The Australian men’s team competed in the 27th King’s Cup Takraw World Championship in Bangkok, invited to participate with teams from 24 countries. The Kings Cup is the most prestigious and longstanding competition in the international Sepak Takraw circuit, organised by the Takraw Association of Thailand in conjunction with the International Sepak Takraw Federation,
The 27th King’s Cup World Championship kicked off at 9 am, Monday 2nd July and ran all week.
The Championship started with the doubles competition, with Australia in the Division 2 pool with Iran, Brazil, France, Macau and Bangladesh.By the end of Day 2 Australia had won against France, Macau and Bangladesh, and lost (just!) to Iran, reaching the Doubles semi finals with Brazil. It was close fought – Brazil defeated Australia in 4 sets 15-7, 9-15, 15-8, 15-11.
On Wednesday 4th July, the finals of all Championship doubles were held and Iran beat Brazil in the Division 2 final. And the high profile regu competition started, with three players a side. Australia, again in Division 2 but with a slightly different pool, won both its regu matches against France and Bangladesh but lost against Brazil, and lost, but still qualified for the Division 2 regu semi finals match against Iran. In the semi final Australia gave Iran a run for its money, but lost 15-11, 15-7, 15-7.
An awesome effort in achieving bronze medals for the Division in both competitions!
The Australian players are three Darwin men – Alex Newman (captain), Daniel Ellen-Barwell, and Sakharet Sanensuk (Tang). The team was accompanied by Steve Svensson, an Australian Association committee member with long standing contacts in international sepak takraw.
This year Alex and Daniel maintained their intense training schedule in Bangkok with the Bangkok Youth Players. under the guidance of renowned coach Veerachai Jantagulmana, and with the support and endorsement of the Head Coach of the Thailand National Sepak Takraw Team on behalf of the Takraw Association of Thailand. Tang continued his training in Darwin and joined Alex and Daniel for an intensive week before the Kings Cup.
The Australian Sepak Takraw Association is immensely appreciative of the special guidance given to its squad in Thailand, and their efforts have shown spectacular results.
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!
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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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.
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.
|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