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Last Night At The Cage: Mon, 2 Feb 2009

Tue 3 February 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

The teams were lined up as follows

  • Blacks:  Boris, John S, Rajseran, Nick, Luke
  • Reds:  Clive, Mark L, Shankar, Sushil, Chris

It seemed that the team splits were both based on rankings and as it is done in rugby as forwards ( the big and powerful guys) and back ( the fast and quick guys). Nick has all the details.

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  1. Boris
    Tue 3 February 2009 at 10:20 am

    That was quite a short report. 🙂 Well Blacks started off very well until midway Reds started clawing their way back, which I think is when the real game started. From then on it was really good football both ways but Blacks sloppy defending cost them. Game was 8 – 7 at full time in favour of the Blacks but Reds asked for a last goal opportunity and Blacks agreed. Game ended with a nice counter-attack by Reds with Sushil having the last laugh of the game! A deserving 8 – 8 draw to the Reds. All in all, it was a really fun evening I think with everyone playing in good spirits.

  2. shank77
    Tue 3 February 2009 at 10:24 am

    Nick is having the details?…. hahaha got a call from Jiv this morning saying that Nick was interested to getting the report out.

  3. Boris
    Tue 3 February 2009 at 10:32 am

    Oops. Haha. I see.

  4. rajiv
    Tue 3 February 2009 at 11:11 am

    Nick SMSed me this morning to ask if I’d like him to do the match report,

    Anyone who’s keen can do one – just that its easier if you’re already an author.

    Anyway, as I was out, I asked Shankar if he minded just putting up the introductory post for Nick. Nick can add his report as a comment below.

    In the meantime, anyone is free to comment on the session.

  5. Nick
    Tue 3 February 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Last night was a classic duel where youth and exuberance met age and experience.

    The first twenty were filled with hit and hopes, dashes to the lines, blocked shots and determination from both sides.
    Reds opened the scoring when they took advantage and leapt onto a mis placed pass by blacks.

    The response from blacks was as immediate as a misguided Bush led attack. John smacking home the equaliser from a delectably weighted Nicky C pass.

    From then on Blacks really sprung to life. Dancing around Reds with almost balletic grace. At times one player, Boris looked as though the ball was part of his foot as he moved twisted and out foxed the Red defense.

    At 5 –1 it looked like it was time to bring out the white wash. Then Clive the ever bright, ever present, strategic mastermind steadied his back line and started to marshal strategic attacks. Clive’s persistence to perfect his diamond formation paved the way for an inspiring comeback. The Red’s came back !

    When they were not scoring they were hitting the woodwork so many times they could have opened a furniture factory.
    Goal after goal, wave after wave, drawing back to 6 – 5. Sunsil, Shakar, Chris, Mark and Clive all coming together like a well oiled, diamond-shaped, glory machine.

    The Blacks pulled their heads up and refocused on the prize. They picked up the pace yet this time were largely encouraged by a goal bound Luke and Rajersan to play it simple, look for easy passes. Blacks were in fact taking a leaf out of Reds book. They took it up to 8 – 7.

    The whistle for the end went.

    The Reds literally got down on their knees and begged the Blacks to carry on for ‘next goals the winner’. In a remarkable act good sportsmanship the Blacks pitied the Reds and gave into to their desperate, rabbit in the headlights expressions.

    Then it was on. Blacks moved down the line, Rajersan made a great run and I have to say if only he had seen Nicky C free in the box it would have been all over but that didn’t happen. Instead the ball was intercepted and smacked through the centre to Sunsil who nutmegged it home. Clive was all embracing in his compliments to his team.

    At the end both teams declared a draw, which was a fair for such a perfectly weighted, most enjoyable, sweaty match.

    Final score 8 – 8.

  6. rajseran
    Tue 3 February 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Yes Nick

    I would have passed if i have seen you but instead i made a turn and tried to squeeze in the keeper but somehow he was just too stubborn to open his legs and let it go but instead we opened our legs at the back to let Sushil to score the last goal.

    Sigh but anyway lesson learnt and which it think this strategy should work in future . Whenever a team is leading with a good margin , they should start playing easy with passing and counter attack , rather then trying to go all up to score more and leaving the keeper all by himself to entertain all kind of shorts . That is really torturing and i wander who ever will want to volunteer to be the keeper next.

    Boris did some good dribbling but i have to say, he gotta start learning to defend too. Man marking is what you need and not leaving your opponent unmarked with some easy goals.

    Overall it was a good game and i like the way NICk put them in words. THE REDS WERE BEGGING FOR THE LAST GOAL lol

  7. Nick
    Tue 3 February 2009 at 12:47 pm

    No blame to you Rajseran, it all happens in a split second. Just love the fantasy idea in my head of me scoring the winner. Ah the glory, bring on the glory.

    You are right though I am learning each week that running around like a mental case can only get you so far and if the team over commits men into the box they can get easily hurt at the back.

    To win at this game you really need one or two players giving a few orders from the back and keeping the shape. Maybe we should have played in more definate zones. Ie two players at the back with the other two making the runs.

  8. Nick
    Tue 3 February 2009 at 12:48 pm

    By the way in goal Clive is an absolute nightmare to score against.

  9. rajseran
    Tue 3 February 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Clive covers at least 3/4 of the goal post and that gives you 1 out of 10 chances to score against him. 😦

  10. melvinl
    Tue 3 February 2009 at 1:56 pm

    He’s not angry Raj, he was just dying to say he Nicked it in the end…

    Wow, Nick. How did you take notes whilst playing? That’s some enthusiatic reporting. You must be reading too much rohit brijnath.

  11. Boris
    Tue 3 February 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Nick failed to point out that he and John missed quite a few point blank ones that should have been goals. 🙂

  12. Manuel @ STIR SHIT.COM
    Tue 3 February 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Wow… Wat Classic Match Reports! Thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

    Shanker and i were joking before the game. It looked like it was Fattys Vs Skinnies… Tat was until our ‘token’ skinny Chris was drawn to be a Red… Hee Hee.

    To be fair, Reds played a man down. i have been out of the game for a fortnight owing to CNY and some Personal Commitments, and i know when i was not up to scratch (eh.. not that when i am on form i am so much better). But i knew i wasnt as fast, and certainly wasnt sharp at all… Just shambolic. So for the Reds to have played that scoreline is a testimont to Chris, Clive, Shanker and Sushil- Henceforth refered to as CS2 (read: C-S- Squared).

    Good fun, played in great spirits. The Ah Lian at the end who came all changed to play Futsal was a treat too.. Ha Ha Ha.. Better sign up early if you wish to possibly catch a glimpse of her next Mon!

    Lastly, funny that the Reds got on their knees and were noted to beg for a last goal.. which to a certain degree was true (the last goal bit).. and certainly reinforced in the subsequent postings.. Farnie thing was how come no one picked up on the other point.. ‘Last Goal Winner’.. which effectively gives CS2 + Mark a WIN for last nites game… Ha Ha Ha

  13. Manuel @ STIR SHIT.COM
    Tue 3 February 2009 at 2:25 pm

    @ Boris- DiD Nick and John miss some sitters? Must have been due to the excellent goal keeping skills of CS2..

  14. Boris
    Tue 3 February 2009 at 2:27 pm

    I don’t consider myself skinny.. More like the opposite.

    @Manuel

    It was a possible last goal winner for us and a possible last goal equalizer for you guys. 🙂

  15. Tue 3 February 2009 at 3:20 pm

    perfectly weighted

    For a game between the Fatties and the Skinnies, this is a perfect pun.

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