Saturday, October 09, 2010


Regrettably, this post will signify the closure of activities on this blog.

Just to recap on some of the highlights of the blog:

1) Hattrick: Analysis of my team's performances
2) Soccerproject: Analysis and Planning for my team's activities
3) Singapore Football National Team commentary
4) S-League updates and views
5) Euro 2008
6) EWal Prediction Series
7) World Cup 2010

I am really glad to have seen this blog through so many exciting events, including a friend-based soccer prediction series I initiated. To those who have read some of the stuff on this blog since its inception at the end of 2006, I hope I have offered some form of reading pleasure.

Thank You, and on a final note, I wish the best for Singapore sports.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

3 horse race

It's incredibly close now, with Etoile, Tampines and Home locked in a really close battle for the S-League title. It's now official that SAFFC has been dethroned, having won the past 3 or 4 S-League titles!

The sale of Duric and release of Therdsak Chaiman probably proved a crucial blow to SAFFC as they underwent a makeover for this season. They had to part with their ageing stars and give new players chances at some point in time, and this is just the price they have to pay. They are, however, in good position to finish 4th. But Richard Bok will have to do better to make a charge for the title next season.

Four games left, who's going to win it? A potential title decider is Tuesday's clash between Tampines and Home. The losers will probably lose the chance for the title. As it stands, Etoile has the best chance, and they control their destiny.

Even on the scoring table, Etoile's Frederic Mendy and Tampines' Duric are close. Duric is just a goal shy of being the first ever to reach 300 goals in all Singapore competitions. But Mendy's wastefulness in front of goal last night may prove disastrous if it continues into his last 4 matches, against stronger opposition and defences.

I am a fan of evergreen Duric, and seeing that Sharil Ishak, also high on the topscorers list this season for Home, is leaving after the crunch match against Rovers for Indonesia, I think it's Tampines' chance to nail the title.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Closing Ceremony

I had been busy, so I haven't been able to deliver any concrete posts regarding events of the YOG... so I hope to round up with something more.

Sure, we couldn't win a gold medal. But some of our athletes have won us Singaporeans over with their spirit.

Sure, the Singapore Cubs should have defeated Haiti to reach the final. A below-par game killed that hope. But winning the bronze, which meant bouncing back from the setback, shows the spirit and resilience of the young players, which I think must really be applauded.

And there's Isabelle Li, who delivered a surprise silver medal in the girls' singles. With my best friend Kenneth, I watched Isabelle and Clarence Chew in the deciding match of the mixed team quarter-finals, with scores tied at one apiece. From 2 sets down, the pair fought back to win the next 2, though ultimately falling short. Though left slightly disappointed, I believe the paddlers did enough to win our hearts and faith.

Local born heroes. Who says the Foreign Talent Scheme had no use? Without the table tennis upheaval in Singapore, there wouldn't have been increased investment to facilitate the training programmes for these future stars. And let's not forget the role of role models the senior players occupy, giving advice and guidance to these up and coming players eager to make their mark in the future.

Tonight, the inaugural Youth Olympic Games closes. It has been a great, new experience for the nation, from the torch relay across the nation, to the lighting of the cauldron, and to today's shutting of the Olympic flame... let us always have this YOG etched in our memories. Catch the closing ceremony tonight.

It's been a great deal of a moment for all of us Singaporeans.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Cheers for Singapore athletes

To all athletes, well done!

Special mention to table tennis player Isabelle Li, who surprised herself to make it to the final and secure a silver medal in the girls' singles event!

And the taekwando team which has brought us medals!

And the soccer team which has brought many of us Singaporeans together to display the kind of spirited unity at Jalan Besar we seldom ever see, except for some important Singapore National Team matches.

Can we win a gold medal?

Sunday, August 15, 2010

YOG Opens!

Beautiful ending to the Opening Ceremony of the 1st ever YOG!

The Olympic anthem was very nicely done by the choristers (includes HCJC's choir!!). Then the torch is great. Of the Youth Olympians, Darren Choy probably deserved most to carry the torch to light the flame, as he is our biggest medal hope, as a 2-time world champion and gold medallist at last year's precursor Asian Youth Games.

The cauldron is special with the lighthouse design and the tornado effect of the flame. Cool stuff :D

And I would like to applaud one person in particular: IOC president Jacques Rogge. He is the brainchild of this extension to the Olympics, and one part of his speech genuinely struck me.

He talked about the vast difference between being a WINNER and a CHAMPION.

Very on the spot. (Y)(Y)