Thursday, April 30, 2015

#SEAGames2015 | Here are the draw for the men's and women's basketball competition.

Photo by VoxSports

Katrina Ann wary of Singapore threat

National synchronized swimmer Katrina Ann Abdul Hadi fears that Malaysia’s chances of doing well in the SEA Games could be compromised by their lack of experience.

Almost 90% of the team will consist of new athletes that only came into the scene last year, and considering that Singapore’s squad is far more experienced in international competitions, Katrina claims that it would be hard for Malaysia to replicate their achievements at the 2011 SEA Games in Indonesia.

“After the SEA Games in Palembang, Singapore maintained their athletes and kept grooming them. Whereas from our squad, only three athletes from the team that swooped gold medals in 2011, remain within the ranks,” she told Harian Metro.

“After the SEA Games in Palembang, Singapore have maintained all their athletes.”

Katrina went on to say that the Malaysian team is determined to at least claim one gold medal this time around. To prepare for the SEA Games, the national synchronized swimming team will be in action at the 2015 Japan Open.


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Singapore Gymnastics' High Performance Manager steps down before SEA Games

SINGAPORE: With just over a month to go to the start of the South East Asian Games (SEA Games), Sim Shilin, the High Performance Manager at Singapore Gymnastics, has stepped down.

She tendered her resignation on Apr 23, and will serve her last day on May 22. Sim held that post for six months. Channel NewsAsia understands that Sim, who is 38 weeks pregnant, cited personal reasons. 

Sim and Singapore Gymnastics declined to comment when contacted.

On the Singapore Gymnastics website, there is a job opening for the role of High Performance Manager. The ad was posted a day after Sim’s resignation.

As High Performance Manager for the Men’s and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics and Rhythmic Gymnastics, her role was to liaise with coaches, athletes, parents and various stakeholders such as Sport SG and Singapore Sports Institute.

Source: CNA /

Even with juniors, Malaysia confident of retaining men's hockey gold at SEA Games

Only once has Malaysia failed to strike gold in the history of the South-east Asia (SEA) Games men's hockey competition, a blemish suffered 42 years ago in 1973, at the hands of Singapore, when the Republic hosted the event for the first time.

Malaysia will field its national junior squad for the 28th SEA Games, which will be held here from June 5 to 16, and the mission for the Under-20 boys remains nothing less than gold.

Speaking to The New Paper recently, the team's head coach, A Arulselvaraj, said: "Local (Malaysian) papers are saying that we're taking part in the SEA Games with kids, but we've only ever lost the gold medal once, and we're still going there to win it this time.

"We have sent older players in the past, even retired ones, to make sure we win, but I'd rather put in junior boys - even take 18-year-olds with me - and help the country develop more players for the talent pool.

"I will put my head on the chopping block, and accept the challenge."

The Singapore Hockey Federation believes the men's team can win the gold because they will face a Malaysian junior side.

Solomon Casoojee's Singapore side will get a preview of exactly what they are in for when Arul and his charges travel here for a series of friendlies from May 4 to 14.

Malaysia end their SEA Games preparations with a 10-day trip to Bangladesh from May 20 to 30.

The Singapore team have been forced to split up, after a group travelled to Perth (one stint last month and another earlier this month) while others remained in Singapore to train due to various commitments.

It is one of the reasons why Arul believes the sport here lags far behind Malaysia, whose men's team are 12th in the world rankings, 26 rungs above Singapore.

"I feel very sad for Singapore hockey, the problems are well known. The national team gather and some can't come because of school or work, and then there is National Service to juggle with - it's difficult for the coach to get the full team," he said.

"It's a waste, because you've got some good players. And when you add the fact that the sport of hockey doesn't pay (players) very much, you can see just how big the problem is."

Arul asserts that the situation is not helped by a low level domestic hockey league.

"Singapore is very far behind, and it's quite obvious, the national team get stronger when the league is strong and players get to play at a high level, week in, week out," he said.

"Maybe Singapore should join the Malaysian National League, like the LionsXII (in football). It won't be too hard, we're just next door."

The Singapore men's team were humiliated by the senior Malaysia side 16-1 in a World League Round 2 match recently, and also lost to the same opponents 8-2 at the Asian Games last year, but Arul did see positives in Casoojee's young side.

"I saw the team at the Asian Games and I thought they did well in terms of performance.

"They had confidence, didn't hold back, and went out to play hockey. They could've put 10 men in their own half to try and keep the score down, but they didn't," he said.

Singapore finished last out of 10 teams at the Incheon Games. Malaysia were fourth.

Arul has seen enough to come out in defence of Casoojee and his boys.

"The public is always critical, even here in Malaysia. I think it's perhaps the same situation there - some in Singapore may not have even seen the game, but they come out with strong criticism," he said.

"What do they expect, Singapore to go to the World Cup and Olympics? Some people are just delusional, and they go after coaches."

Arul believes that Malaysian hockey is also facing issues of its own and stands at a crossroads.

Elections for the Malaysian Hockey Confederation are on May 13, but he is focused on the SEA Games.

The four-team SEA Games tourney - also featuring Myanmar and Thailand - is a stepping stone to the Junior Asia Cup (Nov 14 to 22), which is a qualifier for the 2016 Junior World Cup in India.

"I'm definitely confident that we will win gold at the SEA Games," said Arul. "But it's really preparation for the Asia Cup, because we want to make sure we get to the World Cup."

He has personally led training sessions at the Sengkang Stadium, and has had a close-up look at the Singapore men's hockey players in competitive fixtures when they were on a training stint in Perth last month. 

And Australia international Jamie Dwyer believes that Solomon Casoojee's side have improved enough to launch a genuine challenge for gold at the South-east Asia Games on home soil, even if they are up against Malaysia, far and away the best team in the region. 

Malaysia sit in 12th spot in the world rankings while Singapore are 38th.

"In their games (in Perth), I thought (the Singapore players) really improved a lot, individually. In fact, that's what I told Mark (Knowles, Australia captain) after I saw them," said Dwyer, at the sidelines of Monday's press conference announcing the partnership between Hockey Australia and Singapore-owned regional company, The Project Group (TPG). 

"They just need to put it together as a team, and if they can get confidence, I don't think there will be much between them and Malaysia," added the five-time World Player of the Year. 

As part of his work with TPG Academy - launched in December last year and aimed at improving the standard of Singapore hockey - the 36-year-old Dwyer, along with Knowles and a few other Australian internationals, led sessions with the men's national side. 

Dwyer believes one key difference between average teams and the great ones, is consistency. 

"The problem is this: in some matches, (the Singapore men) do brilliantly, but when they're bad, they're really poor. 

"And that's the difference. Take Australia for instance: even when we're bad, we're not that poor," said Dwyer, who won both the Commonwealth Games and World Cup with Australia last year. 

But he has seen enough grit among the Singapore men to tip them for bigger things. 

"The bunch of players who were here were really dedicated, they trained really hard and I believe all of them could play in the league in Australia," said Dwyer.  

"And if they did come over and play week in, week out, at this level of hockey, at this intensity, it would really help them - and the Singapore team - improve.

"Teams like Japan weren't that good a while ago, but they put in the effort and have closed the gap with the rest of the world, just like China did before the (2008 Beijing) Olympics. 

"I think it's possible for Singapore to go out there and do the same."  

Dwyer knows a thing or two about stepping it up to compete with the best. Last year, he contemplated hanging up his stick, but a stint in the India Hockey League proved that he still had what it takes, a point he showed at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia earlier this month. 

Australia finished second to New Zealand, but Dwyer topped the goalscorers' chart, with seven strikes. 

"Last year I was unsure about my future, didn't know if I still had enough to contribute, but I really enjoy the game, and being part of the team, and I  needed to prove to myself that I could still play," he said. 

"I think my touch on the ball is as good as the next guy. It's just a question of if my body can keep up.  

"That's the problem - my age. I really need to be vigilant, with food, with what I drink, stretching, the works." 

As a testament to his dedication to a professional athlete's lifestyle, Dwyer finished near the top in fitness tests conducted by the Kookaburras. 

"I finished second (in the team) in the Beep Test, and I was second fastest over a 10-metre sprint - that really gave me confidence," said Dwyer. 

Source: TNP /

The 28th SEA Games Medals

Stunning closing ceremony in store, medals unveiled

Local and international artistes will team up for the SEA Games closing ceremony on June 16 as the the Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee (Singsoc) revealed its plans on Monday for the Games finale.

Dutch DJ Ferry Corsten and local acts Tay Kewei, The Sam Willows and The Steve McQueens are some of the artistes who will perform at the National Stadium.

Singsoc also unveiled the medals for the biennial meet, where a total of 1,327 medals across 402 events from 36 sports are there to be won. The medals, measuring 80mm in diameter and weighing 183g each, are designed by Joys Tan, a designer from national sports agency Sport Singapore.

Spectators at the closing ceremony will also receive a commemorative supporter's medallion, which can be found in their funpack.

Singsoc's creative director for show-opening and closing ceremony Beatrice Chia-Richmond said: "The 28th SEA Games will be a time to not just profile the achievements and efforts of our homegrown athletes, but to celebrate the new stories and relationships forged through the Games with our friends from the region.

"Aside from being a visually stunning ceremony, the audience can expect elements of a great party - great music in the form of a mini concert and also exclusive performances by leading global DJ Ferry Corsten."

A special collection of stamps, dubbed the 28th SEA Games stamps, will go on sale from June 5.

Source: The Straight Times /

Monday, April 27, 2015

Netball team gearing up for SEA Games

THE national netball team are scheduled to tip off their 28th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games against hosts Singapore on May 31.

It cannot be any more difficult for the Sultanate as Singapore are the number one ranked side in Asia after winning the 9th Asian Netball Championship which they hosted in September after defeating Sri Lanka 59-41 in the final

Brunei will face Myanmar the next day followed by a matchup against Thailand on June 2.

The Sultanate will then play Malaysia on June 3 and end the round-robin stage against the Philippines the following day.

The top-four teams will progress into the semi-finals on to be played two days later.

The national team have yet to receive confirmation on whether they will be going to the Games, but national netball coach Thilaka Jinadasa knows what they will be up against should they be Lion City bound.

“Singapore is Asia’s number one team. We know that it will be tough but the girls are better now compared to last time and will put up a good fight,” said Jinadasa in an interview with The Brunei Times after a training session at the Multipurpose Hall of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas on Monday.

“We have a better chance against Myanmar as we won 60-32 when we last met (at the Asian Championships). They have tall players and were not as skillful then. We cannot take it easy though and have to stay focused.

“Thailand are rough in games since they are made up of mostly basketball players while Malaysia are like Singapore because they have better players and experience.

“The Philippines… I’ve never seen, but from what I’ve heard is that they are made up of basketball players.

“They will definitely be big players but not sure about skill level. I think my players have better netball skills.

“Regardless, we will not take any of these games easy. We will adjust out game accordingly every 15 minutes,” continued the Sri Lankan.

The national team are set to play a five-game friendly series against Sri Lanka’s Air Force team later this week.

The team were initially suppose to play six matches with the first tipping off on Thursday, but it has now been scheduled for Friday.

Jinadasa was hoping to go out of the country to play more different teams but is just glad to at least get one to come.

“It is very important in team sports to go out and play because it improves bonding and linking on and off the court," explained Jinadasa.

“I planned to go out for two different exposure trips, but due to funding issues, I’m glad we’ve at least managed to get two teams to come here.

“When travelling, we get to play different teams. We only get to play the same team when they come here and it might not be as effective some times.

“Overall, I’m really happy with the progress of the girls and they should know that unity is the success for the team,” she added. The team started centralised training yesterday.

Source: The Brunei Times

SEAG contender Cray sets 100m national mark

MANILA, Philippines – Eric Cray erased an eight-year-old Philippine record in the 100 meters dash and installed himself one of the favorites to win the century dash in the Southeast Asian Games this June in Singapore.

Cray ran 10.33 seconds in the Bob Cat Invitational in Texas Saturday in Houston, Texas, reported track and field statistician Andrew Pirie. He was third in this event. The old record was 10.45 by Ralph Soguilon in 2007 in Claremont, California.

His time surpassed the winning mark of 10.41 by Jeerapong Minapra of Thailand in the 2013 SEA Games in Myanmar.

In a Facebook message, Soguilon congratulated Cray for setting the new record. "Proud of previously breaking the then 45-yr old Phillippine record ( 10.78 by Rogelio Onofre) and holding it for 8 yrs. I now hope this would be the start of an improved Philippine sprinting. Looking forward to more sprinters running under 10.50 seconds."

Renato Unso, secretary-general of the Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association, told Rappler that Cray's name will be entered in the 100 meters during the managers' meeting a few days before the athletics competition.

"He (Cray) could be a contender (for the gold)," said Unso. The Philippines has never won this event since joining the SEA Games in 1977.

His entry will boost the Philippines' chances of increasing its 7-gold tally in Myanmar.

The Philippines is leaning on three Fil-Ams, including Cray to achieve this. The Fil-Ams are Caleb Stuart in the shot put and discus and Donovont Arriola in the long jump. Other gold medal hopes are pole vaulter Ernest John Obiena, who upset defending SEA Games champion Kreeta Sintawachewa of Thailand last month, Archand Christian Bagsit in the 400 meters, Christopher Ulboc in the 3,000m steeplechase and Eduardo Buenavista in the marathon.

Cray is defending his 400m hurdles title and is a reserve in the 4x400m relay squad, which is also aiming to keep its crown in Singapore.  

Fil-Am Eric Cray is expected to boost the Philippines' chances of medalling in the SEA Games. Photo from Cray's Facebook profile


Taekwondo jins to train in Korea

Jakarta  - Taekwondo athletes who are preparing for the SEA Games 2015 in Singapore will be sent to South Korea to undergo final training camp before going on the biennial sports championship.

Chairman of the Board of Taekwondo Indonesia (PB TI) Marciano Norman said that there were 12 athletes who undergo training camp. While in Korea, they are also scheduled to undergo some test matches with local athletes.

Indonesian athletes will get adequate sparring companion. With a long training camp is expected they could be better and in peak condition when the SEA Games in 2015.

Marciano Norman said  that 12 athletes are training for  poomsae and Kyorugi events. The team was accompanied by a local coach and a foreign coach.

In addition to focus on the team preparing the SEA Games in 2015, it is also the concentration in the preparation of potential young athletes from all over Indonesia. This will improve the quality of coaches and referees.

‘Wushu team progressing well’

THE national wushu team are progressing well in preparations for the upcoming 28th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Singapore.

This was updated by the national wushu coach Li Hui in an email to the media.

The team left the Sultanate on April 9 and will continue their intensive training before returning to the Sultanate on May 13.

The team of five athletes – Faustina Woo Wai Sii, Lee YingShi, Ang Guat Lian and brothers Sufi Shayiran and Mohd Adi Sya’rani Roslan – are currently training in Hebei Province, China.

Woo and Lee are working on the duilian (duo sparring with broadsword and spear) event, which they won the only gold for the Sultanate in Myanmar two years ago.

Besides duilian, Lee is also working on the changquan (long fist) event.

Mohd Sufi is putting in work for nanquan (southern fist) and nangun (southern staff) while Mohd Adi on daoshu (single-edge swordplay) and gunshu (long staff).

The brothers will also team up for the men’s duilian, which they won gold at the 5th World Junior Wushu Championships in Antalya, Turkey back in March last year and silver at the 3rd Islamic Solidarity Games in Palembang, Indonesia, in September 2013.

Last but not least, Ang is training on her tajiquan (taiji fist) event. Combining with the taijijian (taiji double-edged sword) event, she won bronze at the 6th ASEAN School Games in the Philippines back in December.

The team currently trains twice a day: 8.30am – 11.45am and 2.30pm – 5.30pm.

They train thrice a day on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with an extra session from 7pm – 9pm.

The national coach thanked the Brunei Darussalam National Olympic Council (BDNOC) and the Department of Youth and Sports for the continuous support.

Source: The Brunei Times

Wushu artists to train in China for Southeast Asian Games

HCM CITY — The national wushu team will head to China tomorrow (April 26) for training in preparation for the coming Southeast Asian Games.

The one-month course will take place in Shanghai and Xi An cities.

Viet Nam will send 14 wushu athletes to compete in Singapore in June.

Among the 14, 12 belong to Taolu (a performance discipline) group that includes defending champion, Duong Thuy Vi.

The wushu events will take place on June 6-8 at the Expo Hall 2 during the Games. 

Source: VNS

Singapore fields 29-man team for SEA Games

SINGAPORE: The Singapore Shooting Association will be fielding a 29-man team to the SEA Games in June, one of the biggest contingents it has sent to the event.

Twelve of them will be making their Games debut, including six officers from the Home Team.

The Precision Pistol Competition (PPC) is also making a return after it was first featured in the 2005 SEA Games in the Philippines. In this event, competitors are given an hour to fire 150 shots from various distances - from seven to 50 yards, including shooting from multiple positions.

Mr Peter Teh is one of six professionals from the Home Team who will be representing Singapore in this event. He was the team manager for the pistol and shotgun events in 2005, and is ready for his new role as a competitor.

Mr Teh said: "Besides organising PPC in Singapore, I also conduct training. Now, I'm a shooter as well. So I'm kind of like (an) all-rounder. I hope that as a shooter, I can bring good results. This time round, I would say that I have more knowledge and confidence at this year's SEA Games. I would know what the expectations are and what drama unfolds during the Games."

Source: CNA


Tracie's back and staking a claim for SEA Games spot

KUALA LUMPUR: Trust national artistic gymnast Tracie Ang to bounce back when she takes a fall.

The 21-year-old Tracie proved that she is not done yet when she came out of a hip injury to stake a strong claim for a spot in the Singapore SEA Games in June.

She took part in a selection trial this week – just to see where she stood – and instead made heads turn when she came out tops in a six-member field.

“It was really satisfying. I did not feel any pain and was able to do all the simple routines. And I had only two weeks of training before the trial,” said Tracie.

“With more practice, I can be better. I am now keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll get to go for my fourth SEA Games.”

Last October, Tracie went through a hip injury and was ruled out for the year.

“This is one of my longest recovery period. It took about five months to get back on my feet. I didn’t give up hope as I still believe I could still perform.

“I am thankful my coach (Nataliya Sinkova) still has trust in me. I wanted to take part in only two events – the uneven bars and balance beam – but she challenged me to try all four during the trials and I’m glad it went well.”

Tracie was part of the team that finished eighth at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last year.

Her best result is a 10th placed finish in the individual all-around event at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.

Team manager Abdul Hadi Ahmad said that the Malaysian Gymnastics Federation (MGF) will finalise the SEA Games squad after a meeting on April 28.

“We have not closed the selection. The performances of the gymnasts in the first and second trials will be looked into. Their performances in competitions will also be taken account,” added Abdul Hadi.

Malaysia’s last big success in artistic gymnastics came at the 2007 Thailand Games when they won two golds. Gymnastics was not contested at both the 2009 Laos and 2013 Myanmar SEA Games. 

Tracie went through a hip injury last October and was ruled out for the year. - filepic

Source: The Star

Shuttler Arif selected for SEA Games in Singapore

KUALA LUMPUR: Independent shuttler Mohd Arif Abdul Latif has received a shot in the arm. 

The 25-year-old has been selected as one of the men’s singles players to represent Malaysia at the Singapore SEA Games in June. He has impressed the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) with his consistent performances at international level and good showing in a recent selection trials.

He was one of the three independent shuttlers invited for the trials last week. The others were Tan Chun Seang (men’s singles) and Sannatasah Saniru (women’s singles).

Arif’s best result this year was at the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold. He went down fighting to eventual champion Lee Hyun-il of South Korea in the quarter-finals.

The Negri Sembilan lad was happy to make a comeback to the national team. His last national assignment was the Indonesia SEA Games in 2011.

Arif said he would abide by the BAM rules.

“I am an independent player and currently sponsored by Fleet. I will follow the requirements set by the BAM during the Games,” said Arif, who left the BAM in 2013 to seek greener pastures.

The BAM are sponsored by Victor and Maybank.

Arif’s immediate task now is to do well at the New Zealand Open Grand Prix Gold, which begins in Auckland on Wednesday. The other Malaysian men’s singles players in the fray are Chong Wei Feng, Liew Daren, Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin, Zulfadli Zulkiffli and Chun Seang.

Morten Frost, the BAM technical director, will name the rest of the SEA Games team on Monday. He will also name the squad for the Sudirman Cup in Dongguan, China, from May 10-17.

Source: The Star

Sunday, April 26, 2015

22nd Indonesia President’s Cup 2015 (Boxing)

Location: Palembang, Indonesia

Date: 19th - 25th April 2015

Men's Events

Men’s 49 kg
Gold - Mario Kali (Indonesia)
Silver - Muhammad Fuad Rizwan (Malaysia)
Bronze - G.Gan-Erdene (Mongolia)
Bronze - Mohamed Fuad Bin Mohamed Redzuan (Malaysia)

Men’s 52 kg
Gold - Julia Bria (Indonesia)
Silver - Bui Trong Tai (Vietnam)

Men’s 56 kg
Gold - E.Tsendbaatar (Mongolia)
Silver - Mario Fernandez (Philippines)

Men’s 60 kg
Gold - Daisuke Narimatsu (Japan)
Silver - D.Otgondalai (Mongolia)
Bronze - Farand Papendang (Indonesia)
Bronze - Manish Kaushik (India)

Men’s 64 kg
Gold - Vinky Montolalu (Indonesia)
Silver - B.Chinzorig (Mongolia)
Bronze - Joel Bancho (Philippines)
Bronze - Ratha Ven (Cambodia)

Men’s 69 kg
Gold - Rakesh (India)
Silver - Hiroaki Kinjo (Japan)
Bronze - Byamba Tuvshinbat (Mongolia)
Bronze - Hzam Nabah (Qatar)

Men's 75 kg
Gold -  Harpal Singh, India
Silver - Jee Deok Seong (Korea)

Women's Events

Women’s 48kg
Gold - Shamjetsabam Sarjubala (India)
Silver - Zoya Isayeva (Russia)

Women’s 51 kg
Gold - Pinki Jangra (India) 
Silver - Nandintsetseg Myagmardulam (Mongolia)
Bronze - Sopida Satumrum (Thailand)

Women's 54 kg
Gold - Nesthy Petecio (Philippines)
Silver - Paemwilat Laopeam (Thailand)

Women's 57 kg
Gold - Tassamalee Thongjan (Thailand)
Silver - Zinaida Dobrynina (Russia)
Bronze - Pwilao Basumatary (India)

Women’s 60 kg
Gold - Anastasia Beliakova (Russia)
Silver -  Luu Thi Duyen (Vietnam)
Bronze - O.Suvd-Erdene (Mongolia)

Perlas Pilipinas off to Taipei for intensive training as part of SEA Games prep

The Philippine national women’s basketball team will heading to Taiwan from May 11 to 15 for training as part of their preparations for the Southeast Asian Games.

Wilbert Loa, team manager of the Perlas Pilipinas national team, told in an exclusive interview that the team will test itself against some top flight competition during the trip.

“We will have three tuneup games in Taiwan, then we will continue our training all the way to June,” Loa said.

The recently-formed squad will be coached by former University of the Philippines Fighting Maroon Patrick Aquino. He will be joined assisted by his longtime UP teammate Paul Du and former pro Aries Dimaunahan.

The team is composed of Afril Onedo Bernardino, Shelly Anne Gupilan, Analyn Escosio Almazan, Merenciana Rosette Arayi, Fria Albarico Bernardo, Allana May Lim, Maria Beatrice Daez, Roco Cindy Resultay, Sofia Roman, Camille Tudoc Sambile, Danica Jose, and Claire Castro and is supported by Blackwater and Smart Communications.

According to Loa, the team should be formidable enough to medal in the SEA Games.

“This team is composed of several veterans and other crack players from the UAAP. The Mythical Five members of the UAAP are included in this team,” he said.

Aquino added that playing against top women’s teams from Taiwan will be a fitting workout for the squad to gauge where they are at this stage of their preparations.

“It will be beneficial in our preparation for the SEA Games. Taiwan’s women’s teams are some of the best in the world,” the coach said.


Detailed Schedules of Swimming at the 28th SEA Games 2015

AFF Women Championship 2015

AFF Women Championship 2015
Location: Thống Nhất Stadium, Ho Chi Minh City

Date: 1st - 10th May 2015


Group A
May 1: Laos 2-0 Indonesia (LAOS: Soukpanhya  10', Angmansongsa  47' (pen.))
May 1: Thailand 0-3 Australia (AUSTRALIA: Harrison  53' (pen.), Goad  77' , Checker  83')
May 3: Australia 1-0 Laos (AUSTRALIA: Ferguson 59')
May 3: Indonesia 1-10 Thailand (THAILAND: 5' , 30')
May 5: Indonesia 0-7 Australia
May 5: Thailand 12-0 Laos

Group B

May 2 Philippines 3-0 Malaysia (PHI: Shugg  24', Houplin  72'75')
May 2 Vietnam 3-2 Myanmar
May 4 Myanmar 4-1 Philippines
May 4 Malaysia 0-7 Vietnam
May 6 Malaysia 0-4 Myanmar
May 6 Philippines 0-4 Vietnam

May 8 - Semi Finals
SF1: Australia 0-1 Myanmar (MYANMAR: Yee Oo)

SF2: Thailand vs Vietnam

May 10 -  
3rd Place Battle : Australia 4-3 Vietnam

May 10 - Championship Match

Myanmar 3-4 Thailand

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Pinoy Cagers ready for SEA Games & SEABA

The 28th Southeast Asian Games team bound Philippines cadet pool will go today in Singapore to defend the crown in Southeast Asia Basketball Association (SEABA) Men's Championship which starts on Monday (April 27).
The Philippines cadet pool led by national coach Tab Baldwin will immediately play against Indonesia at 6: 00 pm. 
Before leaving, they first beat Blackwater during a tune-up match with a score of 78-72 in Meralco Gym. Earlier, the cadet team beat the professional team Global Port in their first tune-up match last Thursday. 
The tournament will serve as qualifying tournament for the next stage of FIBA ​​Asia Men's Championship which the Philippines intends to win the crown in order to qualify for the FIBA ​​World which the Philippines is targeting to host. 
The tournament also serves as preparation for participation in the team every two years the 28th Southeast Asian Games held in Singapore on June 5 to 16. 
Some members of the team were Cadet pool Almond Vosotros, Arnold Van Opstal, Baser Amer, Glenn Khobuntin, Jeron Teng, Jiovanni Jalalon, Kevin Ferrer, Kiefer Ravena and Mac Belo.

Friday, April 24, 2015

SEA GAMES 2015 Update:

Official Draw for Basketball
The official draw for the 28th SEA Games, Basketball will be conducted at the OCBC Arena Hall 1, Sports Hub on Thursday, 30 April 2015. The draw will be supervised by Secretary General of Southeast Asia Basketball Association, Dato' Yeoh Choo Hock in the presence of SINGSOC Officials and Media.

The 9 men team will be drawn into 2 groups into A and B. As per the basketball Tehcnical handbook, Participating teams will be grouped according to their final rankings in the 27th SEA Games as follows.

GROUP A- Philippines Malaysia Indonesia
GROUP B: Thailand, Singapore, Cambodia Mynamar

b) The 2 new cormers ( Vietnam and Timor Leste) will be drawn into any group of A and B

The draw will be held during the 11th Southeast Asia Basketball Association (SEABA) Men’s Basketball Championship period hosted in Singapore. The participating countries for the SEABA Championship are Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Laos and Singapore

Orcollo to Defend the Crown in Singapore

Veteran  cuemaster Dennis Orcollo is ready to defend the crown at the 28th Southeast Asian Games after his first title this year. 

Former World 8-Ball champion Orcollo dominated the Super Billiards Expo Pro-10 Ball Tournament in Philadelphia to add the trophy to his collections. 

The 36-year-old from Surigao del Sur beat Jayson Show of the United Kingdom, 13-12, to finally express a willingness to get on his hands again the gold medal at the 28th SEA Games in Singpore on June 5 to 16. 

Before the finalsof the said tournament, Orcollo first beat Patrick Carossi, Danny Olson, Rodney Morris, Thorsten Hohmann and Shane Van Boening. 

Another Filipino cue artist Warren Kiamko also participated but failed to get to the quarterfinals where the tournament is a ranking tournament for the PartyPoker Mosconi Cup. 

However, Orcollo finished this year in third on The Smokin Aces 9-Ball Open and the fourth in the DCC 9-Ball Tournament. 

Dennis Orcollo will represent the Philippines in 8-Ball and 9-Ball events in the SEA Games.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

SEA Games Squad Looks East

Following last week’s draw for the football tournament to be held at June’s 28th Southeast Asian Games, the players competing to represent Myanmar U23 in Singapore entered a Yangon-based training camp. An initial selection of 30 players joined the camp at Inya Lake Hotel on April 18. Those players will then travel to South Korea and Japan to face K League and J League opponents.

“Before we leave we will face three Myanmar club sides, on our trip we will face three more teams between May 4 and 19 and when we return we will host a friendly international game,” said Zaw Min Htike, a Myanmar Football Federation spokesperson.

“The players have been gradually improving as a team and I believe they will develop a great deal of experience from this trip,” U Kyi Lwin, the U23 head coach told The Myanmar Times.

This side visited Japan in March during their preparation for their unsuccessful AFC U23 Championship qualification campaign. On that occasion the team lost 9-0 to their Japanese equivalents.

During their AFC U23 qualifiers Myanmar beat Hong Kong and Chinese Taipei to come second in their group but after losing heavily to top side Australia, they failed to secure one of the runner-up qualification spots for the final tournament.

“Our team has played many international matches. These matches have been played at continental level and so our team has learned from this international experience,” added U Kyi Lwin.

On March 22 the U23 drew 1-1 with the Malaysian U23 team, a side the Myanmar U20s had beaten 3-0 only days before.

Last week’s SEA Games tournament draw saw the White Angels pulled out of the bag and into Group A, alongside hosts Singapore, 2013 runners-up Indonesia, Cambodia and the Philippines.

Singapore national coach Aide Iskandar told the games official media that he thought Group A looked the easier half of the draw.

“We’re happy with the draw. Even though Group B looks tougher we cannot underestimate any opponents in our group,” the Singapore coach said, adding that he saw Indonesia and Myanmar as his toughest opponents.

“I’m not interested in whether our group is considered a tough or easy one. I will give the same attention to every game and respect all opponents equally,” said Kyi Lin.

The MFF originally declared their target of a semi-final berth but the deputy minister for sport challenged the team to return with gold.

“I don’t want to be giving my estimation of results. I can make no promises except that we will try our best,” added the Myanmar coach.

Defending champions Thailand will form Group B along with Vietnam, Malaysia, Laos, Brunei and Timor-Leste.
Teams playing in Group B will have to play one additional game at the group stage, something that could potentially be a factor in the gruelling incessant nature of tournament football.

Source: Myanmar Times

Filipino Boxers in Right Track for SEA Games

PALEMBANG, Indonesia — Six Filipino boxers were victorious to kickstart Team Philippines’ campaign in the 22nd AIBA President’s Cup at the Palembang Sports and Convention Center.

Former Junior World champion Eumir Felix Marcial, Mario Fernandez, Joel Bacho, Roldan Boncales Jr. and Junel Cantancio all snatched wins in their respective categories while 2014 World Women’s Championships silver medal winner Nesthy Petecio also grabbed a triumph.

Marcial virtually schooled his Indonesian opponent Lodwicjk Batlayery, scoring heavily with wicked lefts that had his foe shaking his head, vainly trying to clear cobwebs. Mercifully, the referee stopped the fight after a second standing 8-count in the second round.

Myanmar SEA Games gold medalist and Incheon Asian Games bronze medalist Fernandez likewise made short work of Siguito Marquez of Timor Leste, stopping the latter in the second round with a cracking right cross that made the Timorese turn his back and hang on to the ropes in surrender.

Bacho had to go the full three rounds for a decision win against a tough Malaysian Asian and Commonwealth Games veteran, Khir Akyazlan Azmi.

Boncales used guile and speed to earn a unanimous decision over a tenacious Nat Sieknin of Cambodia.

The veteran Cantancio, nicknamed by his team mated “Unli” for his boundless energy and relentless attacking style, rained blows on Nguyen Van Hai and opened a nasty gash on the Vietnamese boxers’ right eyebrow which caused a TKO stoppage in the second round.

Only first timer Aldren Moreno (light flyweight), suffered a setback against the top Japanese in the division, Tsuboi Tomoya. It was a slam bang affair that had the crowd cheering as both fighters gave it their all.

Meanwhile, Petecio exacted revenge on her conqueror in the 2010 Barbados World Championships when she was but 17 years old, Russian Elena Savelyeva.

Petecio, now 23, and several inches shorter than the Savelyeva, sneaked in several clear head blows to thwart her rugged opponent.

The other Filipino women were unfortunate to bow in their opening matches. Palawan’s Maricris Igam lost to Indian Devi Sarjubala in a closely contested match.

First time internationalist Aira Villegas of Tacloban City took the fight early to another seasoned boxer from India, 25 year-old Pinki Rani but succumbed to the clever veteran in another tight match.

Riza Pasuit displayed unorthodox but very active moves but bowed to long-time Thai campaigner Tassamalee Thongjan, a World Championship bronze medalist.

“We’re quite satisfied with our performance here so far”. said ABAP Head Coach Pat Gaspi who is joined by Roel Velasco and Gerson Nietes.

“We could have had a better draw in the women’s category, but that’s how it is. None of our boxers lost badly, in fact some of our losses could have gone the other way. Still, we feel we are on track with our preparations for the SEA Games.”

The participation of ABAP here is supported by the Philippine Sports Commission and the MVP Sports Foundation.

The tournament drew 161 boxers from 19 countries and will end Saturday.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Frost may throw young‘uns into the ‘deep end’

KUALA LUMPUR: Trust Morten Frost to throw some young Malaysian shuttlers into the cauldron of world badminton.

If all goes according to plan, several young talents like Cheam June Wei, Lim Chi Wing, R. Satheishtharan and Goh Jin Wei will make their maiden appearances in two major tournaments – the Sudirman Cup in Dongguan, China, in May and Singapore SEA Games in June.

The Sudirman Cup will be Frost’s first big team assignment.

Frost, who assumed the role of technical director of the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) in March, will announce the teams for the two majors next week and some surprises are in store.

Frost did that in his previous stints as supremo in South Africa and Denmark, giving the youngsters in the two countries countless chances to strut their stuff in big tournaments.

He also did the same thing during his earlier stint in Malaysia from 1997-1999. Then, he had both the junior and senior players snapping at each other’s heels.

The 57-year-old, however, is keeping everything close to his chest.

“I will select the best team. I cannot reveal the names yet as we have to consider all the aspects in selecting the players,” said Frost after a training session on Tuesday.

June Wei, Chi Wing and Satheishtharan have all shown great potential.

The 19-year-old Chi Wing upset national No. 3 Liew Daren in the men’s singles semi-finals of the National Grand Prix Finals in December. He also won two international titles – Vietnam International Series and Bangladesh Open International Challenge – last season.

As for 18-year-old June Wei, he won the mixed doubles gold with Hong Kong’s Ng Tsz Yau at the Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China.  Satheishtharan, also 18, came into the limelight after he defeated senior Tan Kian Meng to reach the singles quarter-finals of the Kuala Lumpur Open in February this year.

Several back-up singles players like Soo Teck Zhi, Soong Joo Ven and Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin are also waiting for their big break.

The 15-year-old Jin Wei has been impressive in the women’s singles. This year, she created history by becoming the youngest shuttler to lift the Kuala Lumpur Open title.

In the men’s doubles, back-up shuttlers Low Juan Shen-Ong Yew Sin have also done well by winning the Vietnam International Series last year.

Source: The Star

Aaliyah looks good for SEA Games gold in tricks event

PETALING JAYA: Teenage water skiier Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah’s steady progress is putting her in good shape to achieve a two-gold haul at the Singapore SEA Games in June.

The 11-year-old has been making great strides this year, scoring 6,290 points to win the women’s tricks event at last month’s Indonesian Open. The feat saw Aaliyah rewrite the 20-year-old Asian record of 6,280 points held by China’s E Min.

With team-mate Arianna Chow her closest rival in the South-East Asian region, Aaliyah is a shoo-in for the tricks gold. She is the defending champion, having emerged as the youngest gold medallist in SEA Games history in Indonesia in 2011.

Aaliyah is now concentrating on improving her runs in the slalom and jump events to strengthen her bid for a second gold in the overall event. She is currently ranked fourth in South-East Asia in slalom and sixth in the jump event.

Malaysia’s bid for more medals, however, has taken a blow as 13-year-old Arianna is now nursing an injury suffered at the Indonesian Open.

“Arianna hurt her right arm badly and was told to rest for six weeks. She is still waiting for the doctor to give her the green light to train again,” said Malaysian Waterski and Wakeboard Federation (MWWF) head coach Hanifah Yoong.

“We hope she’ll make it back in time as she’s good enough for a silver in the tricks,” he added.

The good news for the MWWF is the comeback of former Formula One driver Alex Yoong after a four-year absence.

The 39-year-old Alex, who is the defending overall gold medallist, will compete in all four events – slalom, tricks, jump and overall.

The other skiiers in the squad are Mohd Syahir Nasir and Aiden Yoong Hanifah. Three others - Cheah Hsu Ann, Jeff Oh and Adam Yoong Hanifah – will compete in the wakeboard category.

Water-skiing was not contested at the 2013 Games in Myanmar.

National water skier Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah doing her tricks routine. - Filepic

Source: The Star

2015 ITF World Junior Tennis Competition-Asia / Oceania Final Qualifying Event

Location: Bangkok, Thailand

Date: 20th April - 2nd May 2015


Group A: Lebanon, Australia, New Zealand, Uzekistan
April 20
Australia 3 - 0 Lebanon
New Zealand 2 - 1 Uzbekistan
April 21
Australia 3 - 0 New Zealand
Lebanon  0 - 3 Uzbekistan
April 22
Australia  2 - 1 Uzbekistan
Lebanon 0 - 2  New Zealand

Group  B: Hong Kong, South Korea, Indonesia, India
April 20
South Korea 3 - 0 Hong Kong
Indonesia 1 - 2 India
April 21
South Korea 3 - 0 Indonesia
Hong Kong 2 - 1 India
April 22
India 0 - 3 South Korea
Indonesia 1 - 2  Hong Kong

Group C:  Kazakhstan, Japan, China, Malaysia
April 20
Japan 3 - 0 Kazakhstan
Malaysia 0 - 3 China
April 21
Japan 3 - 0 Malaysia
China 3 - 0 Kazakhstan
April 22
Japan 1 - 2 China
Kazakhstan 1 - 2 Malaysia

Group D: Chinese Taipei, Philippines, Thailand, Turkmenistan
April 20:
Chinese Taipei 2 - 1 Philippines
Turkmenistan 0 - 3 Thailand
April 21
Chinese Taipei 3- 0  Turkmenistan
Philippines 2 - 1  Thailand
April 22
Philippines 3 - 0 Turkmenistan
Thailand 1 - 2  Chinese Taipei

9th - 16th Places
Uzbekistan 3 - 0 Kazakhstan
Thailand 2 - 1 Indonesia
Turkmenistan 0 - 3 India
Lebanon 1 -2 Malaysia

Quarter Finals (April 23)
QF1: Australia 3 - 0 Japan
QF2: Chinese Taipei 2 - 1 Hong Kong
QF3: New Zealand 0 - 2 China
QF4: South Korea 2 - 1 Philippines

13th - 16th Places
Kazakhstan 0-3 Indonesia
Lebanon 3-0 Turkmenistan
9th - 12th Places
Uzbekistan 1-2 Thailand
Malaysia 0-3 India
5th - 8th Places
Philippines 3-0 New Zealand
Japan 2-1 Hong Kong
Australia 1-2 Chinese Taipei
China 0-3 South Korea
15th-16th Places: Kazakhstan 3-0 Turkmenistan
13th-14th Places: Indonesia 2-1 Lebanon
11th-12th Places: Uzbekistan 2-1 Malaysia
9th-10th Places: Thailand 1-2 India
7th-8th Places: New Zealand 0-2 Hong Kong
5th-6th Places: Philippines 0-3 Japan
3rd-4th Places: Australia 2-1 China
1st-2nd Places: Chinese Taipei 1-3 South Korea

Final Ranking
1st - South Korea
2nd - Chinese Taipei
3rd - Australia
4th - China
5th - Japan
6th - Philippines
7th - Hong Kong
8th - New Zealand
9th - India
10th - Thailand
11th - Uzbekistan
12th - Malaysia
13th - Indonesia
14th - Lebanon
15th - Kazakhstan
16th - Turkmenistan
Top 4 qualified for World Finals scheduled to be held in Prostejov in August.