Saturday, March 8, 2008

Under 11 Football Tournament

ISAKL U11 Football Tournament (01.03.08)
It’s Raining Goals.
Written By Edmund Tan.

Morning greeted us with rain after days of scorching heat. I love the rain, but it was not welcomed today. Kickoff was in an hour.

We boarded the bus all excited. I distributed jerseys and asked if everyone had a good sleep. 8-9pm was the majority response. Good.

30 minutes later, we arrived at Alice Smith School. We setup under a tent and prepared ourselves. Simon Grimshaw, organizer of the event, briefed us on the rules and answered questions.

Our first match was against our hosts, Alice Smith 1. I gathered my 7 players in a circle and said, “We have prepared all we can in the last 2 weeks, there’s nothing more that we can do but to give our best effort”. “Don’t allow our opponents to score. Keep focused. Enjoy yourselves”

The first 5 minutes of the game, we managed to hold our opponents but we were not pressuring them on their half. A cross came in from a run down the flank. Goal! We were down 0-1. Another goal followed. The whistle rang. 0-2: Defeat.

I tried to calm my players down from their loss. “Let’s concentrate on the next game”. International School of Kuala Lumpur was our next match. 3 players were substituted and I hoped for a better result. The floodgates opened; we went down 0-3. Ring. I walked towards my players who were downcast and demoralized. I ordered them back to the tent and to forget about what just happened.

Brendan came up to me and said, “Coach, I want to be keeper”. He had requested weeks before not to play keeper. I guess he was frustrated and wanted to do something about it. I admired his initiative. “Put on the gloves and jersey” I answered.

Mont Kiara was up next. We gathered again on the field. I asked my players jokingly, “The first game, we lost 0-2, the second, 0-3; how about our third?” Brendan cheekily replied “0-4”. We all laughed. I said, “Let’s try to change the score this match. We conceded again: 0-2.

Our 4th match was with the Australian school. The boys came through with a narrow win. An inch perfect cross from Kevin Wenzel and a one touch volley from Marvin Rössger gave us our first win. The team was elated. We celebrated like champions of the tournament.

We were humbled 0-3 in our final group match by Garden International School. They were superior to us physically, technically and tactically. They played like a well-oiled machine. Timed runs, accurate passes and on target shots from outside the penalty box were our reckoning.

I went to the scoreboard to check our standings: 5th place out of 6 teams. We were to play our last match to determine our overall position out of 12 teams.

Mont Kiara 2 was our last opponents of the day. I gave the players a final incentive to do well: “Score or assist a goal and you get to keep the jersey”.
Guess what? We won the match 3-1. We came in 9th place out of 12 teams.
“It’s an improvement”, mentioned a father of one of our players. I said, “Yes, considering we came in 2nd last in our previous tournament”. I promised we would do better the next time.

Player of the team throughout the competition was Doguhan Fidan. He showed class, maturity and talent. The future looks bright for him. As for the rest, we still have work to do. We are looking forward to our next training session.

Our experience at the competition taught us 2 lessons:
1) We still have to improve in areas like tactics, communication & composure.
2) Tangible and immediate rewards are practical incentives for performance.

Here are some of the pictures from the tournament , ENJOY !=)
A picture of them getting all excited before the big tournament !

Coach Edmund preparing his tactics before the next game,while the players and parents wait for Edmund to choose the next line up.POSSER PIC LA !

Coach Edmund having a team talk before our match.Almost looks like their praying.Lol

Coach Edmund with the two subs.

A group picture after out first win in the tournament !:)

The boys celebrating their first victroy of the day.

A group picture after our last match , which we won 3-1 !

Last picture of the day,me with the only two boys who followed the bus back to the school.I had to put a picture of myself la its my blog ok! Lol

I have to put this because the writter insist I put his name at the top and bottom of the POST!

This post was written by EDMUND TAN.

Hope you enjoyed it!
I promise I'll try to update more often!;)

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Things I do for fun !!! = ) How many accents can you do ?

Kristy and Sarah I'm putting this up only cause u girls said I should . =)

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Some Interesting Funny Facts

Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

The world's youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910.

Our eyes remain the same size from birth onward, but our noses and ears never stop growing.

You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching TV.

A person will die from total lack of sleep sooner than from starvation. Death will occur about 10 days without sleep, while starvation takes a
few weeks.

Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.

The Mona Lisa has no eyebrows.

When the moon is directly overhead, you weigh slightly less.

"I am." is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.

Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different.

"Bookkeeper" is the only word in English language with three consecutive double letters.

The sentence "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter in the english language.

If the population of China walked past you in single line, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction

China has more English speakers than the United States.

Every human spent about half an hour as a single cell.

Each square inch of human skin consists of twenty feet of blood vessels.

Babies are born with 300 bones, but by adulthood we have only 206 in our bodies.

Beards are the fastest growing hairs on the human body. If the average man never trimmed his beard, it would grow to nearly 30 feet long in his lifetime.

The longest place name still in use is: Taumatawhakatangihangaoauauotameteaturi- pukakpikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu - a New Zealand hill.

If you leave Tokyo by plane at 7:00am, you will arrive in Honolulu at approximately 4:30pm the previous day.

Scientists in Australia's Parkes Observatory thought they had positive proof of alien life, when they began picking up radio-waves from space.
However, after investigation, the radio emissions were traced to a microwave in the building.

Strange-but-true The average four year-old child asks over four hundred questions a day.

The three wealthiest families in the world have more assets than the combined wealth of the fourty-eight poorest nations.

Its an update la . =)

Thursday, September 27, 2007

My two favourite singers in the whole wide world ! Aaron is in the first vid and Sean is in the second . ; )

My 21st surprise BIRTHDAY party pics ! =)

I Hit the big number 21 ! Well the day started with my family and I going to jogoya , it's a really nice buffet place in star hill ! A few of my friends
came along which was really nice to have them there with me . Ok lets cut to the night event ! haha. Ok I have never had a birthday party in my life ! Let alone a surprise party ! But when i reached home at 10.30pm i found myself in a very dark house . I didn't really care about the lightless house that i was going into because my friend Paul Gan was waiting outside for me to get his comb . Rushed downstairs to get it , but it was no where to be found la . So I went back upstairs to tell him it wasn't in my room and then all of a sudden the lights popped on with people shouting SURPRISE ! HAHA but to thier shock I was no where to be seen , because as soon as I heard them I rushed into the kitchen . Sorry for rushing off guys but I was just really shocked , happy and really shy ! Ok la enough story , time for pictures ! =)

My mom and dad ! The two people that have always been there for me ! love you guys!=)

My two wonderful and gorgeous sister's !!! don't yeah think ? hehe

Wanna know who the two people are ? next pic ! =)

The two people that love me so much ! It shows doesn't it ? thier my brothers btw . lol

HAHA.Aaron my wife ! telling me how much he loves me . awwww ;P

All the candles finally in the cake !

Cadles all blown out !

Cake cutting time ! I look hamsup in that pic man . lol

The three closest girl friends that i have . Which mean's i have other girl friends ok! It's just that i'm closer to these three . hehe =)

Josh chang pulling my hair from behind !

A normal group picture with all the guys

And finally everyone that made it happen for me that night !

Thank you all for making my 21st an unforgetable one ! LOVE YOU GUYS SO MUCH !=)