Cambodia Eagles take Indochina Cup in Yangon
IT was a beautiful day for footy, and a terrible day for Myanmar’s footy club.
The Fighting Cocks floundered out of the gate in November 12’s Indochina Cup, hosted in Yangon for the first time in the club’s four-year history. Three straight losses in the qualifying stages relegated the Tai Kyet to the sidelines, where they watched the Cambodia Eagles win a hard-fought championship match against the Thai Tigers, 4.3.27 to 3.2.20.
While the Eagles celebrated their first Indochina Cup title victory with their club song, the Fighting Cocks were left to contemplate a season that featured many ups and downs. After reaching the Asia Championships B Division Grand Final in October, the club had entered the weekend tournament with a .500 record over its last six matches.
But with All Asia representative Junior Combo unavailable to play in the Indochina Cup – as well as ruckmen Joe Allen and former captain Andrew Romanin – the undermanned squad failed to score even a single goal in three games of play.
Captain Dan Clery summed up the day on a positive note, however, noting some progress.
“Finishing 0-3 on our home turf was disappointing,” he said. “We were missing a few key players and that made a big difference on the day. However, that meant we were able to get some more game time into our new recruits and particularly our three Myanmar players, who all improved as the day went on.”
(Top left) The Myanmar Fighting Cocks ruck against the Cambodia Eagles during the Indochina Cup on November 12. (Top right) Kids who participated in the AusKick clinic cheer on the Tai Kyet from the sidelines. (Bottom left) Club President Henry Cox (right) is tackled by two players for the Vietnam Swans. (Bottom right) Cambodia Eagles players swarm a Thai Tiger in the Indochina Cup Final, which they would go on to win for the first time in club history.