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S'pore Cricket Club members pay respects to fallen compatriots

Published on Oct 13, 2012 6:00 AM
Mr Graeme Burnett (second from left), joined by Bali blast survivors (from left) Andrew Douglas, Saptak Santra and Matthew Oakley, paying his respects yesterday to the eight SCC rugby players who died in the 2002 attacks. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

He came decked out in the Singapore Cricket Club (SCC) rugby team jersey of 2002, baggy from years of wash and wear, but entirely suited to the solemn occasion.

Ten years ago on Friday, Mr Saptak Santra was in Bali as part of an SCC team of 17 to compete in a tournament. Of the 12 who went out for a night of merrymaking at Paddy's Bar, eight would not see the new dawn.

At 6.30am on Friday, 120 mostly expatriate SCC members and their partners gathered at the Padang for a memorial service.

Aside from Mr Santra, now a 39-year-old lawyer, there were two other survivors of the blast present: Regional manager Andrew Douglas, 45, and International Rugby Board project manager Matthew Oakley, 42, who was in Bali as a referee. The other survivors have since left Singapore.

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