one of his better games cos I was barking up his neck to get him going…he did really well in tracking back…and even got a goal..John played well too…he’s only going to get better on his positioning once he plays forward more often but on testimony of Tues night’s game..he has the potential..

    but all in all, it was good fun on tues night…there was more urgency and strong desire to win… Franco was hungry.. as was steve joel and ben…stamina permitting..that’s what I mean by desire…we were playing faster with greater urgency…and hungry to try and put up a fight…I have observed…in a 5 a side..game..its hard to play easy or go slow..we are just not up to scratch to play with that style…often exploiting the split second opening is crucial..if you realise both your team and mine..had quite a few counter attacks which benefitted from the keeper’s foresight to distribute early…so I may not claim to be some top tactician but those of you who dun believe it…try it sometime…release the ball from the back earlier and you might be surprised how easily you can plunder a goal with the opponents still basking and sauntering back from their foray…

    anyway, enuf posts from me for now…thanks for having me guys…and Tom, cut out those lunges…you are not young anymore…its disgraceful! ha!

  6. rajiv
    Fri 10 October 2008 at 8:46 am

    Dennis, the comparison with a truck didn’t apply to Tuesday’s session. You were relatively subdued on Tuesday. I suppose you’re only in your element at Bukit Timah campus!

    I’ve given up booking the court at Bukit Timah campus but I’m happy for anyone else (including yourself) to book the court there for any future Monday when you’re back. I’ll include it on the schedule as usual, and cancel the Premier Pitch booking on Monday for that week. We can do that next time you’re down.

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