They played at the National Stadium and it was an honour for most, to play in the grand old dame one last time.
Before the game began, SYOGOC only had one word in mind “Trashing”.
They were thinking, “Oh man. We practiced three times on a half court. We barely ran. We are gonna lose”.
Well, looks like team work and humility did its wonders. We actually managed to lead in the first half, scoring two goals. Our goalkeeper, Joe, was also another surprise. He saved goal after goal after goal….after goal.
Although SYOGOC’s team aggregate age was a multiplied number of AYGOC’s aggregate age, our players pulled through…for the most part of it.
By the second half, our players started to have muscle pulls and twisted knee caps. Players were running out… there were even not enough shoes to go around.
At this very moment, our CEO, Goh Kee Nguan, stepped in. He offered…his legs.
Yes, our CEO was subbed in with a fresh pair of legs in the later part of the second half. Bravo to those who like CEO, helped to play at the last minute.
The match ended with AYG leading, 4-2.
It was a relief for SYOGOC players because:
1. Many did not remember having to run so much in a long time
2. No one was fatally injured
3. They showed excellence, friendship and respect even in the face of difficulty
4. THEY WERE NOT TRASHED
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But it’s not easy to qualify… you must have had good performance with at least a top 16 in any local individual table tennis championships organised by STTA or inter school table tennis championships from 2006 to 2008.
It’ll be not all smooth sailing for those who are selected. STTA already has a full training plan in store for aspiring Feng Tian Wei(s), Li Jiawei(s) and Wang Yue Gu(s). A 22 months training plan will include 12 sessions a week of intensive local and overseas training.
Talk about hard work. Whew.
Look out for more updates here after we go down to catch the trials.
Ever wondered what it is like to watch Olympic moments live?
The tickets for the Vancouver Winter Games are on sale now.
According to Olympic.org,
The first phase of ticket sales for the Canadian public runs from 3 October 2008 till 7 November 2008, while fans outside Canada should contact their local National Olympic Committee (NOC) or its official ticket agent for more details on ticket availability in their territory.
You can check out the official site to see how you can get your hands on those tickets.
Dates for the XXI Olympic Winter Games: 12 to 28 February 2010 (Vancouver)
Dates for the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games: 12 to 21 March 2010 (Whistler)
The 7 Winter Olympic sports are Luge, Skiing, Skating, Ice Hockey, Biathlon, Bobsleigh and Curling.
For those who live in Sunny Singapore, it’s a 3-in-1 package. Experience Winter, go for a holiday and witness sporting greatness. It might not be easy on your wallet though, so save up!