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Nov. 13, 2013
84 players, 12 teams, 4 groups, 3 set of medals, 1 champion trophy and $1,000 worth of prizes. That was how the sums worked out on 9 Nov 2013, a bright sunny Saturday morning that fittingly reflected the eagerness and zeal everyone brought along for the Kaplan Futsal Open 2013.
The teams consisted of students from different schools, including MDIS, ERCi, Singapore Poly, Republic Poly, Ngee Ann Poly, various ITEs and of course, our very own Kaplan students! Kaplan Elites, who won the inaugural tournament in 2012, proudly represented Kaplan and with an aim to secure back to back championships.
The tournament kicked off with the group stage matches, which proved to be a rather quiet affair until the match between Ka Kino and Platinum which treated the crowd to a goal-fest. Both teams piled on their offences with Ka Kino clinching the match with a 4-2 win. MDIS Team A’s goalkeeper also became the tournament’s cult hero with his commanding display in leading the defence and consistently shouting instructions across the pitch.
One other highlight in the group stage was the match between Kaplan Elites and UC BOYZ. UC BOYZ played with flair and creativity with their players moving the ball around skilfully. Against the run of play, Kaplan Elites managed to hit them on the counter attack. However, UC BOYZ was in possession for most of the game and managed to equalise. In the dying moments of the game, Kaplan Elites unfortunately gave away a penalty which saw UC BOYZ capitalising with a cool shot in to win the match.
With all the group stage matches played, the top 2 teams from each group proceeded to the quarter finals. UC BOYZ started their quarter finals with a convincing 4-0 victory against Team Mangkok, quickly followed by another comprehensive 5-0 win against Taman Kayu to secure a spot in the finals. On the next pitch, Kaplan Elites battled a 2-1 win over ERCi in the first quarter but was beaten by MDIS Team A in the sudden death penalty shootout after a goalless draw. With adrenaline rising to the peak, the 4 teams were given a 5 minutes break before the finals and third placing matches.
Kaplan Elites put away their disappointment and managed a 2-0 win over Taman Kayu to secure overall third. However, it was the finals between UC BOYZ and MDIS Team A which drew most of the crowd. Having already displayed their silky footwork in previous matches, UC BOYZ were favourites to clinch the championship. As anticipated by the crowd, UC BOYZ conjured some mesmerising attacking moves which MDIS Team A struggled to contain. A thunderous shot rifled into the top corner of the goal opened the account for UC BOYZ. Without allowing their opponent any chance to reply, UC BOYZ moved the ball beautifully around the pitch to score their second and third goal in quick successions. Confidence was apparent in the team as the players combined outstandingly well with some slick one-twos, hardly giving their opponents a chance. UC BOYZ eventually won by an astounding 5-0 score line.
Lynn Chan, Senior Manager of Kaplan Student Affairs & Graduate Services, who presented the award to the top three teams, commented that “this year’s tournament saw many different schools and social teams coming together and it was good to see these youngsters display such sportsmanship and fair play. We will be back next year for sure!”
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