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Deepavali Fireworks

Tue 28 October 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

The public holiday special took place at The Premier Pitch last night.  Teams lined ups as follow:

  • Reds (Bukit Timah regulars): George, Mark C, Raj, Tom, Rajesh, Damian, Kin.
  • Darks (The Cage/East Coast regulars): Franco, Ian, Bobby, Murray, Andy M, Gilbert, me.

Murray was on a slow bus, so he arrived about 10 minutes late. Darks started one player short, and Reds took an early lead. After a match of near-epic proportions, underdogs Darks won 9-7. It was a titanic tussle, with Kin and Andy M running into each other a few times (more a clash of styles than anything else), while Raj ran into Franco (immediately after Franco cleared the ball and claimed a penalty – which was not given – how it could possibly be a penalty, when Franco had just cleared the ball is anybody’s guess).

Reds dominated the game territorially, and Mark C was a constant threat to Darks. There were several melees in front of Darks’ goal which Reds failed to convert, sometimes through desperate defending by Darks, sometimes because of wayward finishing.

However, Darks were always dangerous on the counter, and found themselves on several occasions with three on one, only for the final pass to be over hit.

After falling behind early on, Darks came back to lead 4-2 in a low scoring first half hour.

At this stage, a bit of niggle started to creep into the game in what was turning out to be a closely contested affair.

Reds then had a purple patch, scoring three in a short spell to lead 5-4, before Darks again took a 6-5 lead. It was 6-6 after an hour.

As there was no one playing after us, we continued for another half hour. Reds went ahead again, 7-6, before Darks equalized. With both sides tiring, it looked like a draw was the most likely outcome, but two late goals gave Darks victory.

After the game, Tom suggested we have a separate poll for the biggest under-performer of the match (the term Tom used was more “colourful”, but I’ll stick with “under-performer”), so here goes:

If there is sufficient interest, we could arrange such sessions from time to time, on public holidays, and even occasionally at the weekend as well. On this occasion, the Bukit Timah regulars couldn’t make the most of home advantage.

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  1. Andy M
    Tue 28 October 2008 at 5:20 pm

    Rajiv, a highly contested match with both sides giving their all! It was just like playing in the UK, finished with a handshake and a smile over a couple of cans of 100plus! Looking forward to the next public holiday game 🙂

  2. Raj
    Tue 28 October 2008 at 7:36 pm

    Jiv, nobody claimed a penalty. It was the follow through after clearing which was unnecessary. So stop talking out of your arse.

  3. rajiv
    Tue 28 October 2008 at 9:07 pm

    You’re right Raj, you shouldn’t have followed through, and then fallen on your arse.

  4. rajesh
    Wed 29 October 2008 at 12:21 am

    I have to admit one thing for sure. The poll thingy is basically on Biase votes.

    Look at the under performer , Me , George and Raj are three under performers . Oh please , OPEN your BIG Eyes and see who were the real Under Performer .

    Talking about myself , i think i did not do that bad after all . ANywya the reason why i never bothered voting at all. Could be just one person voting himself and voting others off . Just one word , LAME .

  5. rajiv
    Wed 29 October 2008 at 7:46 am

    Don’t take the voting too seriously Rajesh.

    By the way, “under performer” means playing below one’s capabilities, so someone who has more capabilities but plays below it is more likely to be an “under performer” than someone who has lesser capabilities in the first place.

    I doubt anyone has voted more than once, as that would be likely to take the total number of votes above the total number of players at some stage. And I haven’t voted yet!

  6. Wed 29 October 2008 at 8:48 am

    @Rajesh: Been drinking again, is it?

    These WordPress polls are quite difficult to rig, and I doubt whether anybody would bother trying. Put it this way: the American elections are more important and easier to rig (re. Florida 2000).

    My own take on the “The Man of the Match” is that it gives us the chance to acknowledge the player who shone brightest. There are no prizes, only the glowing satisfaction that comes when your peers have acknowledged your performance.

    The “Under Performer of the week”, on the other hand, was a little bit of fun from my side. Actually, I suggested a “F*@ker of the Week” poll, confident that George would win by a landslide. As per Jiv’s comments, “The Under-performer of the week” award is actually double-edged: you should only get voted for if you have set high standards in past performances – which explains why no-one voted for me.

  7. rajiv
    Mon 3 November 2008 at 12:35 pm

    Bobby is the man of the match, George the under-performer of the session.

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