Monthly Issue 14 / February 2010

SAFFC's unassuming head coach, Richard Bok
Richard Bok – The Warrior King

With the S-League season kicking off on 1 February 2010, all eyes will be on one team - the Singapore Armed Forces FC. The Warriors have been on the warpath since the inception of the S-League in 1996, and have won the title a record eight times, including the last four consecutive years from 2006 to 2009.

The Warriors have also set many firsts in the S-League – they were the first club to win back to back doubles (winning both the S-League and Singapore Cup) in 2007 and 2008, and they were also the first Singapore club to play in the prestigious Asian Champions League. The success must surely be the envy of many, but as The Play Times sat down and spoke to head coach and reigning S-League Coach of the Year, Richard Bok, it appears to be just business as usual at Choa Chu Kang.
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Teamwork and camaraderie is the formula to success as the Slingers press on to the playoffs where they will give it their all. Picture courtesy of Singapore Slingers.
Slingers on the cusp of glory

The future looks bright for the Singapore Slingers as they have secured a spot in the playoffs and will possibly, emerge victorious in the Asean Basketball League.

It has been a rollercoaster journey for the Slingers as they started off the league with an impressive four wins in a row, before being handed their first defeat against the Philippine Patriots. As the saying goes, “What goes up must come down.”
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A New Home: After 23 months of searching and building the race track, Kartright Speedway is ready to take off.
The Grand Opening of Kartright Speedway
A New Home Where Speeding Is Not A Problem

One would hardly think to find Singapore’s first permanent competition-length karting race track to be located directly opposite an Army training camp and enclosed by an industrial factory. However, despite the lack of a scenic and more glamorous background, it makes perfect sense. This 750 m race track is located at a place where the roar and hum of the race karts are nothing out of the ordinary.
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Winner of POSB Everyday Champions Award '09 (Coaches Category): Bobok Viacheslav
The Champions who Live and Breathe Sports

25 coaches were amongst the 57 winners honoured in the inaugural POSB Everyday Champions Awards 2009 (Award) ceremony.

For winner Bobok Viacheslav, it was all about the love for the sport. His passion for fencing began when he was just a kid. Deeply inspired by his father, Bobok Gennady who was awarded ‘Honoured Coach Award’, Slava (as he is known affectionately by his charges) embarked on his coaching career in 1987 and has not looked back since.
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Dear Readers

If you had thought that January had been an exciting month for sports, February promises to be even bigger.

The Slingers have made it through to the playoffs of the inaugural ASEAN Basketball League. Led by stars Michael LeBlanc, Kyle Jeffers and local hero Hong Wei Jian, the team is looking to bring back glory to Singapore.

And on the field, we will see two new foreign teams vying with the usual suspects for bragging rights in the brand new season of the S-League. New additions Etoile FC and Beijing Gou’an are formidable opponents, and SAFFC, Home United and Gombak United will have to be on their toes.

That said, it’s time for me to get my Hougang Stadium season pass and watch my perennial strugglers Sengkang Punggol avoid another wooden spoon.

But even if they do, I will stand right behind them for a true fan will stick by his or her team through thick and thin.

Xiao D.
TPT Reporter

* My puny frame has always been the Achilles heel. After being rejected at the various trials for several teams, I have decided to stick to reporting on football instead of playing it.

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Spicy Veggie Pasta Stir-fry

• 200g broccoli, cut into small florets, blanched
• 1 cup canned corn kernels, drained
• 1 sweet potato, cubed, boiled
• 2 cloves garlic, chopped
• 1/4 cup water
• 200g dry pasta, boiled, drained
• 1 tablespoon canola oil
• 1 teaspoon chilli powder
• 1 teaspoon granulated suger
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
• 1/2 tablespoon dried basil leaves
• 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

  1. Heat oil in a wok and stir-fry garlic until fragrant.
  2. Add broccoli, corn and sweet potato. Mix well.
  3. Add water, followed by pasta, chilli powder, sugar, salt, pepper and basil. Mix ingredients thoroughly and cook for 3 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat, sprinkle with cheese and serve immediately

Serves 2
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time 10 minutes