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Entries for May 2008

The A Division netball season concluded with Raffles Junior College successfully retaining their title, but only just. With the tightest of margins, right down to the wire, it was a match that would enthrall fans across all sports alike. RJC defeated favourites Anglo-Chinese Junior College 51-50, having trailed all the way, and only scoring the decisive winner in the dying seconds of the match. It was an amazing display of team attitude on both sides, as well as individual flair that caught the eyes of many in the Toa Payoh Sports Hall.

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Posted in: Netball, Scoops
Victoria Junior College defeated Saint Andrew's Junior College 6-5 on penalties after a 1-1 stalemate, to take home the A Division title. In the girls' football championships.
Yes, 2008 marks the first official year that football played by the ladies is inducted into the schools sports calendar. And that in itself is already good reason for celebration. Supporters have over the years pushed for more exposure and assistance into the sport, and this occasion surely is a sign of things to come.
You'll be convinced. Standard of girls' football can be and is high, proven during the A Division season. Notwithstanding the fact that many of them only started playing the game when they are 16 or 17.
Make some time, and take a look at some of them playing. Their passion and talent will entice your support. And only with the right support, can a sport grow. Or even better, let your daughter try football!

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Posted in: Football, Scoops
An 11-member panel, chaired by Singapore National Olympic Council President and Minister for Defence Teo Chee Hean, selected the winners.

Sportsman of the Year: Gao Ning (Table Tennis)

The first-ever male paddler to win this award, Gao reminds Singaporeans that local table tennis is not a women sport. The China-born player only received his Singapore citizenship in 2006, but blitzed the Pro Tour circuit the following year by winning the Indian Open, then the Asian Cup and the Commonwealth Championships, plus a silver at the Brazilian Open. He ended off 2007 as a SEA Games triple-gold medallist. The doubles pairing with Yang Zi has been nothing short of sensational, reaching more than 11 finals in a little over a year. Just last month, Gao climbed to the highest a Singaporean male paddler has ever in the world rankings by achieving No. 9. For the award, he edged out Bryan Tay (swimming), Lee Wung Yew (shooting) and Muhd Razif Moklas (silat).

Sportswoman of the Year: Tao Li (Swimming)

The second straight award for the 18-year-old comes off her SEA Games’ four golds and more notably her 7th placing at 2007’s FINA World Championships in the 50-metre butterfly, the first final a Singaporean woman has reached at such an event, and only the third Singaporean after Ang Peng Siong and David Lim to do so. She was also 9th in the 100-metre fly. Her accolade comes after a close fight with table tennis star Wang Yuegu.

Coach of the Year: Radojko Avramovic (Football)

He has transformed a team struggling to get past the SEA Games’ group stages and reminiscing about the past glories of 1998’s Tiger Cup and prior to that the Malaysia Cup, into a disciplined and skilful outfit, while finally tapping the talents of the youngsters in the squad. The man came in after the disastrous Jan Poulsen with a big reputation, with having led the Kuwait Olympic team to the final rounds in Sydney 2000 the highlight. Since taking over in 2003, the Serb has won back-to-back ASEAN championships (formerly known as Tiger Cup), helped nurture the Young Lions to finally win a medal at the SEA Games after 12 years, and for the first time in Singapore’s footballing history reached the third round of the World Cup Qualifiers. Affectionately known locally as Raddy, he is the first football coach to win this award since Jita Singh did in 1981. It was a tough decision between him and table tennis coach Liu Guodong.

Team of the Year (team sports): Men’s football team

No longer just the favourite spectator sport of Singaporeans and choice of game for kids, the national team has delivered. In 2007 the Lions defended their ASEAN championship to throw the nation into wild celebrations, then progressed almost “like a miracle” into the third round of the World Cup Qualifiers. They showed their class and grit against giants like China, Japan, Iraq, UAE and India. A significant number of this team also featured in the bronze-winning tournament at the SEA Games, reiterating the youthful direction the senior team is taking.

Team of the Year (events): Women’s table tennis team

Comprising of Li Jiawei, Wang, Sun Bei Bei, Tan Paey Fern and Yu Mengyu, this successful team has been on a meteoric rise and is well feared on the international circuit today. They are ranked second in the women’s team category now, and it gives Singapore’s Olympic hopes a good boost. As a sequel to a good 2007, the team recently also finished second behind China at the World Team Table Tennis Championships. With the addition of young star and world-ranked 9, Feng Tianwei, this group is on course for more glories.

Sportsboy of the Year: Jonathan Koh (Shooting)

Sportsgirl of the Year: Jazreel Tan (Bowling)

Junior Team of the Year (events): Justin Liu and Sherman Cheng (Sailing - men’s 420)

The actual awards ceremony is on 24 June at the Marina Mandarin Hotel.

There were no Junior Team of the Year (team sports) winners.

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Coach Raddy Avramovic has named his squad for June's crucial World Cup Qualifiers, which will make or break Singapore's bid to reach the final round of the World Cup Asian Zone qualifying and call ourselves one of the ten best in Asia. The selection sprung up three new names: left-back Shaiful Esah, 17-year-old raw gem Afiq Yunos, and most notably, the China-born new Singapore citizen Qiu Li, who plies his trade up front for Tampines Rovers. His addition will give Avramovic even more options in an already competent strike force.
The Lions will play all their remaining group games this June, against Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, and twice against Uzbekistan. Before that is a home friendly against Bahrain on 28 May.

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Posted in: Football, Scoops
Back when Teo Ser Luck first joined a triathlon, there were only around 80 participants, according to him. Today, there are thousands signing up for the OSIM Singapore International Triathlon (OSIT).

One of the key reasons why this endurance sport, supposedly gruelling and for the superfit, has become so popular is TAS' heavy promotion of the sport and debunking the myth that it is an impossible feat, through a series of Tri Clubs. Then, it was the First Tri Club, followed by the Kids Tri Club. This time, before 2008's OSIT, a Family Tri Club has been launched, to try to capture participants in their family units.

Senior Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Community Development, Youth & Sports Teo Ser Luck was the Guest-of-Honour at the launch, and together with the face of OSIT 2008 Jessica Tan, last year's Miss Singapore Universe, they talked about why a triathlon is something that can be done by the common man, with adequate training and preparation.

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Futsal leagues, a novelty match featuring prominent personalities, and a futsal clinic conducted by national players. In a carnival atmosphere.
It all happened at the Microsoft Realising Potential Charity Futsal Carnival, which raised a total of S$476,800 for its beneficiaries. The event aimed to help people with disabilities acquire IT skills so as to help them reintegrate into society. His Excellency, President S R Nathan graced the carnival as the Guest-of-Honour.

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For the countless time in the rugby story, the AC and SA families locked horns, this time in the A Division final. SAJC looked to make it two championships in three years; ACS(I) to prove its status as a powerhouse in the A Division category.
Unlike the dominance of ACS(I) in the earlier stages, the SA team had come a long way. This could be what people overly title "a fairytale ending".
The mood in the two camps at the Padang final were distinctly contrasting. Just based on that I knew we were in for a treat. Whoever wins this, there will be something to talk about.

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Posted in: Rugby, Scoops
FEMALE executives in Singapore may be feeling the tumultuous pressure from work.

But surely, that's no reason to bid the gym goodbye - even if it's for a short period.
Instead, take a cue from Margaret Siew, 43, the high-flying marketing director of Watsons in South East Asia. She's a mother of three and still finds the time to clock 10 kilometre-runs on a daily basis.
"I see running as a personal activity that helps me think every morning," Siew told
"When I'm running, I also brainstorm on new marketing strategies and think about my family."
And get this - Siew has been an active runner for the past seven years, shortly after the birth of her third son, now 8.

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Posted in: Running, Scoops
What was to be a routine press conference became a lighthearted affair that had everyone in attendance laughing over an intense debate over the distance our swimming legend Ang Peng Siong should do in the Novelty Challenge of this Saturday's Manulife Charity Swim.

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Posted in: Swimming, Scoops
The ITTF Pro Tour's TMS Singapore Open returns this June 4-8, but this time, as the last leg before the Olympics, it will definitely see some of the world's best strutting their stuff at the Toa Payoh Sports Hall. The world's Top 10-ranked players for both male and female categories have already confirmed their attendance. Team Singapore will also be sending in a large contingent, including Top 10 players like Li Jiawei, Wang Yuegu and Feng Tianwei.
The Under-21 contest will also have spots for the highest placing Singaporeans to emerge from this month's Lianhe Zaobao Cup, a first-time concept.

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