Heartiest congratulations to our national boys’ hockey team for finishing sixth out of 10 teams at the recent Boys Under-18 Asia Cup in Myanmar which ended on Nov 21.
The Singapore Hockey Federation had set the team the target of finishing fifth or sixth, and our lion-hearted hockey teens duly delivered.
Singapore was grouped with Taiwan, South Korea, Myanmar and Japan, and got their campaign off to a confidence-boosting start with a 3-0 win over Taiwan.
But they were beaten by the Koreans 0-3 in their next game.
The Republic then brushed aside host Myanmar 4-0, a result which meant a chance at qualifying for the semi-finals if they could beat Japan in their final game.
However, it was not to be. Singapore gave it their all but the cautious Japanese, needing only a draw to reach the semis, did just that.
Singapore was thus edged out of a spot in the semis by goal difference, and found themselves drawn to face India in the fifth-sixth place play-offs.
India were the defending champions of the competition but a poor showing in the group stages saw them missing out on the semis. The gulf in standards between the two countries was clear as India ran out comfortable 4-1 winners.
According to its website, the Singapore Hockey Federation said it was satisfied with the team’s performances and results, and take them as signs that the Republic is gradually bridging the gap between them and the region’s powerhouses.
So well done, guys, and good job.
I was not able to provide regular updates on the results as it was practically impossible to find information about how you guys were doing in the tournament. There was no coverage of U-18 Asia Cup it in the local and even in the Malaysian newspapers. I guess the Malaysians were more caught up with their men’s senior team’s efforts to try to qualify for the 2010 World Cup.
But from the looks of the scores that Singapore recorded at the tournament, it looks like our boys had a decent outing which they could be proud of.
Yours in sport
Singapore Sports Fan