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GENERAL COMMITTEE 2015/2016 President Capt. Baldev Singh baldev.singh@scc.org.sg Deputy President Mr Brian Teo brian.teo@scc.org.sg Chairman, Games Control Board Mr Richard Stapley-Oh richard.stapley-oh @scc.org.sg

Mr George V. Abraham george.abraham@scc.org.sg

Mr Paul Lawlass paul.lawlass@scc.org.sg

Club News

Mr Dinakaran S. Appiah (Dino) dinakaran.appiah@scc.org.sg

Ms Cynthia E. Robless cynthia.robless@scc.org.sg

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Mr Hamish Alexander Christie hamish.christie@scc.org.sg

Mr Teo Kwang Whee kwangwhee.teo@scc.org.sg

Food & Beverage 10 11 12 13 14

Ms Joyce Foster joyce.foster@scc.org.sg Mr Anwar Gaffoor anwar.gaffoor@scc.org.sg

Finance Member Mr Parasuram Krishnan parasuram.krishnan @scc.org.sg

Chef Arfin’s Specialities Cake of the Month Dinner Specials Beverage Promotion Wines of the Month Food & Events Calendar

Upcoming Events

Subcommittee Members Games Control Board Mr Richard Stapley-Oh (Chairman) Professor Brian Farrell Mr John Lewis Taylor Mr Desmond Decker Mr T Q Lim Ms Olivia Law Geok Lian Mr David Jones Ms Mohietheen Fathima Mr Richard Loo Mr K. Rajaram Ms Sadaf Salim Mr Marc Lansonneur Mr Dominic Lane Mrs Andrea Nicholas Mr Kevin Cumbers

President’s Message New Members’ Election Night Club News

Establishment Capt. Baldev Singh (Chairman) Mr Brian Teo Mr Dinakaran S. Appiah (Dino) Mr Teo Kwang Whee Mr Leonard Thangavelu Mr Harpal Singh food & beverage Mr Dinakaran S. Appiah (Dino) (Chairman) Mr Robin Thomas Mr Jude Tan Ms Joyce Foster Mr Anthony Richardson Mr Sammie Soon

marketing & Communications finance Ms Cynthia Robless (Chairlady) Mr Parasuram Krishnan (Chairman) Ms Tracy Jones Mr Srikanth K V Mr Richard Stapley-Oh Mr Dinakaran S. Appiah (Dino) Mr Paul Lawlass Mr Anwar Gaffoor Mr Hamish A. Christie Mr Thomas Monahan Mr Krishan Sharma

Property Mr George V Abraham (Chairman) Mr Anwar Gaffoor Mr Retna Sabapathy Mr Ong Chin Leong Mr Andrew Anthony Moore Mr N Thangavelu Mr Matthew Streeton Rules & Membership Mr Brian Teo (Chairman) Ms Josephine Ee Mr Tushar Doshi Mr Anthony Netto Mr Damian Pereira social Ms Joyce Foster (Chairlady) Ms Soma Devi Ms Ravinder Kaur Ms Sunita Kapoor Ms Tracy Jones Mr Vikram Raman Capt E R Raymond Ambrose

17 Murder Mystery 18 SCC Wine & Cheese Party Hungarian Wine Tasting 20 Easter Sunday Brunch Quiz Night Bingo 21 Buzz from the Bar April Fool’s Day Comedy Night Recent Events 23 Feng Shui & Astrology Talk 24 SCC Chinese New Year Celebrations 26 SCC Fun Day Sports 27 9th Annual Sports Awards 2016 Nominations 28 Balut 29 Bowls 30 Bridge 31 Darts 32 Cricket 33 Interview with Head Coach, Ricky Anderson 34 Hockey 36 Golf 37 Rugby 38 Soccer 39 Squash 40 Tennis

Singapore Singapore Cricket Cricket ClubClub Established 1852 Established 1852

Connaught Drive Singapore 179681 Tel: 63389271 Fax: 63330708 Email: scc@scc.org.sg Web: www.scc.org.sg Cover depicts one of SCC’s major tournaments, the Hockey Sixes.

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Club Management Ms Adeline Tan Financial Controller / Acting Head of Membership Telephone: 63389271 (ext. 201) E-mail: adeline.tan@scc.org.sg Ms Janet Ng Head, Sports & Recreation Telephone: 63389271 (ext. 389) E-mail: janet.ng@scc.org.sg Mr Daljeet Singh Head, F&B & Events Telephone: 63389271 (ext. 372) E-mail: daljeet.singh@scc.org.sg Ms Judy Ting Head, Property & Housekeeping Telephone: 63389271 (ext. 383) E-mail: judy.ting@scc.org.sg Ms Jessica Ng Acting Head of Human Resource Telephone: 63389271 (ext. 265) E-mail: jessica.ng@scc.org.sg Mr Raymond Lee Executive Chef Telephone: 63389271 (ext. 336) E-mail: raymond.lee@scc.org.sg

BUSINESS HOURS Member Services Desk Monday - Thursday Friday, Saturday & Eve of Public Holiday Sunday & Public Holiday

0900 - 2400 0900 - 0200 0900 - 2200

No after-games sports attire or studded boots.

Main Lounge Monday - Thursday Friday, Saturday & Eve of Public Holiday Sunday & Public Holiday

0900 - 2400 0900 - 0100 0900 - 2200

Flip-flops, singlets, shorts & tee-shirts are not permitted.

Stumps Monday - Thursday Friday, Saturday & Eve of Public Holiday Sunday & Public Holiday

1100 - 2400 1100 - 0200 1100 - 2200

Flip-flops & singlets are not permitted.

The Padang Restaurant Lunch Monday - Sunday

1200 - 1500

Dinner

1900 - 2300 1900 - 2200

No lunch operation on Public Holidays.

Monday - Saturday & Eve of Public Holiday Sunday & Public Holiday

Flip-flops, singlets, shorts & tee-shirts are not permitted. Denim trousers are not permitted except Saturday, Sunday & Public Holiday between 1000 & 1700.

The Oval & Verandah Monday - Saturday & Eve of Public Holiday Sunday & Public Holiday

0900 - 2300 0900 - 2200

Flip-flops, singlets, shorts & tee-shirts are not permitted. Bermudas are permitted at Oval Verandah.

The Victoria Room Monday - Saturday & Eve of Public Holiday Sunday & Public Holiday

0900 - 2300 0900 - 2200

Flip-flops, singlets, shorts and tee-shirts are not permitted.

Ms Chovin Blix Ong Acting Head of Sales & Marketing Telephone: 63389271 (ext. 252) E-mail: chovin.ong@scc.org.sg

The Deli Daily 1500 - 2200

Men’s Bar Monday - Saturday & Eve of Public Holiday 1100 - 2300 Sunday* 1200 - 1800 Public Holiday Closed *The Men’s Bar will be open for billiards & snooker only. F&B services are available at the Main Lounge. Flip-flops & singlets are not permitted.

Club Attire Members are advised to refer to the Club’s Bye-Laws for more information on attire. Club Rules and Bye-Laws are also available on the SCC website at www.scc.org.sg and at the Member Services Desk. For sports attire, please refer to the Section’s Bye-Laws. Information correct at time of print and subject to change without prior notice.

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Jackpot Room Monday - Thursday Friday, Saturday & Eve of Public Holiday Sunday & Public Holiday Flip-flops, singlets, shorts & tee-shirts are not permitted.

1300 - 2200 1300 - 2300 Closed

Gymnasium Daily 0600 - 2200 Gym attire must be worn at all times, i.e. tee-shirts, shorts and sports shoes.


PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Dear Members, For the ninth year running, the SCC will honour our finest sporting talents at our Annual Sports Awards to be held on 15 April at the Padang Restaurant. Each year, the Club not only aims to recognise exceptional sporting achievements in various categories but it also endeavours to commend those who have over the past year excelled and actively contributed to their respective Sports Sections significantly. Members who are interested to attend are warmly welcome to show your support. Another event of considerable significance scheduled in the month of April is SCC’s Annual General Meeting which will take place on 28 April at the Clubhouse. I strongly encourage all Members with eligible voting rights to partake in the electoral process of the Club’s General Committee Members who are instrumental in the continued growth of this grand dame. It has been a fulfilling and eventful year of service for me as President of the SCC and it is my hope that the Club continues to strive towards progression.

Capt. Baldev Singh President Singapore Cricket Club

Festivities at the Clubhouse were at an all-time high with the recently concluded Chinese New Year celebration. I thank Members who had joined the SCC in ushering in the Year of the Monkey. You can look forward to more upcoming events in the months ahead. We look forward to your continued patronage of the Club.

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CLUB NEWS

New Members’ Election Night

11 January 2016

Ordinary (Transferable) Members

Mr Vijay Brijendra Chopra

Ms Hazel Chew Rameson

Mr Danyluk Marek Jerzy

Mr Ranjit Dandekar Ms Amanda Lovise Fischer, Mr Martin Ross Hinge, GC Member Mr Dinakaran S. Appiah, Mr James Hugh Woodrow

Ms Oh Choon Lian

Mr Sanjay Shah

Mr Malaiappan S/O Sinnakaruppan

Mr Alok Tandon

Mr Danyluk Marek Jerzy, President Capt. Baldev Singh, Mr Sanjay Shah Mr John A Cordova

Term Member Mr Martin Ross Hinge Mr Nicholas O’Brien Mr Pakkam Sridharan Janardhanan Mr Stephen Singham Mr James Hugh Woodrow Mrs Zelda Anthony Mr Zhu Su Sport Member Mr Robert Alexander Jones Mr Alexander Charles Land Rayner Mr Harry David Lombe Taylor Corporate Member Mr Chng Hak Peng 4

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Dr Balakrishnan Shegar, Mr John A Cordova, GC Member Ms Cynthia Robless, Mr Christopher Phua, Mrs Kay Kunjara


CLUB NEWS

Mr Vijay Brijendra Chopra, GC Member Mr Dinakaran S. Appiah, Mr Bala Swaminathan

Ms Oh Choon Lian, Deputy President Mr Brian Teo

Mr Samuel Richard Sharpe, Mr Nicholas O’Brien, GC Member Ms Cynthia Robless, Mr Alok Tandon, Mrs Swapna Tandon, Mr Chng Hak Peng

GC Member Mr Anwar Gaffoor, Mr Stephen Singham

Mr Harry David Lombe Taylor, Mrs Claire Jane Taylor, Mr Nicholas Taylor

Mr Pakkam Sridharan Janardhanan, Mr Alexander Charles Land Rayner, Mr Malaiappan S/O Sinnakaruppan, Ms Hazel Chew Rameson, GC Member Mr Hamish Christie, Mr Robert Alexander Jones

Mr Zhu Su, Ms Tao Yaqiong

Head, Food & Beverage & Events Mr Daljeet Singh, Mr Christopher Anthony, Mrs Zelda Anthony

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CLUB NEWS

New Members’ Election Night

1 February 2016

Ordinary (Transferable) Members

Mr Simon Michaels

Mr Madhur Maini

Mr Kalpesh Ramanlal Parmar

Mr Gaurav Talwar Mr Bang Seung Ho, President Capt. Baldev Singh

Term Member Mr Bang Seung Ho Mr Ankush Chowdhary Mr Jagannathan Niranjan Mr Lange Torben Friis Mr Peter John Marini Sports Member Mr Adam Waise Mr Glenn Yeo

Mr Gaurav Talwar, Deputy President Mr Brian Teo, Mr Arjun Kakar

Mr Rangachari Raghavan, GC Member Ms Joyce Foster, Mr Madhur Maini

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CLUB NEWS

Mr Mogens C.E. Andersen, Mr Torben Friis Lange, Mrs Lange, GC Member Mr Hamish Christie, Mr Kalpesh Ramanlal Parmar, Mrs Parsi Kalpesh Parmar

Finance Member Mr Parasuram Krishnan, Ms Phoebe Han, Mr Peter John Marini

GC Member Mr Anwar Gaffoor, Mr Adam Waise

Mr Glenn Yeo, Mr Yeong Chee Wai Victor

GC Member Mr Teo Kwang Whee, Mr Ankush Chowdhary

GC Member Mr Paul Lawlass, Mrs Rowena Michaels, Mr Simon Michaels

Deputy President Mr Brian Teo, Mr Jagannathan Niranjan MAR / APR 2016 THE PADANG

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CLUB NEWS

OBITUARIES The Club records, with deep regret, the passing of our Members. Our sincere condolences to the family of the departed.

Mr T. S. Sinnathuray

Mr Mohd Amin Valibhoy

Mr Ali Maniku

Mr Tan Chok Kian Alphonsus

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CLUB NEWS

LETTER OF CONGRATULATIONS

O

n the occasion of his 2015/2016 Term of Election, Capt. Baldev Singh, President of the Singapore Cricket Club was presented by Mr. Michael Palmer, a signed congratulatory letter from former Australian Prime Minister, the Hon. John Howard. Similarly, a cricket bat jointly signed by the Hon. John Howard as well as the Hon. Tony Abbott was also presented to Capt. Singh. These items of considerable significance can be viewed at the Men’s Bar located at the Clubhouse.

CLUB OPERATING HOURS ON 23 APRIL 2016

P

lease be informed that due to the Annual Staff Party, the Club will be closed on Saturday 23 April 2016, from 4pm onwards. Normal operations will resume on Sunday 24 April 2016.

December 2015 50 Dragons

$1,163

January 2016 Dragon Emperor

$2,444

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FOOD & BEVERAGE

food PROMOTION

March / April

CHEF ARFIN’S SPECIALITIES Friday, 6.30pm onwards Courtyard

cake of the month Pina Colada Coconut, Pineapple Mousse with Chocolate Sponge and Lime Syrup

$43.20 per kg

4 March Mutton Biryani $13.80 11 March / 22 April Indian Mee Goreng $6.80 (regular), $9.80 (large) 18 March / 29 April Kambing Soup $7.80 (regular), $10.80 (large)

Visit The Oval & Verandah or call 6338 9271 to place a cake order for your special occasion or birthday celebration!

CARVERY LUNCH

1 April Soto Ayam $7.80 (regular), $9.80 (large) 8 April Spicy Mutton Ribs marinated with Chilli Masala and served with Mint Chutney $12.80 15 April Plain Thosai served with Vegetable Dhal, Coconut and Onion Chilli Chutney $5.80 Masala Thosai served with Vegetable Dhal, Coconut and Onion Chilli Chutney $9.80 10

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Weekdays, 12pm - 2.30pm Main Lounge $14.80 per person, includes coffee or tea with cheese and crackers. *Not available on PH Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

– – – – –

Roast Lamb Roast Spring Chicken Salmon Roast Pork Beef

HIGH TEA Daily, 3pm - 5pm The Oval & Main Lounge $19.90 for two persons


FOOD & BEVERAGE

Pan Seared Seabream Fillet with Cream Fraiche and Baby Spinach $25.80

Mutton Keema with Chapatis $12.80

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Claypot Roasted Pork with Hot Bean Sauce $12.80

MARCH

DINNER SPECIALS Beef Tenderloin with Grapes, Roasted Potatoes and Asparagus served with Red Wine Sauce $26.80

Stir-Fried Tian Jing Noodles with XO Sauce $12.80

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Tandoori Marinated Seabass Fillet with Spinach and Cheese $20.00 MAR / APR 2016 THE PADANG

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FOOD & BEVERAGE

beverage promotion

March / April

Belvedere Pure Vodka

Auchentoshan Single Malt Whisky

$7.50 per glass

$10.00 per glass

$7.50 per glass

$128.00 per bottle

$118.00 per bottle

$138.00 per bottle

London Dry Gin No.3

Bruichladdich Single Malt Whisky $7.50 per glass

$138.00 per bottle

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Bowmore 12 YO $7.50 per glass

$115.00 per bottle

Veuve Clicquot NV, France $115.00 per bottle

The Tiger’s Eye Blended Malt Scotch Whisky $7.50 per glass

$98.00 per bottle


FOOD & BEVERAGE

WINES OF THE MONTH

March / April

Juniper Crossing Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Margaret River, Western Australia Pale straw in colour with the slightest hint of lime, this lovely fresh fruity style of wine show aromas of gooseberry, green apple, pear, passion fruit, citrus blossom and jasmine with background notes of lemon grass and fried herbs. The palate is smooth and very textural, full of juicy fruit with subtle hints of herbs and spices and a long chalky refreshing finish. $54.00 per bottle | $12.00 per glass

Juniper Crossing Cabernet Merlot 2013 Margaret River, Western Australia This cabernet sauvignon merlot is made as a bright fruit-driven style with moderate oak influence and good structure. $58.00 per bottle | $12.00 per glass

IL Gamero Soave Classico DOC 2014 Veneto, Italy A straw yellow colour, a distinctly refined and intense bouquet with fresh fragrance of flowers. An initial taste of the exotic fruit and acacia honey on the palate. It is very pleasant and well balanced with great body. $49.00 per bottle | $11.00 per glass

La Doria Bardolino Classico DOC 2014 Veneto, Italy A ruby red colour, a fresh and fragrant bouquet with strong hints of raspberries, maracas cherries, with spicy and floraL sensations. A fruity sapid, delicate flavour and full bodied with excellent persistency. $49.00 per bottle | $11.00 per glass

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FOOD & EVENTS CALENDAR

DAILY SET LUNCH

Tuesday

Monday

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At The Oval & Verandah

8pm Men’s Bar

All Western Set Lunches ($15.80) are served with Soup of the Day, Coffee/Tea and Dessert of the Day. All Local and Tandoori Set Lunches ($14.80) are served with Coffee/Tea and Dessert of the Day. Monday 4, 11, 18 & 25 April Chicken Biryani, or Braised Duck Leg with Orange Sauce served with Vegetables and Potatoes, or Bak Kut Teh served with Steamed Rice

Tuesday 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 March SCC Laksa, or Pan-fried Seabass Fillet with Vegetables and Potatoes served with Lemon Dill Sauce, or Butter Chicken Masala served with Naan Bread, or Chicken Biryani

Tuesday 5, 12, 19 & 26 April SCC Laksa, or Pan-fried Seabass Fillet with Vegetables and Potatoes served with Lemon Dill Sauce, or Butter Chicken Masala served with Naan Bread, or Chicken Biryani

MARCH

Monday 7, 14, 21 & 28 March Chicken Biryani, or Oven-roasted Striploin served with Vegetables and Potato Wedges, or Bak Kut Teh served with Steamed Rice

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8

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SCC High Tea Available daily 3pm to 5pm The Oval & Main Lounge

Deepavali

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Carvery Lunch

Available on weekdays 12pm to 2.30pm Main Lounge

Wednesday 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 March Chicken and Egg Curry served with Steamed Rice, or Roast Leg of Lamb served with Vegetables and Potatoes, or Fish Curry served with Steamed Rice

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SCC High Tea Available daily 3pm to 5pm The Oval & Main Lounge

Tuesday

Monday Wednesday 6, 13, 20 & 27 April Chicken and Egg Curry served with Steamed Rice, or Grilled Dory Fish Fillet served with Vegetables and Potatoes, or Fish Curry served with Steamed Rice

Friday 4, 11 & 18 March Fish Moolie served with Steamed Rice, or Grilled Chicken Chop served with Vegetables and Potatoes, or Dal Makhani and Vegetable Curry served with Naan Bread Saturday 5, 12, 19 & 26 March SCC Laksa, or SCC Chicken Rice, or Chicken Biryani Sunday 6, 13, 20 & 27 March Mutton Biryani

Friday 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 April Fish Moolie served with Steamed Rice, or Grilled Pork Chop coated with Cheddar Cheese served with Vegetables and Potato Wedges, or Dal Makhani and Vegetable Curry served with Naan Bread

Public Holiday - Only SCC Laksa will be served at the Oval & Verandah as Daily Set Lunch on 25 March 2016.

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8pm Men’s Bar

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Carvery Lunch

Available on weekdays 12pm to 2.30pm Main Lounge

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19 SCC High Tea Available daily 3pm to 5pm The Oval & Main Lounge

Saturday 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 April SCC Laksa, or SCC Chicken Rice, or Chicken Biryani Sunday 3, 10, 17 & 24 April Mutton Biryani

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4

Thursday 7, 14, 21 & 28 April SCC Chicken Rice, or Baked Salmon with Vegetables and Potatoes, or Mutton Curry served with Naan Bread or Steamed Rice

APRIL

Thursday 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 March SCC Chicken Rice, or Baked Salmon with Vegetables and Potatoes, or Mutton Curry served with Naan Bread or Steamed Rice

Carvery Lunch

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Available on weekdays 12pm to 2.30pm Main Lounge

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FOOD & EVENTS CALENDAR

Wednesday

Thursday 2

Sunday

Saturday

Friday 3

4

5

Champagne Brunch

6

Every 1st Sunday of the Month Padang Restaurant

10

9

Hawker Fare

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6.30pm onwards Courtyard

Wine & Cheese Party 7.30pm Padang Restaurant

8pm· Victoria Room

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Carvery Lunch

23 Prata & Curry

Available on Fri, Sat & PH Eve 6.30pm to 10.30pm Main Lounge

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Wednesday

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Satay

Every Friday & Saturday 6.30pm-10pm Courtyard

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24

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with I-TUNE Every Saturday 7.30pm onwards Main Lounge

Murder Mystery 7.30pm onwards Padang Restaurant

Available on weekdays 12pm to 2.30pm Main Lounge

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the Bar Buzz from

Public Holiday* Good Friday

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Thursday

Saturday

Friday 1

Sunday

2

April Fool’s Day Comedy Night 7.30pm onwards Padang Restaurant

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9

8

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BINGO 8pm· Victoria Room

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10

Satay

Every Friday & Saturday 6.30pm-10pm Courtyard

Available on weekdays 12pm to 2.30pm Main Lounge

Hungarian Wine Tasting 7.30pm onwards Padang Restaurant

Champagne Brunch

Every 1st Sunday of the Month Padang Restaurant

Carvery Lunch

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27 Easter Sunday Brunch 12pm to 3pm Padang Restaurant

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Hawker Fare 1, 15 & 29 April 6.30pm onwards Courtyard

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from uzz the

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23

24

Bar

with ZAL Every Saturday 7.30pm onwards Main Lounge

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Sunday Roast 12pm to 3pm Padang Restaurant

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27 Annual General Meeting

Registration starts at 6pm Padang Restaurant

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30 Prata & Curry

Available on Fri, Sat & PH Eve 6.30pm to 10.30pm Main Lounge

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GET A

M& ember Rewarded BE

For enquiries, contact CHOVIN ONG at chovin.ong@scc.org.sg or 6338 9271 Ext 221 Invite your friends and associates to join our premier sports and social club and be a part of the Singapore Cricket Club! Be rewarded with $1,000 food and beverage credits when you successfully introduce your friends/associates to join as Ordinary (Transferable) Members. If your friends/associates join as social Term Members, you will receive $500 food and beverage credits into your account.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Join Evolve Arts at SCC for the ultimate who-did-it tale of murder and mystery! SET DINNER MENU Appetizer t th Pumpernickel Toas op Hokkaido Scall wi ple Ap d ze eli and Caram Grapefruit Dressing

Take a journey into the curious and eccentric world of the Padang family. Meet the characters and listen to the tales they tell. But question everyone and trust no-one, because beneath the deceptions and suspicions, surrounds a life of a murderer within.

Soup ny Soup (V) taw iga Mull

Stories will intertwine and unfold as the evening progresses, leading to the final chapter in which YOU, the audience, will decide the outcome.

Main Course gu An s Striploin Beef

Will you be able to identify and convict the culprit? Or will a vindictive and vicious villain go free?

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tĂŠe

with broccolini, sau

Or Salmon Fillet ian eg Norw

with mashed sweet

potato, bak choy and

crispy lotus

Dessert - Buffet ies Assorted Mini Pastr atter Pl Seasonal Fresh Fruit Va with nilla Sauce Bread Butter Pudding

To find out, BOOK NOW!

THE MYSTERY BEGINS AT 7.30PM Padang Restaurant $98 Member | $118 Guest Inclusive of Set Dinner and a welcome drink Closing Date: 7 Mar 2016

Ticket sales are based on first-come-first-served basis. 40% ticket price is chargeable for cancellation after closing date and 100% for no-show. For more information and booking, please contact Audrey Wang at audrey.wang@scc.org.sg Tel: 6338 9271 Ext:263 or Becky Xu at becky.xu@scc.org.sg Tel: 6338 9271 Ext: 377 MAR / APR 2016 THE PADANG

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UPCOMING EVENTS

EVENTS

March / April

SCC WINE & CHEESE PARTY

Enjoy classic pairings of a fine selection of wines and cheeses at SCC‘s Wine and Cheese Party.

Friday, 11 March 2016 7.30pm onwards Padang Restaurant $50 Member | $65 Guest Closing Date: 4 Mar 2016 * Age Limit: 18 years old and above * Club dress code applies

Ticket sales are based on first-come-first-served basis. 40% ticket price is chargeable for cancellation after closing date and 100% for no-show. For more information and booking, please contact Audrey Wang at audrey.wang@scc.org.sg Tel: 6338 9271 Ext:263 or Becky Xu at becky.xu@scc.org.sg Tel: 6338 9271 Ext: 377

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UPCOMING EVENTS

EVENTS

March / April

EASTER SUNDAY BRUNCH

Celebrate Easter with a delectable Full Roast Buffet Brunch and Easter activities for the children.

Sunday, 27 March 2016 12pm - 3pm Padang Restaurant - Lunch Gilmour Room - Children’s Activities Closing Date: 18 Mar 2016

$23 per child (below 12 years old) $10 per child (below 6 years old)

Full Roast Buffet $41.80 per person $108 per person with free-flow Champagne, beer, wine, soft drinks and juices

Inclusive of a goodie bag and entry to the Children’s Activity Room

*Entry to Children’s Activity Room is chargeable at $10 per child for members and guests who are not dining at the Easter Sunday Brunch.

Reserve your table now at 6338 9271!

QUIZ NIGHT

Join like-minded fellow members for an evening of fun! Pit your wits against other teams and win fantastic prizes.

Every First Tuesday of the Month 1 March & 5 April 2016 8pm Men’s Bar

February Winner - GOBS

BINGO

Get ready to shout BINGO every second Thursday of the month. Bringing you the all-time favourite game. Thursday nights will never be the same.

Every Second Thursday of the Month 10 March & 14 April 2016 8pm Victoria Room

Ticket sales are based on first-come-first-served basis. 40% ticket price is chargeable for cancellation after closing date and 100% for no-show. For more information and booking, please contact Audrey Wang at audrey.wang@scc.org.sg Tel: 6338 9271 Ext:263 or Becky Xu at becky.xu@scc.org.sg Tel: 6338 9271 Ext: 377

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UPCOMING EVENTS

EVENTS

March / April

BUZZ FROM THE BAR Every Saturday 7.30pm onwards Main Lounge

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APRIL

DAY

COMEDY NIGHT

$48 MEMBER $58 GUEST INCLUSIVE OF BUFFET DINNER & A WELCOME DRINK

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APRIL 2016 7.30PM

PADANG RESTAURANT

STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFO

Ticket sales are based on first-come-first-served basis. 40% ticket price is chargeable for cancellation after closing date and 100% for no-show. For more information and booking, please contact Audrey Wang at audrey.wang@scc.org.sg Tel: 6338 9271 Ext:263 or Becky Xu at becky.xu@scc.org.sg Tel: 6338 9271 Ext: 377 MAR / APR 2016 THE PADANG

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FENG SHUI & ASTROLOGY TALK

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T

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dorned in oriental splendour, SCC celebrated Chinese New Year with an enticing line-up of festive performances such as the traditional lion dance which, as always, had Members looking on in awe as the lions pranced around the Club ushering in an abundance of prosperity and good fortune. The traditional Chinese face changing performance at the Main Lounge also proved to be a crowd favourite drawing gasps of amazement at the theatrical showmanship on display. Those game for some personal insight took to the palm reading activity while others enjoyed an inviting spread of festive delights at the Oval Restaurant prepared for them by the SCC chefs.

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n overwhelming turn-out of 316 children, aged 2 to 15 years old, participated in a fun-filled morning of sports activities at the Padang Field on Saturday, 30 January 2016.

As a joint effort by the SCC Academies, SCC Junior Development Programmes and the SCC Sports Department, the SCC Fun Day was organised not only to promote and introduce various Sports such as Cricket, Rugby Squash, Soccer and Tennis, but also to celebrate the “returning of Padang”, post NDP 2015. In addition, the children also got ready to play differently and had a unique bonding experience with their families playing Bubble Soccer, Laser Tag and Bouncy Castle. The SCC Fun Day would not have been a tremendous success without the sponsorship of Prime Rugby Pte Ltd, Football Advantage Pte Ltd, Nosredna, Coaching Development, SCC Squash Section and their coaches. We look forward to another exciting Fun Day soon.

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For more enquires of the SCC Junior Development Programmes, please contact: Sports Department – Wendy Foo wendy.foo@scc.org.sg Cricket – Ricky Anderson ricaldo_ando@yahoo.com.au Cricket Youth Development (CYD) – Riaz Hussien riazhussien@gmail.com Hockey – Kanan Packrisamy trueblueconsult@gmail.com Rugby – Sarah Finley info@sccrugbyacademy.com Soccer – Owen Monaghan owen@football-performance.com Squash – Eleanor Tan helloeleanortan@gmail.com Tennis – Sue Cumbers coachingdevelopmentsingapore@gmail.com


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he SCC Annual Sports Awards, in its 9th year running, is an event which awards recognition not only to those with great sporting achievements but also to those who are actively involved in and those who contribute to their respective sports sections and the Club.

Friday, 15 April 2016 Cocktails begin at 7pm $40 per person Inclusive of a Welcome Drink and Buffet Dinner

The Club will recognise the achievements in the following categories: • • • • • • • •

Spirit of Sport (one nominee per Sports Section) Sports Feat of the Year Sports Initiative of the Year Sports Girl & Boy of the Year Sports Woman & Man of the Year Team of the Year Section of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award

The award recipients will be selected by an elite panel of independent judges. Winners will only be revealed during the presentation. All convenors are to submit their respective nominations together with the sports CVs of the nominees and achievements, to Ken Ang (Senior Sports Executive) via email at ken.ang@scc.org.sg and Eunicia Tan (Sports Administrator) eunicia.tan@scc.org.sg. The ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ is open to all Members for nominations. All nominations must be submitted no later than Friday, 18 March 2016. For further information, please contact the Sports Department at 6338 9271.

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BALUT

Convenor: John Lewis Taylor | Scribe: Margaret Cunico / John Lewis Taylor

Else looks none too happy with that throw

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Somebody got a Balut?

ET’S KEEP DEM DICE ROLLIN’ IN 2016! Here’s looking forward to a great year ahead for Balut. A choc-a-bloc funfilled year awaits all Balut enthusiasts so let’s get ready to play.

KEY INTO YOUR DIGITAL CALENDARS To be sure that Balut stays high on your agenda, be sure to note the following dates on your Balut calendar year.

We started the year on a high with close to full-house at our January Section Night. A total of 36 baluteers attended, including two guests from Sabah Golf and Country Club, Kota Kinabalu Catherine Wu and her husband Lee Kui Lian.

Forthcoming Section Nights Tuesday 15 March Tuesday 19 April Tuesday 24 May - Please note that this is also the Section’s AGM. Tuesday 28 June

The Section also welcomed baluteer Sunita Kapoor’s guest, Who’s the winner? Both Tony and Joyce look Sharon Major, from Christchurch, equally delighted. New Zealand. Inspired by the hospitality and camaraderie of SCC Members, Sharon will be taking the game back to New Zealand with the hope of forming a Balut Section in her lovely country. We are crossing our fingers that it will happen as it could potentially promise a future Section tour. THE CAPTAIN IS A CHAMP! Once again Balut Captain Raj Kumar trumped his fellow baluteers at Section Night with an admirable score of 672 points, averaging 112 per game. Raj, we hope you keep up the sizzle for the rest of the year. Gursharon Kaur, one of our more consistent players, trailed Raj with 655 points, while third place went to Tony Fisher with a score of 658. At our February Section Night, the top three scores were registered by Vashi Sajnani with a total of 645 points, followed by Raj Kumar with 625 points and A.N Balagopal with 623 points.

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We do hope that more Section Members can attend our monthly in-house games. Non-Section Members who want to give Balut a go, please feel free to register as a guest player. You are assured of a fun and friendly evening. Inter-Club League Matches Wednesday 18 May @ SCC Wednesday 22 June @ Eurasian Association Tours 4 - 7 March at the Kinabalu Club. This is the Annual Invitational to SCC. Eight members have signed up for the tour, at the point of writing. Annual Triangular Saturday 4 June at SCC. This is an annual tournament between three of the strongest baluting clubs in Singapore - namely the National University of Singapore Society, the Indian Association and SCC of course. This year it is our turn to host the tournament. End November at the Kinabalu Yacht Club for the 36th Annual Interport tournament. Dates will be confirmed in due course.

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BOWLS

Convenor: T Q Lim | Scribe: Ron Pereira

BOWLS sectioN COMMITTEE 2016/17

Elected at the AGM on 21 January 2016

Convenor Captain Secretary Treasurer JSM Respresentative Committee Member

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T Q Lim S R Ganesh Ron Pereira Edmund Lin Shermeen Lim* Christian Huang* Bob Gattie

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owls Triangular Tournament in Bangkok The much-awaited trip to Bangkok in mid-December 2015 to play in the Triangular Tournament with Royal Bangkok Sports Club (RBSC) and Kowloon Bowling Green Club (KBGC) did not bring SCC the desired results. Perhaps it was the sixmonth abstinence from playing on our grass green, as the RBSC green was heavy in comparison to the fast Tanglin Club green our team has been practicing on since May 2015. In the Triangular Match against KBGC we lost 4 rinks and won 2 rinks (aggregate: KBGC 110shots - SCC 73shots). RBSC showed their intimate knowledge of the green by beating us convincingly in 5 of the 6 rinks (aggregate: RBSC 136shots – SCC 71shots). RBSC were the eventual winners of the Triangular Tournament, as they beat KBGC by 4 rinks to 2 rinks (aggregate: RBSC 109shots – KBGC 72shots).

We congratulate our young stars for venturing overseas on their own and bringing SCC into the International limelight. SCC Mixed Drawn Pairs This season the Mixed Drawn Pairs competition was played on the Tanglin Club green during November and December 2015. On the much faster green, the eventual winners were: Champion : S R Ganesh / Melvin Tan Runner-up : Michael Daryanani / Mary Lim Third Place : K U Menon / K C Chew Congratulations to the Champions!

Better results are expected by SCC this year, as the Triangular Tournament will be held at KBGC, where the green is slightly faster than ours. The finalists of the mixed drawn Pairs tournament. The winners are standing on the right of Lawn Bowls Captain Velu

Lawn Bowls Section AGM The AGM was held on 21 January 2016. As the SCC green had been closed for more than six months, the meeting was somewhat subdued and no issues were brought up for discussion. The committee hopes to really start working after the SCC green is re-opened at end-March 2016. In the meantime, Happy Bowling at the Tanglin Club green. The SCC and RBSC Teams in jovial mood before their Interport Match

Angeles International 2016 In mid-January 2016, our Young Bowlers Shermeen Lim, Chng Mingli, Melvin Tan and Wong Huikai representing SCC took part in the inaugural mixed triples tournament hosted by Angeles Sports & Country Club of the Philippines. There were 16 teams in four groups entered for this tournament and our SCC team eventually reached the Plate finals, but narrowly lost in the last end to be the runner-up in the Plate competition. Our young bowlers at the Angeles International 2016

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BRIDGE

Convenor: Olivia Law | Scribe: Chitra Varaprasad

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016 will see the Bridge Section providing training, holding special events and organising games. Beginner level trainings will begin on 21 January consisting of a total of four sessions held once a week. This will help grow the pool of available players. So far 16 persons have signed up for the training. It has been proposed that intermediate level training be held on a Monday night before regular play. This would take place about once every six weeks. As is customary, several special events will be organised. A Chinese New Year special event on 22 February 2016 will take place at the Victoria Room. Our National Day / AGM event will be combined on Monday 15 August 2016. And the Christmas event is being planned for 12 December 2016.

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The Section will participate this year in the Premier Bridge League. This will be the second year of participation and is the main competition event that the Section is involved in. Nine club teams are expected to take part. It will run from April through to September. This year the Section has agreed to be the host for organising meetings and final prize-giving event. Four Section Members will be participating in the Bridge Pairs Tournament organised by Tanglin Club on Saturday 30 January. A Whist Drive (Whist is another card game) is being planned to be held on 21 April 2016. This will involve Members from other Sections and should be competitive and fun. The Section can look forward to another eventful year ahead!


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DARTS

Convenor: Mohietheen Fathima | Scribe: Genevieve Chase / Mohietheen Fathima

Taylor and Paul Murphy for taking on the role of judges. The entire room was filled with laughter and happiness as everyone was immersed in the games! The best dressed rockstar went to Soma Devi; there were many others who dressed for the occasion but Soma dressed to rock!

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CC Darts Section in the ‘Land of Smiles’ 2015 ended on a strong note for the Darts Section with 10 members of the team travelling to Bangkok for a tournament against the Thailand Darts Association. The tour started on a Friday afternoon with those who could escape work early leaving on a lunchtime flight for the ‘Land of Smiles’. Following dinner and a birthday celebration we turned in for an early night before our big tournament. The Thailand Darts Association hosted the Singapore Cricket Club Darts Section for a day of friendly and strong competition. The tournament involved six Singles games and six Doubles games. Plenty of games were played and many darts were thrown. Despite the team putting in a number of practice sessions before the event and throwing some superb darts on the day, we found ourselves up against a well-drilled Thai team that included national players and what might have been Olympic representatives. Nevertheless, we played our hardest with Shelia causing the biggest upset of the afternoon in beating one of their strongest players 2-1 in a game of 501. After the games were over and the winners decided, the Thai national coach and players took some time to provide tips to the junior members of the SCC team and help us improve our technique. The afternoon continued with more social games and challenges between the two teams finishing with a group photo and promises to visit each other again soon.

Year End Party (Scribe: Fathima) It was a time for the entire Darts Section to gather at the year-end party which was held at the Gilmour Room. Themed ‘Rockstar’ we had close to 50 Section Members and guests attending the year-end party. Darts Section members are indeed fortunate to have past presidents such as Col Gurcharan Singh and Mr Manu Bhojwani in attendance. We had plenty of games lined up by Mohan Balagopal and everyone had a ball of a time! The key highlight of the table game was the best dressed snowman! Everyone at the table pitched ideas and looked around for props to dress their snowman with. Our Chairman, Games Control Board, Richard Stapley-Oh was one of the contestants and the rest were Philip Ng, Ravi Chandran and a guest from Sandakan. Philip Ng walked away as the best dressed snowman as he had the longest red nose amongst all the entries! Thank you Col Gurcharan Singh, John

The staff at SCC who had rendered their services to the Darts Section was given a token of appreciation. They were Bianca from the Member Services Desk, Ahmad from the Oval Restaurant and importantly Chris from the Men’s Bar. Darts Section Members are indeed very grateful for their services! We had great lucky draw prizes and most of them were travel and spa vouchers as well as alcohol. The lucky winners of the night walked away with fantastic prizes! Travel vouchers to Bali, Krabi and Bintan were given away to the delight of most. Our very own Tina Turner a.k.a Amy Bondi rocked the dance floor and entertained us with her great voice and music - thank you, Amy. We would like to express our sincere thanks to our Chairman, Games Control Board Richard Stapley-Oh and GC Member Joyce Foster for attending our event and showing their support to the Darts Section. Sincere thanks to my Darts Section Committee Members for donating prizes for the lucky draw: Raymond Ambrose, Soma Devi, Shelia Nagiah, Mohan Balagopal. Special thanks to the organising committee - Sally Brenchley, Mohan Balagopal, Philip Ng and Soma Devi for putting in a lot of effort and time in ensuring a successful party. Our gratitude to our valued sponsors Pernod Ricard’s Rajan Menon for the beverages and Atos Wellness for their spa vouchers. It was a fantastic night to remember with everyone gearing up for the Christmas and year-end revelry.

Darts Section Year End Party

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CRICKET

Convenor & Scribe: David Jones

SCC team captains for 2016

Chairman Games Control Board Richard Stapley-Oh, SCC President Capt Baldev Singh, Convenor David Jones

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eam captains for the 2016 season were announced at the Captains Cocktails by Captain of Cricket, Dene Border:

SCC Lions (Division 1) SCC Cougars (Division 2) SCC Tigers (Division 2) SCC Cheetahs (Division 3) SCC Panthers (Division 3) SCC Jaguars (Division 4) Saturday XI

Riaz Altaff Hussien Nick Dorney Arjun Kakar Vipul Aggarwal Graham Wilson Dustin Yates Hugh Darwell

SCC Twenty20 The 5th edition of SCC’s Twenty20 tournament returns to the Padang from 26-28 August. Teams are currently being finalised but little change is expected from the 2014 version. Defending Champions, Madras Cricket Club and Runnersup, Singhalese Sports Club have both confirmed they will be returning and the quality of players is expected to be higher than ever. Further announcements will be made in the near future. Rohit Shah has taken over as Tournament Chairman from Unmish Parthasarathi who presided over a successful tournament in 2014.

There are only two changes from last season – Riaz Hussien returns for a second stint as captain of the 1st XI taking over from Andre De Lange who had recently departed, and former national player Graham Wilson takes over the reign of Panthers from Clem Cull. After a promising start to 2015, the final results were a little disappointing. Detailed planning has gone into the new season with a comprehensive calendar of training and warm up matches put in place. With the availability of the Padang for the full season, for both training and playing, optimism is high for a successful season ahead.

Rohit Shah, Vipul Aggarwal, Unmish Parthasarathi and Andy Williams

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Paul Immanuel and GC member, Cynthia Robless

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SCC Cricket Youth Development (CYD) Programme

An Interview with Head Coach

Ricky Anderson Your first visit to SCC was actually in 1995 when you played for the England team in the SCC 6s tournament. What memories do you have of that? I was only 18 years old and was asked to come at the last minute because of a few late withdrawals. It was a big adventure for me and I have very fond memories playing with and against so many international stars. I also remember being made to feel so welcome throughout our stay and I talked about the tour for years afterwards! Your first captain at Essex was Nasser Hussain. What was it like to play under him? He was very demanding and let you know in no uncertain terms if you didn’t deliver on his expectations! Having said that, he helped me to raise my game by continually challenging me to be better. I took over 50 wickets in my first season and thought I had done well but he made me feel at the beginning of my second season that I was starting all over again. During your county career for Essex and Northamptonshire, who was the most difficult batsman you came up against? I always found players like Graeme Hick, Robin Smith and Mark Ramprakash difficult as they gave you very little margin for error, particularly anything wide of an off-stump. However, when Kevin Pietersen started at Nottinghamshire he was playing shots which we hadn’t seen and took the game to another level. Based on your own experience, what advice would you give to youngsters wanting to make a career out of cricket? Don’t ignore your studies. With some discipline you can complete your studies while playing cricket. It is always difficult if you don’t have something to fall back on if your plans don’t work out. Also, be absolutely sure you want to be a professional cricketer – it takes a huge level of commitment and you can’t afford to have any doubts.

Having had one season as SCC coach, what is your impression of cricket in Singapore so far? Honestly speaking, I was pleasantly surprised by both the quantity and quality of cricket being played and the level of competitiveness. What is your approach to coaching and what can youngsters expect who may consider joining our junior programme? I was brought up in a very directive environment but I think times have changed and it is important that youngsters enjoy their cricket and feel that they are in an environment where they can learn and develop. I believe in providing a certain amount of information but encouraging players to think for themselves rather than wait for me to tell them what to do.

SCC U15 team collecting their trophies

The 2016 season is just about to start. What do you think we need to do differently to be more successful in the SCA league? I think there needs to be more clarity on individual roles within the team so that expectations are clear. We should then recognise players who deliver on expectations and not just the highest run scorers and top wicket takers.

SCC CYD weekly training session SCC JSM Rahul Bala

SCC JSM Rishab Tiru

Ricky with the SCC U15 winning team

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Convenor: K. Rajaram | Scribe: Kanan Packrisamy

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hampions On and Off the Pitch The nature of Singapore’s socio-economic conditions demands so much from its residents. At SCC we are fortunate that we have Members who play sport, some at the highest level and continue to fit into the rigours of Singapore society. Juggling, work, family, other sports, more work and the sport that you know and love can take so much out of an individual. These may sound all too familiar and perhaps even passé, but this article is not about the trials and tribulations of life in Singapore but about four fine people who have been part of this Club for a while. We applaud you (Photo Credit: Andrew Lim)

Sarojanee Sundarajoo a.k.a Saro Let’s meet Sarojanee Sundarajoo, simply known as “Saro” to all of us. She joined SCC in 1983. Her first major assignment for the Club was to play in the Asian Ladies’ Hockey Club Tournament held in Korea. Rubbing shoulders with top players and clubs from India, Japan, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan was a real honour. That big step provided the spark in Saro in never wanting to leave this Club. She speaks fondly of her Captain when she joined, Maureen Peck and teammates, as well as Rajam and Selina for convincing her to join the Club. Saro currently plays in the 2nd XI ladies’ team and truly loves our Club colours of black and gold which she feels should never change. She also hopes to see how best to help juniors become members of the Club. Saro

Ben Strickland Juniors ensure the future of the Club and there is one gentlemen - one Ben Strickland of whom many of our juniors are very fond of. “Uncle” as he is affectionately called is a bulldozer on the pitch and some say off it too. Leading a jetsetter’s life, Ben weaves his magic on his extremely tight schedule to fit training and matches in. Joining the Club more than five years ago, the Australian attests that winning SCC’s maiden Men’s National League 1 title is most memorable of his time here thus far. As an integral member of that squad, Ben’s silvery hair leads to inquisitions about his age to which end he quipped, “Unfortunately it’s continually being asked how old I am by the opposition. For the record, I am not the oldest member of our squad”. It’s also unfortunate that Ben thinks only the opposition ask this question. Not a very big fan of the Club’s current kit (please don’t tell him we have brand new ones already in the store), Ben’s one thing that he won’t change about the Club are his teammates whom he reckons are highly committed on the pitch; but off the pitch is a different story! 34

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Nick Cochrane Nick Cochrane offers indeed a different story. He had stopped playing hockey when he joined the Club 10 years ago. However playing some inter-section matches (squash vs hockey) got the buzz in him to reignite his hockey career. A shade over five years ago Nick joined the Section. Being the fine gentlemen and great club man Nick has given his blood for this Club. Nick narrates, “Defending the left hand post at a short corner, a drag flick came hurtling towards the bridge of my nose. Fortunately I got my stick up in time but the force of the ball caused the stick to crash into my face. Apart from the blood no serious damage has been done and I was able to return after half time. Most pleasing thing was I had deflected the ball round the post. I wasn’t in a position to see whether the umpire had given a long corner or a sixteen”. No goal Nick, it doesn’t matter if it’s a long or a short.

Nick (Photo Credit: Andrew Lim)

Like many at the Club, he too feels that the 2015 season was the most memorable as all squads seemed to be challenging for the title in their respective leagues with the Men’s and Ladies’ 1st XIs becoming champions of their respective National Leagues. The regular pitch marshal at the SCC Sixes amidst his busy schedule found time to give much credit to the coaching staff for SCC’s progress, how nice! Thanks Nick, for always standing tall with SCC. Susan McKay Finally, standing tall comes naturally to Susan McKay. Joining the Club in 2008, the 1st XI player has been a National Champion twice with SCC. Her most memorable was the one we won last season. The Canadian right back explains, “We’ve won the National Women’s League title twice since 2008, but the 2015 title was the most memorable. Our slow start to the season meant we needed to win every match to take the title; 100% commitment from every single player. And we pulled it off”. Giving 100% is bread and butter for Susan and for someone who has seen it all, winning the SCC Sixes title is close to her heart, as she recalls, “I captained the team to our first SCC 6s final only to have the final called off due to lightning. We had to flip a coin to determine the winner and we lost. So the title has eluded us all these years...hopefully until this year!” Hopefully indeed! The mother of three feels that constantly attracting talent to the Club is imperative if SCC is to keep flying their flag on top of the hockey ladder. Getting the fee structure right is something she feels would facilitate more young talent to come our way. As a well-travelled person, Susan ends our article rather aptly when asked what she won’t change about SCC, she resoundingly said “The diversity. I’ve met some amazing people playing hockey at SCC: young, old, rich, poor, foreign, local but all exceptional people.” Susan

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GOLF

Convenor & Scribe: Richard Loo

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n Sunday 24 January, the Golf Section had an inter-club event with the Changi Golf Club. 33 SCC golfers for the first time managed to outdo our strong Changi opponents. The score was 9-6 and Vincent Ho our treasurer emerged winner with stable ford points of 42. As usual the after-golf fellowships, food and entertainment for the evening were the main highlights of the event. We wish to express our appreciation to the Changi Golf Club Committee for their warm fellowship and for being a great host; and also to Vincent for organising the game and dinner for the Section. We had our Chinese New Year Golf and Lo Hei Dinner at the Seletar Golf Club on 17 February. Our golf captain Chionh Chye Hion and Alvin Khoo were the organisers. All golfers who participated in the Chinese New Year game were given a big ‘Ang Pow’. Wishing all a prosperous New Year! We plan to have a Social Golf in March. The venue and date will be finalised by the Captain. Look out for further details. Please block your calendar from 14 to 17 April; we have arranged a 40-seater coach to take us to Kluang Golf Club and Royal Selangor Club for our Inter-port games. Details will follow soon. Captain Chionh looks forward to your strong support. Please register early to avoid disappointment. Last but not least, the Golf Section committee wishes all golfing members a prosperous, healthy and happy year ahead. GONG XI FA CAI! 36

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RUGBY

Convenor: Marc Lansonneur Scribe: Sam Sharpe

Soc Gen SCC Tankards win the 2015/2016 Championship

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t’s been a good start to 2016 for the Rugby Section. But first some words on the end of 2015.

If there is one team in the Section that always delivers come finals day, it’s the Soc Gen SCC Tankards. Under the tutelage of new Captain Sam Flint, the boys didn’t disappoint this time either. With the Padang out of action (for most of 2015) the Section relied heavily on the Dempsey pitch for its home games and hosted a mud-soaked Championship final there on 12 December against Oldham (in a re-run of the final in the last two years). Oldham really had to deliver some silverware in 2015, having lost the last two years in a row and deciding not to follow St Andrews to play in the Premiership. So they fought hard and almost made it, but came up short, again. Some fantastic play by the likes of Elroy Tan, a huge interception by Jon Leow and big hits by the likes of Gabriel Lee, Big Rishi and ‘Bee Sting’ Shane Dewar, sent the ACS boys packing.

The Soc Gen Lions - our intrepid 3rd XV. A new coaching line up is taking shape this year with Suihaimi Amran taking over as Lions coach assisted by Oli Rey and James Drudy. It was a difficult pre-Christmas season for the Lions but with wins against Gaulois and Wanderers Thirds, things are beginning to turn around. Could it be a Lions and Tankards final in April? Finally, some words on the Soc Gen SCC Growlers. Cookie’s vets dominated the pre-Christmas Conference league, narrowly missing out in the final to Wanderers. They’ll be a team to watch in the lead-up to the April finals. Some class new players (recently promoted from the Firsts and Tankards) means that they have some serious fire power.

2016 sees a new format to the league. With the Premiership having now kicked off, the pressure is on Coach Matt Singer and Captain Nick Passi to win that Cup. The Soc Gen SCC Prems have had some dangerously good new recruits, in particular the youthful Mike Oliver at scrum half (probably the best scrum half playing in Singapore now) and Drew Brynes in the loose. After dominating Bedok Kings 1st XV in a 84-10 rout on 16 January, the Prems went onto Bucks 1st XV 13-5 the following week (in a game that they should have really run away with). Alas, the work was not done with the Prems and the Wanderers showed up a number of areas for improvement with their 31-18 victory on 30 January. But Rome wasn’t built in a day, and with the finals in April, there is plenty of time to get things in order. Soc Gen SCC Growlers in need of a beer

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SOCCER

Convenor: Dominic Lane | Scribe: Ravi Krishnan and Bruce Logie

SCC Strollers and the Royal Selangor Club

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he first Interport between the SCC and Royal Selangor Club (RSC) took place 60 years ago. However, due to a 13 year hiatus, the Clement Trophy has remained uncontested ever since Royal Selangor Club ran out 5-3 winners in tightly contested victory all the way back in 2003. Fortunately this year the Interport was finally resurrected with Royal Selangor travelling to Singapore with the cup in tow. A strong SCC Strollers over-35s, veterans, football team was promptly assembled to play in this prestigious football Interport with the firm intention of gaining back the cup. The game kicked off with some aggressive and energetic tackles from both sides, reflecting the importance of the Interport for both sides. The first half saw a numerous shots on goal from the SCC although the opposition keeper was in outstanding form for the most part. Finally, the first goal arrived with a deep cross resulting in the RSC centre defender connecting with a header backwards which thundered into the top left hand corner of the goal.

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As the referee blew the whistle for the end of the first half, the score line read: SCC 1 RSC 0. The second half saw the SCC taking full control of the game, notably in the centre of defence and midfield where Martin Rigby, Matt Hulen and Mo Yasin stamped their authority on the opposition which opened up play and led to another three goals. Two from flying wingers Piers Bourke and Dom Lane respectively and the final goal from the effervescent Yossi Azran who latched onto another silky cross from playmaker Matt Hulen to finish the game 4-0. A special mention to Graham Dickson who rolled back the years when he came on for the last 20 minutes to make a significant contribution playing on the left wing and assisting in a goal. Final score: a comfortable 4-0 victory to retain the Royal Selangor Interport Cup. ‘Man of the Match’ that day goes to Mo Yasin.


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SQUASH

Convenor: Andrea Nicholas | Scribe: Robbie Lyons

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lub Championships The 2015 Squash Club Championships was slightly different from the previous edition as it featured a veterans draw in addition to the two main draws. The championships were held over two weekends in November and was well competed by a variety of players from the SCC Squash Section.

matches across all draws. The final between Vivian and Anders showed how fit, fast and strong Vivian had become now that he is training almost full time. Anders played well but was unable to keep up with him. The Div. 1 Plate final between Anthony and Adrian went the full distance with Anthony running out the winner in five sets. Special mention must go to Rahul Khare for helping with the the tournament. Well done to the winners of each division and a further thanks to all who participated and committed to playing their matches. We look forward to the 2016 competition later in the year. A big thanks to Robbie Lyons for organising and running the tournament. Cosmo League Play commenced end of August. Players graded ‘C’ and below went into battle against five other Clubs. After being pipped at the post last year for the title, our hopes were high that we could go one better. Led by Tim Howard we ended up in third place. There were minor disruptions due to the haze but all games were eventually played. SICC were the organisers and on 28 November they hosted the Gala Dinner attended by 17 of our players. By all accounts it was a very grand night enjoyed by all.

Vivian and Anders after the Club Champs final

The championships were also fortunate enough to have Vivian, Singapore’s No.1 and also a member of the Club participating this year despite his heavy schedule now playing in the professional circuit. All divisions were hotly contested with full schedules across the days of the tournament and it was great to see some exciting

RESULTS

Cosmo League party at SICC

SCC Open Champion

Vivian Rhamanan

SCC Open Runner-Up

Anders Yeo

Open Plate Winner

Kevin Lim

Division 1 Winner

Sandip Talukdar

Division 1 Runner-Up

Wilfred Walsh

Division 1 Plate Winner

Anthony Stiefel

Veterans Winner

Brian Van Gingkel

National Squash League (NSL) We have entered 10 teams this year down from 13 last year with only two Premier Men’s teams, one Ladies’ Divison 1 team and a veterans 1 team. Play is due to start after Chinese New Year. This year we have two members on the NSL committee – Chew Kok Keene and Rahul Khare. Kok Keene is in his second year on the SSRA along with SCC Member Woffles Wu who is President.

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TENNIS

Convenor: Kevin Cumbers | Scribe: Nilma Missir-Boissac / Kevin Cumbers

At the official opening of the courts, graced by President Capt Baldev Singh & GC Member Mr Parasuram Krishnan

H

appy New Year! We hope that this Year of the Monkey will give you improved agility, quick reflexes at the net and opportunities to sneak those drop shots across the net! The year kicked off with the tennis courts’ new look - the lawn courts were converted to artificial grass courts, a surface that we believe will improve and maximise playability of the courts for players of all levels. The lawn courts were charming and unique but as we did not have much space to rotate the courts when the grass needed some resting, it was challenging to get consistent play on it throughout the year. After almost nine months of court closure in 2015 because of the major events that took place on the Padang, play has resumed. It feels good to step on the courts again, and survey the wondrous sights of the CBD skyline at one end, National Gallery Singapore on the other and Marina Bay Sands in the distance. Thank you very much to all who were involved in this project!

About the new surface… (Written by Kevin Cumbers, Convenor) The new courts are ready and playing better than we could have hoped as there is normally a bed-in period of three to four

months. Several of the Tennis Section Members have tested the courts, including on the official opening day and so far we have received good feedback. I am sure you will enjoy the courts and they have several benefits over our previous courts - you will notice a much more consistent bounce; you can still play in light rain without fear of falling and even after a heavy downpour they are ready for play much quicker than our old courts. The biggest advantage will be the maintenance time – with a shorter down time compared to the grass courts. I encourage everyone to come and give the courts a try and please let us know what you think. The tennis courts are open to Tennis Section Members for booking. To book, please call the Club’s reception or login to the online booking system. It costs $4/month to join the Section. Hourly court and guest fees are applicable. Dress code (in brief): Smart and proper tennis gear and non-marking soles, please! Who’s that? Can you guess who this is? Taken in 1986 or 1987 while playing a junior tournament in Chandigarh, India, the photo captures him about to unleash a backhand with his Symonds wooden racket! Leander Paes, one of the most successful doubles players globally also took part in this competition. Fast forward to 2016, he’s changed his backhand stance slightly, upgraded to a modern Head racket and is still a force to be reckoned with on the court! To keep fit, he regularly takes part in the Club’s Jog & Jug session and challenges his daughter, one of the top junior players in Singapore, to a game of tennis. Answer: Sher Baljit Singh

Bright stars of the future

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THE PADANG

MAR / APR 2016


The Padang Magazine March / April 2016  
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