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Entries for May 2011

New Look Singapore Looks to Fend Off Challengers

It does not get any bigger than a grudge match against our neighbours from across the causeway, Malaysia, to kick off Team Singapore’s Asian Five Nations (A5N) rugby season for 2011.
In a high stakes crunch tie, the result will determine if Singapore heads into a promotion playoff to regain its top five status or into a relegation dogfight to stave off a drop into the next lower division.


Stags Back on Top

The 3-1 win over Tanjong Pagar sent Tampines back to the top with a point and game in hand, but it was far from business as usual as Tanjong Pagar put up a spirited display.


Playing well and in control, the Jaguars seemed likely to head into the break with the scores levelled until the 38th minute when Jaguar custodian Ridhuan Barudin clattered rather clumsily into Ahmad Latiff, giving away a penalty which was coolly tucked away by Shahdan Sulaiman.



Over 25,000 runners beat the sunrise at Sundown Marathon

Back for its fourth edition, the Sundown Marathon was once again pronounced a smashing success after more than 25,000 runners pounded the tracks of Eastern Singapore towards the finishing line of three categories - 10km, half marathon and full marathon.

From dusk to dawn, 35 Sundown Ambassadors were seen motivating and encouraging several runners throughout the entire distances of the half and full marathon categories.

Fun was rampant not only on the race route. The Sundown Village, located at the Sundown Marathon’s start point Changi Exhibition Centre, was rocking with action.

Local Timbre bands, The Common People and Goodfellas, drove the crowd wild, turning the village into a dance floor, while participants, and their family and friends enjoyed the starry night watching a movie at the Sundown Village. Live


Team China and Australian Boomers to Clash in Singapore For the First Time!

Singapore will play host to two of the world’s top 10 basketball countries, China and Australia, at the inaugural Youyi Games, a brand new premium international basketball event that will take place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on 26 June 2011.
The “Youyi Games” or friendly games will be first played in Perth on 24 June and then Singapore on 26 June, with the main aim of encouraging cultural exchange and collaboration through the sport of basketball. This new initiative will set up a premium basketball event each year that fans can look forward to in the region. 


Protectors made to sweat!

It may be a six-nil scoreline in favour of Home United when these two sides met all the way back on the 18th of March this year at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

This time around, however, the Protectors were made to sweat against a very determined Tanjong Pagar United team.


Five Questions with Hanafi Akbar

‘The Man to Watch’- these are the words that midfield wizard Hanafi Akbar is often tagged with and for good reason. The 16-year-old midfielder was instrumental in Singapore’s bronze medal match against Montenegro at the Youth Olympic Games in 2010, scoring the first goal in the sixth minute and setting up the final goal in their 4-1 onslaught.


Strengthening the Common Ground Through Sports

More than five hundred members of the sports fraternity came together on 26 May to celebrate the athletes who had done the nation proud. Graced by Guest of Honour Deputy Prime Minister, Co-ordinating Minister for National Security, Minister for Home Affairs and President of the Singapore National Olympic Council Teo Chee Hean the night was also a celebration of the values that bind the nation together.


Meridian JC Victorious in Football 'A' Div’ Finals

Meridian Junior College (MJC) won the National A Division Football Championship title by the narrowest of margins when they beat Victoria Junior College (VJC) 1-0 through a first-half Muhammad Hairi goal.


The boys in blue defended heroically in the last 40 minutes of the match even after they were down to 10 men when their goalkeeper Daniel Lightfoot was shown the red card in the opening minutes of the second half.




Valiant Tampines Suffers Extra Time Defeat

The pain of defeat is always agonising, let alone a one nil defeat suffered after extra time.


Feeling none of the effects of a long plane ride, Tampines put up a valiant effort as they fought the good fight, taking the game to their higher calibre opponents.



Tampines Set for Battle in Iraq

Progressing to the knock-out rounds as first runners-up to Thai team Muang Thong United in the group stages, Tampines Rovers face a daunting task to reach the quarter-finals of the AFC Cup as they travel to Iraq to play Arbil FC in the round of 16, tonight, 1130pm (Singapore time).


Apart from the long arduous journey to the Middle East, head coach Steven Tan must make do without midfielder general Imran Sahib who is suspended having been sent off in the last group stage game against Muang Thong United.


'A' Division Football Final: MJC to take on VJC in repeat of 2009 final

Perennial powerhouses of A Division football, Meridian Junior College (MJC) and Victoria Junior College (VJC), will face off in an intriguing final at the Jalan Besar stadium today, at 6pm.


Current holders, MJC, will be looking to retain the trophy for the first time in their illustrious history in this competition whilst VJC are hungry for a win after they fell to St Andrew’s Junior College (SAJC) in the semi-final stage last year.


Five questions with New Hui Fen

New Hui Fen has become the darling of local sports. At 19, she has been declared the sports girl of the year for 2010 at the Singapore Sports Awards and bagged herself a number of medals from international events like the Asian Youth Games and the Asian Games. She took the time to answer five questions for us.

Perfect Warm-up for Team Singapore

On paper, both teams seemed evenly match, with Malaysia only a few places behind Singapore in the International Federation of Netball Association rankings.

However, the netball match was far from even, dominant from the get-go, the Team Singapore netball girls outplayed their Malaysian rivals with a score of 51-29.

Racing to a 16:7 lead after the first quarter, the Malaysians had no chance of making a comeback as our Singapore netballers were faster, better and hungrier. With an excellent display of skills and team work, there was no chance that they would not have emerged victorious at the final whistle.


Amir Battles his Way to Victory

Going up against a seasoned veteran with more than 100 professional fights is certainly not an easy task, but 16-year-old Amir Khan brought the home crowd to its feet as he not only won the main event of the night, but won it in style.

Showing true dedication for his passion for the sport, Amir has made many sacrifices and this victory definitely provides some form of vindication for his efforts. Undeniably, this will certainly motivate him to train even harder for the upcoming 2011 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Palembang, Indonesia.


A Division Boys’ Football: VJC through to final after beating SAJC 2-0


Victoria Junior College (VJC) beat Saint Andrew’s Junior College (SAJC) 2-0 in the first semi-final of the National A Division Boys’ Football Championship.

Second-half strikes by Hieng PK and Shen Hao  gave VJC a thoroughly deserved win, booking them a place in their third A Division football final in four years. Coincidentally, the only time they failed to make the final in the last four years was when they lost in the semi-final to SAJC last season.


Stars Settle the Score

Etoile FC played like a team with a score to settle. Indeed, their clash against Gombak United on 18 May was a chance to get even for their 1-0 loss against the Bulls in the first round on 1 March.

It was obvious, though, that the Bulls were showing none of the lustre that they displayed in the previous encounter, which had plenty of drama to the tune of 12 yellow-cards and a player sent off.


KuKuKerChu Wins Inaugural BAY Challenge


The tricky wind conditions of Marina Bay played an instrumental role in deciding the champions of the inaugural BAY Challenge as Team Kukukerchu picked all the right wind shifts to storm away with a commanding 2-0 win in the best of three matches final.

The Night of Champions

The grandeur of Orchard Hotel’s ballroom was certainly fitting for a night where many including Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Mr. Teo Chee Hean gathered yesterday to honour and acknowledge the efforts of a special group of people.
This ‘Olympians Nite’ paid tribute to the efforts of the 167 Singaporeans, who in their pursuit of excellence have reached the pinnacle of all sporting competitions—the Olympic Games.

RHB Bank injects $1.5 million to Singapore Cup for next three years

RHB Bank will renew its $1.5 million dollar title sponsorship of the Singapore Cup for the third consecutive term from 2011 to 2013. This makes RHB Bank, which has supported the Singapore Cup since 2005, the longest running title sponsor for the prestigious regional football tournament that will see 11 S.League teams and five foreign teams from five countries vying for the coveted title of RHB Singapore Cup champions.

Let’s Bowl Non-Stop!

Visitors to Bishan’s Junction 8 on 14 May would have been treated to a curious sight: a human sized bowling ball and pins calling on them to “play non-stop!”

This was part of the Let’s Play Non-Stop! campaign, organised by the Singapore Sports Council to get Singaporeans to try out a new sport every month in order to contribute to an active and healthy lifestyle for all.


Coaches Corner: William Woo

Behind every successful athlete is an equally accomplished mentor who shows them the way. Shying away from the limelight and allowing his protégés the accolades and glory they deserve, 2010 Coach of the Year William Woo’s reach and influence goes way beyond the last pin.

A man born to bowl, Woo’s bowling career, both playing and coaching has spanned over 20 years. Winning a host of local and international tournaments during his five years with the national team, he first discovered his potential for coaching and after attending courses, Woo finally became a full-time coach in 1995.


Home Play Matadors

Despite the good football on show last night, the Jalan Besar stadium was a brewing cauldron, threatening to erupt at any moment.


With the referee struggling to maintain control of the game, it was left to Shi Jiayi and Home United to play the matadors as the toyed with the raging bulls.


The Perfect Match

Possessing the right mix of skill, speed and most importantly, chemistry, the mixed doubles pair of Yang Zi and Wang YueGu are starting to look like the perfect match.


Playing together since the 2007 world championships, the reigning Commonwealth Games champions are aiming to get past the quarterfinal hurdle after a hard fought victory over the Koreans at the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam yesterday.


ACS (I) Victorious After Titanic Match

It was a story ripe for Hollywood. A team of rag-tag underdogs had managed to some how get into the finals, but were up against one of the most formidable teams they could face. Their best player was injured. They were still behind at half time. Then, as if by a miracle, they emerged victorious.

ACS (I) Victorious After Titanic Match

The match was a story ripe for Hollywood. A team of rag-tag underdogs had managed to some how get into the finals, but were up against one of the most formidable teams they could face. Their best player was injured. They were still behind at half time. Then, as if by a miracle, they emerged victorious.

5 Questions with Daniel Toth caught up with Daniel Toth, World Bodybuilding & Physique Sports Federation (WBPF) 2010 Super Heavy Weight Champion and Mr.Universe 2010 who was here in Singapore on Saturday, 7 May to watch the 49th Bodybuilding & Physique Sports Championship at the Kreta Ayer People’s Theatre.

Power Packed Afternoon

Often associated as a venue for fine oriental operas and performances, Kreta Ayer People’s Theatre hosted the 49th National Bodybuilding & Physique Sports Championships last Saturday, 7 May.


Strapped with bulging biceps and washboard abs, bodybuilding enthusiasts from across the island came to compete for the coveted Mr. Singapore 2011 title.


Some girls like to be chased. Others like to do the chasing

History was made at the inaugural Nike Goddess 5K, as over 5,000 girls set off on a 5-kilometre race, laying the foundation to empower girls to own the sport of running and celebrate the goddesses within. Athletes also set the bar at the race, with Anne Date sprinting to finish the race in spectacular fashion.

Anne Date, a Nike athlete, said, “There has been an increasing number of girls wanting to participate in sporting events, but are self-conscious of either themselves or their performance. The Nike Goddess 5K provides a great platform, because they feel comfortable and safe in an all-girls event, allowing them to enjoy the sport and the atmosphere with fellow girlfriends!”


Mastering Wushu

A haul of 19 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games medals over the last ten years, which included a gold medal in each of those five games; add another two Asian Games bronze medals from 2002 and 2006 and you have quite a good return for one of Singapore’s non-elite sports over the past decade.   

Yet Wushu still falls short in terms of following as compared to the glamour sports in Singapore like Football, Swimming and Table Tennis. Maybe it is because Wushu is still not recognised as a full-fledged official Olympic sport, despite Beijing hosting a Wushu competition parallel to the 2008 Olympic Games. Or maybe they are just not selling the fact that Hollywood action star Jet Li originally gained fame as part of the wushu team that took the National Wushu Champion of China title five times.

They Won The Hearts of a Nation

Never had so much hope been placed by so many, on the shoulders of so few.


Eleven plucky boys were about to play the greatest match in their young lives.


The boys of the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) football team, who had lost their place in the football final of the YOG, had one last chance to claim a medal for themselves, and for their country.



A Run with Nature

Saturday 30 April saw over 2600 runners participating in an unusual but novel race. Unlike many other marathons, the Energizer Singapore Night Trail allowed participants to immerse themselves in the natural wilderness as they ran through Singapore’s Night Safari with only the moon and a headlamp as their guide.


As this was the first ever night trail run to be held in Singapore, participants in the two main competitive categories had to familiarise themselves with the coarse landscape.


Running through the pitch-dark forest, they had to battle the rough gravel terrain, hilly tarmac and the jungle air. Though it was a daunting task, the runners truly appreciated the thrill of running a race


Stags Cruise to Easy Victory

Without having to go beyond second gear, Tampines Rovers secured qualification for the AFC Cup knock-out stages after cruising to an easy 4-0 victory over Maldivian side Victory SC.


The Stags are now level on points with group leaders Muang Thong United, separated only by a goal in Group G.


Though the S.League leaders did not come charging out of the tunnel, the determination to win was evident as Victory’s goal was continuously peppered with shots.



Five Questions With: Kadir Yahya caught up with former national footballer and Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games Football Team Coach, Kadir Yahya 


Victoria Junior College Scores another Victory

Victoria Junior College (VJC) sent out a strong warning to all the other schools in the National A Division Football Championship after they thrashed Anderson Junior College (AJC) 6-0, in their second round group game.
The game had looked rather close at half time with VJC leading 1-0. Victoria had several chances to increase their lead in the first half but wasted their chances. They soon stamped their dominance with five well-taken goals in the second half to kill off the game.


Habitat-Barclays Bare Your Sole 2011 will take place on Saturday, 18 June at Gardens by the Bay East, Tanjong Rhu.

The venue will offer a picturesque setting for the walk, which will take place over 2.5 and 4 kilometre distances. Building on the success of previous years’ events, the organisers hope to attract more than 5,000 pairs of bare feet for the 9.00am start.