Tuesday, August 17, 2010


Rip van Winkle and the SLeague

The last SLeague game was between Woodlands Wellington and Sengkang Punggol on 8 August. The next one will be on 30 Aug when Woodlands will host Home United. In between there is a three week hiatus as Singaporean folk are in raptures over watching schoolkids run around in circles or see what the latest speedos are like.

What are the players and coaches doing during this interlude? Well, the lucky ones have already been to Thailand and are now in Serbia visiting family and friends and playing the odd game. Others are busy negotiating new contracts with new teams.

And the rest? Well, the rest are training a little bit, resting a lot and doing a whole lot of nothing the rest of the time.

How do you keep players motivated during this time. The danger with footballers round the world is that they have too much free time and too much money. And verily it is written that when two or three players are gathered together they will soon convince themselves that the grass is greener elsewhere.

Can we look forward to the same again next year when Singapore gets to host the massively important, the massively interesting Wimmin's World Netball Championships? Can we look forward to another frustrating period of inactivity for the sake of a nonsense competition with zero appeal to anyone with an IQ in double figures?

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