We were supposed to play our final two matches on Saturday. But the night before the matches, I received two news that affected me. One was that a team (Torrent) pulled out so we were to play with TP 2. The second news was that we were short of one man–Joycelyn met with a motorbike accident and was unable to play.
I would have thought that my team would be pretty demoralized on the day itself. Perhaps it was because of Joycelyn’s injury. Perhaps it was because she still came down and gave us her full support. Or perhaps it was the final match.
We played… well, rather well
On my personal side, I was actually a bit depressed and down due to several factors. Not to mention I was let down once again. I really should not have hoped too much but I guess one can never really stop hoping, eh?
I guess a surprise visit from an old friend cheered me up. After all, semi-professional photographs of my team would be a bonus
Chasing for the second ball…
… and I got it! Acrobat wins the Vamp!
Just so you know, Acrobat boats (in which my team were using) are very heavy compared to Vampire boats (in which our opponents were using). So, technically, we tend to lose out on speed.
Though we lost the match, we actually managed to score a goal! Our first goal in a national competition! Thanks to our Happy Apple Joan!
It was actually quite an odd match. For one, I played the full 10-minutes half for both halves without subbing at all. And for another, I did not feel exhausted even though the halves were three minutes longer than the matches last week. And the final thing was that somehow, I managed to play the keeper’s role for a few times
Anyway, after our debriefing with Kang Jun, we took team photos!
Lilin, Jolene, Kang Jun, Me, Lizhen
Geok Cheng, Joycelyn
For the rest of the afternoon, we watched the remaining matches, sun tanned, talked, slacked and stoned. I played around with this nifty camera and quite like this picture I took of Michael:
Siao Jia dropped by around noon to watch Kenneth play. I was so glad to meet her after so many years! Now that I think back, we’ve been friends for half a decade already
Man, she looks so elegant, demure and lady-like, I feel like crap right beside her. (Do note that I have yet to bathe when this picture was taken.) Now that I look at the photograph again, it’s like I’m taking a photo with a pretty model
After dinner, Lilin and Desmond left. Jolene, Joan and I went shopping while Joycelyn, Teresa and Geok Cheng went to Ben & Jerry’s to slack (where Fahmi joined them later). After our shopping spree, we joined them and we had fun talking about the matches, laughing out loud half the time, indulging on lovely B&J ice cream and waffles and being contented with the company of such great people.
I love my team! ♥
I was bitterly disappointed.
But I still had to smile and pretend that it’s okay.
And it really is. Because I understood.