SINGAPORE: For the countrywide men’s floorball workforce, 2016 ended in a whimper right after they finished last at the globe championships they experienced labored so difficult to attain.
The 2015 SEA Games champions have experienced a roller-coaster yr, with previous president Sani Mohamed Salim remaining investigated for the alleged misappropriation of money in May. Amid their money struggles, the workforce scored a coup, securing training venues at Victoria University and Bukit Merah Secondary University for absolutely free, and managed to increase ample money to pay back for their excursion to the Globe Floorball Championships in Latvia – the highlight of their 2016 sporting calendar.
But they in the end finished 16th out of 16 teams in the week-extensive level of competition, which started on Dec 3 in Latvian money Riga, notching only 1 acquire out of 5 games.
A SLEW OF DEFEATS
In the group phase, a narrow 2-one opening reduction from Canada was adopted by a heavy 8-2 defeat from much-enhanced regional rivals Thailand, which Singapore experienced beaten 9- in 2015.
The last group match from the United States saw Singapore triumph 9-five, but the dead rubber match however intended that the Singaporeans finished last in Team D. Luck was not on Staff Singapore’s aspect in the placement matches, as defeats to Poland and Australia intended that they finished last.
In spite of possessing misplaced four of their 5 games, captain Glendon Phua insisted the workforce gave their opponents a hard combat: “I feel we all did properly even while the effects confirmed that we did not acquire most of the matches.”
Captain Glendon Phua (#twenty) in motion at the globe championships. (Photograph: Singapore Floorball Affiliation)
Recounting his knowledge in earlier countrywide squads, Phua thinks the current batch have actually enhanced their enjoy: “I was part of the workforce in 2010, back when even the European teams had been not as powerful. If our current workforce experienced performed from the sides from six years ago, we would have beaten some of our European opponents.
“But as you can see, other countries are also doing work difficult in training, and they are also enhancing,” he conceded
“At the close of the day, the methods that the coach gave us had been dependent on a lot of investigation, responses from players and learning the opponents. We can hypothesise all we want about what could have been finished much better, but from the ground, I truly feel that the coach designed the appropriate calls and the players tried their ideal even while we did not get the consequence that we desired.”
Forwards Enrico Marican (#30) and Md Syazni (#25) celebrating a purpose. (Photograph: Singapore Floorball Affiliation)
Echoing his captain’s views, workforce-mate Tan Yiru claimed: “I truly feel that the workforce is heading down the appropriate path, but perhaps we absence the publicity to execute what we are supposed to do.”
“THE THAIS Appeared HUNGRIER”
The surprise bundle of the tournament was Thailand, who finished above Singapore in 14th area. For Staff Singapore coach Sonia Chia, the reversal of fortunes for the 2015 SEA Games silver medallists boiled down to their overseas-dependent players, as properly as their training.
Stated Chia: “If you examine Thailand’s SEA Games squad with the workforce that performed from us in the qualifiers, as properly as the workforce that performed in the Globe Championships, you can expect to see that all 3 had been various teams altogether.
“They changed their total squad. About thirteen of them are overseas-dependent. They coach in the European countries, which is in which the roots of the sport are.”
Singapore Floorball Affiliation (SFA)’s interim normal supervisor Todd Vladich thinks the new naturalised players in Thailand’s ranks gave them an additional benefit. “The Thais recruited twin-passport citizens into their countrywide workforce, a range of them possessing Swedish and Finnish roots.
“It was not the identical SEA Games squad that competed in Singapore. Only about 5 of their players competed in the SEA Games last yr.”
Chia also pointed to the Thais’ 5-week training stint in Sweden, which authorized them to acclimatise much better. ”They prepared quite properly, as they began their scheduling as shortly as the 2015 SEA Games ended.”
Singapore captain Phua claimed the overseas training stint designed a globe of change to the Thais. “As you can see in Joseph Education, training overseas presents athletes a specific edge as they enjoy much much better. Not to say that neighborhood training is terrible in any given nation, but (heading) overseas presents you a various knowledge which you just can’t afford in your have nation.
“With that in intellect, we knew that our Thai opponents had been quite hungry to conquer us for revenge from the 2015 SEA Games. They had been quite properly prepared for the Globe Championships and come match day, we gave it our ideal but the Thais seemed hungrier.”
Plans FOR 2017
With the quick progress of regional rivals, the SFA is wanting into approaches to increase the current set-up. “For future yr, we’ll attempt to create on what has gone appropriate for Singapore floorball in the previous six months,“ claimed Vladich.
Singapore’s Akmal Shaharudin (#2) seems to be to regain possession of the ball at the Globe Championships. (Photograph: Singapore Floorball Affiliation)
Vladich cited the ActiveSG Nationwide Floorball League as 1 of the regions the affiliation programs to carry on doing work on. “We want to carry on its advancement so that it can be the pathway for players of the countrywide workforce, as properly as for leisure (players). We’d like to create on that so that it can be satisfying for all participants to carry on to enjoy floorball.”
“We’re also wanting at how we can increase the abilities of the officers as properly as the coaching structure in Singapore. I feel with that it’ll be helpful to building the coaching of the countrywide workforce as properly as the league.”
Interim SFA president Kenneth Ho claims the affiliation is wanting to tap into international expertise. “We are wanting to perhaps deliver in international coaches to conduct courses, as properly as to acquire a syllabus for our neighborhood coaches. We want to introduce this to the youth teams, so that they can come to be much better and type the future era of the countrywide workforce.”