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Mini-Tournament At The Cage: Tuesday, 4 August 2009

We had an impromptu mini-tournament last night.

The revised teams were as follows:

  • Blacks: Poh Keng, Joel, John S, Ganesh, Wei Wen
  • Whites: Nick, Federico, Sam, Niel L, Rajan
  • Reds: Dominic, Murray, Bobby, Amaury, Sriram
  • Greens (white tops with green bibs): Damian B, Dan N, Melvin L, Reza, Fawzi

Sivaraj SMSed me at about 8 pm to say that he had just been told he had to work late, so Sam came back in for him. Whites had the two oldest players, Rajan (55) and Sam (47).

Sriram came in red, so he swapped with Fawzi, who had both white and red.

The results were as follows:

  • Round 1:  Blacks 2 Greens 3 *, Whites 4 Reds 3
  • Round 2:  Greens 1 Whites 2, Reds 1 Blacks 6
  • Round 3:  Greens 1 Reds 2, Blacks 2 Whites 3

Sriram was struggling after the first game, and towards the end of the second, I got Azri from The Cage to replace him.

There was some controversy whether Greens first goal in the first game against Blacks should count.  Blacks’ Wei Wen continued to play after the ball had gone beyond his own goal line and Fawzi nicked it off his feet to score.  As is the way on FIOFAFI, I’ll fudge it and record it as a win for Greens and a draw for Blacks.  In any event, Blacks would have finished ahead of Greens and Reds on goal difference.

It’s all for fun anyway.

The final table:

P W D L F A Pts
Whites 3 3 0 0 9 6 9
Blacks 3 1 1 1 10 7 4
Greens 3 1 0 2 5 6 3
Reds 3 1 0 2 6 11 3

As Greens and Reds both finished with 3 points, I’ll record them as joint third.

A clip from the deciding match between Whites and Blacks:

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  1. Rajan
    Wed 5 August 2009 at 10:50 am

    I was very impressed by Niel (‘Whites’). He played through the pain barrier despite his hamstring problem. He even played as an outfield player for a while allowing for the fact that he ws obviously struggling. Kudoes to you, Niel! Sam and Federico linked up quite well with Nick (who netted the bulk of the ‘Whites’ goals) with his swashbuckling style of play and sheer opportunism in front of goal. Sam and Federico, purveyors of the neat one-touch passing game, played their hearts out and impressed with their fluid moves.Between them they, carved out several clear-cut goalscoring chances.

    One more thing – I humbly request that the attacking player pull out of a challenge, if he can react to the situation fast enough, when the opposing goalkeeper has committed himself to a full-length dive to make a safe. A typical situation involves the protagonists contesting possession for a 50-50 ball. The ‘keeper, in such instances, is especially vulnerable to knocks to the head/temple regions. This humble request of mine is in line with the nature of our sesssions – fun and building up bonds of friendship amongst the players at our sessions. We are not professional players and there is no logic in any one of us sustaining potentially serious injuries. The games in this mini-tournament were generally marked by players adhering to the fair-play credo spiced with hard but fair chalenges. Cheers…!

    • rajiv
      Wed 5 August 2009 at 11:04 am

      I saw the incident well. I wouldn’t blame anyone for it. The ball was crossed at pace from the left corner and flashed just inside the top of the D. Nick was moving in at pace to finish but John S dived very bravely, full length from his goal to the top of the D, and caught the ball. Nick’s foot caught John’s head. It would have been difficult for Nick to avoid John. One of those things that happens in football. Sometimes, its safer to concede a goal that to risk a limb to make a save. Discretion before valour all round.

      John was in quite a bit of pain at the time, but recovered quickly. I hope he’s ok today.

  2. nick
    Wed 5 August 2009 at 11:16 am

    Actually it was my knee that hit his head. John is scotish and consequently has a rock hard head because scotish people are known for a special kiss that they give their enermies with the head. That said I am sorry believe me it was a suprise to see Johns head at my Knee. I am also glad that John didn’t give me the Scotish kiss afterwards as punishment and hope that our scheduled game of squash on Friday is still on. I would like to add that the team I played with were brilliant very generous in their passing and real die hards. Every game we went down one goal but we never gave up. Particular praise and respect must surely goes to FIOFAFI’s oldest regular player, Rajan(oldest ever was my dad 61) he is astounding. If I can play at that pace at that age I am going to be very happy.

  3. Fawzi
    Wed 5 August 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Hi guys.
    I just wanted to say that I enjoyed myself in my first ever session with FIOFAFI. And it was a mini-tournament too! After 2 years of layoff, I am nursing the aches and such but I look forward to joining you in more games in the coming weeks.

    Fawzi

  4. nick
    Wed 5 August 2009 at 12:06 pm

    you did well mate, baptism of fire the old mini tournament and congrats on netting your first goal even though it was disallowed for debatable reasons that will remain a mystery

  5. Rajan
    Wed 5 August 2009 at 4:16 pm

    The incident involving Nick and John was definetely an accident (a case of two football warriors who were willing to risk life and limb for a greater glory). There was no malice involved on Nick’s part – he was too focussed on getting to the ball first and putting it where it belonged – in the net (a striker’s instinct I guess)!I hope Nick’s knee was not too badly mangled by John’s “rock hard” head.Kudos to John who carried on with the game despite being slightly disoriented immediately after the incident. And Nick – I like the bit where you mentioned that it was John’s head that made contact with your knee (ha, ha ha!)! Praise be to God that he is still keeping his head in one piece!

  6. Poh Keng
    Wed 5 August 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Cant thank you enough, rajiv, for being there to organise the mini-tournament. The whites proved that speed is not the main ingredient to success. They were composed n experienced with the ball n we( blacks) were unable to match their finishing.. Deserved winners- whites n hope that u guys will join us more often on tues.. The mini tournament is quite exciting n energy-sapping which we want to achieve.

    • rajiv
      Thu 6 August 2009 at 9:25 am

      You’re welcome Poh Keng. If we have 20 for a night, and two pitches, we can do either a mini-tournament (mini-league or knock-out), or just have two separate sessions.

      Mini-tournaments are a good way for everyone to meet each other. On the other hand, I wouldn’t want to have them too often – apart from requiring more work, the novelty will wear off.

      If we have two separate sessions at the same time and at the same venue, one could be a more competitive session for the more experienced/better participants and those who enjoy the greater competition, and a less competitive session for those who want a more relaxed game or who are less experienced/newer.

      I’ll come back to this later this month.

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