Regular indoor football, sport and other activity for working adults in Singapore

Sunday Mornings

Posted by rajiv on 10 August 2008

for original photo taken by Tom in August 2003]

Sunday morning football – first at Raffles Junior College at Mount Sinai, then at Bukit Timah campus – Ian, the only RJC original currently on the Contact List, will tell you it dates back to early 1989, but he did lay off for several years from about November 2003 onwards due to injury.

Raj has probably attended regularly for longer than anyone else, joining the Sunday morning sessions later in 1989 .

Collin (or Bert as we used to call him at RJC) started a few years later, in 1993. He became less regular towards the end at RJC, and stopped when we moved to Bukit Timah campus, rejoining us sometime last year.

Of those currently on the Contact List, I’ve been at this fourth longest, starting in late 1995, a few months before Yu Teik and Tom.

By the 1990s, playing at RJC was becoming increasingly untenable, but Ian’s attachment to the location was strong, and we continued there for a few more years, with the odd game at other locations.

It was only in 2003 or 2004 that we finally made the break from RJC (probably because Ian was out injured and couldn’t insist on playing at RJC!).

It was around this time that Dennis took over organizing the Sunday morning sessions, mainly at the Bukit Timah campus, and occasionally at St Wilfred’s, when George got a slot through their balloting system.

It was only just over a year ago that we moved to Monday nights.

I took over organizing the sessions in November 2007 as Dennis was scheduled to be posted to Hong Kong in February 2008. The blog was created in December 2007, and grown since then. Although there is a “From The Archive” section on this blog, the material there largely dates back to 2005 only.

If anyone would like to reminisce about the sessions before December 2007, please feel free to do so below instead of the more generic “Discussion” page.

The games at RJC were usually played on the basketball court, with the high, narrow basketball posts for goals. A favourite tactic at throw-ins was to launch the ball high into the area in front of the posts, and for a team-mate to get his head onto the ball, sending it high between the posts, out of reach of the goalkeeper.

When Kannan first introduced me to these sessions, two stories that were often told were Yeow Khoon’s “wonder” goal, and Shih Yong’s commando-type climb over the high fence at the bottom of the slope behind the basketball court to retrieve the ball when it went over. I knew neither of them at the time, but coincidentally, both were subsequently colleagues of mine at Shook Lin & Bok at different times. Shih Yong also returned a few times to play at RJC, so I witnessed his commando climb for myself!

Of those who were regulars at RJC, Kannan, Tom and Dennis were probably the loudest, and all three are Manchester United fans. Coincidence?

For those who have joined us recently, all this won’t mean much, but if you’re regular going forward, in 10 years time, you’ll have much to look back on. In any event, as we push 50, it’ll get easier to reminisce than to play!

4 Responses to “Sunday Mornings”

  1. […] above also inspired the “Sunday Mornings” post on 10 August […]

  2. […] at the venue before teams could be formed.  Although latecoming used to be commonplace, games on Sunday mornings were leisurely, so the 10 minutes or so spent choosing sides was not an […]

  3. rajiv said

    St. Wilfred’s has an 11-a-side pitch, and two smaller pitches, which I think are about the size of those at FICO or slightly bigger. The smaller pitches at St. Wilfred’s are suitable for 6 or 7-a-side games.

    With the balloting system for booking pitches at St. Wilfred’s, I find it’s not suitable for scheduling regular sessions. The small pitch at Turf City is suitable for 5 or 6-a-side games, while the big pitch at Turf City is more convenient for 7 or 8-a-side games.

  4. […] Dennis was visiting from Hong Kong, so Yu Teik organized a 5-a-side game on a covered pitch at Turf City on Wednesday, 26 September 2012, from 9 to 10 pm. […]

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