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It was the exciting and much awaited boy’s squash finals play-off between Hwa Chong and strong rivals ACSI! The tension and anticipation in the air was palpable in Kallang Leisure Squash Centre, as our boys team readied themselves for an exhilarating competition. The prize presentation for both A girls and boys teams also occurred on this day!
However, after a long, physically-draining duel, our boys narrowly missed out to ACSI 2-3.
First, introducing the commendable Squashers:
Marcus Yeo (11A14)
Koh Jun Wei (11S66)
Chua Man Tong (11A13)
Bryan Seow (11A10)
Liang Junyuan (12S75)
Nicholas Teh Yang (12S77)
Marcus Ee (11S67)
But before you get confused, here are some squash jargon!
Boast—ball bounces off either side wall or the back wall before the front wall
Reverse boast – ball bounces off front wall and hits either side wall
Volley—to hit back a ball before it touches the floor
Drive—a shot that hits the front wall and travels deep to the back of the court
Drop—to hit the ball lightly such that it drops in the front half of the court
Let—to replay a point because you were in the way of opponent
Stroke—a point given to the person whose way was obstructed
Cross-court—to hit across the court to the other side
Decked out in their gear, putting on their glasses and in the backdrop of cheers from their supporters, the finals commenced.
Line-up 1: Marcus Yeo (HCI) vs. William Oon (ACSI)
First game (0-1)
Marcus started the game well, scoring 7 consecutive points against his opponent, William Oon, a national youth team player. He wowed the crowds with his strong cross-courts and sneaky drops, which allowed him to rake in the points. However, after a hit out by Marcus, his opponent regained his confidence, clawing his way up to a 9-9 score. The game continued with nail-bitingly long rallies. Marcus showed off stunning cross-courts and strong drives to the back corners of the court, which had his opponent in a flounder. The game continued at high intensity past the 11 points they had to play. But his opponent out-matched him in stamina, and ACSI managed to win the first game 16-14.
Second game (0-2)
Unfortunately tired out by the energy-sapping first game, Marcus gave his all, but could not save the ball after another drawn-out rally which ended with a surprising strong shot to the back left. He succumbed quickly to his opponent 3-11.
Third game (0-3)
This game was interrupted numerous times by a photographer using flash photography, which distracted our players. Nevertheless, Marcus displayed brilliant resilience, and put up a strong fight despite his tiredness. The game ended 1-11, when Marcus’ racket hit the wall, causing him to miss his shot.
The first match goes to ACSI, but Marcus had displayed spectacular spirit. A good job well done!
HWA CHONG (0) ACSI (1)
Line-up 2: Koh Jun Wei(HCI) vs. Pang Ka Wai (ACSI)
This was the start of yet another match against a strong national youth team opponent, Ka Wai, but Jun Wei showcased true Hwa Chong spirit and battled on unfazed.
First game (0-1)
Jun Wei fought valiantly, bravely returning tricky drops and powerful drives by his opponent. He made life difficult for his opponent, catching up from 0-1 to 3-4, but Ka Wai proved too skillful, and Jun Wei eventually gave in 3-11.
Second game (0-2)
Despite having lost the previous match, Jun Wei started the second game on par with a 2-2 score. But sneaky soft drops and unexpected cross-court boasts by Ka Wai left Jun Wei unable to return the ball, and the game ended with a 3-11 score.
Third game (0-3)
Met with such setbacks, Jun Wei tried courageously to salvage the situation. However, Ka Wai proved to be too strong, and stormed through the match 11-0.
ACSI wins the second match, but WELL DONE JUN WEI for your inspiring battle!
HWA CHONG (0) ACSI (2)
Line-up 3: Chua Man Tong (HCI) vs. Joey Wong (ACSI)
Man Tong, a national youth team player scored one for the team when he defeated Joey Wong from ACSI to give HCI a valuable point!
First game (1-0)
Man Tong was off to a good start, scoring three straight points against ACSI’s Joey Wong. Beautiful cross court shots, tricky boasts and powerful drives proved Man Tong to be the better player! This exciting game continued when Joey, pumped up by the loss of points, quickly struck back to bring the game even to 3-3. However, Man Tong was fearless in the face of such a strong opponent, and with strong drives that surprised the opponent, won the game with a score of 11-6!
Second game (2-0)
Despite winning the first match, Man Tong did not fall prey to his pride and continued giving his best effort! The game opened with a tight score of 1-1, before Man Tong rapidly advanced forward with some errors made by the opponent, achieving the score of 6-2. A stunning drop by Man Tong caught the opponent off guard, and Man Tong came out of this game once again victorious, with a score of 11-4 this time.
Third game (3-0)
Man Tong was off to an excellent opening in the third game. With strong cross-court shots, he managed to stun the opponent in various occasions and earned his lead of 5-0! While the opponent made a valiant effort to strike back and scored two points in the process, beautiful boast shots by Man Tong widened his lead, and he eventually won with an amazing score of 11-2.
The third match goes to HCI! Well done Man Tong!
HWA CHONG (1) ACSI (2)
Line-up 4: Bryan Seow (HCI) vs. Darren Subramaniam (ACSI)
Our players were matched once again with a top national youth team player, but Bryan battled gave his all and fought on courageously with remarkable自强不息spirit!
First game (0-1)
Bryan started off on even footing, with a 1-1 score, but tricky shots by Darren had him lunging and diving to save shots. The game was marked with exciting, heart-pumping rallies with neck-breaking dives by Bryan to return shots. However, Darren’s crafty shots quickly had the score 8-1 to ACSI. Even so, Bryan put up a strong fight, forcing numerous outballs from Darren, but eventually lost 3-11 when a super-close fight ended with a drop shot by Darren.
Second game (0-2)
The second game saw powerful smashes and tricky volleys by Darren, which had the score at 1-5 to ACSI. Unfortunately, the score gap widened to 1-8 when strokes were awarded to Darren. The game eventually ended 1-11 when Bryan was unable to receive a cross-court shot by Darren.
Third game (0-3)
More strong drives to back court by Darren had the score at 1-6. But Bryan showed us what he was made off, with a beautifully unexpected drop shot that had the score at 2-9. The game concluded with a 3-11 score, but Bryan had put up a good fight with his impressive boasts.
The 4th match goes to ACSI, but a salute goes to Bryan for his stunning play!
HWA CHONG (1) ACSI (3)
Line-up 5: Liang Junyuan (HCI) vs. Wei Shian (ACSI)
Although our team has technically been defeated in the final score as ACSI has already scored 3 points, Junyuan refused to let his team and school down and provided us with a spectacular display of sportsmanship and excellence!
First game (1-0)
Junyuan drew first blood and stole the show with an awe-inspiring drop shot which proved too tricky for the opponent, earning him the first point to make the game 1-0! Although Wei Shian quickly chased up to draw even, a failed behind-the-back hit by Wei Shian once again awarded Junyuan with the lead. With new found confidence, Junyuan quickly advanced in the scoreboard and led his opponent 6-2. The seventh point came with a sneaky reverse boast shot that stunned the opponent. Good shot! Junyuan emerged the victor in the first game with a score of 11-5.
Second game (2-0)
The result of the second game proved to be of not much difference to that of the first! Junyuan started the game with some tricky maneuvering and speedy sprints across the court to quickly earn his lead of 4-2. Clever, strong boasts by him had the opponent slipping and sliding across the court attempting to receive the shots. However, there was only a limit to which the number of shots the opponent could receive, and Junyuan was awarded with a comfortable 6 point lead. By the 9th point, the shots by Junyuan were darting around the court in a blur and it was even hard for us to catch sight of the ball! This was the key factor that gave him the win in the second game, scoring 11-4!
Third game (3-0)
The final game of the day proved to be equally exciting as any of the previous matches. Junyuan gave the audience a taste of what the game would be like by delivering a strong drive shot which the opponent was unable to receive. Combined with powerful cross court shots and drops, Junyuan was soon leading 8-1. The coolest part of the game was when he delivered a stunning double boast, which shocked not only the audience, but the opponent as well. This gave him a lead of 10-2. Junyuan then rounded the game up, 11-2!
In spite of the team being unable to emerge victorious this time round, Junyuan nevertheless provided a spectacle of excellent gameplay and won the 5th match for HCI! We’re proud of you Junyuan!
HWA CHONG (2) ACSI (3)
Presenting to you, the Hwa Chong Squash Boys
The ‘A’ Boys and Girls Squash Team
Drive: Ball is hit parallel and often close to the wall so that it travels deep to the back of the court (the side with the glass wall!)
Cross court: Ball is hit to the front wall from the right side to the left (or vice versa)
Drop shot: Ball is hit softly to the front wall, dropping near the front wall or in the front half of the court.
Volley: Ball is hit before it touches the floor (ie. mid-air), usually directed at the front wall.
Let: A call made by the referee when a player is blocked from retrieving a shot by her opponent, but the degree of interference is not high. (ie. if A interferes in B’s shot, B may be awarded a ‘let’. B is not awarded a point, the ball is replayed)
Stroke: A call made by the referee when a player is blocked from retrieving a shot by her opponent, and the degree of interference is high. (ie. if A interferes in B’s shot, B may be awarded a ‘stroke’, earning B a point)
Line-up: Rachel (HCI) VS Sulin (RI)
Despite a mild back injury, Hwa Chong’s Rachel entered the squash courts with her game face on, to face RI’s Sulin whom she had faced many times before. With a quick nod, the games begin!
Game 1 (0-1)
Rachel started off the game on a good start, when a boast by Sulin towards the left-side of the court was blocked by Sulin herself, earning a ‘stroke’ to Rachel! However, Sulin, angered by what she felt was an undeserved call, quickly fought back to level the score at 1-1. The two squashers showed off how evenly matched they were, with a cool exchange of drives and saves, before they each managed to gain a point at 2-2.
Unfortunately, Raffles warmed up to the rigour of the opening match faster and earned 5 straight points, putting the score at 2-7. Two ‘let’s were awarded by the referee, before an ‘out’ by Rachel gave Raffles another point, bringing the score to 2-8. However, Rachel did not give Sulin an easy time and fought for every ball as the score slowly crept up to 3-10. In particular, Rachel converted a drop by Sulin (which she was sure would finish the game!) and turned it into a fantastic drive along the left wall to the roar of the crowd! The game eventually ended with a score 4-11.
Game 2 (0-2)
Raffles opened the second game with the first score with a commendably played drive. Both players quickly got into the game with swift exchanges of drives, drops and volleys that wow-ed the crowd! Unfortunately, Sulin got the upperhand and quickly brought the score to 1-7. Rachel then fought back with an accurately delivered volley to the right corner, catching Sulin off-guard and earning herself another point! Rachel was obviously just warming up as she delivered a stunningly accurate drop at the left corner. Unfortunately, the referee awarded a questionable ‘let’ to Sulin, denying Rachel her well-deserved point. However, Rachel did not let it get to her and earned a point for herself with a drive down the court that Sulin stood no chance in receiving! Sadly, Sulin played her fair share of drops and drives that eventually ended the game with a score of 5-11.
Game 3 (0-3)
After a quick talk with her coach and teammates, Rachel stepped back on court, ready to put up an even better fight. She quickly converted Sulin’s serve into a point for Hwa Chong with a superb drop that just caught the left corner. Rachel next sent a drive down the right wall, showing off her versatility in playing both sides of the court, and earning Hwa Chong the second point, with a score of 2-0. However, Sulin was at the top of her game and answered back with 7 straight points! Undaunted, Rachel delivered a series of drives which gave her 3 consecutive points as well. The tension was rising as the crowd cheered Rachel on. RI was now up by two games and needed one more to win! A long exchange of drops by both players soon opened up an opporunity for Rachel to smash with a volley! However, the excitement overcame her momentarily and the ball just nipped below the ‘out’ line, awarding the score to Raffles, 6-8. The battle remained close to the end, with a score difference of 1 even being achieved! Unforunately, a good cross court drive by Sulin finished off the game and the match, with 8-11.
HWA CHONG (0) RAFFLES (1)
Line-up: Jessie (HCI) VS Crystal (RI)
Game 1 (0-1)
Next up, looking to earn Hwa Chong a set was Jessie, the Captain of the Squash Girls! Hwa Chong had a rough start as Raffles quickly earned 3 straight points, including a questionable stroke. Raffles put up an impressive play with a series of drives and cross courts that soon brought the score to 2-6. However, Jessie soon bounced back battling every drive by Crystal with one of her own, and even showcasing her skill with a well-placed drop at the right corner! The score quickly rose to 6-9 as Jessie slowly worked her way up point-by-point. But Crystal was on form too! With a drop shot at the left corner and a combi of a drive and a cross-court, she widened the scoreline to 6-10. Nevertheless, Jessie continued to employ her playing style with more fantastic drives! Her extraordinarily low-angled shots earned her two more points, bringing the score to 8-10. However, Raffles managed to clinch the last point before Jessie could catch up, ending the game at 8-11.
Game 2 (1-1)
Recharged by the short break and discussion, Jessie stepped back on court. Cooly putting on her protective goggles, she looked ready to earn back a game. And so she did! Jessie quickly blazed ahead early in the match, earning the first five points of the game and leaving Raffles in the dust. An unexpected cross-court by Crystal eventually put Raffles on the scoreboard, 5-1. Jessie followed with an advanced ‘trickle boast’ (sorta like a combi between a drop and a boast) and another drive, widening the gap further to 7-1. With such a magnificent scoreline, Raffles stood no chance in fighting back. Jessie gave no mercy and continued to play fantastic and powerful drives that had Crystal running all over the court to save, but to no avail. With Crystal’s last attempt at a save flying out of the top boundary line, Jessie won the game 11-3!
Game 3 (2-1)
Jessie continued her streak in the 3rd game. The score rapidly climbed up to 4-2 as both players showed grit and determination to win it for their schools. Pressured, Crystal failed to return Jessie’s serve twice bringing the score to 6-2. By now, Jessie had gotten to learn more about her opponent’s playing style. Anticipating a drop at the left corner, she quickly got into position and planted a skillful drop which Crystal could not return! In the blink of an eye, the score rose to 9-3. Mistake are inevitable however, and an attempt at a drop at the left corner just clipped the lower boundary line, giving Raffles the point. A perfect execution of a volley to the left had Crystal sprinting to save it, but she was unfortunately too slow. With the score at 10-4, the game was in the bag! A stroke to Hwa Chong ended the game, 11-4, all in the span of 5 minutes (:
Game 4 (2-2)
The fourth game got off to a slow start with the referee awarding two ‘let’s after rather long rallies were played. Raffles proceeded to open up the game, bringing the score to 1-3. An accidental slip by Crystal gave Jessie a chance to earn another point, which she did with style with a brilliant volley! However, Crystal managed to retain her composure and earned 5 consecutive points, bringing the score to 2-8. Jessie sneaked in a drop shot at the right corner, but Crystal answered with three more points! Although the score was now 3-10, Jessie never gave up and kept her cool to deliver a well-placed drop which bounced twice on the court before Crystal could reach it. However, the game ended in Raffles’ favour with a score 4-11.
Game 5 (2-3):
TIE-BREAKER! That was the thought on everyone’s mind as both players stepped back on court, to the roar of the crowd. Supporters on both sides obviously felt the tension of game. It even became possible to know who won the point by just listening to which side cheered! Amidst alternate shouts of support, the score rose to 5-5. Both players were running their opponents hard in this game, with Jessie chasing a drop shot after saving a drive at the back of the court, and Crystal trying to save a powerful drive by Jessie. This brought the score up to 6-8. Under the high pressure situation, Jessie attempted a volley which unfortunately caught the bottom of the lower boundary line. Crystal performed a drop at the left corner, earning Raffles a point. However, Jessie responded with a skilled and calculated boast which Crystal stood no chance in receiving. Another powerful drive by Jessie brought the score to 8-10, with just one more point to Raffles threatening to end the match. Everyone watched on with bated breath as the game unfolded. Whoosh! A superb drive down the court just caught the line and handed the game to… Raffles.
HWA CHONG (0) RAFFLES (2)
Line up: Ling An (HCI) VS Rebecca (RI)
Game 1 (1-0):
By now, we can only win if all the remaining 3 players win their respective sets. Ling An knew this all too well, and off she went into her first game. The first point went to Raffles but it was soon recovered by Ling An with a awesome hard drive and a drop ball right in front of the wall, leading to a trail of 3-5. However, Ling An seemed to still be getting comfortable in the game and this likely led to a few mistakes committed by her that gave the opponent a few more points to 8-4. Unfazed, Ling An bounced back with a stroke given to her and skilful shots to eventually catch up with the opponent at 9-9. A crucial juncture, Ling An unfortunately makes a couple of mistakes and loses the first game 11-9.
Game 2 (1-1):
The game started off with an intense exchange as both sides took turns to equalize the score. It then seemed like history was going to repeat itself as the opponent pulled away to a score of 6-3. This precarious situation continued to a score of 9-6 against our favour! Staying focused, Ling An demonstrated her skills as she made a comeback with well-placed drop balls and a hard cross court shot to equalize at 9-9. Facing the same situation as the previous game, Ling An was sure not to end up with the same outcome and delivers. Turning around the odds, a powerful ball across the court and a drop ball which the opponent simply failed to return won her 2 points to win the game 11-9.
Game 3 (2-1):
Motivated on by the previous win, Ling An started the game with a serve. A skilful shot placed at the corner of the wall gave Ling An the first point of the game. Following which, Ling An had an incredible control of the game as she delivered shot after shot to a score of 6 – nothing. The first point was then awarded to the opponent with a warning given to the opponent to watch her gameplay as the previous ball hit Ling An. But the control Ling An held of the game did not waver because of this as she maintained her lead to 10-7. However, Ling An missed a very tight shot at the edge of the wall to lose a point. Another point was lost with a stroke given to the opponent. The score was now 10-9. But it was not a worry for her as she then delivered a ball that went cross court and dropped that right in front of the wall that sealed the game 11-9.
Game 4 (3-1):
Ling An attempted to save a cross court ball but fails to do so, losing the first point to the opponent. This however, was the only point the opponent got as Ling An then took over the show with a straight drive, a powerful cross court and a skilful boast to a score of 5-1. Battling every drive delivered by the opponent, Ling An returned shots of her own relentlessly. Her insane stamina showed as the opponent got visibly tired and started to commit mistakes while she stayed rooted in control. The game then came to the match ball, and Ling An delivered a crushing drop ball that ended the match 11-3.
HWA CHONG (1) RAFFLES (2)
Line up: Rui Ting (HCI) VS Sherilyn (RI)
Game 1 (1-0):
Facing off against a senior and also the top seed in Raffles, Rui Ting showed no signs of fear as she strode in and commenced her first game. Rui Ting then drew first blood with an impressive cross court that surprised the opponent. However, the opponent then dominated the court with drives and impossible drop shots to pull away to a score of 5-1. Rui Ting then came back with a straight drive to earn her 2nd point. There was then an intense exchange of drives as both sides scored points. The game then came to the match ball with a score of 10-6 to RI. She did manage to steal 2 more points from the opponent to pose a challenge to the opponent. Alas, Rui Ting hit a ball out to lose the game 11-8.
Game 2 (2-0):
After a short break, both players returned to commence the second round. The round did not play out in our favour as the opponent proved to gain control of the game, and with a combination of deep drives, skillful drop balls, the opponent sealed the game with a score of 11-0.
Game 3 (3-0):
As the deciding game for the match and the entire finals, it seemed as though all the pressure was placed on the shoulders of Rui Ting. And she gladly accepted this responsibility and played her best. Again, the opponent was set in control right from the start, and this was the case until the score became 6-2 in their favour. However, Rui Ting demonstrated immense resilience as she drove home a few shots to narrow the score to 6-5. A last salient effort was made by Rui Ting with a cross court to obtain one more hard-earned point. Alas, the opponent proved to be too strong to handle as she took home the match and finals with an 11-6 win.
HWA CHONG (1) RAFFLES (3)
Line up: Mao Shi Yuan (HCI) VS Melissa (RI)
Game 1 (1-0):
Although the championship had been lost, the last player, Mao Shi Yuan, demonstrated immense sportsmanship and respect for the opponent in her plays while at the same time having to maintain her composure to continue the game. With a combination of skill and technique, Mao proved herself to be worthy of being the top seed in her age group with skill and precision in her shots. Drop ball followed by hard drives down the court proved too much for the opponent to take as Mao blazed to a 11-3 win.
Game 2 (2-0):
With some rest, Mao was back for more action. Mao dominated the court yet again with skill and verve as she sought to end the game as fast as she could. Characteristing the game with hard drives, tight cross courts and skilful dropballs, Mao quickly reached game point with 10-3. The opponent, by then, became so tired that she made a mistake to hit the ball out, and Mao won the game 11-3.
Game 3 (3-0):
Wanting to end her match by this game, Mao went all out in this game! Mao stole the show right from the first point with a drop ball, being the first one of many to come. Denying the opponent of any chance at a point, Mao continued her streak until 5-0. However, a stroke was then awarded to Raffles. This did not deter Mao or demoralize her in any way as she continued her professional plays and eventually ended the match with a hard drive down the court to win the match 11-4.
HWA CHONG (2) RAFFLES (3)
Presenting to you, the Hwa Chong Squash Girls 2011/2012
May 4 saw many of our schoolmates heading off to various competitions to win glory for out school. Eager to find out about their performance? Here is a quick summary of all the matches today!
Our Badminton Teams played their opening matches to the tough quarter finals today. Unfortunately, the girls lost 1-4 to AJC and the boys, 0-5 to ACJC. What was truly admirable was the fighting spirit displayed on court though! Keep it up!
Our Netball Girls started the second round of their season on the right footing today! They beat NYJC 72-39 (:
It was the boys’ turn to play the Finals today, against ACSI! Despite their valiant efforts, ACSI took home the championship trophy this year with an extremely close score of 2-3. However, all who went down to support can attest to the true sportsmanship and spirit shown by our boys! Good job! We’ll get the championship back next year!
Following their postponed match from Wednesday, the Touch Rugby Girls beat SAJC 1-0 and SRJC 2-0! Only one more match against TJC next Wednesday stands between them and the Semi-Finals and Finals (played on the same day)!
Volleyball (3rd/4th playoff)
Our Volleyball Girls played their hardest at the 3rd/4th playoffs today against ACJC. Despite the large ACJC crowd, our Volleyball Girls showed true grit and determination, but unfortunately lost 1-3. Nonetheless, keep your heads up girls! We are proud of you all (:
May 2 saw some of our schoolmates heading off to various competitions to win glory for out school. Eager to find out about their performance? Here is a quick summary of all the matches today!
Our guys took home a 4-1 win over Dunman High and with that, obtained a ticket to the quarterfinals!
Badminton girls also had a 4-1 win over JJC in a fight to qualify for quarterfinals as well!
Squash Girls (Finals)
In a close and tough fight during the finals, our squash girls nonetheless kept their composure and demonstrated exemplary skills and techniques. However, despite that Raffles still had an edge over us and we suffered a narrow 3-2 loss.
Under the hot sky, our tennis players unite, and they played against opponent ACJC. However, due to a combination of uncontrollable factors, we did not play our best and suffered also, a 3-2 loss.
Touch Rugby Girls
Our touch rugby girls took home a victory over SAJC today with a single try to nothing! Good job girls!
Putting up a strong fight, our opponent stood no chance against our determination as our players fought to a 3-2 win over ACJC, winning them a ticket to the FINALS.
Up against NYJC, powerhouse for volleyball, our girls did their best but unfortunately lost 1-3 and will move on to bronze medal playoffs next!
April 27 saw many of our schoolmates heading off to various competitions to win glory for out school. Eager to find out about their performance? Here is a quick summary of all the matches today!
Basketball boys dunked their way to victory against CJC, 71-24!
Basketball Girls fought hard and their efforts paid off! They beat NYJC 58-12 today!
Unfortunately, Floorball had another tough match and lost to NJC 3-0. Jia you guys! We can bounce back!
The Floorball Girls had a super close and exciting match, but lost to YJC when a very last second goal tipped the match in YJC’s favor, 4-3!
Netball Girls continue to play amazingly, achieving another nice score of 88-8 against IJC!
Our rugby boys put up a valiant effort against strong opponent, Raffles, but however it was not enough to stop them, as we culminated in a 76-0 loss. But this is not the end, so keep it up and don’t give up! We are right behind you guys!
Squash boys beat ACJC 4-1 to qualify for the finals next wed! They will be playing ACSI in what is set to be an epic show-off, so do come down to support them! Special mention to Man Tong who overcame a 0-2 ACJC lead and beat their Number 1 seed 3-2!
Tennis Girls gave Raffles a run for their money today, but unfortunately lost 1-4. They remain confident of putting up an even battle if they meet again in the Finals!
Volleyball Boys experienced their first set back today, losing 0-2 to traditional powerhouse NYJC, 14-25, 22-25.
Unfortunately, Volleyball Girls also succumbed to their opponents ACJC 0-2. It may be a bad day for Volleyball, but we will have the last laugh!
April 25 saw many of our schoolmates heading off to various competitions to win glory for out school. Eager to find out about their performance? Here is a quick summary of all the matches today!
Badminton Boys smashed their way to victory once again, scoring 4-1 against YJC!
Bowling Doubles (Finals)
Our Bowling Team achieved excellent results today, with the Boys Teams coming in 1st and 4th in their squad, and the Girls Team coming in 1st in their squad! Great job!
The Netball Girls have astounded us once again, finishing YJC 99-9! Jia you!
Our Soccer Girls concluded their season on a high note today, with a 1-0 win over JJC (: Great job girls! Congratulations on a fulfilling season!
With their 5-0 win over MJC, our Squash Girls are through to the Finals against RI on the 18/5! Keep a lookout for this exhilarating battle!
Our Tennis Boys fought valiantly against a tough ACS(I) Team, but unfortunately succumbed 0-5. Nevertheless, good effort guys!
Today, our Tennis Girls registered their 4th consecutive win with a score of 5-0! This time, their victim was TJC.
Touch Rugby Girls
Our Touch Rugby Girls were really on form, beating defending champs JJC 4-3, and RI 2-1! This took much teamwork and determination – exactly what will propel us into the finals! Keep it up girls!
Our Volleyball Teams both triumphed 2-0 in their matches today! The Boys played PJC, while the Girls played CJC in the second match of the quarter finals. All the way!
Another eventful week has passed, and with all the updates, lots of posts have been pushed down! So lets recap all the results of the hard work put in by our school mates in this quick summary! If you wish to find out more about specific matches, do click the tag at the bottom of the article for the sport you are interested in, for more information (:
17/4: Defeated SJI Intl 93-19
17/4: Defeated YJC 67-17
20/4: Lost to MJC 0-10
20/4: Lost to TJC 2-4
19/4: Defeated VJC 78-27
20/4: Lost to MJC 2-3
16/4: Defeated NJC 25-0 with ‘Mercy Rule‘ at third inning
17/4: Defeated DHS 16-1 with ‘Mercy Rule‘ at third inning
20/4: Defeated VJC 5-1
18/4: Defeated AJC 5-0
Through to Semi-Finals against ACJC on 27/4!
Touch Rugby Girls
18/4: Defeated PJC 4-2 and MI 3-0
16/4: Defeated SAJC 2-0: 25-12, 25-16
April 18 saw some of our schoolmates heading off to various competitions to win glory for out school. Eager to find out about their performance? Here is a quick summary of all the matches today!
After defeating AJC with an impressive 5-0 win, our squash guys are through to the Semi-Finals against ACJC. Keep a close look out for it!
Touch Rugby Girls
Our touch rugby girls kept their streak hot and obtained another double victory over PJC (4-2) and MI (3-0) today! Keep up the impressive work girls!!
Many Hwa Chongians have busying about this week, and with all the updates, lots of posts have been pushed down! So lets recap all the results of the hard work put in by our school mates in this quick summary! If you wish to find out more about specific matches, do click the tag at the bottom of the article for the sport you are interested in for more information (:
Air Pistol Boys
10 April: National 4th!
Air Rifle Boys
9 April: National 2nd!
13 April: Defeated ACS(I) 92-14
10 April: Defeated TPJC 74-13
Canoeing Boys Finals
12 April: CHAMPION!
Canoeing Girls Finals
12 April: National 2nd!
9 April: CHAMPION!
13 April: Defeated NUS(H) 3-0
11 April: Lost to MJC 0-1
9 April: Defeated ACS(I) 10-5
12 April: Defeated TPJC 15-0
10 April: Defeated ACS(I) 14-4
12 April: Defeated TPJC 20-0
11 April: Lost to ACS(I) 2-3
13 April: Defeated JJC 5-0
11 April: Defeated AJC 5-0
13 April: Defeated ACJC 4-1
Finished as the Top of their group!
Table Tennis Boys
9 April: Lost to NYJC 0-3
11 April: National 3rd!
Table Tennis Girls
9 April: Defeated TJC 3-0
Through to Finals against RI on 24/4!
11 April: Defeated NJC 5-0
Through to Top 8 Quarter Final Stage!
10 April: Defeated SRJC 5-0
11 April: Defeated CJC 5-0
Touch Rugby Girls
11 April: Defeated NJC 7-0 and NYJC 3-1
Track and Field Boys Finals
10 April: CHAMPION!
Track and Field Girls Finals
10 April: National 2nd!
11 April: DOUBLE CHAMPS!
10 April: Defeated RI 2-0: 25-3, 25-4
12 April: Defeated RV 2-0: 25-22, 25-14
9 April: Defeated JJC 2-0: 25-6, 25-6
11 April: Defeated YJC 2-0: 25-8, 25-8
13 April: Defeated RV 2-0: 25-9, 25-11
11 April: National 2nd!
11 April: National 3rd!
Wushu Boys Finals
13 April: National 3rd!
Wushu Girls Finals
13 April: National 2nd!
April 13 saw many of our schoolmates heading off to various competitions to win glory for out school. Eager to find out about their performance? Here is a quick summary of all the matches today!
Our Wushu Team did the school proud today, bagging 2nd Runner-up for the Guys Team and 1st Runner-up for the Girls Team! Keep a lookout for their match report!
From the first whistle blow to the last, our soccer guys commanded the match against NUS(H) with their superb control of the ball. They finished the game with an enviable score of 3-0 to us! Well done guys!
The Squash Boys had a fantastic game against JJC, finishing with a resounding score of 5-0 to Hwa Chong, and securing their place in the next round!
Not to be outshone, our Squash Girls also put up an excellent fight against ACJC and emerged victorious with a 4-1 win! The Squash Girls will now progress to the next round as the top of their group (:
The Volleyball Girls showed their true skills today and defeated RV 2-0! The scores for each set were 25-9 and 25-11. Good job girls!
Our Basketball Boys kicked off their season with an outstanding opening match against ACS(I). They won the match with a score of 92-14! Looks like we are on the right track for a 七连霸!
April 11 saw many of our schoolmates heading off to various competitions to win glory for out school. Eager to find out about their performance? Here is a quick summary of all the matches today!
Facing strong teams which were in the Top 4 last year, our soccer girls did not take that letting down and put up a tough fight against MJC, and resulted in a 1-0 loss.
Our squash boys had a close face-off against ACS(I), which unfortunately ended with a score of 2-3 to ACS(I). However, they are still in a good position to move on to the next round!
The squash girls did not waver in their spirit and focus and went on to clinch all 5 sets of the game against AJC today!
Once again, the Tennis Girls swept their opponents away with a 5-0 win against CJC (:
Our guys beat a resilient NJC team 5-0 today! The guys are now through to the top 8 quarter finals stage.
Touch Rugby Girls
The touch rug girls put up an excellent show today, winning both matches against NJC and NYJC with scores of 7-0 and 3-1 respectively!
Water Polo Boys
After a close and intense fight which resulted in a draw even until extra time ended, our water polo guys suffered an unfortunate loss to RI in a penalty shootout with a score of 4-2.
Water Polo Girls
Our Water Polo Girls emerged victorious in the bronze-medal playoff against SAJC, with a win of 4-2.
The Volleyball Girls sailed through a match against YJC today winning both sets 25-8!
DOUBLE CHAMPIONS. Enough said.
Well actually, not enough… Our Trampoline team also clinched the Female Individual Gold Title which went to Stephanie Seow of 11S66 and the Male Individual Gold Title which went to Heng Yi Xiang of 11S6D! Look out for the upcoming match report!
The 3 words ‘never say die’ aptly sum up what our Squash Girls embody. Coming into the finals with the odds against them, they never gave up, and made RJC fight for every single point.
Playing the 1st match is Mao Shiyuan from 11s75. Shiyuan entered the court with an eerie calmness only seen in champions, and rightly so.
After a slow start that saw her go down 2-4, Shiyuan started to dish out vehement shots that seemed to always be just out of the opponent’s reach. Barely breaking a sweat, she restricted her opponent to not 3, not 2, but 1 extra point, to wrap the 1st set up at 11-5.
The second set saw Shiyuan start slowly again, going down 0-2. But like before, she upped her tempo and took the next 4 out of 5 points to go up 4-3. Just as it seemed as if the opponent was getting into her game, Shiyuan made a stunning drop shot that left the opponent helplessly rooted to the ground. A slice and multiple wonderful drop shots later, Shiyuan wrapped the second set up 11-5.
The third set would see Shiyuan continuing her rich vein of form, dominating proceedings from start to finish. Despite her opponent’s best attempts, there was to be no stopping of this juggernaut of a squasher, as Shiyuan wins the final set 11-4.
1-0 to HC
Up next is Jessie Tan. Knowing a win now would give HC a significant psychological advantage in the remaining 3 matches, she enters the court with determination and focus.
The first set saw Jessie and her opponent compete in long rallies that left everyone clutching to their chairs. 8 minutes into the game, the score was level at 3-3. Clearly, this was going to be a close fight. Unfortunately, a string of errors left Jessie trailing 3-7. A valiant comeback was just not enough to stop her opponent from taking the 1st set 7-11.
If the 1st was jaw-dropping, then the 2nd was mind-blowing. On par in skills, Jessie and her opponent took turns to get a point each to level the score at 7-7. A blink of an eye and 2 blistering shots later, Jessie finally shrugged off her opponent’s advances to lead 9-7. There were to be no mistakes now, as Jessie wrapped up the second set 11-9.
The 3rd set saw her opponent come back with vengeance, taking a 0-3 lead. Jessie tried hard to break her opponent’s rhythm, but multiple shots to the tin allowed her opponent to further extend the lead to 1-9. Even when it seemed the set was lost, Jessie did not give up, winning 2 points of her own before finally going down 3-11.
The 4th set was crucial to say the least, and that is exactly how Jessie treated the game. Jessie worked tirelessly to reach every ball and take the lead at 6-4. Unfortunately, her opponent proved herself a worthy contender, catching back up and eventually winning the last set 9-11. As she exited the court, Jessie was greeted with thunderous applaud from the supporters, her never-say-die attitude resonating for everyone in the sports hall to feel.
HC 1-1 RJC
The 3rd match saw Rachel Leong take her A game to the court.
Once again, RJC proved to be worthy rivals, matching each of Rachel’s devastating shots with a punishing one of their own. At 10-10, Rachel and her opponent played out a long rally. Filling every shot with determination, Rachel eventually took the point and the next to finish off the first set 12-10.
The 2nd set saw the same level of intensity from both players. However, a string of unfortunate calls and tin shots saw Rachel go down 4-11.
Trying to get a hold of the game, Rachel set the pace for the 3rd set and takes the lead immediately. Rachel wrapped the 3rd set in fashion with a deceptive drop ball that sends the crowd delirious, winning 11-7.
The 4th set was like the 1st, with Rachel and her opponent once again determined not to let the other take the point. After a brief spell of dominance by the opposition, Rachel fell behind 5-8. Cue the ‘never-say-die’ spirit. After jumping and missing an overhead shot, Rachel coolly turns around and whips a vehement shot that scores her a point. Riding on this confidence, Rachel closes the gap to 9-10, but was unable to stop her opponent from winning the 4th set 9-11.
So it goes down to the 5th and last set. Winner gives their team the overall lead. By now the whole crowd were on their feet, cheering on for both players as they valiantly fought for every precious point. The standard markedly rose a notch as every shot seemed to be deadlier than the previous one. Alas, there could only be one victor. At 8-9, RJC took the last 2 points to win the 5th set and 3rd match 8-11.
Playing for HC in the 4th game is J1 Tan Xing Ying. The pressure was on her with Raffles leading 2-1. We could see the intense look in her eyes, with the weight of the finals on her shoulders. Xing Ying was fighting not only for herself, or her team, but for Hwachong.
The first set started off with HC and RI taking one point a piece for every serve, alternating serves until the score was 6-6. Both players were evidently equally matched. Xing Ying showed her diligence on court, scrambling to all corners to retrieve every ball which ricocheted off the walls. However, her opponent eventually edged out to take the set 7-11.
In the second set, it seemed that her opponent was riding on the win from the previous set with a lead of 1-4 moments into the set. Xing Ying worked hard to narrow the game, and evened out the score at 5-5. With several narrow misses, she let out a smile of relief when she next secured a point: 6-8. At 9-9, with a stroke to HC, we knew that this set could go either way. No one knew. With wonderful strokes from both players, the points were matched at 10-10, and once again at 11-11. Both craved for a win, but alas, there could only be one who prevailed. At the 3rd set point, RI took the second set 11-13.
With 2 sets in the bag, Raffles was one set away from the championship title. Xing Ying is not one to give up. This was the set which saw the referee call out “Quiet, please,” umpteen times to control the crowd who at that time were in a frenzy, pushing their respective players on. Buffeted by repeated shouts of “Jiayou, Xing Ying,” she gave her all in this final set, but could not hold back RI from taking the set 6-11. The title was decided, but the finals were yet to be over. There was still one last game.
The 5th game was helmed none other than Captain, Ling Han who led her team to complete their season. Ling Han’s constant smile and bounce in her step allowed her positive spirit to shine through, winning the crowd over. She showed nothing but a class act, giving her all even though whether we won this game was inconsequential on the results.
In the first set, we took the lead early, 3-0. Her opponent eventually caught up and the lead changed hands. Following several long rallies, the first set ended 7-11. Her smile never left her face, as she raised her hand in acknowledgement of the crowd who constantly cheered for her.
The second set left even spectators breathless, as Ling Han made many cross-court sprints in a bid to save the ball. Her opponent managed to control the play, tiring her out and the set was lost 5-11. In the final set, the smooth play of her opponent allowed the set to be won by RI 3-11. What we as spectators witnessed, however, was not a loss, nor simply a game of squash, but the never-say-die attitude of the team captain who took it upon herself to boost her team even after succumbing in the finals after an extremely successful season.
With this marks the end of the Squash Girls hopes of winning the A Division Title this year. Nevertheless, they showed everyone that they’re champions nonetheless- champions in heart, champions in determination, champions of Hwachong; Champions through and through.
Squash Boys (FINALS)
Drum roll please… announcing the new A Division Squash Boys Champions: HC! Congratulations to the boys who beat RI 3-2! It’s been a long time coming with a 6 year drought. The boys have brought it back! It was a great match which kept everyone at the edge of their seats up till the last moment, when a collective roar was heard announcing the new champions. Stay tuned for more details of the grand finals, and once again, CONGRATULATIONS!
This morning, the volleyball girls faced off with arch rivals NYJC. Despite putting up a valiant fight, the girls succumbed to their first defeat of the season, losing 0-2. This match was terrific entertainment for the neutral party and both sets of supporters, as the girls put up a display of grit and sheer willpower to prove their credentials as title favourites.
Without doubt, the girls will be eager to set the record straight with NYJC, whom they are widely touted to face off again in the national finals on May 11. No fear, no lack of confidence, just a quiet determination to prove themselves. Go girls!!!
Earlier on in the day, the volleyball guys successfully advanced to the semi finals stage of the competition with straight sets victory, 25-14, 25-19, over TJC. Next up, they will face traditional powerhouse NYJC in the semi-finals on Tuesday morning.
Here’s wishing both teams ALL THE BEST in their upcoming semis! Fight it out, and do us proud!
The girls met with NJC early in the day, and came home with their first win of the season! The fairly young team beat them 3-1 in a splendid performance! As the team grows from strength to strength, here’s a shout-out to them: JIAYOU! Take on the next few matches with confidence and let’s show them what we really got!
Hot Off The Press: Squash girls, Volleyball, Touch rugby, Soccer girls, Tennis, Track & Field finalsApril 27th, 2011 by CCA PRO
To say that today was a crucial for CCAs in HC today would be an understatement. Amidst tears and fears, there were victories and losses alike. Let’s see how we fared today:
Squash Girls (FINALS)
Last year, we met them in the Semi-finals, one round earlier than we expected due to unforeseen circumstances. We lost. This year, we met them in the Finals, hoping to exact our revenge. However, we would have to wait another year for this chance to hold the Championship trophy. Despite our best efforts, the we were unable to crack down on our opponents. Today, HC lost to RI 1-4 in the finals. We would like to commend the squash girls for showing their fighting spirit, and never giving up even when the going seems tough. Nonetheless, congratulations to the Squash Girls for coming in 2nd in the A Division Nationals! What the spectators saw today was nothing but top notch sportsmanship, class, and effort. Thank you for letting us witness that. We cannot be less proud of you girls. Check back soon for a detailed match report and photos!
Following a disheartening loss on Monday for the guys, they came back today fighting stronger, not letting Monday’s match bring them down. With renewed spirit and hope, the guys beat Dunman High in straight sets 25-2, 25-10! This is what we call the Hwachong spirit! Friday’s match against TJC is extremely crucial for the guys, and will determine if they can move on to the next round. Here’s wishing you all the best, and let’s show them the champions in you guys! Jiayou!
For the girls, they met Temasek JC today and also beat them in straight sets 25-22, 25-6! Nice one, and let’s keep this spirit up! You girls can do it!
The touch rugby girls met with two schools today – Jurong JC and St Andrew’s JC. Unfortunately, we lost to both schools by extremely narrow margins of 1-3 for the former, and 1-2 for the latter. This was a blow to the girls. However, we believe that you girls will push on, and not give up. Let’s show them what we’ve truly got, girls. Jiayou!
Today, the soccer girls played their last match of the season. Although we lost 1-0 to NUS High, a narrow margin, we believe the girls have played their hearts out, to the best of their abilities. For that, we applaud you. The season might have come to an end, but we believe you girls will come back stronger and more formidable next year!
Both the guys and girls teams played this afternoon. For the guys, they lost 1-4 to ACJC, putting them out of the title challenge. We have all seen the guys training under the sweltering heat many afternoons, training their hardest to put up a strong challenge in the Nationals. We would like to congratulate the guys for a well-played season, and also, all the best for next year’s nationals!
The girls lost by the same scoreline as well, to RI. They still stand a chance of moving on to the next round, pending the results of this Friday’s as well as next Wednesday’s match. Jiayou, and give all you’ve got! HC’s behind you all the way:D
Track and Field (FINALS)
In today’s Track and Field Finals, Hwachong made a clean sweep of the A, B, and C Division boys championships! Not faring much worse, the A Girls came in National 2nd! Congratulations to the teams! Check back soon for more details of the individual titles.
With that, it rounds up an exciting day for Hwachong. Regardless of whether it was a win or a loss, HC will ALWAYS be behind our Hwachongians. As the matches become increasingly crucial as we rush head first into the competition season, we would just like to give a shout-out to those competing: JIAYOU!