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Match Day in Malang Part 2

rain 27 °C

..I was informed at last Monday's training that the U21 team (Porlis/Prolis) had a game the next day...that is the way it is here..you get a phone call from League Officials and told when you play with little notice....the game was scheduled for 1 pm despite all the players are in school til 2:30!.......as per normal I was to be picked up at noon despite the field being 30-40 minutes away...so predicatably at 12:15 we headed out..not long into our trek suddenly one of players scooters pulled over into a parking area and we followed...the driver of the scooter I was on asked me if I wanted to put on his nylon rain cover...being that it was as usual 30 degrees or hotter and only a bit cloudy out I declined..all the other players put on raincoats or hats if they did not have a m/c helmet on...I thought that was a bit odd..about 3 minutes later it was torrential rainfall..something I have never witnessed...roads were quickly literally turned into rivers..i was beyond drenched..due to heavy traffic you CANNOT pull over ..if you slow down you get honked at loudly and often and risk being rearended...cars going the opposite direction just continually sprayed us all over..my driver(fellow coach) was quite skilled but even he seemed abit worried..we went thru a drop in the road that had partially been washed away!!..we did not fall over but managed to hang on...I could see nothing as my m/c helmet had rain streaming down it and was fogged up in the inside...it was really chaotic...there was one m/c down that was struck by a vehicle..the ricefields we passed were now lakes..going down hills was a real test of my driver's skill..you really have to be aware here as a friend of ours was recently hit while on her m/c and suffered burns to her legs which were beyond belief...and there are no stop signs at intersections!.anyways we made it to the "pitch" or should I say "pool"..yes the same one that has the ditch and is surrounded on 2 sides by jungle..as you can see in the photos the field was completely under water and non-playable....or was it?..the ref said "we do not cancel games in Indonesia"..I thought there is no chance of this game being played..the field would be closed for 2 weeks in Canada like this and goalposts locked together if they were portable..the field had cigarette packages and butts floating on it..the referee and assistants were using 2x4's trying to push water into the ditch..however it was still raining so I thought was is the point?..another guy was throwing lime onto the water soaked field trying to mark out 6 and 18 yard lines..cones were put down for sidelines...normal 3' corner flags were erected..actually now they are down to 2' ones..I think the bottom wears away everytime they hammer them into the ground..unlike home when it rains, the water obviously dissipates faster due to the temperature...so FIFA handshakes and on with the match...what a game..we played or should say battled superbly..adapted to the conditions well..beat 4th place team 5 nil to remain in first place..they have really figured out my system of play now (ha!)..Michael Jackson his normal 2 quality goals..the ball constantly stopped in puddles but somehow the quality of the game was high despite the conditions...no post game meal this time or green bananas..however of course the parking police were out in full force...and the bule(white guy) paid more than double yet again....ride back home was much less treacherous due to rain having finally stopped..went to A&W for floats and fried chicken..disappointed the menu did not include teen burgers or whistle dogs!...I won't tell you the price here other than it was a "tad" less than home...all good fun..players are so appreciative and great to be around....

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on another not, our captain Yanto was just selected to play for a select team that will play in the Vatican cup in Rome, Italy in December against 4 Seria A pro teams youth squads and 4 other countries select teams.what an experience...he will captain this side where the bulk of the players are from the Produta pro team's u18 squad...Produta play in the Indonesian Super league here and I had the priviledge of running a training session for them plus doing team assessments...Yanto is hoping to come to Victoria in the spring to play for Vic Highlanders..he just left for Jakarta for 3 weeks of preparation before Italy..right in the middle of the school year!..not so sure that would happen back home...

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Posted by wildwoods 03:10 Archived in Indonesia

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What a great read Frank! Enjoyed it. Thank you.

by Jamie Miller

Frank, this reminds me of playing in Surrey. The get quite a bit of rain there during the Fall/Winter. I can remember the ball floating on the water. Of course it was only private school boys and the pitches were only school fields. It didn't phase the boys I was coaching. I can imagine that the ref was ready to pull his hair out at times.

Thanks for a great update on your activity!

by Bruce Dayman

Scottish summer game Frank, I didn't know people didn't play on surfaces like that till I left.

by Kenneth Mairs

Played Gordonhead once on a flooded lambrick field. Don't know why they played the game, but I remember there star player, I think his name was Kieth Smith,would stand in the middle of a 3 inch deep pond, because no one would go in there to mark him.

by paul vander kuyl

Brilliant report Frank! Similar experience on a "field of dreams" at a working farm near Cape Town. The level of play was not so high, and the water was sewage! System turned into a 3-4-3 elliptical with a heavy left flank and completely exposed on the right ... which only the Africans would dare run through.

Looking forward to connecting soon - and to meet Yanto!

by Kevin Thiessen

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