Draw for 10th Asian Championships 2009
Monday, August 31 2009 @ 06:58 pm ACST
Contributed by: Graeme Carey
The all-important draw for the 10th Asian Australian Football Championships in Kuala Lumpur on 5th September took place at the Australian Ambassador's residence on 27th August.
Group A consists of title holders Dubai Heat, hosts Malaysian Warriors, three-time winners Hong Kong Dragons, two-time winners Jakarta Bintangs and Thailand Tigers.
Group B consists of three-time winners Singapore Wombats, three-times runners-up Bali Geckoes, Lao Elephants, China Reds and Vietnam Swans.
Each team plays the others in their Group with the top two in each group progressing to the semi-finals, the winners of which play off in the Grand Final.
Whilst weather, injuries and depth of fitness within the squads are always a factor in an event of this nature, the teams in Group A promise intense competition, with all five harbouring realistic expectations of a strong showing.
On known form, Singapore and Bali look the likely semi-finalists in Group B.
A big day is promised on September 5th at the Royal Selangor Polo Club with the action kicking off from 8.30am and the final being contested at 4.20pm.
In addition to the main games there will be a Junior Under 18 competition as well as Auskick.