Friday, March 09, 2012
Balestier Enjoying The View
It's not often we've seen Balestier Khalsa top of the SLeague. In fact until last season their more accustomed place was firmly at the bottom of the table.
But these are topsy turvey times in Singapore football. After years of SAFFC, Home United and Tampines Rovers dominating the league has a fresh look about it and to be honest a pleasing look about it. Albirex Niigata are top but only a point ahead of second placed Balestier who are unbeaten after four games, I said these are crazy times.
The fixtures weren't kind to the Tigers who had unusually invested heavily ahead of the new season. Home United, runners up, followed by Tampines, champions. They drew at Bishan and beat the champions.
Next they drew at home to Gombak United and followed that up with a win away to another side who have discovered newly lofty ambitions, Hougang United.
It all means Balestier Khalsa sit second in the table after four games with just one goal conceded; a tight defence is a hallmark of coach Darren Stewart's teams.
Will it last? Who knows, it;s way too early in the season but for now everyone associated with the club, who recently revamped their website, are having the time of their lives.
2011 - 10th
2010 - 8th
2009 - 11th (bottom 'cos FIFA acted tough and banned DPMM)
2008 - 12th
2007 - 9th