WEEKLY ROUND-UP: Sports happenings in Singapore (14-20 Dec)

Staff Writer, Singapore
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Aron Ng, winner of the Primary 5 & 6 boys' singles event at the 2020 STTA Crocodile Challenge Cup.
Aron Ng, winner of the Primary 5 & 6 boys' singles event at the 2020 STTA Crocodile Challenge Cup. (PHOTO: Singapore Table Tennis Association)

SINGAPORE — Here is a round-up of sports events and developments in Singapore in the past week (14 to 20 December):

First local table tennis tournament held since COVID-19

The Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA) held its first local tournament since the country implemented COVID-19 related measures earlier this year, with 67 primary schools participating in the Crocodile Challenge Cup from Monday to Sunday (14 to 20 December) at the association’s premises.

The tournament took place behind closed doors, with only athletes, officials, and crew onsite, with the final day of action broadcast live on STTA Facebook. Guest-of-honour and Minister of Health Gan Kim Yong gave out the prizes to the winners from the Primary 3, 4, 5 and 6 categories.

Winners – P1 & P2 girls’ singles: Chevelle See (Northland Primary School); P1 & P2 boys’ singles: Marcus Shi (Pei Hwa Presbyterian Primary School); P3 & P4 girls’ singles: Loy Ming Ying (Elias Primary School); P3 & P4 boys’ singles: Benaiah Seah (Pei Chun Public School); P5 & P6 girls’ singles: Ang Rae Shyn (Kong Hwa School); P5 & P6 boys’ singles: Aron Ng (Nanyang Primary School).

HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens to return in October 2021

The HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens, which was cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will return on 29 to 30 October 2021, World Rugby has confirmed on Thursday (17 December).

While the new dates are a postponement from initially-proposed dates in April 2021, they provide a longer runway for the COVID-19 situation to stabilise and for more spectators to be permitted into the venue.

“This is a prudent step forward for rugby and we are looking forward to welcome fans back to the sport. Working together with World Rugby, Singapore Rugby Union and the Singapore Sports Hub, we will take every precaution to ensure the safety of fans in line with prevailing distancing measures,” said Lim Teck Yin, chief executive officer of Sport Singapore, the country’s sports governing body.

Serapong Course at Sentosa Golf Club. (PHOTO: Sentosa Golf Club)
Serapong Course at Sentosa Golf Club. (PHOTO: Sentosa Golf Club)

Sentosa Golf Club’s Serapong Course reopens after renovation

Sentosa Golf Club has reopened its award-winning Serapong Course on Saturday (19 December), after an extensive renovation to maintain its conditioning and playing standards.

The renovations since the course was closed in March are headlined by a new bunkering style with serrated edges to enhance Serapong’s character and overall strategy. Modifications have also helped to preserve the personality of many of its iconic holes, including the signature fifth hole, which overlooks metropolitan Singapore and its port.

Other key course upgrades include the re-grassing of fairways, rejuvenating them with minor grading adjustments and improved drainage strategies, and introducing new carbon technology to boost soil chemistry and profile structure.

Finally, the renovations also re-levelled of all tee boxes, enabling the club to continue maintaining the tees at a super low mowing height of 3mm, improving the quality of the playing experience.

Action at the inaugural FAS Women's Panna Challenge at Expy The Lab at Queensway Shopping Centre. (PHOTO: Football Association of Singapore)
Action at the inaugural FAS Women's Panna Challenge at Expy The Lab at Queensway Shopping Centre. (PHOTO: Football Association of Singapore)

Lion City Sailors win inaugural Women’s Panna Challenge

Lion City Sailors were crowned champions of the inaugural FAS Women’s Panna Challenge on Sunday (20 December) at Expy The Lab in Queensway Shopping Centre. They beat four teams to the title: Bussorah Youths, Phoenix Pride, Simei United and Tiong Bahru.

The competition is based off Panna, a street football game with origins from The Netherlands. It is typically held in a restricted area or cage in a one-versus-one format. Players win either by scoring the most goals within the allotted game time or via immediate knockout when the ball is played in between the opponent’s legs – also known as the “Panna”.

From the first day of the competition on Wednesday, Lion City Sailors were the clear favourites to win, recording 38 points to Bussorah Youths’ 26 points with seven Pannas from the get-go. By the third day, the Sailors had an almost unassailable 31-point lead over Bussorah Youths, who eventually finished second. Tiong Bahru came in third.

A special award was also given out to 13-year-old Madelin Sophie Lock from the Sailors as the official “Panna Queen” of the tournament. Madelin recorded five Pannas in total, and the judges were impressed by her ability to deal Pannas with trickery and skills instead of blank attempts to kick the ball through her opponents’ legs.

The other special accolade of the tournament went to Nur Syazwani Mohamad Ruzi of the Sailors, who was the top Panna scorer of the tournament with eight Pannas.

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