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Shape And Pace

Fri 21 November 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

It looked like it was going to be another close game after half an hour at Sports Planet @ East Coast last night, with the score tied at 6-6.

However, Reds lost their shape, and couldn’t keep up with the pace of the game, as Darks ran out 17-12 winners after an hour and 10 minutes.

With Andy M marshalling his side well, making sure everyone pulled their weight, Darks pulled away 14-7. A mini fightback by Reds to 15-12 took us past the hour mark, before Darks pulled away again to run out comfortable winners.

The sides lined up as follows:

  • Blacks: Kumar, Andy M *, Bobby, Ladi, Llion
  • Reds: Gilbert *, Tom, me, Andy C, JJ

Andy M made sure his side paced themselves to last an hour, and kept their shape at all times, even reining in the usually unbridled charging runs forward by Ladi and Llion. Kumar and Bobby had their now customary solid games.

For all JJ’s running, and Tom’s bursts forward (with long interludes in goal), Reds were ragged in the second half hour.  Gilbert had a quiet game by his usual standards.  Andy C wasn’t sure what the best position to take on the right side was. Playing my third game in three days, I was just pleased to be able to keep running to the end.

An important part of keeping the team discipline, and for fitness, is pacing ourselves to last the hour.  If it means staying back in defence or in goal for lengths of time, that’s what we need to do.

Bobby asked for a mention of his tackle on Andy C, which sent “The Rock” tumbling.

** Tom’s dog, who Tom would rather have been running after last night, than the football.

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  1. Andy M
    Fri 21 November 2008 at 2:50 pm

    It was an honour to be captain for the night. We started slow and went behind as we got used to having a formation! But once we settled in we worked well as a team. Nobody stood out as it was a team effort with a plan to pass the ball around using the free man and space, i even convinced Ladi & Llion that you can pass backwards (obviously only when there is absolutly no other option or remote chance of a shot).

    Well played team, a couple of special comments are required:
    Ladi took a ball home and has promised that he will practice passing, trapping & shooting to add to his elaborate array of flicks and tricks.
    The welsh wizard constantly mesmerised & frustrated the onlookers with his ability to make the difficult look simple and the simple look difficult.

    excellent performance right to the end

  2. rajiv
    Fri 21 November 2008 at 2:59 pm

    Facebook can be quite a useful thing. I noticed that when Gilbert got home yesterday, he changed his status to “needs a holiday”.

    Going 2-0 up probably didn’t help Reds – might have made us think we didn’t need to work as hard as we had to.

  3. Fri 21 November 2008 at 3:30 pm

    Without wishing to go over the top on the subject, I thought last night was a shambolic performance by those in Red, individually and collectively. To borrow from the tabloids, it was an absolute disgrace. As the balls flew into the net, scored by wide open opponents with enough time to groom themselves and enjoy a cup of tea before scoring, I wondered whether (1) we were all there at the game and (2) for the same purpose.

    Really, everyone (everyone, myself first) in Red should take a good hard look at ourselves – if we can face ourselves in the mirror – and ask what the fuck were we there for? Was it to play football? Like I said after the game, if I wanted to run around all night chasing the ball, I would rather have stayed at home and played with Bacchus.

  4. Fri 21 November 2008 at 3:33 pm

    Let me just add that it was rubbish. Absolute garbage of a performance. Even Mase would have done better than that.

  5. rajiv
    Fri 21 November 2008 at 3:39 pm

    And it all started so promisingly ….

  6. Gilbert
    Fri 21 November 2008 at 5:01 pm

    My 2cents worth. I thought Reds didn’t do too badly considering we were just 5 goals behind. The scoreline isn’t all that important; we had a good workout, a bit of fun and got to enjoy playing the game without any injury. Fitness level was questionable and I felt that Reds lacked the communications and understanding. Excuses aside, as Captain, I take full responsibility for the loss as I was shite at commanding play and was not effective in either defend or attack. I guess we can only aim to get better after this ordeal.

  7. rajiv
    Fri 21 November 2008 at 5:14 pm

    Gilbert, you might have noticed that it’s not uncommon for Tom to beat up on himself (and his team, metaphorically of course), after a bad defeat – “bad” not in the sense of heavy, but in falling short of expectations. One of Tom’s several quirks that we have come to appreciate on the blog.

  8. Andy M
    Fri 21 November 2008 at 5:39 pm

    Gilbert i didn’t think reds were that bad, i am also a bit stiff from the clash with the German goalkeeper you had guesting in nets for most of the 2nd half! Don’t think i could claim injury though! If we are short for Thursday maybe BACCHUS is available?

  9. Andy M
    Fri 21 November 2008 at 5:43 pm

    high expectations are better than low expectations. I expect to make some saves when in goal but it never seems to work that way!

  10. Man. Mark L
    Fri 21 November 2008 at 5:44 pm

    Ha Ha. So Farnie.. but i think that is also “enduring” that Tom takes it pretty seriously went he wins, and more seriosuly when he loses… 😛

  11. Fri 21 November 2008 at 6:11 pm

    Agreed, it is not about the scoreline. It is about how we give an account of ourselves.

    Sometimes, in my occasional introspective moments, I think of it as respecting the game and the generations who have played it around the world, whether in the favelas or Singapore. To play as we did last night is really to spit at the game.

    Let me pose it like this: what if that was the last game we ever played? Maybe we should bear that in mind before we play again.

    We should respect the game, and respect ourselves a little bit more.

  12. rajiv
    Fri 21 November 2008 at 6:23 pm

    Tom, don’t do yourself in, it’s just a game 🙂 .

    I think it’s more important to respect people, not just ourselves. We work on ourselves, especially our weaknesses, in order to improve. It’s a process, that often takes time. Sometimes, it’s two steps forward and one step back, but it’s still progress.

    Our sessions are open to anyone who wants to play – and many are looking for an enjoyable way to keep fit – on top of family, work and other commitments. It doesn’t always fall in place like clockwork.

    To believe that football is more important than people or lives costs limbs, if not lives. I’ll leave that to Bill Shankly.

    Credit where credit is due – Andy M marshalled Darks excellently.

  13. rajiv
    Fri 21 November 2008 at 7:17 pm

    and Thursday’s session report to Andy M.

    Tom’s comment was certainly more interesting, as he displayed more of his female qualities with a no-holds-barred emotional outburst, but he already has many session reports under his belt, while this would be Andy M’s first.

    We have become rather sexist haven’t we.

    Maybe we should consider mixed gender sessions. Below is a quote from an e-mail from a woman who at one time was interested in joining our sessions, after I informed her that our sessions were becoming more physical, and might not be suitable for women:

    I [find that] once the females are on the pitch the physicality of the game tones down. It is fun to have [such a] game to bring out the social aspect and the finesse of the game.

    Tom could play for the women’s team 🙂 .

  14. Fri 21 November 2008 at 9:06 pm

    (edited to make some sense)
    @Andy: It was a needless and needlessly hard challenge, I agree. That part-time German keeper better work on this aspect of his game.

    Yah, of course, Jiv: respect is not exclusive to one side but extends from “the game” to everyone in it (referees excluded).

    It also goes without saying that Bill “more important than life and death” Shankly was a fool. Here’s my take on it.

    On a happier note, there is more of Bacchus here.

  15. rajiv
    Sat 22 November 2008 at 1:19 pm

    On a happier note, there is more of Bacchus here.

    I hear he’s pretty good at running after a ball. Would he be interested in a game on Thursday?

  16. Andy M
    Sun 23 November 2008 at 1:00 pm

    Tom no worries, i expected a challenge as you always give 100%, was only a tongue in cheek comment.

    On the woman front, i played against a woman once, she played for Arsenal ladies i think. Anyway the game was less aggresive for about 10 minutes until she went past the defenders one too many times, then the tackles started going in. It was one thing to give her some respect but quite another when she was making the defenders look silly.

    I agree with Tom though, you have to play the game the way it should be played regardless of who & were you are playing.

  17. rajiv
    Sun 23 November 2008 at 9:48 pm

    Poll result: Andy M is the clear winner. Bacchus ties with me for second place.

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