WEEKLY ROUND-UP: Sports happenings in Singapore (11-17 Apr)
SINGAPORE — Here is a round-up of sports events and developments in Singapore in the past week (11 to 17 April):
Lionesses finish Tri-Nations Series with 1 win and 1 defeat
The Singapore national women's football team finished with one win and one defeat at the Football Association of Singapore Tri-Nations Series 2022 (Women's) tournament, which took place from 4 to 11 April.
The Lionesses began the tournament on 4 April with a 6-2 rout over Seychelles, in what was their first victory in an international "A" fixture since beating Maldives 1-0 in 2018.
In their second match at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Monday (11 April), they battled valiantly against Papua New Guinea - who were ranked 86 place above them in the FIFA world rankings - but succumbed to a 0-1 loss following a 74th-minute goal from Sonia Emhabe.
The Lionesses will be making their first appearance at the SEA Games since 2003 in next month's Hanoi Games, and will play Thailand, Myanmar and Laos in the opening group stage.
Sailors slump to 1-4 defeat in AFC Champs League debut
The Lion City Sailors slumped to a 1-4 defeat by Japanese side Urawa Red Diamonds in their opening Group F match of their inaugural AFC Champions League campaign in Buriram, Thailand, on Friday (15 April).
The reigning Singapore Premier League champions struggled to contain the relentless attacks of the two-time Champions League winners, and fell to goals from Kasper Junker (eighth minute), Ataru Esaka (15th), David Moberg Karlsson (42nd) and Yusuke Matsuo (47th). They got their consolation goal via an own goal by Karlsson (43rd).
The Sailors will next play South Korean side Daegu FC on Monday. Daegu had thrashed Chinese side Shandong Taishan 7-0 in their opening match on Friday.
Young Lions beat Geylang 4-1 for 1st SPL win of the season
The Young Lions won their first Singapore Premier League match of the season in resounding style, thrashing Geylang International 4-1 at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Saturday (16 April).
Goals from Zikos Chua (seventh minute), Ryhan Stewart (21st and 58th) and Qayyum Raishyan Rahmat (83rd, own goal) gave the bottom-placed side their first victory after six matches. Geylang striker Sime Zuzul scored their consolation goal (71st minute).
With the three points from the win, the Young Lions move to within two points of seventh-placed Geylang, and could overtake the Eagles should they win their game in hand against Tampines Rovers on Wednesday.
Singapore rugby 7s team miss out on winning Asian competition
The Singapore national rugby sevens team narrowly missed out on winning the Asia Rugby Sevens Trophy Challenge in Thailand on Sunday (10 April), being edged out 17-22 in sudden death against top-ranked United Arab Emirates (UAE) after the match ended 17-all in regulation time.
The Straits Times reported that, apart from the defeat in the final, Singapore were undefeated in the opening round, winning against Thailand's Team A, Taiwan and the UAE.
In the women's competition, Singapore finished fourth after losing 7-17 to Thailand B in the third-place play-off. Thailand A defeated the UAE 22-5 in the final to win the five-team competition.
SBA receives donation boost from Neo Garden
The Singapore Badminton Association (SBA) received a boost from sponsors Neo Garden on Friday (15 April), with the food catering company pledging a donation worth $300,000 over three years which will go towards the enhancement of SBA's high-performance programmes.
The high-performance programme covers overseas training stints and competitions, as well as the development of players on all levels. SBA also plans to bring in sparring partners as part of preparations for this year's major competitions such as the SEA Games, Commonwealth Games and Asian Games.
The national team will be competing at the Badminton Asia Team Championships and the Thomas Cup before heading to Hanoi for the SEA Games next month.
Brisk sales of F1 Singapore GP tickets
Three-day grandstand and combination tickets for this year's Formula One Singapore Grand Prix were sold out within six hours of going on sale on Wednesday (13 April).
Those who were unable to purchase tickets can still opt for single-day grandstands and walkabout tickets, which will be released at a later date. More three-day grandstand tickets may also be released in the event of further relaxation of safe management measures to allow for more than the current 75 per cent capacity limit.
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