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17th Southeast Asian Games
     
Singapore women 3-0

Singapore's women hockey team beat Thailand 3-0 in a rain-interrupted match at the Delta Sports Complex yesterday.

The robust Thais kept Singapore coach Margaret Pierce running onto the pitch on numerous occasions to attend to her ailing charges. The Republic started slowly, but they drew first blood when, against the run of play, striker Dahlia Borhan scored in the seventh minute.

Singapore's other goals were scored by Regina Toh and Chua Buay Choo in the 41st and 44th minutes respectively.
     
Singapore, Malaysia set for title clash

Fancied Singapore took a closer step towards gold in this year's Sea Games women's hockey round-robin competition when it defeated Indonesia 1-0 last night at the Delta Sports Complex. Right from the first whistle, the visitors penetrated Singapore's defence often. But their poor finishing let them down on numerous occasions.

The Republic, on the other hand, had very few chances to score because the players failed to gel. Its only goal came near half-time when Delima Isa scored against the run of play through a well-rehearsed, penalty-corner routine.

Indonesia tried its utmost to equalise in the second half, but failed.

In another women's match, Malaysia beat Thailand 1-0 to set the stage for gold between itself and Singapore.
     
Blackout at Delta, too

Blackout! Jurong Stadium is not the only Sea Games venue to be affected by a blackout. Delta Sports Complex was also a victim to the blackout syndrome at half-time of the Malaysia-Indonesia women's hockey tie. Power was restored 10 minutes later and play resumed.
     
To go fast, use parachute

Malaysia's men's hockey coach Terry Walsh held a brief training session on Tuesday after its convincing 8-0 victory over Indonesia. The players had to run with parachutes to improve their speed. What was even more surprising was the fact that the team was training on grass. Malaysia is obviously training seriously for the coming Inter-Continental Cup in Poland.
 
     

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