Group format: basically, we wanted players to have equal number of games, have more winners & prizes. After much deliberation we decided on this format:
- Each group were divided into 3 category namely winner, middle & bottom.
- Each winner of the group will progress to group A semis
- middle placed in group B semis
- bottom placed in group C semis
Group A played for top prize which included a box of chocolates + Snake bases, courtesy of our flicking friend namely Daniel Scheen (Tchaa4), who had graciously sponsored a set of bases as prize, while Group B & Group C played for the right to win chocolates
Groups: the draw was made and crowd favorites Den Mulia & Michael Chong were drawer in Group A while the drakhorse Rudy was in Group D paired with TFAS president, Kok Wee. Seasoned players Vikas was paired with home grown hot shots Azhar & Galvin while Antonio from Hong Kong Dragons club was with another seasoned played Wee Lik. The grouping as follows:
Group A: Den Mulia Yusni, Michael Choong & Nic Tan
Group B: Antonio Carabillo, Muhd Fadhly Fahmi & Soh Wee Lik
Group C: Muhammad Azhar Yusri, Galvin Ho Zi Rong & Vikas K Chandiramani
Group D: Rudy Hesty Roselan, Tan Kok Wee & Mohd Fauzi
Games: the group games had several tensed games including Den v Michael 2-2 draw, Vikas v Azhar 0-0 draw & Rudy v Kok Wee 2-2 draw. However after the end of the group battles the favorites qualified tops in their groups.
Group A (winner group): Den v Antonio dished out many heart pounding moments and when the game ended in a stalemate a sudden shoot out had to determine the winner where Den won. Rudy v Vikas was played in an open attacking manner. Both had their moments but in the end Rudy prevailed.
3rd v 4th (winner group): Antonio won against Vikas by a solitary goal.
Group B (middle placed): Wee Lik v Michael was a battle of the veterans with the latter winning comfortably over the rusty Wee Lik. Kok Wee v Azhar had their moments with Azhar playing a brilliant counter attacking style however in the end Kok Wee manage it edge out his opponent
3rd/4th : Azhar win against Wee Lik by a single goal.
1st/2nd: Michael edged out Kok Wee on sudden death shoot out after their game ended in a stalemate.
Group C (bottom placed): Nic v Fadhly was a battle between newcomer & seasoned junior. The game was tough to call but Fadhly managed to win by a single goal. Galvin v Fauzi had to be abandon with Galvin progressing through as the latter had to rush off to work.
1st/2nd: Fadhly won against Galvin in an exciting 5 goal triller.
Final (winner Group): Den vs Rudy. Could Rudy do a double over Den after their recent meeting ended in an unexpected victory for Rudy or Gould Den get his revenge. A fast pace yet thigh marking affair better the top two Singapore players. Both did not disappoint the crowd with several breathtaking flicks, shots & saves. As the time trickled down, the favorite Den Mulia scored a goal via fast push and shoot method which the keeper failed to save. Rudy threw the "kitchen sink" to try get an equalizer and an opportunity arises in the last 40 seconds of the game. A clear chance with only the keeper to beat.. Rudy paused aimed & shoot .... But the shoot was to strong as it hit the cross bar & the keeper pushed it away to safety. In the end the crowd favorite, Den Mulia won the epic game.
2 Den Mulia v Michael Choong 2
0 Nic Tan v Den Mulia 3
2 Michael v Nic Tan 0
1 Antonio v Muhd Fadhly 0
1 Muhd Fadhly v Soh Wee Lik 1
2 Antonio v Soh Wee Lik 1
0 Muhammad Azhar v Galvin Ho 0
0 Vikas v Muhammad Azhar 0
0 Galvin Ho v Vikas 2
0 Mohd Fauzi v Tan Kok Wee 1
1 Rudy v Mohd Fauzi 0
2 Rudy* v Tan Kok Wee 2
(*won on sudden death shoot out)
Winner Group Semis
0 Den Mulia* v Antonio 0 (*won on sudden death shoot out)
1 Rudy v Vikas 0
1 Antonio v Vikas
1 Den Mulia v Rudy 0
Middle Placing Group Semis
3 Michael Choong v Soo Wee Lik 0
1 Kok Wee v Muhammad Azhar 0
0 Soo Wee Lik v Muhammad Azhar 1
0 Kok Wee v Michael Choong* 0 (*won on sudden death shoot out)
ottom Placing Group Semis
0 Nic v Fadhly 1
1 Galvin Ho v Fauzi 0 (walk over)
1 Nic v Fauzi 0 (walk over)
3 Fadhly v Galvin 2
1st - Den Mulia
2 - Rudy
3 - Antonio
4 - Vikas
5 - Michael Choong
6 - Kok Wee
7 - Muhd Azhar
8 - Wee Lik
9 - Muhd Fadhly
10 - Galvin Ho
11 - Nic Tan
12 - Muhd Fauzi
(Full report by Rudy Norita)