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Entries for November 2011

Singapore Highlights at the 26th SEA Games

Team Singapore garnered a total of 42 gold, 45 silver and 73 bronze medals at the 26th SEA Games Indonesia 2011. While there is more work ahead of us, let us take a short trip to relive some of the best moments we had at the games.

LeFranc's beautiful goal ends Etoile season on a high note

An acrobatic overhead kick goal by Etoile’s Kevin LeFranc did not only give the ‘Stars’ a win against Courts Young Lions but also brought the curtains down on the 2011 Singapore League (S.League) on Monday evening at the Queenstown Stadium.With the 2011 S.League title clinched by Tampines Rovers a few days ago, the reigning S.League champions, Etoile were playing for a win to end their campaign on a high note with a top five finish in the league.However, the Singaporean ‘Cubs’ who were hungry for victory after their dry spell in the 26th Southeast Asian Games, were determined to claim all three points and restore pride.

Stags leap over Protectors to the top

Tampines Rovers Football Club (FC) has stretched the Singapore League (S.League) title race to the last day with a 1-0 victory over arch rival Home United at the packed Tampines Stadium last night.

Traditional S.League powerhouse Tampines has been starved of silverware since 2006. However, an Ahmad Latiff missile after 62 minutes did not only defeated the Protectors, but also revived the Stags’ title ambitions.

Team UAE reign champion while Singapore finishes 6th at F1H20 Nations Cup 2011

Team United Arab Emirates (UAE) proved to be the strongest contending in the F1H20 Nations Cup 2011 winning both the Match race on Saturday as well as the Grand Prix on Sunday, 19 November 2011.


UAE pilot Ahmed Al Hameli, who was the fastest qualifier as well as the winner of the Match Race yesterday, claimed the championship’s title in the F1H2O Nations Cup Grand Prix held this afternoon in Marina Bay. 


About his stellar performance, Al Hameli (UAE) who has been racing F1 powerboats for five years said, “I won both the title and the world championship so I am very happy. The rain was not much of a problem, although, the course was small with only 20 boats in the water and the water was rather rough. I was lucky to finish in first position.”


Home United breaks silverware drought with RHB Singapore Cup victory

Home United Football Club (FC) put an end to their silverware drought on Saturday night after beating Albirex Giigata (Singapore) 1 - 0 in extra time to clinch the RHB Singapore Cup title.The match kicked off with both teams gunning for the win but it was the Japanese outfit who were dominant in the first half, controlling much of the ball. Albirex’s Tatsuro Inui marshalled the offence and pulled the strings in midfield, setting up his team mates into space. The Japanese playmaker caused Home United a headache with his dazzling runs and superb free kicks, which were just inches away from goal. .

Singaporean Power Boat pilots are geared up for the F1H2O Nations Cup 2011

“I would like to fly our (Singapore) flag high and finish the race safely,” said powerboat pilots, Laurence Wong and Larry Chua individually. They will lead Singapore’s charge for honours at the inaugural F1H2O Nations Cup 2011 held at the Marina Bay Floating Platform over this weekend.This prestigious event has attracted a total of 24 drivers from over ten countries around the world.The Singaporean duo will face neighbouring Southeast Asian teams from Malaysia and Brunei, in addition to line-ups from South Africa, Qatar, Hungary, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Finland.

Singapore’s plan to attack and entertain crowd, backfires miserably

Singapore took on China in the FIFA 2014 Brazil Asian World Cup Qualifier at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Tuesday night.With four successive defeats and zero points in Group A, Singapore cannot progress on to the next round but were playing for pride instead.Having narrowly lost the earlier encounter in Kunming, Singapore were confident of their chances against China this time round.However, Singapore was put to the sword by an excellent Chinese outfit which cruised to a 4-0 victory. The Lions’ plan to go all out for a win on home turf backfired miserably, leaving them to lick their wounds after the painful defeat.

Fernandez-Castano clinches the Barclays Singapore Open title

Spain’s Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano was the eventual winner of the Barclays Singapore Open, which was shorted to 54 holes due to the rainy weather.Gonzalo and Pagunsan from the Philippines tied on 14 under par after the third and final round on Sunday. The game continued into the play-offs and Gonzalo sank a birdie putt on the second play-off to seal the competition at the Sentosa Golf Club.The play-off resumed on Monday and both players managed to reach the green in two shots, leaving them each a birdie opportunity, to continue the play-off.

Singapore Fencers Put Up Valiant Fight to Kick Off SEA Games Campaign

Singapore fencers could not produce their best form in Day One of the Fencing event of the SEA Games. Men’s Epee national number 1 Lim Wei Wen qualified for the quarterfinals but bowed out to Malaysia’s Koh I-Jie in a tense contest. Weiwen was unable to overcome his slow start and found himself in trailing positions throughout the match. He narrowed the Malaysian’s gap to 8-9 midway though the bout, but could not stage a comeback, finally losing 15-11. In the Women’s Sabre individual event, Nona Lim faced eventual gold medal winner Nguyen Le Thi Dung in the quarterfinals in a repeat of the 2007 SEA Games gold medal match. Nona lead in the early stages of the contest but could not capitalise on the advantage and eventually lost 15-12. In earlier matches, Men’s Epee Samson Lee exited the competition with no wins out of 5 preliminary bouts. Sharing similar fortunes was Women’s Sabre fencer Ann Lee, who won only 1 out of 5 preliminary matches to exit the competition prematurely.

High Speed Powerboat Action returns to Singapore in November

From 19-20 November, the inaugural F1H20 Nations Cup will make its debut in Singapore. It will be a powerboat competition between NATIONS where there are no gears, no breaks and top speeds of up to 250 km/h across shifting waters and waves.

The high intensity race will be held over a span of three two against the breathtaking landscape of Marina Bay. The first day will see drivers race one-on-one against each other until there are only two drivers left in the final in the match-racing event. The second day sees the boats competing against the whole field in a group race.

One of the most competitive aspects of the sport, the boat Draw, takes place before the race. To ensure that there is pure equality between the teams, each team picks their boat numbers out of a hat. This is done to make sure that no team makes major changes to the boat, and to show that the best driver will win.

Ms Zalinah Jantan, Managing Director of Maxit International, the organizer of F1H2O Nations Cup Singapore 2011 said, “We are delighted to bring the F1H2O Nations Cup to Singapore this year for the inaugural round. Singaporeans have a growing love of all things motorsport and this is something very different from what they would have experienced before.  We are sure this will be an exciting competition and will leave all those watching on the edge of their seats.”

Grand Debut

For the men’s water polo team, it may be Been There, Done That. For their female counterparts, however, it was a whole new experience when they joined other Singapore athletes at the official send-off for the SEA Games early this morning (Nov 8). While the men’s water polo team, who leave for Indonesia on Wednesday (Nov 9), will be vying for their 24th consecutive gold medal, the women hope to shine as they - and their sport - make their grand debut at the SEA Games. Yes, like the guys, they are eyeing history of sorts. And they, facing pressure, could do with the words of encouragement given this morning at the Changi Airport by Guests-of-Honour Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean and Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, Mr Chan Chun Sing. Mr Chan, for instance, told the Singapore athletes leaving for Indonesia: “When you focus on what you need to do, the results will take care of themselves. So, all the best to all of you. Regardless of the results, I want you to know that you are part of the team, and that Singapore will always be behind you, walking with you every step of the race. You will definitely do well, and we will be proud of you.”

Le Clos closed the World Cup with a clean sweep of 6 golds

Rising South Africa star, Chad Le Clos, swept 6 golds in all his events at the FINA/ARENA World Cup 2011 Singapore leg, hosted at the Singapore Sports School on Saturday.

He rounded up his sixth gold, with a photo finish win in the Men’s 200m Individual Medley, clocking in at 1:54.06 minutes while Hagino Kosuke came in second, losing to Le Clos by a fraction of second.

After clinching a hat trick of gold medals yesterday in the Men’s 200m Butterfly, 400m and 100m Individual Medley event, the teenage sensation finished campaign bagging three more gold medals in the Men’s’ 200m Freestyle, 100M Butterfly and 200m Individual Medley events

“It (Singapore) is a good hunting ground for me. It is also great to be back after the Youth Olympic Games and had great support today which played a big role in my achievements,” said the South African superstar, Le Clos.


Tao Li wins Bronze while the “Thorpedo” duds to seventh place finish

Local swimmer, Tao Li won a bronze medal in the women’s 100 metres butterfly event at the Singapore leg of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup at the Singapore Sports School on Friday.

Highly decorated Sweden’s Therese Al Shammar, who qualified fastest in the heats in this event, came in first to clinch gold, with her time of 56.03 seconds.

In second place was, China’s rising star Jiao Liu Yang, who clocked 56.89 seconds.

Tao Li gave Singaporean fans something to cheer about when she ended the race at 57.02 seconds to seal the third spot and a bronze medal in the first day of the World Cup.

Nervy “ Thorpedo ” to hit Singapore Sports School tomorrow

Five-time Olympic swimming champion Ian Thorpe will be making his comeback starting tomorrow at the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup 2011 meet in Singapore.
Despite the decorations, the 29-year-old said that he is nervous ahead of his first competitive swim since his retirement in November 2006.
“It won’t be extraordinary and it won’t be horrible,” he declared with a smile, in front of a packed media conference at Marina Mandarin Hotel earlier today.
“It will be something in the middle. I am a guy who hasn’t swum for five years and I forget that sometimes and I think other people do too … this is starting point and a great opportunity to race.”
The Australian legend will be using this Singapore meet to prepare and target a spot in the Australian 2012 Olympics squad.
Thorpe will compete in the 100m Individual Medley on Friday and the 100m Butterfly on Saturday but told fans that they should not be disappointed if the ‘Thorpedo,’ who once destroyed world records and conquered world titles is not able to live up to his name.



Nine-time SEA Games gold medallist discus thrower James Wong and national fencer Ruth Ng led the way as the flag bearer and pledge taker respectively at the Flag Presentation Ceremony this evening (1 Nov) for the Team Singapore contingent taking part in next month’s SEA Games in Indonesia.

Boost For Team

Alongside 412 other athletes and 206 officials, they will make up the Singapore team in Jakarta and Palembang, with Dr Tan Eng Liang as the Chef-de-Mission. The team received a boost at SCAPE with the presence and encouragement of Guests-of-Honour Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean and Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, Mr Chan Chun Sing.

Big Heart

Mr Teo told the athletes, coaches and officials: “Team Singapore, through your effort, you exhibit the best of what Singapore stands for - a determined, passionate and resilient society. Through your actions, you show our ASEAN neighbours that we have a strong motivation to win, coupled with a big heart to make friends. As we follow your progress, you will be our source of inspiration and pride. I applaud all of you for having the drive and spirit to be the best you can be and to do it for Singapore.” On his part, Mr Chan presented the SEA Games contingent as well as the team taking part in the ASEAN Para Games with the Singapore flag as a symbol of honour and national pride.


Fencing: Dennis Leong, the first Singaporean appointed as referee in the Olympic Games

Fédération Internationale d'Escrime (FIE), the international governing body of Olympic Fencing has named our very own Dennis Leong Kok Seng as one of the 24 designated referees for the Fencing sport in the 2012 London Olympic Games.

He is the first Singaporean to be nominated in the capacity of a sporting official - referee, at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Follow The Play Times as we engage Dennis Leong in a bout. En garde!

Fencing is a family of combat sports using bladed weapons. It came of age as a sport in the 19th century. A tense, compelling battle of wits and technique, the sport of Fencing is divided into three weapons: Foil, Sabre and Épée. It is one of the only four sports to have been featured at every one of the modern Olympic Games.


Let's all play at Pasir Ris

Residents in the East have been enjoying the extensive range of sports facilities alongside diverse lifestyle features at the Pasir Ris Sports and Recreation Centre (SRC) since 18 July this year.

Pasir Ris SRC is the newest addition to its family of 21 SRCs and boasts an impressive assortment of facilities such as a swimming complex with water play features, a Jacuzzi, a gymnasium with pool view, a 2,000-seater air-conditioned sports hall and a 5-a-side soccer court.

The complex is designed to be user-friendly for all. Braille markings and tactile warning strips to guide the visually-impaired, ramp access to the pool for wheelchair users and slip-resistant tiles at all wet areas ensures that everyone can have a wonderful experience.