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A day to remember: Ramakrishna 'A' and 'B' team players posing for a photo with officials and Bukit Bendera MP Zairil Khir Johari (back row, third right) who was at the Indian Association ground to present the prizes.
RAMAKRISHNA may not be noted for its football prowess, but its boys made a grand entrance when they took to the field in the inaugural Indian Association Penang Tamil Schools Soccer carnival.
The one-day carnival catering for Under-11 players, which attracted as many as 10 teams from Tamil schools around the state, saw Ramakrishna capping their quest with a fantastic one-two finish at the Indian Association ground.
It was one of three Tamil schools to field two teams in this inaugural challenge, the others being Azad and Bayan Lepas.
The two Ramakrishna sides played well to emerge champions and runners-up.
In the all-Ramakrishna final, the ‘A’ team was crowned the champion after they edged their second stringers 2-1 in the clash.
That both Ramakrishna teams teached the final was no surprise, given their excellent performances in the preliminary round.
Both the Ramakrishna teams, who were drawn into different groups, completed their preliminaries on an unbeaten note.
This allowed them to check into the semi-finals in style, with both teams emerging Group champs.
The ‘A’ team especially was in their element.
Pitted in Group A against Rajaji, Azad ‘B’, Sungai Ara and Bayan Lepas ‘B’, they picked up 10 points from three wins and a draw.
Their ability to keep a clean slate and help themselves to a 10-goal feat clearly reflects their capabilities.
Ramakrishna ‘A’ opened their campaign in an impressive fashion, handing Sungai Ara and Bayan Lepas ‘B’ 4-0 and 5-0 defeats respectively.
Then after firing blanks against their closest rival Rajaji, who managed to hold out for a goalless draw, they helped themselves to a simple 1-0 win over Azad ‘B’ in their last group match.
This proved enough to earn them the top table seat in Group A.
The second stringers were not to be outdone in their Group B campaign.
Although they managed to carve out only four goals from just as many matches, their three wins and a draw were enough to give them 10 points to take command in Group B.
Never mind if they were held to a
1-1 draw by Bayan Lepas ‘A’ in the opener, the three outright wins which followed proved important.They edged out a Combined Tamil Schools outfit, Asad ‘A’ and Subramaniya Barathee by a solitary goal in each match.
The Ramakrishna second stringers can also take pride that they managed to do what the first team had failed in the preliminaries.
They gunned down Rajaji, by a 1-0 margin, in their semi-final assignment.
In the other semi-final, Ramakrishna ‘A’ struck down Bayan Lepas ‘A’ 3-0.
This turned the inaugural carnival into a memorable affair for Ramakrishna, with the first ever final confirmed as an all-Ramakrishna affair.
Group A: Rajaji bt Bayan Lepas ‘B’ (4-0); Ramakrishna ‘A’ bt Sungai Ara (4-0); Rajaji bt Azad ‘B’ (3-1); Ramakrishna ‘A’ bt Bayan Lepas ‘B’ (5-0); Azad ‘B’ bt Sungai Ara (2-0); Rajaji drew Ramakrishna ‘A’ (0-0); Sungai Ara bt Bayan Lepas ‘B’ (5-0); Ramakrishna ‘A’ bt Azad ‘B’ (1-0); Rajaji bt Sungai Ara (3-1); Azad ‘B’ bt Bayan Lepas ‘B’ (3-0).
Group B: Ramakrishna ‘B’ drew Bayan Lepas ‘A’ (1-1); Subramaniya Barathee bt Azad ‘A’ (1-0); Ramakrishna ‘B’ bt Combined Tamil Schools (1-0); Bayan Lepas ‘A’ bt Azad ‘A’ (1-0); Subramaniya Barathee drew Combined Tamil Schools (0-0); Ramakrishna ‘B’ bt Azad ‘A’ (1-0); Bayan Lepas ‘A’ drew Subramaniya Barathee (0-0); Combined Tamil Schools bt Azad ‘A’ (2-0); Ramakrishma ‘B’ bt Subramaniya Barathee (1-0), Bayan Lepas ‘A’ bt Combined Tamil Schools (1-0).
S-finals: Ramakrishna ‘A’ bt Bayan Lepas ‘A’ (3-0); Ramakrishna ‘B’ bt Rajaji (1-0).
Final: Ramakrishna ‘A’ bt Ramakrisha ‘B’ (2-1).
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