SINGAPORE: For the national men’s floorball team, 2016 finished in a whimper after they concluded last at the globe championships they experienced labored so difficult to attain.
The 2015 SEA Game titles champions have experienced a roller-coaster 12 months, with previous president Sani Mohamed Salim being investigated for the alleged misappropriation of cash in May possibly. Amid their financial struggles, the team scored a coup, securing training venues at Victoria College and Bukit Merah Secondary College for totally free, and managed to increase plenty of cash to fork out for their vacation to the Globe Floorball Championships in Latvia – the emphasize of their 2016 sporting calendar.
But they ultimately concluded sixteenth out of sixteen teams in the 7 days-long levels of competition, which started out on Dec 3 in Latvian cash Riga, notching only 1 win out of 5 games.
A SLEW OF DEFEATS
In the group stage, a slender 2-one opening decline in opposition to Canada was adopted by a heavy 8-2 defeat in opposition to substantially-enhanced regional rivals Thailand, which Singapore experienced overwhelmed nine- in 2015.
The closing group match in opposition to the United States noticed Singapore triumph nine-five, but the useless rubber match continue to intended that the Singaporeans concluded last in Group D. Luck was not on Team Singapore’s side in the placement matches, as defeats to Poland and Australia intended that they concluded last.
Despite acquiring missing 4 of their 5 games, captain Glendon Phua insisted the team gave their opponents a tricky combat: “I feel we all did nicely even even though the results confirmed that we didn’t win most of the matches.”
Captain Glendon Phua (#twenty) in action at the globe championships. (Photo: Singapore Floorball Association)
Recounting his experience in preceding national squads, Phua thinks the present-day batch have truly enhanced their perform: “I was component of the team in 2010, back when even the European teams were not as powerful. If our present-day team experienced performed in opposition to the sides from six decades ago, we would have overwhelmed some of our European opponents.
“But as you can see, other nations around the world are also working difficult in training, and they are also strengthening,” he conceded
“At the stop of the working day, the procedures that the mentor gave us were primarily based on a whole lot of research, responses from gamers and learning the opponents. We can hypothesise all we want about what could have been done improved, but from the floor, I feel that the mentor built the suitable phone calls and the gamers experimented with their greatest even even though we didn’t get the end result that we required.”
Forwards Enrico Marican (#30) and Md Syazni (#twenty five) celebrating a intention. (Photo: Singapore Floorball Association)
Echoing his captain’s views, team-mate Tan Yiru said: “I feel that the team is heading down the suitable route, but perhaps we deficiency the exposure to execute what we are supposed to do.”
“THE THAIS Appeared HUNGRIER”
The shock package of the event was Thailand, who concluded higher than Singapore in 14th area. For Team Singapore mentor Sonia Chia, the reversal of fortunes for the 2015 SEA Game titles silver medallists boiled down to their overseas-primarily based gamers, as nicely as their training.
Said Chia: “If you review Thailand’s SEA Game titles squad with the team that performed in opposition to us in the qualifiers, as nicely as the team that performed in the Globe Championships, you’ll see that all three were distinctive teams completely.
“They adjusted their whole squad. About thirteen of them are overseas-primarily based. They educate in the European nations around the world, which is where by the roots of the sport are.”
Singapore Floorball Association (SFA)’s interim general manager Todd Vladich thinks the new naturalised gamers in Thailand’s ranks gave them an additional edge. “The Thais recruited twin-passport citizens into their national team, a variety of them acquiring Swedish and Finnish roots.
“It was not the exact same SEA Game titles squad that competed in Singapore. Only about 5 of their gamers competed in the SEA Game titles last 12 months.”
Chia also pointed to the Thais’ 5-7 days training stint in Sweden, which permitted them to acclimatise improved. ”They ready quite nicely, as they began their arranging as soon as the 2015 SEA Game titles finished.”
Singapore captain Phua said the overseas training stint built a globe of difference to the Thais. “As you can see in Joseph Education, training overseas presents athletes a particular edge as they perform substantially improved. Not to say that local training is lousy in any offered state, but (heading) overseas presents you a distinctive experience which you just can’t pay for in your individual state.
“With that in brain, we knew that our Thai opponents were quite hungry to conquer us for revenge from the 2015 SEA Game titles. They were quite nicely ready for the Globe Championships and occur match working day, we gave it our greatest but the Thais appeared hungrier.”
Designs FOR 2017
With the swift development of regional rivals, the SFA is on the lookout into means to boost the present-day set-up. “For upcoming 12 months, we’ll try out to construct on what has long gone suitable for Singapore floorball in the earlier six months,“ said Vladich.
Singapore’s Akmal Shaharudin (#2) looks to regain possession of the ball at the Globe Championships. (Photo: Singapore Floorball Association)
Vladich cited the ActiveSG National Floorball League as 1 of the places the association strategies to continue on working on. “We want to continue on its progress so that it can be the pathway for gamers of the national team, as nicely as for leisure (gamers). We’d like to construct on that so that it can be pleasant for all participants to continue on to perform floorball.”
“We’re also on the lookout at how we can improve the abilities of the officials as nicely as the coaching structure in Singapore. I feel with that it’ll be helpful to creating the coaching of the national team as nicely as the league.”
Interim SFA president Kenneth Ho claims the association is on the lookout to tap into foreign skills. “We are on the lookout to perhaps deliver in foreign coaches to carry out classes, as nicely as to create a syllabus for our local coaches. We want to introduce this to the youth teams, so that they can grow to be more powerful and form the upcoming technology of the national team.”