Australia wins gold!

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This year at the 30th King’s Cup Sepak Takraw World Championships in Bangkok, Thailand the Australian national team won gold! It’s the Australian team’s fifth ever appearance at King’s Cup and this year our team of ten players entered all four events available: hoop, regu, doubles, and team event. Hoop is an open competition, and for Regu, Doubles, and Team Event Australia was placed in Division 2.

We had a fun Regu campaign, and got oh-so-close to taking the gold medal in Doubles too – narrowly losing to the USA in the final, but it was the team event in which we proved our strength! Australia was pitted against Oman, Pakistan, and Chinese Taipei. Chinese Taipei looked to be the favourites and we knew we would be in for a good match! As luck would have it, we came up against them first and as predicted it proved to be a close match! Our first regu lost as they went up against the strongest trio from Chinese Taipei, but then our second and third regus were able to maintain the upper hand and we won the match 2-1!

With a win up our sleeves (or socks!) our confidence was high and we went on to defeat Pakistan 3-0 and have a really fun match against Oman where we won 2-1, and with the win over against Oman we claimed the gold!

If you’re a little confused about how team event is structured and first/second/third regus then have a quick read here

The Australian team at the 30th King's Cup on the podium being awarded our gold medal. Sadly one of our team mates (Garry!) wasn't able to stay for the ceremony.
The Australian team at the 30th King’s Cup on the podium being awarded our gold medal. Sadly one of our team mates (Garry!) wasn’t able to stay for the ceremony, which is why there is only nine.

It was Australia’s best yet performance at King’s Cup, prior to this year Australia hadn’t won anything higher than bronze medal and this year we walked away with both a silver from Doubles, and the gold from Team Event. Check out the image below for a full re-cap of our results and performance.

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The strong performance in Doubles and Team event mean that next year Australia will most likely be placed in Division 1 against the likes of strong teams such as Laos, Singapore, Philippines, Iran, India, Vietnam. Which is super exciting for Australian Takraw as it means we’ll be fighting it out with countries who have played sepak takraw for years and gives us a new goal to train for and work towards.

We’ve said it repeatedly via Facebook and on Pozible that we are immensely grateful to everyone who supported and donated for us  in order to make this happen, and it’s to the supporters of Australian Sepak Takarw that we dedicate this gold medal!

Additional thanks go to Nike Team Sports Australasia for helping us out with uniforms, and a big thanks to our friends at the Ratchaburi Takraw Club in Thailand for their hospitality and coaching!

King’s Cup 2015 Team Announced!

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The Australian team for the 2015 King’s Cup World Sepak Takraw Championships has been confirmed and entered into the annual world championship which is to be held in Bangkok, Thailand between the 4th and 10th of May this year.

We’re sending a squad of 10 players, and for the first time ever Australia will enter all four events at King’s Cup – Regu, Doubles, Hoop, and Team Event.

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From Brisbane: Veng Thao, Pheng Thao, Jesse Xiong, and Nhia Xiong
From Cairns: Nee Lor and Ku Lor
From Darwin: Alex Newman (captain), Daniel Ellen-Barwell, and Garry Condoseres
From Melbourne: Tou Moua Yang

This is year of firsts for the Australian national men’s team as this is the first year we’ll be entering all four events, and the first year we’ve had players from Cairns join the team. Six of the players in the team have previously represented Australia, whilst four of the players are new to international competition.We hope by sending such an ambitious squad that we can encourage more people in Australia to support and participate in the sport of sepak takraw.

As the entire team is still self funded we are conducting a crowd funding campaign to raise money for the team to help us offset the costs of flights. If you can spare a few dollars to help the team out for this competition we would be most appreciative! We are also seeking sponsorship for the team, this can either be done via our crowdfunding campaign or contact us directly at if you’re interested in a commercial proposition for our team.

Click here to support the team by donating on Pozible!

 

Our new website!

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Our old website didn’t display too well on mobiles or tablets so we finally managed to throw together this new one, we’re hoping to bring you more regular updates now that it’s easier to manage! You can still find most of our old posts and pages transferred across to this new one so scroll down and check out some of the older stories.

We’d like to hear any feedback, if you think the design makes for it a bit too tricky to read, or could be improved in a few ways then please do let us know your suggestions.

More updates to come soon!

Calling all Australian sepak takraw players!

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The Australian Sepak Takraw Association has released it’s plan for the national sepak takraw team in 2015. ASTA is intending to five events in 2015 including:

– A training camp in Thailand (Around March 2015)
– ISTAF Super Series Challenger event in Singapore (1st – 3rd May 2015)
– ISTAF World Cup in Bangkok, Thailand (6th – 10th May 2015)
– King’s Cup in Bangkok, Thailand (Around August)
– An international event held locally in Darwin, Australia (TBA – Around October)

It’s going to be a big year for sepak takraw, and some of these events will be all-expenses-paid for the players (thanks to the organisers!) so ASTA wants to get more organised when it comes to selecting a team, training our players, and preparing for these events. If you’re an Australian citizen or permanent resident and you are interested in playing for the national team, have a read of the 2015 Plan (attached in pdf form) and send an email to as soon as possible.

 (click the icon to download the PDF!)

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