Princess Cup 2012 (Bangkok, Thailand)

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Two Sepak Takraw players from the Australian squad have been training hard in Bangkok, Thailand for some time now – but recently they took a couple of days off to go and spectate at the Princess Cup Sepak Takraw competition – also in Bangkok, Thailand. The Princess Cup is a major competition open to Thai teams ranging from regional, state and youth teams to commerical and government teams. Seeing some of the best players in the world up against each other is something not to be missed! So the guys filmed some matches and have uploaded them to youtube. Check out the Takraw Australia Youtube Channel, and join us on Facebook to let us know what you think!

Takraw Australia has a new video!

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A couple of the Australian squad have been in Bangkok training with local Bangkok Youth team players. Below is a video they filmed and put together at the end of 2011. It’s taken a while to get to the point of being released, but here it is! If you like it and want to see more please share it around and let us know on facebook. Enjoy!
PS. Watch it in HD… it’s better!

 

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ISTAF Super Series Indonesia – February 2012

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The 2nd leg of the new format Sepak Takraw ISTAF Super Series was held in Palembang, Indonesia recently, with the top mens and womens teams from around the globe taking part. As is becoming normal practice, the Thais asserted their dominance early in both the mens and womens competitions and were undefeated – taking home gold medals for the mens and womens regus. 

The nations competing in this tournament earned themselves valuable world ranking points and while Thailand still top both the mens and womens rankings, there were some big gains made by a few up and coming teams. The big movers in the outright mens world rankings were Japan (+3 positions to 6th) and USA (+2 positions to 10th), while in the womens both Japan and Indonesia climbed 3 positions to be ranked 5th and 7th respectively.

Check out sepaktakraw.org for a full wrap-up of the competition, complete with photos and interviews with the athletes.

Also check the ISTAF Sepaktakraw facebook page here for more amazing photos from the competition.

2011 ISTAF Sepak Takraw World Cup – wrap up

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The 1st ISTAF Sepak Takraw World Cup has been run and won, and members of the Australian squad are now looking forward to an intensive training program in Thailand in the lead up to the prestigious 26th King’s Cup.

After arriving in Kuala Lumpur on the 19th of July, the Australian Team discovered they were in a tough group and had some difficult matches ahead of them against Japan, Brunei and Cambodia. Australia suffered disappointing losses on the opening days to both Japan and Brunei, and fought hard against Cambodia but couldn’t make it past the first round. Under the new ISTAF world ranking system Australia is ranked 23rd in the world – although the team is confident they can make it into the top 20 teams in the world before the end of the year.

Game scores:

Australia vs. Brunei Australia vs. Japan Australia vs. Cambodia
2 – 15 4 – 15 11 – 15
2 – 15 8 – 15 7 – 15
4 – 15 0 – 15

(Match against Cambodia best of 3 sets)

Check out sepaktakraw.org for updates on International Sepak Takraw Tournaments and the upcoming Super Series

Sepak Takraw at the 2011 Arafura Games

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The Arafura Games are over for another year. Congratulations to the Sports Authority of Thailand who won gold in both the regu and doubles events! Congratulations also go to the Terengganu State teams from Malaysia who took out silver in both regu and doubles, and China who came in close behind with bronze medals in both competitions.

Thank you to everyone who attended this year to compete or cheer, and a special thanks goes to the volunteers and local organisers for making it all happen, and the international referees for keeping us on track.

We’re intending to make the 2013 Arafura Games sepak takraw competition the biggest yet with 16 mens teams and hopefully, for the first time, a womens competition consisting of at least 8 teams.

Hope to see you- the same smiling faces – and many more, in two years time!

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