Thanks to all who turned up last night, another close game. It seems that everyone is enjoying playing on the new surface, it’s certainly kinder on the old joints. A big thanks to Mike Burnett for refereeing.
Just a few points for you guys to ponder over; the version of the game we play is all about continuing to play the game at an easier pace, let’s be honest, not many of us could last 90 minutes at the pace we play walking football, let alone 90 minutes of a full game. We don’t play at a leisurely pace, we all want to win, and that’s not a bad thing. None of us will ever lose that competitive streak that we have, nor should we. However, we really need to think before tackling, we’re all at the age where the slightest knock take ages to get over, gone are the days when you grimaced and ran (or walked) it off.
Ideally, the game should be a very minimal contact game, no tackles from behind, no sliding tackles and hold back on the shoulder charges. There is a also a good reason for the ‘no heading the ball’ rule/law, it’s there to stop potential head injuries, to stop potential knocks, and it also promotes keeping the ball on the deck.
It’s also worthwhile remembering that we’re not all as quick as we were. So, it stands to reason that there will be some mistimed tackles. Just have a think before steaming in.
Back to the ‘pace‘ thing. Running is creeping back in to the game. Next week will see the start of the blue cards.
If you run, a direct free kick will be awarded against you and you will receive a warning. If you are caught running again, there will be a direct free kick awarded against you and you will receive a blue card and spend two minutes in the sin bin.
Remember – The referee’s decision is final. Just accept the decision and move on.