Monday, January 25, 2010

Ladies Club

I went to the Crystal Toastmasters Club meeting with no expectations other than to just listen to good speeches and perhaps participate in the Table Topics session – the latter as practice for the Club contest that I intend to participate next month. Still, at the last moment, I was invited to evaluate Ng Siew Tho who is doing her CC manual for the second time – to earn her Club points – and it was a pleasure to hear her speak because she has really done well. Needless to say, in the Table Topics period – I went on stage and spoke on the CNY-themed topic, i.e. “reunion dinner”, and was again voted the Best Table Topic Speaker. For your info, this club is for ladies only!


In the SPL match between Celtic and St. Johnstone, the former whipped the latter 4-1. But it was the Saints who took a lead when Liam Craig scored from the penalty spot after Steven Milne was felled (12). Then Marc-Antoine Fortune scored twice (64, 81), followed by a Georgios Samaras’ volleyed goal (77) and a sublime Paddy McCourt drive (86) allowed Celtic to decisively overwhelm 10-man St. Johnstone.

But down south, Stoke glided through to the FA Cup fifth round by defeating Arsenal 3-1. Stoke’s Ricardo Fuller headed home Rory Delap's long throw inside two minutes but the Gunners equalized when Denilson's low drive went in via a deflection (42). Fuller became a hero again when he headed in Mamady Sidibe's cross (78) and then Dean Whitehead slotted home a third to seal the win (86).

It was no more than Stoke deserved as they produced the better moments in a scrappy match, although it was not until the final quarter that they could exert their authority against a virtual Arsenal youth team. Well, Arsenal is now out of the FA Cup competition! I suspect Arsene Wenger wants to focus on the EPL and he is being single-minded about it.

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