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What do you know. While I’m banned from the pitch and thought that the idea of this blog was bedridden as well, Krish just happened to mail me the comments about Episode 6. One man blog you said? Save Football is back on track.

15/08/09: 7am and only 4 players on the pitch. · The absence of many of the Rotaractors confirmed the rumours of a late night of partying. · 4 more Rotaract showed up defying all accepted notions that a nightlong comsumption of alcohol and early waking up are incompatible. · 4 vs 4 match started · Out of the blue the AWOL members of the core 8 appeared with some friends. · The first “proper” match since the beginning of our fight started: a good old 8-a-side! · The match ended 5-3 but mostly due to the fact that the losing team`s goal keeper “Singh is King” Pam did not have any shoes and the striker “Himesh” Ashish forgot his glasses. · To be noted that even though the “cagenappers” were present, they did not dare to strike.

Save Football, I’ve been screaming. Week 5, the author of this blog had an 8-a-side tournament – office sports days. Even though the team made it to the semi-finals, we were eliminated because of the silly 8-a-side rule that says corners = 1 point each. Nonetheless, final 5 minutes of the match that would determine the bronze medalists, I scored a nice sleek goal. 30 seconds or so later, my knee gave way and I was sent crashing to the ground.

1st diagnosis: knee sprain. 2 hours later, X-ray didn’t show any fracture. However, on the second day, faced with a massive swelling, I rushed to an Orthopedist. 2nd diagnosis: Hemarthrosis (internal bleeding in the knee joint). I’m out for at least 2 months. But worse still, I’ll be spending that time hoping, praying that I can run again…

Till then, Save Football is officially on hold.

Edit July 2011: As it turns out, I completely ruptured my ACL during that injury. Took my doctor one year to diagnose the problem and another year before I was lucky enough to have it grafted. 10 months of rehab later, I have been given the green light to tread on a football pitch again. Game on!

02/08/09: Six members of the “Core 8” being officially AWOL, only two players confirmed they would be coming today. We said it before and we say it again: we are not of those who give up easily. However, help came from an unlikely source: Rotaract members. They were 5 to join us today, 4 new-comers, and we managed to field a 4-a-side.

The match ended 9-7, the “Cagenappers” didn’t strike and we managed to make a few videos of the morning football match. Sheer bliss! Please check the video below. Be wary though that the quality of the images does not convey an iota of the real feeling of playing a football match on the MGI football ground on Sunday mornings. Still, we hope you’ll enjoy it.

26/07/09: “Core 8” you said? At 07 15, only three of us were present! One did notify, past midnight, that he would not be coming. Hopefully, one of those present had two newly recruited players who were already on their way from Rose-Hill. Now, what can you possibly do with 5 players on a football field? Put one as goalie, field a 2 v/s 2 match. The person who scores takes the goalie’s place who, in turn, replaces the person in the two-man team… harsh times call for harsh measures!

A couple of goals down this run-out formula later, we noticed a few fringe players who didn’t get to play among the “Skilled Ones” on the main football field. We called them up for a match. A 6-a-side was set up, and we were soon running rampage: we were leading the “Skilled Ones” fringe players by 5-0 after 30 mins. However, just after they pulled one back “pour l’honneur”, the strangest event you’ll ever see on a football field occurred.

We had just scored our 6th goal, turning around as we waited for the opposite team to kick-off again, when a third team appeared out of nowhere… and lifted the cages and took them away! As we stood there in disbelief, we realised it was a third team who usually arrive a bit later on Sunday morning, who claim that the football cages are “theirs”. Apparently one of them “made those for the Mahatma Gandhi Institute”, giving them rights over the cages.

Our match ended that very moment, as the “Skilled Ones” fringe players walked away. The “Cagenappers” just struck.

Next episode: Rotaract to the rescue!

19/07/09: The “Hare Rama Hare Krishna” lads are still not picking up their phones. We start to look around other unexploited pools of players: facebook. We sent out invitations on our status, but on such short notice, no one responded positively. However, promising as it sounded, three players confirmed that they would be coming the following week. On Saturday evening though, three players out of the “Core 8” informed that they had other obligations the following day. We would be down to 5 players only. The ruling was harsh but inevitable: no football that week. Cancellation sms messages were sent to each other.

Next episode: “Attack of the ‘Cagenappers'”

12/07/09: We are back on track. Calls were made, sms messages were sent, new players were enlisted: we tried to rally the troops. The “Hare Rama Hare Krishna” lads were contacted and they expressed their interest to get things moving again. However, by Friday, they did not respond to our calls to confirm.

Rendez-vous point was outside the Mahatma Gandhi Institute premises at 06 30 on Sunday morning. At 07 15 however, only three of us were present. Finally, 4 others showed up and we were told another one was already on the field.

We ended up with a 4 v/s 4 run-out, along the width of the secondary football ground. Our bags were used as cages, no goalie, each total of three corners earned a penalty that was shot from the halfway line. The match ended 8-7.

A promising start, we thought. Even though we wished the “Hare Rama Hare Krishna” lads had shown up, we were reassured that the core of the team – 8 players – was still faithful. The “Core 8” were born.

Next episode: “Failure”


As it happened

June 2020

Potential Players Count

  • 671 visits from potential players