Press Releases ● Feb 26, 2017

Albirex Niigata FC (S) Wins Great Eastern Community Shield At National Stadium



SINGAPORE, 26 FEBRUARY 2017: Albirex Niigata FC (S) won the first-ever S.League match to be held at the Singapore Sports Hub this evening when it beat Tampines Rovers FC 2-1 to lift the Great Eastern Community Shield at the National Stadium in front of 15,480 raucous fans.

Tampines drew first blood as Ryutaro Megumi opened the scoring in the 36th minute to give the Stags a 1-0 lead at half-time. However, Albirex Niigata fought back through substitute Shoichiro Sakamoto, who scored an equaliser in the 74th minute before completing his brace and securing the White Swans the win eight minutes later.

As the match doubles as a league fixture, the result means that Albirex Niigata FC (S) also bagged three points to begin their S.League season on a winning note.

Great Eastern continued its tradition of supporting The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund when Managing Director, Life Insurance (Singapore) and Regional Bancassurance Dr Khoo Kah Siang presented Ms Tan Bee Heong, the Fund’s General Manager, with a cheque for $64,500 after the match.

Commented Dr Khoo: “As a LIFE company, we are passionate about promoting a healthy lifestyle through sports and there is no better time to start than with the young. The children’s tournament held in conjunction with the Great Eastern Community Shield was a good success and it was great to see thousands of football fans and families enjoying the exciting Shield match and rousing atmosphere at the National Stadium.

“We are committed to making a positive difference to the community. Thanks to the efforts of our staff, distribution force and business partners, we are pleased to raise $64,500 for The Straits Times School Pocket Money.”

Ms Tan Bee Heong, General Manager, The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund, said: “Thanks to Great Eastern for giving our beneficiaries and their families the opportunity to watch the exciting Shield match. We are grateful for the long-standing partnership and the generous donations by Great Eastern which will go towards providing school pocket money to our students from low-income families, allowing them to focus on their studies without having to go hungry in school.”

Earlier in the day, Great Eastern hosted the Football Fanzone at the Sports Hub’s OCBC Square. The Fanzone included activity booths organised by the various S.League clubs, appearances by their players and mascots, as well as the Community Shield Kids’ Football Tournament. Balestier Khalsa FC ‘A’ eventually emerged victorious, beating eight other teams from the S.League clubs and four teams each consisting of 10 beneficiaries of The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund.