Monday, 9 March 2015

First win for Vikas Chandiramani

Six players participated in a short tournament that was held at the Singapore Sports Hub Library on Sunday afternoon. They were randomly drawn into two groups with the top two qualifying for the semi-finals.

Group A consisted of Tan Kok Wee, Vikas Chandiramani and Nic Tan while Group B consisted of Rizal Taib, Amin Anis and Chihiro Takao. Vikas Chandiramani qualified convincingly from Group A with a 1-1 draw against Kok Wee and 3-1 victory over Nic. Nic qualified as the runner-up of Group A after a 2-1 win over Kok Wee.

In Group B, Rizal Taib similarly qualified as the winner of Group B convincingly with 3-0 and 2-1 victories over Chihiro and Amin respectively. Amin qualified as the runner-up of Group B after winning 1-0 against Chihiro.

In the semi-finals, Vikas continued his fine form with a 3-0 win over Amin while Nic managed a close 1-0 win over Rizal Taib. Hence, the final came down to a rematch of the earlier group game. Nic took a lead early in the second half with a fortunate shot that deflected off the crossbar and then the back of the goalkeeper before trickling in. Vikas upped the pressure and managed the equaliser minutes later squeezing a shot past the near post. With seconds left in the game, Vikas captured his first WASPA title squeezing in another near post shot and securing a 2-1 victory. Congratulations, Vikas!

Final ranking of the evening
1. Vikas K. Chandiramani (Jurong Central SC)
2. Nic Tan (Jurong Central SC)
3. Mohd Rizal Taib (Eastern Ealias SC)
4. Mohd Amin Anis (Jurong Central SC)
5. Tan Kok Wee (Singapore Lions SC)
6. Chihiro Takao (Singapore Lions SC)

(Report by Nic Tan)