Monthly Archives: November 2010

Shame on you, S-League, for even nominating Shahril for the Player of the Year Award in the first place.

The crowning of Shahril Ishak as the S-League’s Player of the Year for the 2010 season is a sad indictment of  the moral state of local football.

Sure, the 26-year-old midfielder and playmaker may have had a stellar season with Home United, his performances and 17 goals playing a major part in Home’s pursuit of the title.

But the fact remains that Shahril left his club to join Indonesia Super League side Persib Bandung several matches before the end of the season.

And as The New Paper astutely noted in its report: “After his departure, the Protectors never regained the momentum to keep their title charge going and finished third.”

The New Paper also quoted Shahril as saying that he had no choice but to take up the offer from Persib Bandung.

“I feel sad that my team struggled after I left. But it was a once-in-a-lifetime chance for me to leave for Indonesia. I had to take it,” he said.

I do not deny that Shahril is a highly-talented player and that he had a great season with Home.

But regardless of how Shahril chose to explain it, the fact remains that he had abandoned his club for a higher-paying opportunity at a crucial stage of the title race. Mind you, his departure didn’t just jeopardise Home’s title chances. It also dealt a huge blow to the attractiveness of the competition.

All this, in my book, should have automatically disqualified him from being even nominated for the Player of the Year award in the first place.

And yet, the S-League chose to put him on a pedestal instead. In doing so, they have sent the wrong message to all other young aspiring footballers.

On his part, Shahril should have also done the noble thing and declined the nomination from the start.

Shame on you, S-League.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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Newsbreak: Elfi and Amirudin qualify for Asian Games 100m semi-finals

Singapore sprinters Muhammad Elfi Mustapa and Muhd Amirudin Jamal have qualified for the semi-finals of the men’s 100m at the Asian Games.

Elfi clocked 10.69sec to come in second in his heat. Amirudin qualified for tomorrow’s semi-finals despite ending fifth in Heat 3. This is because he was one of the four fastest sprinters outside the top four in their race.

But it looks like Amanda Choo may have missed out on a semi-final slot in the women’s 100m despite clocking the same time – 12.04sec – as the final qualifier, Hiriyuth Majunath of India.

It seems that the judges compared their times down to the micro-seconds and ruled that Hiruyuth was faster, and gave her the 16th and last qualifying slot for the semis. I am waiting to confirm this.

Meanwhile, Zhang Guirong finished fifth in the women’s shot put after throwing a best effort of 17.06m. China’s Li Ling (19.94m) and Gong Lijiao (19.67m) were first and second while South Korea’s Li Mi Young (17.51m) took the bronze.

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Post script:

Elfi and Amiruddin both failed to advance from their semi-final races today (Monday, 21 Nov).

Elfi finished last in his heat in a time of 10.95sec while Amirudin was seventh in his heat in 10.73sec.

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Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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Newsbreak: Three-gold bonanza for Team Singapore, thanks to sailors and bowlers

Heartiest congratulations to bowlers Geraldine Ng, Shayna Ng and Cherie Tan and sailors Sherman Cheng, Justin Liu, Rachel Lee and Cecilia Low for striking gold at the Asian Games today.

I think the Singapore Bowling Federation will be heaving a huge sigh of relief after finally breaking their golden duck at the Asian Games, a barren streak that started from the 2006 Doha Games.

Let’s hope this spurs the team on to go in with guns blazing in the remaining events in Guangzhou.

SingaporeSailing could not repeat its five-gold haul from the 2006 Asiad but I think winning two golds and two silvers is a reasonably decent result.

I am particularly happy with Sherman and Justin’s successful defence of their 2006 title which suggests that they are truly without peers in the region.

Here’s wishing them all the best and many more years of similar success when they move to the 470 after this.

Here are the reports of our bowlers and sailors’ golden exploits.

Once again, my heartiest congratulations to all of them for doing Singapore proud. Who says local sporting talent cannot deliver the goods for Singapore?

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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The reports:

S’pore bowlers win gold

(The Straits Times Online, 20 Nov 2010)

By May Chen

SINGAPORE keglers Shayna Ng, Geraldine Ng and Cherie Tan turned in top-class performances on Saturday to clinch the women’s trios gold medal at the Asian Games.

They registered 3,917 pinfalls after six games to finish top of the pack by 68 pinfalls. The South Korean trio of Choi Jin A, Hwang Sun Ok and Son Jun Hee took silver with 3,849 pinfalls, while China’s Yang Suling, Chen Dongdong and Zhang Yuhong finished third with 3,841 pinfalls.

This is Singapore’s second gold medal at the Asian Games following swimmer Tao Li’s triumph in the women’s 50m butterfly on Thursday. It is also the fourth medal that Singapore’s bowlers have won. Prior to this, the Republic’s keglers won two silvers and one bronze.

Singapore’s other trios partnership of Jasmine Yeong-Nathan, Jazreel Tan and New Hui Fen finished in 10th place with 3,626 pinfalls.

In the men’s trios, Basil Low, Jason Yeong-Nathan and Remy Ong were Singapore’s best performers. They finished 13th with 3,693 pinfalls, while Ng Tiac Pin, Benjamin Lim and Mark Wong were 19th with 3,620 pinfalls.

South Korea took gold (4061 pinfalls) and silver (3952 pinfalls), while Qatar took bronze (3908 pinfalls).

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Gold for S’pore sailors

(The Straits Times Online,  20 Nov 2010)

By May Chen

SINGAPORE’S sailors have added two golds, two silvers and four bronzes to the Republic’s medal haul at the Asian Games.

Reigning world champions Justin Liu and Sherman Cheng’s steady and consistent peformances, which included five wins out of 12 races, led them to the gold in the men’s 420.

On the other hand, Rachel Lee and Cecilia Low chalked up an impressive 10 wins out of 12 races to take first place in the women’s 420.

The sailors had looked set to finish with two golds and six bronzes at the end of the six-day sailing competition on Saturday, but were pleasantly surprised when they ended up with two silvers in the women’s optimist and men’s laser events after hosts China was hit with post-race protests.

Colin Cheng finished second in the men’s laser while Kimberly Lim took silver in the women’s dinghy optimist.

Singapore’s bronzes came from Ryan Lo (Men’s Optimist), Scott Glen Sydney (Laser Radial), Dawn Liu and Siobhan Tam (Women’s 470) and Teo Wee Chin and Justin Wong (Hobie 16).

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