By REDintern Tang Rei-En
Singapore Sepak Takraw Federation, Saturday, June 30, 2012 — 16-year-old Mohamed Farhan Bin Mohamed Amin was clearly excited by the victory.
His team, Fengshan CSC, had just beaten Joo Chiat CSC 2-0 (15-13, 15-10) in the Community Games sepak takraw tournament. This was both teams’ first game of the tournament.
“I was introduced to sepak takraw in Primary 5 by my classmate,” Farhan recalled. “At first I didn’t like it because of the group of people who played it. But then I noticed that it was very fun, and eventually started playing. I took it up as a CCA in Primary 5 and 6.”
A member of the Bedok View Secondary school team, Farhan is no stranger to playing sepak takraw competitively. His school team placed second in the East Zone competition, but was knocked out in the group stage during Nationals.
Despite his initial reservations about the sport, Farhan now trains four times a week when a tournament approaches.
“Each session usually lasts for two to four hours,” he said enthusiastically.
“I like sepak takraw because it looks quite fun and not many people can play. The style is very unique. It took me about a year to learn the basics.”
Asked about the atmosphere of the Community Games, Farhan said: “The Community Games are quite different. It’s more casual. A few school mates are playing in other teams, and I met other players before in school competition matches.”
However, that is not to say that there is a lack of competitiveness amongst the different teams.
“The biggest threat is Siglap CSC,” Farhan said.
A cheeky smile on his face, he added, “I hope we’ll be in the top two teams in the competition.”
The top two teams will go on to play in the Singapore National Games from September 1st to 9th.
Fengshan CSC lineup
Shahul Hamid Bin Md Zubair (#2), Fiko Febriyan Maufit (#3), Yohairi Bin Yusope (#4), Muhd Rizehan Bin Abdul Gani (#5), Mohamed Farhan Bin Mohamed Amin (#10)
Joo Chiat CSC lineup
Muhd Haiqal Harraz (#2), Muhd Irsyad Bin Mohd Sultan (#3), Ary Anjasmara Maufit (#4), Mahathir Bin Md Iqubal (#6)
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