Posts Tagged ‘Water Polo’
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!
On the 11th of April, the Hwa Chong Water Polo team headed down to the CCAB swimming pools for an intense face-off against their archrivals, Raffles Institution. Although our water warriors put in their best effort, as chance and fate would have it, our polo boys lost in the eventual penalty shootout. Let’s take a look at some highlights of the match!
Our Water Polo Warriors in the lineup (with cap number):
1- Xiong Xing Yu
2- Ang An Jun
3- Ernest Aw (Captain)
4- Earl Chow
5- Edward Chow
6- Jarrett Toh
7- Raynold Tan
8- Tan Tai Joum
9- Adriel Ng
10- Chan Min Gao
11- Bryan Chan
12- Bryan Seetow
Water polo is similar to most ball games except that it is played in the water. Both teams send 6 field players and 1 goalkeeper into the pool. The game is played in four quarters, each lasting 6 minutes. At the end of four quarters, if a tie results, an additional two overtime periods of 3 minutes are played. If a tie persists, the winner is decided by a penalty shootout at the 5m line.
And so, with the sound of a siren, the game begins…
Hwa Chong kicked off with a brilliant start with Min Gao getting possession of the ball for the team, following a strong swim-off. It wasn’t long before Hwa Chong managed to get the ball to within scoring range. Unfortunately, a shot by Min Gao was blocked by the RI GK.
But it didn’t take long for HC to regain possession with a brilliant interception by Bryan Seetow, thwarting RI’s first attack.
The intensity stepped up as both teams begin their battle for the first goal. A powerful shot by An Jun missed the goal by a few inches, rebounding off the post. Raffles followed with a series of attacks, all of which were skillfully deflected by HC’s Goal Keeper, Xiong Xing Yu.
And with a last, final attempt by RI, the first quarter drew to a close with a score of 0-0.
Once again, Hwa Chong started off the second quarter with possession of the ball. Unfortunately, an early foul in the match put Raffles in a man-up position (ie. A 6 on 5 situation in their favour). Everyone waited with bated breath as Raffles readied themselves to take a shot. However, their hope for the first goal was dashed by the lightning quick reflexes of Edward Chow who knocked the ball right out of mid-air, and safely away from the goal.
Fuelled by their miss of a penalty shot, the RI team tirelessly attacked. Yet, our guys never let up on their defense, with the crowd constantly jumping to their feet to cheer for the fantastic saves. In particular, Hwa Chong’s Tai Joum made a dazzling interception to what would have been a certain goal, breaking Raffles charge of within 1.5m of our goalposts.
However, even the strongest of armor has kinks and Raffles eventually found ours. RI 10 successfully landed a shot through the hands of our goal keeper, scoring the first goal of the match.
Hwa Chong tried their best to answer to this with a powerful shot by Raynold from 3m away just missing the goal and ricocheting off the top bar. Nevertheless, our guys managed to maintain the score for the rest of the quarter. The second quarter ended with another stunning save by Xing Yu of a ball that threatened to sneak into the top of the net.
The swim off for the 3rd quarter started against our favour. Nonetheless, our team managed to recover the ball soon enough and the ball landed with Seetow. Not letting any opportunity up, he attempted a long shot at the goal but alas, missed by inches! Hwa Chong continued to uphold their impenetrable defense, denying Raffles another shot at the goal.
Bringing the ball back into the opponents’ own half, Min Gao and An Jun went for consecutive shots but to no avail against strong defense showcased by our opponents.
Another unfortunate man up situation against our favour was faced but it got quickly diffused by superb teamwork and solid defense on our side.
Soon after, Seetow brought the ball back to the opponents’ half and despite being marked by 2 players in front of the goal, he skillfully went for a shot but it rebounded off the RI GK and landed back in his hands. Not wasting any second, he tried again but unfortunately the ball was saved by the GK.
Next was Tai Joum‘s moment to shine. Following a great pass, he skillfully attempted a well-placed back shot that wowed the crowd. Unfortunately, the RI GK happened to be at the right place at the right time and blocked the shot. Raffles then capitalized on the situation and made several shots at our goal, but were denied a score repeatedly by the heroic saves of Xing Yu.
With mere seconds left in play for the quarter, Ernest aims and shoots! Alas the shot was unfortunately deflected by an opposing player. Hwa Chong continued to display great teamwork as our boys expertly passed the ball to each other, denying Raffles possession of the ball.
The start of the quarter saw Raffles gaining first possession of the ball. However, this was quickly corrected with a skillful interception by An Jun.
A foul by an opposing player led to a man up situation in our favour. With a fine show of teamwork, the ball was expertly passed to Min Gao who delivered the crucial equalizer! This was a huge boost to the team’s morale as they swam back with renewed hope amidst the thunderous cheer of the crowd.
Another man up situation to Hwa Chong soon followed. Min Gao and Edward exchanged a quick round of passes before attempting a shot that unfortunately rebounded of the post. However, our boys did not give up with Seetow bravely battling against three other opponents in an attempt to reclaim the loose ball.
Good defense was the name of the game as every pass by the opponent was suffocated. Hwa Chong’s own An Jun even successfully intercepted a ball within the opponent’s attacking half, forcing Raffles to give up chasing after it.
A last attempt at the goal by the opponent was skillfully thwarted with a block from An Jun before the whistle was blown, signaling the end of an exciting match with a tie…..only to move on to extra time and 2 more quarters of action.
Our team came back recharged and ready for the extra time play. Raffles started with the ball and the battle for possession reignited. But valiant efforts from both teams prevented any progress in the score and the first quarter quickly drew to a close.
The teams returned to their start lines rearing to go. With just three minutes left and the score still tied at 1-1, the intensity was at its peak.
The ball flew back and forth the court. Suddenly, Hwa Chong put up a spectacular play with a brilliant pass from Bryan Seetow to Ernest Aw who deflected it with a flick of his hand, pass the stunned Raffles Goal Keeper and into net! With one minute left on the clock, Hwa Chong was up 2-1.
30 seconds left. Raffles was desperate. An attempt by Raffles at the bottom left corner. Save by Xing Yu! Another shot by Raffles. Xing Yu does it again! One last try from Raffles. And you guessed it, XING YU SAVES IT.
Unfortunately, the Raffles Coach called a strategic timeout with 5 seconds left on the clock. Raffles repositioned themselves with the ball. And as luck would have it, a hurl from the sidelines and flick from another player landed Raffles the equalizer they needed.
Penalty Shoot Out
Moving on to penalty shootout, it was a nerve-wrecking moment for both players and supporters alike on both sides.
The players who represented us in the shootout are in the following order:
1. Ernest Aw
2. Tai Joum
Shooters from both sides attempted to outsmart the other’s GK by employing speed and technique to try and score. All eyes were on the player and the GK.
After an intense period of deafening silence, the result was out – We had lost by 4-2 in the shoot out to a National 2nd Placing.
Although the title was lost, the indomitable spirit of Hwa Chong shone through. Heads held high, backs straight and united as a team, the waterpolo guys displayed remarkable sportsmanship and courage.
Our polo boys have put in their best and that is all anyone can ask for, and they have certainly earned all our respect! Let’s get it back next year!
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!
Water Polo (Boys)
They came, they saw, they conquered. Just about an hour ago, the Polo Boys were at ACS(I) for the final 7 minutes of the finals against RI. Yesterday, the match ended with a cliffhanger score of 4-5 to RI. The moment where they won 6-5, holding RI to emerge National Champions is forever inscribed in history. Their win ended their gold drought and showed everyone the determination they had. We are extremely proud of you! Look out for the full match report!
In other news, our MLDDS girls took part in the Malay Dance SYF today and brought home a Silver! Congratulations, girls:) We are proud of you and you girls be proud of yourselves too!
In the Wushu Finals today, the boys were awarded with a team Silver, while the girls were awared with a team Bronze as they came in 3rd place overall. It has been a tough road to the Finals with the competition spread over these two weeks. These are extremely commedable results and we are so, so proud of you all. The Wushu team deserves a pat on their backs for the discipline in their training and determination to give nothing but the best. Well done, Wushu!
Also, our Volleyball Girls won 2-0 today against JJC and have continued their unbeaten run. They have also yet to concede a set, winning by this score in every match since the start of the season, showing their stronghold on the competition. The girls are now through to the Quarters, and their opponents have much to fear! Keep it up, and all the best!
Today, our ‘A’ division air pistol girls made history, hitting personal bests and writing unprecedented history by placing 5th in an intense competition amongst strong rivals including traditional powerhouses Raffles Institution and ACJC. The team, comprising Ke Chyan Wen of 10S6C, Clara Teo of 10S74 and Jarin Tan of 10s77, has done both the school and the shooting club proud with this remarkable achievement. The shooting club’s season has only just begun and we look forward more updates on their stellar performance in the coming week
Today saw even more of our sports teams fight their hearts out in hopes of winning the championships, with wins across all sports with conclusive matches!
First up are our Touch Rugby Girls, who won 4-1 against NJC and 5-2 against RJC, and made it 5 wins out 5 matches. Keep it up truggers! Show them the champion within you!
Up next are our Squashers. The Guys won 4-1 against ACSI, while the Girls won 4-1 as well, against ACJC, with both teams emerging as the top schools for each of their groups. The wins means that both our Guys and Girls have gotten into the semi-finals, where they will compete with ACJC this Friday for the boys, and NYJC next Wednesday for the girls. Good job Squashers! One step closer to winning the title this year!
Not to be outdone, our Volleyball Boys grinded out a laborious 25-20 , 27-25 victory against ACJC. Though it was not an easy match they have yet to concede a game! Keep improving, boys. We know what you’ve got to show!
The Tennis boys and girls both won against PJC and TPJC respectively, with a resounding score of 5-0! Congratulations, and keep striving for greater heights. You guys are doing great!
Last but not least is the highly-anticipated Finals between our HC Water Polo Guys Team and their long-time arch-rivals RJC. Unfortunately, after 3 full quarters of match time, rain and lightning started brewing, resulting in the match being postponed to TOMORROW MORNING, 14 APRIL, 9.30am. Trailing 4-5, our Polo Boys definitely have work to do tomorrow. But as mentioned before, nothing is impossible when you are mighty. Go Boys! Show them every ounce of HC SPIRIT within you!
Today saw 5 of our sports teams fight it out against their opponents in the annual Nationals competition.
The results are as follows:
Our Polo girls’ maiden year in the A Division Nationals saw them perform exceeding oppositions’ expectations, achieving 3rd runners-up after losing out to St Andrews JC 3-2 in what was a heated contest. The match couldve gone both ways, but some poor refereeing decisions cost our girls the game. Nevertheless, kudos to SAJC. Our girls will be back next year stronger, better and faster than they already are!
The HC Fencing team saw their 1st of 2 days out on the mat rewarded with a Bronze medal from Rania Rahardja. Good job Fencers! Keep improving and get more medals tomorrow!
At the same time, both our Tennis girls and guys won their matches against NJC 3-2 and 5-0 respectively. Keep up the good work HC Tennis! Its still the first game! Continue building up the momentum and sweep away all obstacles that hinder you from that much coveted trophy!
The Volleyball guys played another routine match against River Valley High School and were largely untroubled, winning in 2 sets : 25-11 and 25-7. Good job VB Champs! Keep it up and defend YOUR title!
It was a perfect day out today as our polo,soccer and basketball teams all recorded victories in their respective matches.
The results are as follows
HCI(boys) 8-6 ACSI
HCI(girls) 9-4 ACJC
On another note, the Polo boys will be challenging RJC in the finals on the 13th of April at CCAB! The Polo Girls will be challenging SAJC in the 3rd/4th placing on the 11th of April at ACS(Indep)! Jiayou polo!You can go all the way!
HCI 2-1 TPJC
HCI (boys) 71-36 RVHS
WELL DONE GUYS! Keep up the great work and never give up as you strive to win the championship!
In addition, the Indian Cultural Society took part in the Indian Dance SYF today, and walked away with a SILVER! Congratulations on this great result! Check back soon for a detailed write-up of the competition!
Hot Off The Press: Squash (Boys), Soccer (Girls), Touch Rugby, Table Tennis, Water Polo (Boys), RugbyApril 6th, 2011 by CCA PRO
Wednesdays are always especially important days for our sports teams as many go out to meet their opponents, fighting their hardest for Hwa Chong. Let’s take a look at what went on around the island today:
The guys met NYJC today and eventually emerged the winners with an astounding score of 5-0! With their second win in tow, they look set for a strong season, and are a dominant force in the squash scene! Keep this up, guys!
Today, the soccer girls scored twice against NJC, and did not let them have a chance to get on the score sheet for all of 90 minutes! A score of 2-0 to HC is no mean feat. Jiayou for the upcoming matches!
Once again, the Touch Rugby girls proved that they should be feared on the pitch, winning 4-0 against MI! The match against NYJC was postponed to a later date due to weather circumstances. Let’s hope they continue their unbeaten run:)
Today, both the guys and girls teams met against RJ, an extremely strong opponent in the Table Tennis arena. Both teams fought with much grit and power, but eventually fell 1-4 for the guys, and 2-3 for the girls. However, we did not give them an easy time as seen by the slim score margins. This Friday, they will meet with RJ again in the semi-finals. We would like to appeal for supporters for this crucial match. Buses will be provided so please head down to support our players if you are free! More details will be given during tomorrow’s morning announcement. To both teams, keep fighting! We will always be supporting you!
Water Polo (Boys)
The boys team met ACJC today, and beat them with a score of 7-5! Nice one, guys!
The Rugby team met ACS(I) today, and unfortunately lost 0-65. However, do not let this get you down, guys, and keep pushing on! Be resilient and show your opponents what you’ve got:)
And this wraps up the matches played today. Amongst the wins and losses, one thing for sure is that the whole school is supporting our sportsmen and sportswomen! Jiayou, HC!
After a loss in the previous match, our HC Water Polo guys bounced back and thrashed SAJC mightily with a score of 18-1! They never let anything get them down. Get ready as they prepare to sizzle and fight till the end with all their might! Jiayou, Water Polo!
Both Water Polo teams pitted themselves against heavy rivals today, with the boys challenging RJC and the girls fighting it out against SAJC.
The results are as follows:
A Div Boys: HCI 8-9 RJC
A Div Girls: HCI 2-4 SAJC
Though both our teams lost, the fighting spirit that emanated from every single one surely bodes well for their upcoming fixtures. JIAYOU POLO! We’re behind you ALL THE WAY!
On the 13th of April, Hwa Chong emerged 1st runner-up after an emotional match in the finals of this year’s A Division Water Polo Nationals. Here’s a deeper insight on what transpired on that fateful day.
Raffles Institution drew first blood with less than two minutes into the game but Hwa Chong’s Tan Hong Wei managed to capitalize on a 6 v 5 attack to score an equalizer. However, Raffles managed to regain their lead, ending the first quarter with the score at 2-1. Cheers from the both audiences only grew louder.
In the second quarter, Raffles were able to take full advantage of on their opportunities and further increased their lead, concluding the quarter with a 5-1 lead.
However, the Hwa Chong players did not become disillusioned by the goal margin and was determined to find their footing and turn the game around in the 3rd quarter. Hwa Chong managed to create numerous opportunities in the 3rd quarter but was unfortunate not to convert them. A defensive error allowed Raffles Institution to further their lead with a counter-attack goal, bringing the score to 6-1.
With only a quarter left, Hwa Chong remained resolute and sought to find a turning point in the game. As Aaron Ho managed to pull off a spectacular bounce-shot pass the Raffles’ keeper, Hwa Chong just might have broken Raffles’ momentum.
However, Raffles was quick to react and brought the score to 7-2. As time ticked away in the fourth quarter, Raffles managed to increase their lead to 8-2. As defeat seemed inevitable, the Hwa Chong team displayed the spirit of 自强不息 and fought all the way till the final buzzer went off.
Despite the defeat, the Hwa Chong polo team gallantly took a bow before the supporting crowd. The cheers and applause that greeted them was proof enough that despite all adversity the Hwa Chong spirit stands strong.
Cheer up, guys! You won our hearts! We will get better every year!
PS: A great shoutout and THANKYOU to Eileen Koh from the Photographic Society, for braving the sun and capturing all these intense and memorable shots during the competition. Do visit the HCunite Facebook page to view the whole album!
Hey Hwa Chong!
Because most of us have been so busy involved with competitions and events, and we too have been updating almost everyday (Hot Off the Press, Quick Bites, Season Previews, etc) the posts have been constantly pushed down so you may not have had the chance to read previous posts. So here’s encapsulating the results and posts we’ve had this week, and if you’re interested in the details, do click on your preferred CCA tags below the tagboard on the right hand side on the Home Page to view the posts in greater depth! (:
April 15: Defeated ACJC 69-9
April 13: Defeated MI 76-8
Featured Athlete of the Week: Mervyn Toh from Canoe
April 17: Individual Championships
April 13: Judo Finals (Lost to Raffles Institution for both guys (1-4) and girls( 2-3), obtaining 1st runner-up)
April 13: Judo Semi-Finals, with both A guys and A girls winning NYHC 4-1 and 3-2 respectively
Music and Dance (MAD)
April 13: MAD Moderners winning Best Choreography and Beset Ethnic Dance at the Barcelona Dance Awards Competition
April 13: A Boys Rifle Team reclaimed the title of A Division Men’s Rifle Champions, with a team score of 1737
April 16: Defeated AJC 2-1
April 15: Match Report (HCI vs NJC)
April 15: Match Report (HCI vs MJC)
April 14: Defeated MJC 1-0
April 16: Defeated ACJC 3-2
April 14: Defeated MJC 5-0
April 16: Defeated NJC 5-0
April 14: Defeated MJC 5-0
April 12: A Boys and Girls Team defeated NYJC with a common score of 3-1
Touch Rugby Girls
April 17: Defeated NYJC (4-0) and PJC (8-3)
April 14: Defeated TJC (7-1) and JJC (4-1)
Track and Field
April 14: Track and Field Finals (1st runner-up for both A boys and girls)
April 12: Previews for Finals
April 16: Defeated MI 2-0
April 14: Season Preview
April 15: Defeated CJC 2-0
April 13: Water Polo Finals (Lost to Raffles 2-8, obtained 1st runner-up)
April 13: Wushu Championships Day 5
As a new week approaches, do keep a lookout for more updates and results from our competing teams. In the meantime, sleep more, clear up the homework, and recharge before we see each other again on Monday. (:
One year later, our water polo guys team met the same school, Raffles Institution, at the pool in CCAB again. And what Hwa Chong witnessed was an intense battle with strong determination and will. Most of all was the burning, never-say-die attitude that our polo guys held to the very last second of the match, and we as one Hwa Chong stand as strong supporters alongside our fighters. So even though we lost with a score of 8-2 to Raffles Institution, we are proud to say that we still possess the eternal Hwa Chong spirit in us, and we salute that.
Snippets of the match today:
End of the second quarter: Hwa Chong was trailing behind with a score of 5-1.
End of third quarter: Our waterpolo guys upped their defense and only allowed Raffles to score one point. Score stands at 6-1 in favour of Raffles.
Final score of 8-2, with Raffles Institution clinching the championship. Throughout the match we witnessed great display of sportsmanship from the Hwa Chong team, and the spectators were continually at the edge of their seats, cheering our team on.
Thank you Waterpolo team, for your affirmation that even though tears were shed, we have lost the title, but we have won as fighters.
Catch some of the action that took place today:
Do look out for the detailed match report which will be posted a few days later. (:
Hwa Chong has set herself up for a mouthwatering face-off in the finals of the Table Tennis Nationals on the 23rd of April after both the A Division Boys and Girls Teams defeated NYJC in both semi-finals with a common score of 3-1!
Finals galore! The HC Judo and Water Polo teams will be fighting for glory in their respective finals at Hougang Secondary School and CCAB Swimming Pool respectively.
Judo will be up against NYJC and RJC, whereas Water Polo will be challenging long-time rivals RI for the championship title; the teams will need all the support they can get! The polo team last faced RI in the preliminaries, where they were held to a 7-7 draw.
The Inter-school Track & Field finals will take place on the 14th of April, Wednesday at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium.
Our A-boys are currently tied for first position with rival Raffles Institution at 151 points each, having the same number of gold and silver medals and 3 more bronze.
A shoutout: Calling all supporters for these crucial clashes in the next two days!
But no matter what, teams, falling in as runners-up don’t mean a thing as long as you win our hearts! GO HC!