Sunday, July 22, 2007

Well Done Blacks!!!

It was a good weekend for BLACKS. In the first game of the Sunday matches, SIMply BLACKS guys won MS Victoria 5-0 in an one sided affair. Following that, BLACKS FC beat the other Victoria team 9-2 while our ladies did well to keep the score line low against the more experience Motorola Pinkies at Tampines Sports Hall.

SIMply BLACKS guys vs MS Victoria 2

The game was all about BLACKS as the opponents were much smaller in size and younger in age. Out muscled, there was not much the Victoria boys could do to muster any challenge or threaten BLACKS except for an occasional counter attack. One of the rare find this season, Jian Hong opened the account for BLACKS. But it was Charles who completed the hat trick by scoring a beauty with a turn and drag shot away from the outstretching goalie.
Looks like Charles is finding the scoring touch as each game progress this season. Another player consistently scoring is non other than Reeve. The player also used the similar type of turn and drag shot skills to put one past the goalie to seal the final nail into the Victoria coffin. There should be more to come from our Div 3 guys as they march on with their improvements. Several players are improving individually and will be on course for glory.

BLACKS FC vs MS Victoria

BLACKS knew this is an important game because they have to get the 3 points and the goals. Armed with their new signing Arland, BLACKS have more fire power up front. On top of that, the new position for Alvin playing as a forward and Ishak as centre bore fruits. The Alvin Arland partnership got a total of 6 goals with each of them getting a hat trick while Ishak got a hat trick of assists and a goal. Gopi too got onto the score sheet with a spectacular long range effort to place the ball in the top corner. Venu joined in the spree with a goal too. The result was fair but not flattering as BLACKS again left it too late to move into 5th gear. However, with coach Lionel back and some training, BLACKS should improve by leaps and bounds if they gel as a unit.

SIMply BLACKS Gals vs Motorola Pinkies

The gals had a really tough match against a more experience and skillful side. Nevertheless, with the presence of their coach Jaime, they had more confidence and gave the Pinkies a run for their money with 2 goals. A goal by Melissa and another from an unlikely source; Winnie! The goal is a boost to this new player and will definitely leave her "screaming for joy". The gals although bombarded by the Pinkies, held tight to their defending and were brave. Although losing, BLACKS ladies left Tampines Sports Hall feeling they have done a good job. Lets wish them well and more improvements in time to come!

From the 3 games, there were several outstanding players. The Div 3 guys played very well as a team and gave their coach "the KiM JiO" a headache who should be the MOM. 2 particular players singled out is the fiery Jokim and the cool Jian Hong. Jokim after a short layoff to seek "zenness" returned to the team with some very good defending and ball distribution. Jian Hong on the other hand improved much with his ball control that he made more seasoned players in the team look bad. We are unable to catch up with the 2 of them this week but keep a lookout as I am sure that they will be MOM again if they continue to put out such performances.
The Div 2 guys too had 2 players singled out by Lionel. The debutant Arland scored a hat trick and ran non stop to deserve mention. While goalie Fabius again playing in weaker health status saved many shots. However, it was Fabius who Lionel gave the MOM to for his consistency in goal. Achieving his 2nd MOM in his 2nd BLACKS appearance!
The ladies' coach Jaime chose their MOM to be Li Fang for defending resolutely against the much tougher opponents. Our stand in reporter caught up with her after the match to chat. Lets find out more:

So how did you feel to be the MOM today despite a really hard game?
L: I feel elated to be chosen. Its an honour and it gave me more motivation to improve.

Any secrets to become the MOM you can share?
L: I think its mainly having composure in the game. I feel more calm today hence I can deliver the goods.

Is there anyone you would like to thank for your improvements? Any scandals we can enjoy?
L: Oh... no scandals please... Just like to thank the team and especially the coach for her patience and believe she have in us.

The End

Announcement: There will be a hit around on tues at Keming for those who want some practise. Lookout for details!

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