“The success of the tournament has been down to the support from sponsors,” he said. “Tiger and the organising committee have worked tirelessly for the past three months to ensure everything went off well.”
RSC Tigers, Universal. Team 1, Uniplast, KLM Holland, MMSVS Thailand, Ser Seng Veterans Singapore, Kinta Indian Association, Singapore Polyveterans, K Bank Bangkok, RSC Social, Korean Club, Singapore Malays FC and Singapore Recreation Club were the teams in the Grand Masters category, which was divided into four groups.
After the preliminary rounds, the top two teams from each group advanced to the Cup competition.
The final pitted Uniplast against Singapore Polyveterans, and the former, one of the most consistent teams on the local scene, had several former national players in their side.
Polyveterans, the defending champions, relied on seasoned players like Rocky Lim Tien Jit and Lim Tang Boon, both of whom played prominent roles for the Lions in the Malaysia
The match itself was an interesting final with both teams giving it their all.
However, there were no goals in normal time and the winners were declared after penalty kicks. Polyveterans prevailed with a 2-1 margin and walked away with the trophy and RM2,500 cash.
Team captain and manager Norman Ho said after the event: “The players gave their best and deserved to be champions.’’
The Masters’ category – featuring Royal Selangor Club, Subang Jaya Community Sports Club, Penang Sports Club, Desa Hartamas FC, Grassshoppers, My World FC, Berita Harian, Soccer Experience International, Interact Recreation Club Seremban, Kilat, Punjab Kings and Polyrites – had Kilat and Penang Sports Club qualify for the final. In the end Penang were crowned champions afetr a narrow 1-0 win. They woo took home RM2,500.
Jimi said: “We invited former internationals like Datuk Santokh Singh and Wong Choon Wah for the event. They were also given the honour to present the prizes.’’
Besides the Masters and Grand Masters events, RSC also organised an Under-12 International Sevens.
Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin commended the club for its efforts in the promotion and development of football at grassroots.
“We would like to work with RSC who have the resources in funds, facilities and manpower to develop the game,’’ said Khairy.