Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Battambang leagues reach conclusions

Battambang leagues reach conclusions

Battambang leagues reach conclusions

110310_27
Players of Asia Hope Orphanage celebrate with the ANZ/SALT U16 boys league trophy after their 4-2 victory over rivals Tschrey in the final played at the football field on Battambang airfield on Tuesday. Photo by: CLARA PITZ

After 13 weeks of intense competition involving over a thousand boys and girls from 25 community groups, the curtain came down on the ANZ-SALT Football League season in Battambang on Tuesday. The final day’s action threw up a multitude of shocks and surprises in five different age groups.  

The newly developed football pitch at Battambang airfield was a hive of activity as a strong holiday crowd turned up to witness a day of non-stop soccer on International Women’s Day.  

While the teams involved in the fight for honours went about their serious business, teams eliminated from the competition enjoyed a day out with friendly five-a-side futsal event. The Nido U16 team and Hope School’s U13 side came up trumps in this shorter version of the game.  

When Asia Hope and Tschrey took the pitch for the U16 boys final, form pointed to Tschrey with their 4-2 victory during the season. But Asia Hope showed little regard for statistics and deftly turned the tables to win with exactly the same scoreline.  

Within minutes they took the lead only to see Tschrey quickly restore parity through the category’s Most Valuable Player Lous Chally. But Asia Hope pulled clear with two goals before half time and then nailed the contest with another strike after resumption to lay their hands on a glittering trophy presented by Battambang Governor Sok Ung.   

Tschrey was again at the wrong end of the U16 girls final, this time going down tamely to Komar Rereay 3-1. MVP nominee Yorm Siyan was the star of the show for Komar.  

Last season’s U12 champs, Catholics, stretched their winning vein to another title triumph as they mowed down SOS 5-2 in the boys U13 final. The Catholics had won all of their matches during the regular season.

Meanwhile the newly formed Fabba’s team, culled out from FEDA Organisation in Ksat Phuy Commune, proved too strong and wily for SOS, winning their U13 girls final 4-2 on the back of MVP Vai Vanlev’s double strike.

The boys U11 decider was more of a goal-fest as Komar Rereay, led by Golden Boot winner Pteh Panneth’s four-goal haul, hammered ASPECA 10-1 to clinch the division.

As many as 64 teams took part during the regular league season, which was supported by the Indochina Starfish Foundation and sponsored by the ANZ Royal Bank.

The SALT Academy’s Mighty Girls programme introduced in September 2010 was the medium of rivetting attention. The Mighty Girls, having beaten regional women’s teams by huge margins, pitched into the U16 boys category this season with creditable results.

The programme ensures safe lodging, education, football training and leadership opportunities for participants, many of whom are now filling in as coaches for younger players.

MOST VIEWED

  • Fifteen Cambodians from Saudi get Covid-19

    The Ministry of Health on Sunday confirmed 15 more imported cases of Covid. The 15 men ‒ all Cambodian aged 21 to 33 ‒ arrived from Saudi Arabia on Friday via a connecting flight in Malaysia. They were travelling with 79 other passengers, three of them women. The ministry said 80 of the

  • Ministry requests school opening

    The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport on Thursday said it would request a decision from Prime Minister Hun Sen to allow a small number of schools to reopen next month. Ministry spokesman Ros Soveacha said if the request is granted, higher-standard schools will reopen

  • Kingdom eyes India FTA, China deal set for August

    Cambodia is studying the possibility of establishing a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) with India to open a new market with the second-largest regional economy. This comes as an FTA with China is scheduled to be signed next month while similar negotiations with South Korea

  • Judge lands in court after crashing into alleged thief

    Sen Sok district police on Thursday sent a Koh Kong Provincial Court judge to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on manslaughter charges after he crashed his car into a woman riding a motorbike on Wednesday, killing her. District police chief Hour Meng Vang told The

  • Vietnamese workers in Koh Kong questioned

    The General Department of Immigration (GDI) is questioning 49 Vietnamese nationals who were working illegally in Koh Kong province to build a case and send them back to Vietnam, its Department of Investigation and Procedure director Kem Sarin said on Thursday. GDI forces and provincial authorities

  • Preah Vihear court drops charges against villagers

    The Preah Vihear Provincial Court has dropped all charges against eight ethnic Kuoy villagers who were in a land dispute with the Hengfu Group Sugar Industry Co Ltd since 2014. Wednesday’s decision was made by the judge who tried the case on June 10. The eight

  • Gov’t to boost Siem Reap tourism

    The Ministry of Tourism released the results of an inter-ministerial committee meeting concerning Siem Reap province’s Tourism Development Master Plan for 2020-2035 on Wednesday, revealing the government’s plan to improve the overall tourist landscape there. The meeting was attended by Minister of Tourism

  • Residents ordered to remove structures on Phnom Penh’s canal

    Phnom Penh municipal governor Khuong Sreng has ordered authorities to act against the perpetrators who built houses along the Luo 5 canal in Meanchey district. The municipal administration plans to create a committee to solve the matter. The order was given on Wednesday while Sreng led

  • ‘On the offensive’: Cambodia to load up on loans to stimulate economy

    As the dust settles on the economy, Cambodia comes to grips with what needs to be done to turn the economy around, starting with a big shopping list for credit ‘We are going on the offensive,” Vongsey Vissoth, Ministry of Economy and Finance permanent secretary

  • Eighty replacement peacekeepers set for Mali mission despite Covid

    Eighty Cambodian blue helmet soldiers who completed the peacekeeping mission under the UN umbrella in Mali will return to Cambodia on Friday, said the Centre for Peacekeeping Forces spokeswoman Kosal Malida. “To protect their families and communities from the Covid-19 pandemic, the 80 are required to