National Stadium pitch still sandy
SINGAPORE : The National Stadium pitch came under scrutiny again as it hosted its first schools final on Tuesday (Aug 27), with sand being the main issue, and stud marks clearly visible as the match wore on.
Said Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)’s Mohammad Mikha Khaleel Haat: “It was definitely challenging with all the sand in our eyes but it’s still a good experience because it opens us up to play in new circumstances.”
Coaches from ACS (I) and St Andrews Secondary School told TODAY the pitch was in “satisfactory” condition for the rugby final. “I think the pitch needs a bit of time but it will suffice today,” said St Andrews coach Nick Dance. “It is still quite sandy, which is a concern, especially, I imagine, for football.”
ACS(I) coach Adrian Chong said they had inspected the field twice before the final. “We understood that there will be sand. What they promised us is they will put water so that it becomes more compact and the boys won’t slip."
“The condition was good enough to play on, and there was no injury so I’m happy. To be fair to them, they’ve had little time to rest (the field) between events and I’m thankful they’ve done so much to enable us to use it today,” Mr Chong added.
ACS (I) beat St Andrew's 28-8 in the National C Division Rugby final on Tuesday.
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