Monday, April 26, 2010

300 G4: End of A Battle

Anyone remember two years ago? Don't you wish we had pictures to remind you?

Unfortunately, no visual will be provided again so bear with the many words.

Flashback: 2 years ago, Frontliners' second team, then known as the Trojans were, let's say, the team that got whipped. (like, 17-0) Back then, having only one line or one and a half lines was common. There are only two survivors from that team today.

Fast forward to the present day and now, 300 is full of hyperactive kids and a few girls. However, the thrashings will remain a part of 300's history.

300 came up against debutants Trailblazers in our final game of this year's PFL. The game was pushed back into the evening as it was a school replacement day. Coach shuffled the lines this time as he wanted to experiment with new tactics.

Face-off time and at first 300 was slow off the blocks, slowly revving up their engines. Even the defenders were sloppy at the back. Not for long, though.

Kyle opened the flood gates nearly 2 minutes in but no one really noticed. The stadium was almost empty and the few spectators were pro-Trailblazers. (Frontliners were the away team for that day. Explains a lot, doesn't it?) Kyle added three more in the space of 6 minutes with help from strike buddies Tristan and Daryl. One of the goals included a smooth corner, part of a drill Coach Kuan Yang has emphasised on.

Fred got onto the scoresheets too after linking up with Marcus. Tristan scored the 6th with a wrist shot after providing 2 assists for Kyle 5 minutes prior. Walson hit a double between 300's barren spell.

During the half, 300 defender, Sachin, described as the Rambo of FFC and running into him is like running into a brick wall (as stated in his 2009 player review) was unintentionally bulldozed down by two girls from Trailblazers. (sorry, dude.) New as they may be, those Trailblazers pack a mean punch, in a good way.

Before half time, another goal went in to make it 10-0. 20 minutes to go.

Tristan wasted no time in getting 300's second half on the way. Having set up more goals than scoring in the first half, he scored his third of the game and 300's 11th.

300's forward line were having a ball and gave Trailblazers a tough time with wrist shot after wrist shot. While Kyle, Tristan and Walson dominate the scoring charts, defender Choon Hong (a.k.a Nick Toong) got on board as well. Marcus got on the bandwagon too with 5 goals in the second half.

There was a period mid-way through the half when the secretariats were given no rest time. Marcus hit the net at the 10th minute and added another 6 seconds later (the stats don't lie.) After a time out was called, Kyle scored two more in 20 seconds. Good job secretariats!

Reader, you're probably bored by now after all the stats so eventually, it ended 0-26.

With that, marks the end of 300's PFL Div. 2 campaign. Good job to the keepers and defenders for keeping a clean sheet.

And the final man of the match can of isotonic drink went to...
DARYL OOI.. who was often left unnoticed in the middle by Kyle and Tristan but ran like a Spartan and displayed qualities of a player any coach would want in their team.

To team Trailblazers, you fought till the very end. With that, we, 300, salute your courage. We've been there before so let this be a stepping stone in your floorball journey and most importantly, don't give up!

What's next? Prize giving!

Monday, April 12, 2010

300 G3: Speared

Branded one of the games to watch of this year's league, 300 met newcomers Spearhead on the 3rd of April.

Newcomers or not, never underestimate your opponents.

Both sides came out at full force in the first 10 minutes, so much so that it seemed end-to-end.

300 drew first blood when they took full advantage of a free hit. Taken by Sonia, Marcus shot, but just as it was about to fly wide, Kyle poked it in for his fourth of the campaign.

Not long after, Spearhead's captain, Daniel Boey took advantage of their own free hit and 300's unorganised defending. All square now.

300 had plenty of chances to reclaim the lead but were often playing out of position and rather clumsily, committing silly mistakes.

Spearhead took the lead before half time when Eric Wong was left unmarked in front of 300's goal and took advantage to slot in. 2-1 to Spearhead. A demoralising blow, the goal was (Yoda, much?) as 300 went downhill from there.

Fred was hit by a 2 minute penalty a minute later for incorrect distance. 300 had to hold on with 4 people for the remaining of the half and a couple minutes into the second.

And just as Fred's penalty ended, 300 were back with 5 players and ready to get back into the game, Nick Toong was given a penalty for a header. (really? didn't you think it was more ball to head?..anyway.) Down to four, 300 played mostly in their own half as the ball could barely travel pass the half way line before it was intercepted by one of the Spearheads(Spearheaders?).

But Spearheads's advantage lasted only so long as one of their players was given a penalty for obstruction (more penalties than goals at this point). So the ball was going back and forth again and 300 picked up the pace as time went on, desperately trying to get the ball in the back of the net but failed.

And all of a sudden, 300 found themselves down to 3 players when Sonia and Marcus were given penalties only seconds apart. 5 vs 3, Kuan Yang threw in Nick, Ray Gan and Tristan during the power play. Spearheads' numbers and size advantage proved too much to handle and they made it 3-1.

Seconds after the time-out, Daniel Boey scored again to make it 4-1 and the game virtually out of 300's sight. Nick served his second bench penalty for lying play in the final minute. It was like rubbing salt into wounds. However, 300 displayed a never-say-die-even though-300-were- kinda-like-dead attitude when Sachin provided for Walson for 300's consolation in the last seconds.

Final score: 2-4 to Spearhead.

Although 300 were outmuscled by much bigger opponents, they still played as a unit and rallied around eachother after all the bench penalties and silly mistakes.

Man of the Match Award went to unsung captain Ray Gan for keeping his cool and tireless defending (pictures please, Kuan Yang)

No once in a lifetime can of isotonic drink this time though as it wasn't anyone's birthday. Maybe one for Kuan Yang, for all those heart attacks 300 might have caused him at such a young age. :)

After the game, the Spartans and a few 300's took the court for the weekly training.

Next up: 300 vs Trailblazers