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Sunday, January 29, 2012

2012 S.League season creates history at the Live Wire, Marina Bay Sands

Reported by Vox Sports
Photo: Vox Sports
For the first time in 16 years, the S.League conducted a fixture draw for the season at a public event held at the beautiful Marina Bay Sands, Live Wire.

Along with the presentation of the IOC trophy to Tote Board by Mr Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister, Coordinating Minister for National Security and Minister for Home Affairs; and President, Singapore National Olympic Council, the event was witnessed by sponsors, S.League Chairmen, team officials and members of the media.

With huge anticipation and a swirl of excitement in the air, the 2012 Great Eastern YEO’S S.League fixture draw was conducted with club officials from all 13 participating teams going up on stage to draw their opening opponents with the league scheduled to begin on 9 February 2012.

Fans can look forward to the two new teams participating in the S.League this season as both clubs will definitely seek to compete for top honours.

Harimau Muda A, two-time SEA Games Champions and the return of Brunei DPMM FC who took the S.League by storm in 2009 when they won the League Cup trophy and the club also holds the record for the biggest match attendance when Singapore Armed Forces FC visited Bandar Sri Begawan in 2009 and played in front of a record crowd of more than 10,000 roaring fans at the Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium.

And true to the exciting nature of the fixture draw, defending champions Tampines Rovers FC will face off against Brunei DPMM FC in a pulsating game while Gombak United FC will play host to Ong Kim Swee’s Harimau Muda A side.

Another significant event took place at the function when the Singapore National Olympic Council conferred on Tote Board, the 2011 IOC Trophy. This year’s IOC trophy was entitled “Sport and Social Responsibility” as the focus was on the promotion of social development programmes as one of IOC’s key objectives in 2011.

“Tote Board is presented with the Trophy in view of its holistic contribution to sport and the community, which has drawn both local and international recognition and praise.” – Chris Chan, Secretary General, SNOC.

Speaking at the draw, FAS President, Mr Zainudin Nordin said: “This fixture draw marks the start of 2012 Great Eastern YEO’S S.League which promises lots of excitement, especially with the two new teams, Harimau Muda and Brunei DPMM FC which we hope will entice the fans to come down to the stadiums. With the strong support of our wonderful sponsors, I am sure the 2012 season will be an exciting one just like today’s event here at the beautiful Marina Bay Sands, Live Wire.”

Also present at the draw, S.League CEO Mr Lim Chin added: “It is great to kick off the 2012 season with this inaugural fixture draw, and especially so with all the club chairmen present. Their presence today, affirms their clubs’ conviction in making the upcoming season one of the most eagerly anticipated ever.

“On top of that, we have two new teams in the S.League this season, Harimau Muda and Brunei DPMM FC. These two teams will definitely inject a whole new level of excitement into the game and we sincerely hope that Singaporeans will come down and support our S.League just like they have done so for the LIONSXII.”

Opening Round Fixtures:

Courts Young Lions vs Woodlands Wellington FC

Albirex Niigata FC (S) vs Singapore Armed Forces FC

Home United FC vs Balestier Khalsa FC

Gombak United FC vs Harimau Muda

Tanjong Pagar United FC vs Hougang United FC

Brunei DPMM FC vs Tampines Rovers FC

*Geylang United FC will receive a bye due to Etoile FC’s pull-out from the S-League season.


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