Thailand's poster plan

Thailand's poster plan
Floorball Women's Gold Medal Match.

While Singapore's floorball teams had the entire home crowd behind them at ITE College Central yesterday, Thailand used posters of celebrities to spur their players on.

Thailand's coach Stefan Dahlgren, a Swede, came up with the idea of using posters and flags as codes to guide the inexperienced players.

Team manager Nin Siri Wat explained: "Because we're new to the game, sometimes the players can't hear everything when it's really loud."

"We must do everything to assist them, that's why we use visuals."

It's hard to miss the big posters that are held up high by Thai officials on the bench. They include photographs of actor James Ji (left) and comedian Tukky.

After both of Thailand's men and women's team took silver in yesterday's finals, Nin revealed the secret to the young team's success.

"The posters are a sign to tell them what route to play, what plan to take and the flags tell them how much pressure to put on the court," she said.

Asked if the players get distracted, she replied: "No, it's a laugh, some of the (posters) mean nothing."

During training, the teams would shout the celebrity's names instead of using posters. - THRINA THAM

This article was first published on June 15, 2015.
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