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Entries for March 2011

Remy Successfully Defends his Kingdom

Remy Ong’s successful defence of his Kingdom Open International title is also his first back-to-back title win in his bowling career.

Squeezing into the elimination rounds on the second last day of the qualifiers, Ong beat Asian Championship Masters gold medallist, Khaled Al-Dubyyan of Kuwait, 420-389 to advance to the finals.


Meet Netalia!

Standing at a towering 2m, Netalia, a 12 year old lioness one day hopes to represent Singapore at the World Netball Championship. Capable of playing as a Goal Scorer, Centre or Goal Defence, her passion for netball is as great as her love for chilli crabs and chicken satay.

Her flaming red and orange hair also represents the fiery passion and energy present in a netball game.


Remy Ong Bowls Opponents Over

Being only one of two bowlers to cross the 2,000 mark at the 5th Kingdom International Open, Singapore’s Remy Ong’s nine game aggregate of 2,016 ensured that he ended the day at the top of the qualifying table.
Overtaking American Professional Bowlers Association pro Tim Mack, who had earlier taken the lead with an aggregate of 2,004, Ong’s performance ensured that he was right on track to defend the title he won last year.

Tao Li Ready to Make a Splash

After spraining her ankle during a warm up netball game in January, there were fears that our two time Asian Games champion Tao Li would miss this year’s World Swimming Championships held on 16 -31 July.

But any fears of her missing this year’s championships were allayed when her coach Barry Prime announced the good news; Tao Li is recovering well and will be on the plane to Shanghai.



Come 4 April 2011, the Singapore Sports Council (SSC) will embark on the mammoth task of reviewing and consolidating the sporting practices of 4,500 households across the country for the National Sports Participation Survey (NSPS) 2011. Conducted once every five years, the NSPS aims to ascertain the degree of sports participation by Singaporeans.

Apart from this, the NSPS 2011 also aims to gauge other aspects of sports such as spectatorship and volunteerism at sports events.   “Singaporeans do more than play sports. We’re fans, volunteers, coaches, officials, administrators and more. Through this new participation survey, we can measure and analyse how our love for sport translates into action. It will help us understand the impact sport has on our diverse society and how we can best direct our strategies to keep the momentum growing,” said Mr Richard Seow,

Hougang’s Birthday Present to Aide

All three points. That is what Hougang United is planning to give their coach Aide Iskandar for his birthday. The former national football captain and head coach of Hougang United, turned 36-years-old   yesterday, and he hopes that his charges will bag a win as they face Balestier Khalsa tonight at the Hougang stadium.

Though this gives the Hougang players an extra incentive to win, it will not be achieved easily. Coming up against a team that has only lost twice in six matches, beating Balestier would definitely not be an easy task. However, let’s not forget about Hougang United’s 12th man - their fans.



Uniting the World One Footballer at a Time


Just like how teamwork is needed to score that perfect goal, Hidetoshi Nakata, former Japanese footballer acknowledged that for Japan to recover, she needs the help of many other people.


Though he might be a highly successful footballer, winning a number of personal accolades and club titles, this fashion icon certainly had no airs about him. Sharing a laugh and a chat with reporters present at the press conference, this star seemed like any plain joe on the street.


He has appreciated the fact that none of his family and friends was affected by the disaster, downplaying his “luck” and good fortune; he feels the need to do something for his countrymen back home.


Charity Football Feast with Foreign Flavour


Singaporean, Japanese, French and Malaysian teams came together yesterday for a night of entertaining football for a cause as the Courts Young Lions, Albirex Niigata, Etoile FC and the Malaysia National Team played out two thoroughly enjoyable games at the Jalan Besar Stadium with the aim of raising funds for relief efforts in earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan.


The football double bill of March 26 started out with the 5pm kickoff between Young Lions and Albirex Niigata. A total of 1,519 fans turned up for the warm evening kick off as Young Lions’ sponsor Courts pledged S$5 to the Save the Children Fund (Japan Earthquake Tsunami Children in Emergency) for every person that showed up. Among those who showed up to be counted were boys from Hariss Harun’s former school, St. Gabriel’s Secondary, whose students and teachers raised an additional S$1,200 for fund.


In fact, with the Football Association of Singapore also pledging ticket revenues from the match and Courts and their partners still raising more funds through direct donations of cash and from the auction receipts of the goods they contributed, the total value of the funds raised could not be confirmed after the match, but it looks likely to exceed the S$40,000 projected.


S.League Charity Double Bill for Japan


With images flooding in on television and the internet, it is hard not to be moved by the scenes of the carnage and devastation brought about to Japan after the massive earthquake and Tusnami of March 11 and so once again, over these couple of weekends, the S.League community has come together to show support and aid for Japan.


Firstly, Saturday March 26 will see an S.League football double bill at the Jalan Besar Stadium, featuring the Courts Young Lions playing the S.League’s Japanese side Albirex Niigata at 5pm followed by a match between defending S.League Champions, French side Etoile FC taking on the defending Suzuki Cup Champions Malaysia at 8 pm, with the aim of raising funds for relief efforts for Japan.


Young Lions’ sponsors Courts have came up with an absolutely easy way for fans to donate just by showing up. The electronics megastore has pledged S$5 for every person attending this match to add to the ticket revenues for the game which will be donated by the Football Association of Singapore.


Double bill Saturday at Jalan Besar

Saturday, 26 March, will once again see Singapore football doing her part for the Japanese quake victims as reigning champions of the Great Eastern-Yeo’s S-League, Etoile FC, will face ASEAN champions Malaysia in a match to raise funds for the Japanese quake victims at the Jalan Besar stadium.

The match will be part of a double bill at Jalan Besar as the Courts Young Lions will be playing Albirex Niigata earlier in the evening at 5pm. Retail giants Courts and Vanda Sports Group, promoters of the Young Lions, hope to raise at least $40,000 for the Japanese relief efforts on Saturday.

All systems go!

With only 100-days to go, the Local Organising Committee of the Mission Foods World Netball Championships is firing on all cylinders.
As they approach the last leg of preparation for this quadrennial international sporting event, the Local Organising Committee is well prepared to host one of the biggest international sporting events held in Singapore as it shared great news and impressive figures at a press conference today.

Tampines’ Victory puts them Joint Top


Starting brightly with a goal in the fifth minute from the ever-improving Shahdan Sulaiman, Tampines could have put the game beyond doubt by half time; they decided to make things difficult for themselves by spurning a host of glorious chances.


Dominating possession for the majority of the first half, SAFFC were played off the park and at times it looked as though the record turnout of 3,008 fans would be treated to a goal fest. However, it was not to be as the Tampines strikers fired blanks, with Ahmad Latiff being the chief culprit.


Even with the constant enthusiastic cheers, SAFFC simply could not contain an in-form Tampines side.


4x400m Relay Qualification looks a Breeze

Qualification for the men’s 4x400m relay at this November’s South-east Asia (SEA) Games should be a breeze, if what Singapore Athletic Association (SAA) president Tang Weng Fei believes is anything to go by.


The current qualification time stands at 3 minutes and 26.46 seconds, the bronze-medal timing from the last SEA Games in Laos in 2009, where Singapore did not take part in the event. This timing is a relatively slow one considering the bronze-medal timing in the Games before that, the 2007 Games, was almost 18 seconds faster.

The current qualification time averages out to each runner having to clock in approximately 50 seconds to ensure qualification and with some of our Youth Olympic Games (YOG) athletes already clocking timings of 50 or 50.5 seconds and our national 400m runner Kenneth Khoo clocking about 48 seconds, one can see why Tang has absolute faith in an easy qualification this year.

Temasek Polytechnic lifts the President’s Challenge Trophy

Gunning for their third win in the S R Nathan Challenge Trophy, the combined Institute of Technical Education (ITE) team was expected to waltz past first time finalist Temasek Polytechnic (TP) who were missing key players Faris Ramly and Nigel Navin Vanu who had left to join the Olympic team for the pre-Olympic qualifiers. 

The combined ITE team lived up to their tag as favourites by dominating possession but it was TP who took the lead through Eugene Luo’s penalty in the 60th minute. Victory seemed certain until the 77th minute when Alistair Tan conceded a penalty by fouling Sufianto Salleh in the box.

All eyes were on Aqhari Abdullah as he stepped up to take the penalty. Standing tall in goal was Young Lions goalkeeper, Jasper Chan. Jasper dived to his right and managed to parry the ball to safety.

Singapore sailors take Thai title

Team Singapore’s sailors have started their season’s victory tally with a win at the Thailand Open Match Race Championship, beating the Finnish team 2-0 on Sunday, 20 March.


The Singapore team was led by 2006 Asian Games veteran Maximillian Soh with Cai Weiguo, Andrew Paul Chan and Jusin Wong and got into the final in with a 2-0 win against another Baltic state, Estonia.




Internationally acclaimed Tiger Beer is set to change the street football scene in Singapore with their first-ever Street Football tournament which will be held on 16 and 17 April. Set to take place in a specially constructed stadium at Ngee Ann City, it aims to create a unique carnival atmosphere centred on football, fun and friends.
With an oval caged hard-court pitch that encourages dynamic non-stop action and a new competition format that differs from traditional 5-a-side knockout competitions, this high-energy tournament would allow players aged 18-34 to showcase their talent.

Etoile aims to outshine the Jaguars

With just four days for rest and preparation and after a six-goal mauling by Home United, Tanjong Pagar will now have to play defending champions, Etoile at the Queenstown stadium on 22 March. However, a return to the stadium that Tanjong Pagar United once occupied before dropping out of the S.League could spur them on to outshine The Stars. 

Stinging defeat for the Marlins

The second round of the NTUC FairPrice Foundation Netball Super League kicked off last weekend with an upset after league leaders, Nike Marlins lost to long-time rivals, adidas Sneakers Stingrays by just a single point. 

Racing to raise funds for Fukushima

Donning black-ribboned bands, married Japanese pros Hiro and Maki Nishiuchi raced with more than just their performance in mind. Completing the race in 4 hours 13 minutes 9 seconds (Hiro) and 4 hours 31 minutes 11 seconds (Maki) respectively, the married couple of five years showed their determination to raise funds for the victims of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

“It was a tough race for us as we did not intend to take part in the race. We kept going when we looked at our black wrist bands and thought of our families and other people living in the Fukushima prefecture,” said Hiro.

A Day of Firsts

Sunday, 20 March, was a day of firsts, as New Zealander Kris Gemmell topped the elite’s men field in his first triathlon to mark a stunning debut and his first race in Singapore. Coming first out of the sea in 27 minutes 44 seconds, he completed the race with a timing of 3 hours 50 minutes and 56 seconds.
It was also the first time the total race participation surpassed the 1,500 figure. With more than 1,700 triathletes from all over the world, the fifth edition of the Aviva Ironman 70.3 Singapore saw triathletes from 64 countries and over 600 local participants conquer the gruelling race’s new route at East Coast Park.

Singapore’s Top Cheerleaders Bring It On

The Jurong East Sports Hall was the venue for acrobatics, tumbles and heart pumping action on 19 and 20 March when more than 300 of Singapore’s top cheerleaders battled it out at the National Cheerleading Championships 2011, which was organised by the Singapore Sports Council (SSC) and the Federation of Cheerleading Singapore (FCS).


The 40 teams brought with them more than 2,000 enthusiastic supporters who cheered just as hard, if not harder, than the competitors themselves. The cheers rose to a crescendo as SP Gusto from the Singapore Polytechnic were declared the Overall Champions of the National Cheerleading Championships 2011. Guest-of-Honour Senior Minister of State for the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of National Development Ms Grace Fu, along with Team Singapore athletes and celebrity judges Lim Heem Wei (Gymnastics) and Tao Yi Jun (Wushu) watched on as they celebrated their well deserved victory.



Cheerleaders kick off day one with a bang

The first day of the National Cheerleading Championships was everything it was promised to be - a mixture of excitement, gravity defying showmanship and of course, cheer.

There were 18 separate performances in three different categories - categories for partners, mixed groups and for girls. The teams came from the different tertiary institutions and even from Community Centres but they were all united in the amazing level of performances they displayed.


Triathletes ready to take on the Ironman


Singapore’s biggest international triathlon race welcomes the world’s best as they arrive on our shores!

The event has again proven an attraction for the stars and age groupers alike with the biggest overall entry of its four year history; and with the reigning champions both back to defend their titles, and as reigning world champions too!


Cheers to a great competition!

Cheerleaders - you have heard them from the sidelines, you have seen them on the screens. Now catch them and cheer them on as they go head to head and battle it out at the National Cheerleading Championships 2011!

Held on 19 and 20 March at the Jurong East Sports Hall, this thrilling and exciting event will take place from 12pm till 5pm. MediaCorp 98.7FM’s disc jockeys, Justin Ang and Vernon A will be the celebrity judges. 


The Right Mix for Success

Finding the right balance between sports and studies has always been a major headache for young athletes. But for paddlers Pang Xuejie and Isabelle Li, evening out the scales has become easier thanks to a new programme pioneered by Republic Polytechnic (RP).


Fantastic Football and Plenty of Prayers at Albirex

The match required a fantastically struck free kick, which nestled in the bottom corner, by Etoile’s Maxime Belouet to decide the tie between defending S.League champions Etoile FC and their host Albirex Niigata at the Jurong East Stadium on March 17. But football almost seemed to take a backseat on the night as 1,855 fans turned up to show their support for the S.League’s sole Japanese side who were raising funds during the game to aid the victims back home from the March 11 tragedy.


Gate receipts from the almost 500 paying fans at the match were donated to Civic Force, a Non-Governmental Organisation specializing in emergency response to large scale natural disasters, such as the one which hit Japan. Club sponsor Canon too, will donate to Civic Force the proceeds from its fund raising drive through match day photo sales. Money collected from donation boxes around the stadium will also be channeled to the Red Cross.


Double win for Ryan Thong

U-12 All-Events Boys leader Ryan Thong, 12, from ACS (Junior) kept up his pace and conquered the lanes this morning to finish first
in the U-12 Boys Masters with a total of 1426 pinfalls over eight games. Eleven-year-olds Oh Han Qin of Anderson Primary and Aloysius Ng of Maris Stella High were second and third respectively with 1286 and 1259 pinfalls.


In this championship, Ryan won a total of two golds, a silver and a bronze in the boys U-12 All Event & Masters, doubles and quartet events respectively. During the doubles, Ryan and his twin Royce came in second.


Gu Juan Shines In All-England Championships

Team Singapore’s shuttlers had mixed results at the recent All-England Championships in Birmingham, with Gu Juan shinning in the women’s singles while more fancied team mates did not progress as far as they were expected to in other events.

Gu cleared the tournament’s qualifying stage and outdid herself when she came from a set down to beat Hong Kong's Chan Tsz Ka 8-21, 21-10, 21-18. Ranked just 46th in the world, she then created a big upset by defeating world No. 8 Bae Youn Joo of South Korea 21-16, 12-21, 21-15.

Albirex Prays and Plays for Japan


After the earthquake and tsunami struck Japan on March 11, there were lives lost, a landscape of destruction in several areas in the north east and now a possible nuclear reactor problem to handle.


While thankful that their loved ones are safe, the players, coaches and officials at Japanese side Albirex Niigata (S) FC, which has been part of the S.League set up since 2004, are fully aware of the devastation to their home land. Hence, the Jurong East-based side has worked with the Football Association of Singapore to set up initiatives to help raise funds for the victims back home.


Firstly, the gate collections from 17 March match at their home stadium against Etoile FC will go to non-governmental organisation, Civic Force, which specializes in emergency response to large scale natural disaster. The Red Cross will also be placing seven donation boxes around the stadium at locations like the fans stands, the ticket booth and the merchandise counter.


500 Days to London 2012

With more than a year to go to the 2012 Olympics in London, the excitement is already building for host nation Britain.


On 16 March, the British High Commission organised an event at the Eden Hall to count down the 500 days to the Olympics, an occasion that has been six years in the making since London was announced as the host city in Singapore in 2005.


In those six years the organisers have put in place grand designs for an event that is more than just the biggest and most prestigious sporting meet of all, it is also to be one with a social conscience.


First Time Partners Strike Gold

National youth bowlers Kylee Thio and Kimberly Dawn Becker, both 14, were partnering together for the first time in the National Age Group Championships and their combination just clicked as they clinched the championship for the Girls U-15 Doubles event yesterday, 15 March. While in the Boys U-15 Doubles event, Muhd Danial Zheng Yi, 15 and Darren Ong, 15 repeated their win from last year in the same doubles event.


Kylie, a student from Nanyang Girls High and Kimberly from Methodist Girls School were happy with this win as both of them only started training with Singapore Bowling Federation’s National Development Squad this year.


“We did not expect to win the girls doubles but we are definitely happy with the final result. We hope to qualify for the Masters after the quartet events tomorrow,” said Kylee and Kimberly.



Calisto declares Stag season

Formerly coaching the Vietnamese national team, the newly appointed coach of Muang Thong United, Henrique Calisto has faced Tampines Rovers’ striker-in-chief,Aleksandar Duric many times on the international scene. And when Calisto was asked if he had a special plan to stop the Stags’ top scorer, who has already netted four goals in four games this season, the 47-year old coach jokingly answered, “Yes, yes. I have a solution, I want to kill him.”

New CEO appointed for Sports Hub

SportsHub Pte Ltd, the company responsible for financing, developing and operating the upcoming landmark Singapore Sports Hub, announces the appointment of Philippe Collin Delavaud as Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Collin Delavaud, who assumed this position in late 2010, will be responsible for the strategic issues during the construction period, and to prepare the Opening of this unique hub in close relationship with the Singapore Sports Council (SSC) and the partners involved in the Project.


Marlins Still Perfect after Four

Nike Marlins remain top of the table of the NTUC FairPrice Foundation Netball Super League after another two rounds of games played at the Toa Payoh Sports Hall over the weekend of 12 and 13 March 2011. The Marlins started the weekend with a 52-25 drubbing of the M1 Sunfish, who are led by national coach Kate Carpenter to make it three wins from three. They then followed it up with 58-24 demolition of the Bedok King Vipers.


The weekend also saw the season’s first draw with Blaze Dolphins and Mighty Mannas contesting a very tight encounter on Saturday, with both teams separated by no more than three goals at the end each quarter. The draw and the 37-34 win over the M1 Sunfish on Sunday put the Blaze Dolphins second on the table ahead of adidas Sneakers Stingrays on goal percentage. The adidas Sneakers Stingrays’ climb up the table to third was aided this week by wins over Bedok King Vipers and Mighty Mannas to stretch their run of wins to three after their opening lost to the Marlins the week before.

Norwegian wrenches Singaporean crown from defending Champion!

After a punishing 3-hour competition that involved extreme mental willpower and brute physical strength, Strongman Nils Kjetil Sande, 33, an engineer thumped out nine other finalists and emerged as the strongest of them all!



Ruggers versus Runners

Rarely would you find that athletes from different disciplines are pitted against one another, but on 12 March, two sprinters and two rugby players were put together in an informal contest of fitness.


As part of International Fitness Week Sprinters Gary Yeo and Calvin Kang from the Singapore Amateur Athletic Association and Sidney Kumar and Nick Groen from the Singapore Rugby Union took part in Operation Shape Up, a programme organised by health club group Fitness First.

Gu Juan Just Misses Out on History

Team Singapore shuttler Gu Juan just missed out on making Singapore history after she was beaten by World No.14 seed Petya Nedelcheva of Bulgaria 16-21, 19-21 in the quarter-finals of the Yonex All England Championships 2011 on Friday, March 11.


After she disposed off World No.8 seed Bae Youn Joo of South Korea 21-16, 12-21, 21-15 in the round of 16, Gu was just one match away from becoming the first ever female Singapore player to make it into the semi-finals of the prestigious All England Championships.


Are you Strong Enough to Be My Man

Brace yourself for rippling muscles and awesome feats as men of strength and valour will be competing for the HomeTeamNS Strongman Challenge Grand Finals, today, 12 March, at the Toa Payoh HDB Hub. 

These hulks will take part in challenges that would normally take ten men to accomplish. The competitors will have to complete in five tough challenges - SCDF Red Rhino pull, KIA Motors Car Pull, Stamford Tyre Flip, 3M Scotch Log Walk, and Treasure Chest Loading Race.


Mel B Spices Up Fitness Week

By 14 March, there is no excuse for you not to hit the gyms and burn that gained holiday weight, as Fitness First, the world’s largest privately owned health club group, announced that they would provide a week of free gym entries as part of International Fitness Week.
Into it’s third year, International Fitness Week, which will kick off from 14 March till 20 March, is a week that is set aside to get people to exercise more and live healthier. Fitness First is pulling out all the stops this year to deliver the message of living healthy, which includes organising a slew of activities  and enlisting the help of former Spice Girl, Melanie Brown, or Mel B as she is better known to be their ambassador.

Birthday Girl Cheryl bags Silver

The prize might have came a day late, but Team Singapore fencer Cheryl Wong would still have been pleased as she celebrated her 20th birthday with a nice silver medal on 9 March 2011. The petite foil specialist won the silver at the Asian Junior Fencing Championships in Bangkok, Thailand, for the Individual Women’s Foil event.


The Individual Women’s Foil category saw field of 40 competitors taking part and Wong beat two competitors from Hong Kong in the round of 16 and quarter-finals, before eliminating Japan’s Yasuda Yuki 15-9 in the semi-finals. However, the National University of Singapore Arts and Social Science student, who was part of the team which collected the silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Fencing Championships in Melbourne, Australia, had to again be content with the silver medal after going down to Japanese Aizawa Fatsuk 4-15 in the final.



Nike does it for YOG footballers

Three of the nation’s most promising young footballers, Jeffrey Lightfoot, Hanafi Akbar and Ammirul Emmran, have signed a sponsorship deal with Nike, the world’s largest supplier of sporting goods.
The trio of 16-year-olds became household names after their appearance in the match against Montenegro at the Youth Olympic Games, where their performance secured the nation a bronze medal.

Spreading the Cheer

The National Cheerleading Championships is back! Following a successful first edition in 2010, the best cheer squads in Singapore will once again battle it out at the National Cheerleading Championships 2011 on 19 and 20 March at the Jurong East Sports Hall.


This year’s edition will feature new cheerleading categories and celebrity judges, Justin Ang and Vernon A also known as the ‘Muttons’ from 987FM. The second best cheerleading squad in the world - the Rangsit University Cheerleading Team - from Thailand will also be making a special appearance and will aim to thrill the crowd with their stunning routines.
A total of 40 entries from Primary, Secondary and Tertiary schools, as well as independent cheerleading squads will dance, stunt and cheer their lungs out in the hopes of being crowned the National Cheerleading Champions 2011.

Table Tennis Belles Win Straits Times Award

Team Singapore’s Women’s Table Tennis Team have been named as the winners of the Straits Times Athlete of the Year Award. At the awards ceremony held at the Fullerton Hotel on 8 March 2011, the team of Li Jiawei, Wang Yuegu, Feng Tianwei, Sun Beibei and Yu Mengyu pipped inaugural award winner Tao Li, shooter Gai Bin, golfer Mardan Mamat and sailing duo Justin Liu and Sherman Cheng to emerge as the first team recipients of the award.


This is also the first time the award has gone outside the swimming fraternity after Quah Ting Wen also won after Tao Li’s win in 2008. The Women’s Table Tennis team were crowned World Table Tennis Champions in May after beating powerhouse China in the Liebherr World Team Table Tennis Championships in Moscow. After that breakthrough, the team also collected the gold at the Commonwealth Games in October and the silver medal in the Asian Games in Guangzhou.


Everton and Juventus among Teams for Lion City Cup 2011

This June, our national Under-15 team and the boys from the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) squad will get the chance to come up against youth teams from Everton, Juventus, Benfica and Flamengo in the 23rd Canon Lion City Cup 2011. This could present the chance for young local strikers like YOG star Hanafi Akbar to challenge the likes of future Wayne Rooneys and Adrianos, players developed by the youth setups at Everton and Flamengo respectively, for the Golden Boot when the tournament kicks off at the Jalan Besar Stadium from 18 to 27 June.


After a two year absence, the Under-16 competition, which unearthed Singapore football stars such as Fandi Ahmad, V. Sundramoorthy and Indra Sahdan, will see a new title sponsor in Canon Singapore. The tournament will be co-organised by the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) and regional sports marketing agency, The Red Card, who have been awarded the commercial right for the event for the next three years up to 2013. R. Sasikumar, managing director of The Red Card hopes that with the YOG and the exploits of the young footballers still fresh on their minds, Singaporeans will come out in full force to back the Singapore youth teams participating in the event.

Marlins Off To A Perfect Start

The Nike Marlins got off to a perfect start to their NTUC FairPrice Foundation Netball Super League 2011 campaign after chalking up a perfect two wins out of two after the first weekend of competition.

Led by National Team captain, goalkeeper Jean Ng and supported by fellow internationals Pearline Chan at wing attack and centre Li Huilin, the Marlins beat last season’s runners-up, the Mighty Mannas 51-45 at the Toa Payoh Sports Hall on Sunday 6 March 2011, to record their second victory after defeating the adidas Sneakers Stingrays 48-40 the day before.


Veteran Bowler & Youth Athlete Shine In Big Meets

One is a seasoned athlete. The other is a newbie. But both Asian Games gold medallist Remy Ong and Youth Olympic Games silver medallist Isabelle Li showed similar fighting spirit in recent competitions to bring glory to Team Singapore.
At the 5th Commonwealth Tenpin Bowling Championships held in Subang, Malaysia, Remy staged a fine comeback as he moved from last position to clinch the men's masters gold. After the first block of six games, he was placed last among the 12 bowlers, 206 pinfalls behind leader Adrian Ang of Malaysia. High games of 220, 238 and 254 the following day boosted his confidence. He kept his cool to beat Englishman Matt Chamberlain in the step-ladder play-off. Then he defeated early leader Adrian Ang (206 vs 161) to clinch the much coveted gold. Remy also played his part in the mixed team event. He combined well with Jason Yeong-Nathan, Geraldine Ng and Shayna Ng to win the gold.

A Ride Like No Other

With a plethora of races, participants and plenty of entertainment, this weekend offered rides for people of all ages. The F1 pit building was the venue for “peddle power” instead of the usual, horse power.


The OCBC Cycle Singapore 2011 officially got underway yesterday, Saturday, 5 March 2011 with the Women’s, Master’s and Open Criteriums. The focus then turned to the younger riders as The Tricycle Ride (100m) and various Mighty Savers™ Kids Rides (5km) hit the streets.


As the sun set, some of the world’s top cyclists geared up and raced in the Professional Criterium in the inaugural cycling night race which was won by 22 year-old Italian, Omar Bertazzo. He clocked 1hr 18min 55sec for the 1.7km 38-lap race.


The action continued bright and early this Sunday morning. The weather was excellent and both cyclists and spectators were in high spirits and were eagerly waiting for the event to be flagged off. There were four cycling categories, the Super Challenge (60km), Nissan Challenge (40km), Community Ride (20km) and the iFly Singapore Cycle of Hope.

Omar Wins OCBC Cycle Singapore

The finish was a climax fitting of Singapore’s first ever professional night cycling race when Italian Omar Bertazzo from Team Androni Giocattoli broke off from the chasing pack and caught hot favourite Australian Cameron Meyer in a sprint to the finish to win the OCBC Cycle Singapore 2011 Professional Criterium.


Meyer, a triple goal medal winner at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, had broken off from the pack with five laps remaining, but the move did not pay off in the end as the 22-year old Italian caught him just at the line to win his first ever professional bicycle race in dramatic style in a time of 1hr 18min 55sec, with Dean Windsor from Australia coming third.


Isabelle Li Lifts Crown in Italy

Isabelle Li captured the Junior Girls’ Singles title at the Italian Junior and Cadet Open in the coastal resort of Lignano Sabbiardoro on Thursday 3rd March 2011 after she overcame Hong Kong’s 14 year old Doo Hoi Kem, the no.4 seed in six games (10-12, 11-8, 9-11, 11-2, 11-7, 11-7) to secure her seventh Junior Girls’ Singles title on the ITTF Junior Circuit.

The Youth Olympic Games silver medallist took home the silver one week earlier at the Swedish Junior and Cadet Open in Örebrö, but this time the 16 year old went one stage better to claim her first title of the year and her seventh career singles title on the International Table Tennis Federation Junior Circuit since making her debut four years ago.

Ready to Tear Up the Night Track

Over 80 professional riders from all across the globe have descended on our local shores ready to tear up the night track at the OCBC Cycle Singapore 2011 on the night of Saturday, 5 March 2011.

At a press conference held a day before the event, Chris Robb, managing director of Spectrum Worldwide showed of four of the over 80 professional riders competing in the Professional Criterium, as he presented former Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist and defending OCBC Cycle Singapore winner Ben Kersten, five-time tour winner and 14 year professional Alessandro Bertolini of Italy, 2009 Perlis Open winner and top Malaysian cyclist Anuar Manan and Singapore’s own OCBC Singapore Cycling Team rider and Tour de Bintan 2010 champion, Adi Putera.


STTA Bags Another Sponsor

Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA) is beyond doubt the hottest property in Singapore sports as they bag another sponsor in Runner’s World Pte Ltd, distributor of ASICS in South East Asia, who signed a three year sponsorship deal valued at about S$200,000 to be the Singapore Table Tennis National Teams’ official “sport shoe sponsor”.


The Singapore Table Tennis National Teams’ sterling performances and elevated profile have attracted a host of new sponsors, especially of the past 12 months, which now totals over S$2.25 million secured over the past year. STTA has in its Women’s Team, the reigning World Team Table Tennis Champions and in Feng Tianwei, the current ITTF Pro Grand Tour Finals winner. Furthermore, STTA will host the 2011 Volkswagen Women’s World Cup from 28 - 30 October 2011 here in Singapore.  


This deal comes less than two months after STTA signed sponsorship deals worth a combined value of over S$1 million with 100PLUS and Mitsubshi Electric Asia. This new partnership will include a cash and value-in-kind sponsorship valued at about S$200,000 over three years beginning on 1 April 2011 and will see the men’s and women’s table tennis teams wearing ASICS shoes during official competitions and training sessions.



A Legendary Day for our Young Athletes

Meeting a football legend in the flesh is a once in a lifetime opportunity. On 4 March, the students of the Singapore Sports School got to meet three.

Brazilian football icon Pele, France’s Eric Cantona and the United States’ Cobi Jones were in Singapore as part of Asia-wide outreach programme to promote the revival of the New York Cosmos. They stopped by the Singapore Sports School on their second day to have a question and answer session with the star-struck students and to officially open the re-turfed football pitch.

Pele and Cantona electrify Jalan Besar

Chants of “Woo Ahh Cantona” and “Pele, Pele” rang around the Jalan Besar Stadium as football legends Pele and Eric Cantona, together with former American international Cobi Jones created an electrifying atmosphere for the close to 3,000 fans who came to catch a glimpse of their football heroes at the Courts Young Lions match against Geylang United.


The football legends' visit to Singapore was a collaboration between Young Lions’ sponsor Courts and the New York Cosmos as part of their 2011 Asian Tour. Pele, who played for the New York Cosmos between 1975 and 1977, is now the club’s Honorary President and spoke about hoping to continue giving back to the game which has given him so much.


Reliving the YOG glory

To relive the success stories and historic moments from Team Singapore’s endeavour at the inaugural Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games (YOG), the Singapore Sports Council (SSC) is proud to present the third edition of the Inspiring Sporting Singapore Photography Exhibition entitled “Reliving YOG Moments”, an inspirational showcase featuring our nation’s YOG medallists, and other young Team Singapore athletes in action during the games.

Get ready to Cycle, Singapore!

A cycling craze could well be brewing as the OCBC Cycle Singapore comes back to town. With a spectacular list of activities, the event promises something for both cyclists and spectators alike.

The 2011 edition of the OCBC Cycle will feature the first ever professional night race, races for casual and more serious cyclists, a category for children, and a music festival featuring local acts.

“The night race for professional cyclists and the wide range of fringe activities will open the door for more people to discover the joy of cycling in Singapore,” said Mr David Voth, Senior Director, Sports Marketing Group, Singapore Sports Council.

“This is in line with the SSC’s Let’s Play movement that promotes playing sports for fun. So, I encourage all Singaporeans to get riding and have some fun with OCBC Cycle.”


Silver for Sun and Wang

The Singapore pair of Sun Beibei and Wang Yuegu collected the silver at the German Open ITTF Pro Tour women’s doubles final in Dortmund on 27 February 2011, after losing a tough battle to number one ranked paddlers Guo Yue and Li Xiaoxia.


Despite having beaten Chinese duo Mu Zi and Wu Yan earlier to prevent an all-Chinese doubles final, Sun and Wang could not find a way past the Chinese pair, who are the current world champions, to strike gold.


Sun and Wang actually got to a good start and took the first set 11-9, but the Chinese proved too much for the Singaporean ladies to handle, winning the next four rounds 11-7, 11-6, 11-5 and 11-4 to run home with the gold.


Reaching For The Top

No.1! There really is no other spot left to aim for, when you start off the New Year as the No.2 ranked women’s singles’ table tennis player in the world.


And while the latest darling of Team Singapore’s table tennis team, Feng Tianwei never quite declared that so explicitly, there can be no mistaking what was in her sights when she stated her aims for 2011 to the media in February after repeating her previous year’s achievement of being crowned the Singapore Table Tennis Association’s (STTA) Player of the Year.


“I feel very good probably because to win this award last year and then to do it again this year is a real affirmation of my work so far,” said the 24 year-old paddler. “And of course my personal aim for this year will be to work even harder and improve on last year’s performance.”


Coaches' Corner: Guo Wei Dong

Guo Wei Dong may seem unimposing at first blush but he is three times the average man. After all, he is the chief national coach for the triathlon team. And with a list of achievements as long as the distances he runs, swims, and cycles, the triathlon team has more than a few things they can pick up from Guo.


Guo has been involved in triathlons for almost 22 years. He was China’s top triathlete from 1989 to 1994 and achieved top five finishes in competitions held in Japan and Korea. He transitioned to the coaching side in 1993 in Shandong Province, China and came to Singapore shores three years later.


A Clinical Approach

There was a bonanza of golf clinics outside the ropes at the HSBC Women’s Champions. The Pink Panther herself, Paula Creamer, was one of the golfers who delighted her fans with a personal training session and she was joined by the likes of Amanda Blumenherst and Nicole Castrale among others. But the biggest clinic of all was the tournament itself, giving Singapore's representative the experience of a lifetime.