Jakarta In­ter­na­tional Foot­ball League

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The sea­son is pro­gress­ing well and teams are more-or-less stick­ing to the pro­gram – which, when you con­sider the ob­sta­cles teams face, rang­ing from lack of pitch avail­abil­ity (and many of those fields ap­pear to have had graz­ing cat­tle who left about 20 min­utes be­fore), In­done­sian own­ers de­cid­ing they need the field (even though you paid for it), plus the usual travel com­mit­ments of team play­ers and of course, macet – is a great out­come.

Off the field, a high­light was the JIFL Party. Held on Septem­ber 29 at new JIFL spon­sor McGet­ti­gan’s – (www.mcget­ti­gans.com/jakarta) – the night was a great turnout and a big suc­cess ( but note for next year – bring back beer pong and foos­ball) – we had no prob­lem get­ting through the beer and the food.

Prizes for the 2017/18 sea­son were awarded – namely JIFL Cham­pi­ons, Cameroon, JIFL Cup Win­ners Az­zurri, Fair Play Team, Ja­pan and Player of the Sea­son Al­bertino Castel­lani of Az­zurri ( who has been mys­te­ri­ously air­brushed from this year’s Az­zurri team photo - Roberto we should be told??)

On the field, fol­low­ing games on Oc­to­ber 13, the su­per fit, su­per or­gan­ised and su­per-size squad of Ja­pan are lead­ing the ta­ble. They re­main on a 100 per­cent win record and look like the team to beat. And, as last sea­son’s Fair Play Award win­ners, it shows that nice guys can come first! Global Ex­pat and early lead­ers Bugils are chas­ing be­hind in the next two places.

As al­ways the best game so far is al­ways a mat­ter of opin­ion – and de­pends if we win it or not – but re­ally close games be­tween Bugils vs. Lions and Ja­pan vs. Mollys are con­tenders. There have been some fan­tas­tic in­di­vid­ual per­for­mances but the only one cap­tured on video is JIS’s Lau­rie John­ston’s 25-yard goal blaster vs. Cameroon. Need­less to say, this has gone vi­ral and Lau­rie is now avail­able for pro­mo­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties and af­ter-din­ner speak­ing, at which he can talk you through every thrilling twist and turn.

The JIFL web­site www.ji­fleague.com is a fund of sta­tis­tics – both use­ful and du­bi­ous.

And for those in­ter­ested – as of Oc­to­ber 12 the main stats are: lead­ing the top scor­ers (a list which will al­ways sadly, ex­clude so many of us) – Chris­tian, Ro­drigo and Jorge on nine goals each, three Man of the Match for Itto Ter­amoto of Ja­pan and Ge­org Win­ters of Global on 13 as­sists! Some of us have not com­pleted 13 passes!

Next month we shall high­light the “ref­eree’s story” and one team from the JIFL – if you want your team to be fea­tured in such a pres­ti­gious ar­ti­cle , the com­mit­tee can be in­flu­enced in the bar at EP most Fri­days

Fi­nally, JIFL is proud to an­nounce a new spon­sor for the JIFL Cup. Lo­gis­tics com­pany, Geodis (www.geodis.com) have signed a two-year deal and we look for­ward to work­ing with them.

On be­half the com­mit­tee we want to thank our spon­sors McGet­ti­gans and Geodis and all the Friends of JIFL who all help make the league pos­si­ble.

If you want to join a JIFL team you can start by con­tact­ing any of the JIFL Com­mit­tee at www.ji­fleague.com, our Face­book page or di­rectly to Phil on 0815 1302 5166, Roberto on 0858 8182 0828 or Lau­rent on 0811 1975 662.

See you on the pitch!

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