The Republic's Men's & Women's Teams are prepped and ready for S'pore Floorball Series!
(Team Singapore vs Under-19 squad on Day 1 at OCBC Arena. Photo Credit : Singapore Floorball Series)
By Raj Kumar
7 months ago in November 2021, Singapore's Men's and Women's Floorball teams made their first international competitive return after a 2-year absence due to Covid-19. The SEA Games finals in Manila 2019 were actually their last international matches, with our Women's team successfully retaining their Gold medal. And our Men's team had to settle for a 2nd place finish.
Those 2 final matches on 1 Dec 2019, was the last time our teams were able to play competitively for up to 24 long months! In an athlete's career, 2 YEARS sounds like an eternity, especially when several restrictions were placed on group meetups, training, the inability to travel overseas to compete/train etc. It was also a major challenge for several athletes both local and overseas, to maintain a positive attitude, mindset and having the self-belief that life and sport would return to normal in time to come.
Following Team Singapore's return to the global arena by featuring at the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in Aug-Sep 2021, our national athletes started to travel and compete in table tennis, badminton, bowling, cuesports, football and yes, floorball. Both of our national teams had short 8-10 day training stints in Europe, just before competing in their respective IFF World Floorball Championship campaigns. Over in Finland, Singapore's Men's team finished 16th overall while our Women's campaign ended in 14th place.
Upon returning to the Lion City, Head Coach Lim Jin Quan (JQ) started to make plans for the 2022 calendar year. Knowing fully well that the Hanoi SEA Games would not be hosting the sport of floorball, local sports administrators started to plan for the inaugural Singapore Floorball Series.
As of today (24 May), we're already into the 2nd day of the Women's Asia Oceania Floorball Championship (AOFC) Cup.
On opening day at the OCBC Arena, 3 matches took place with the Singapore's national team defeating their Under-19 team-mates 4-0 in a round-robin group match. And there were victories as well for Thailand and the Philippines at the OCBC Arena.
On Day 2 at the Women's AOFC Cup, the match schedule is :
(Singapore's Men's Team at the IFF Men's World Floorball Championships in Helsinki, Dec 2021. Photo Credit : Singapore Floorball Association)
Organised by KIN Productions, the Singapore Floorball Series is supported by the following partners and sponsors: Sport Singapore, Singapore Floorball Association, Singapore Sports Hub, ibis Singapore on Bencoolen, Presplay, Mediapix, 1Play Sports, Intermay, Sava Leisure, Tote Board, Amedia Print, Full Circle Public Relations, 100PLUS and Ice Mountain.
Tickets to the Singapore Floorball Series 2022 are available at https://www.sistic.com.sg/
If you can't get down to the Arena, You can still catch ALL 18 exciting matches on LIVE streaming via the ActiveSG Circle : go.gov.sg/aofc22