Posted by rajiv on 10 August 2008
[Click for original photo taken by Tom in August 2003]
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.
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!