Our Match against EXL-OPI, Goal’12 – Apr.28, 2012.
Saturday, Apr.28, 2012
This is a Saturday, the first ever time we had a match on Saturday. We always had our matches on Sunday for this tournament Goal’12. It had been raining intermittently for the last two days. On Saturday morning, we were on the CUSAT ground by 7:15 am for our fixture against EXL-OPI. The ground was clogged with water due to the heavy rains the night before. It was slushy and made a giant puddle on the ground. We had no inkling how the teams could play on this ground. I have seen Rugby being played on such grounds at Bombay, and it is fun playing Rugby because we only have to push, stop and run. Football being played in the rain is another turn-on; but this was not either of those. The only thing I could say is that it was impossible to play football on this ground. It was then decided by the organizers to have a penalty shootout and decide the winners of the days play. This was met with strong opposition from the teams since a win in a penalty shootout is all a matter of luck, skill and the mood of the day for the players. This was a fatal combination and nobody wanted to take any chances.