MGS win both B and C Division West Zone championship netball finals

Pictures and story contributed by reader Marvin Lowe.

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Nan Hua’s Verena Ng (GS) and Lim Wanzheng (GA) compete with Sandra Chua (GD) and Beverly Shaddick (GK) of MGS for the rebound. (Photo © Marvin Lowe)

Toa Payoh Sports Hall, Friday, March 7, 2008 – Methodist Girls’ School (MGS) emerged victorious in both the B and C Division West Zone Championship Netball Finals when the B girls beat Nan Hua High while their C team beat Clementi Town Secondary by identical 22-20 scorelines. MGS were the favourites in both finals, having had a good run in the group stages till the semi-finals. However, they were pushed to their limits by their opponents in the finals.

In the C Division final, Clementi Town made a great start, putting pressure on MGS and forcing them to turn over the ball several times. They made MGS pay for their careless mistakes and took a 5-4 lead in the first quarter. MGS looked out of sorts as they tried to muster a response to the Clementi Town pressure tactics. MGS managed to claw back into the lead midway through the 2nd quarter but lost the lead to Clementi Town. This see-saw battle continued all the way till half-time with both team level at 11-11.

At the start of the 2nd half, MGS started brightly and began to pull away with a 2-point lead. However, Clementi Town fought back with great spirit to level the score at 16-16 by the end of the 3rd quarter. At the start of the last quarter, MGS took the lead again and this time, they stubbornly held on to their advantage. MGS pulled away from Clementi Town with four straight points and looked set to take the game comfortably. Clementi Town began to look like a team that had exhausted all their energy and had been run ragged by the MGS.

But Clementi Town wasn’t about to go down without a fight. Somehow, through the encouraging cheers from their school supporters and teachers, the Clementi Town team mounted a comeback. They managed to fight back by cutting the MGS lead to one point in the last few minutes. However, they could not muster more points and MGS held their nerve to score one final point to seal the match and claim the C Division Championship title.

In the B Division Final, MGS faced off against Nan Hua High who had fought their way into the final by beating favourites Nanyang Girls’ High. Both teams were evenly matched right from the start and it was another close affair. Nan Hua drew first blood by scoring the first point of the game but it was MGS who gradually pulled away and took the 1st quarter 6-4.

MGS started increasing their lead in the 2nd quarter, at one point scoring three consecutive points to establish a 5-point lead. Nanhua tried to fight back but were thwarted by the brilliant defense of MGS’s GK, Beverly Shaddick. She easily was one of the more outstanding players for MGS, making key interceptions as well as pressuring the opposition Goal Shooters into missing their shots and collecting key rebounds. MGS were able to go into the half-time break with a comfortable 13-8 lead.

After the break, Nan Hua attempted to break the stout MGS defense but managed to only chip away one point off the lead. Entering the final quarter, the Nan Hua Players gave their all, chasing down loose balls, hassling the MGS players and making key shots. As the clock was winding down, Nan Hua managed to claw their way back to within two points of the lead. They pressed their advantage and eventually tied the game with 3 minutes remaining, raising hopes of an upset.

MGS however managed to compose themselves to score two quick points and retake the lead. Nan Hua tried to mount another challenge with the clock ticking down but could not come back a second time and when the umpire’s full-time whistle went, the MGS team erupted in jubilation and relief at the nerve-wrecking end to the 4th quarter.

MGS has clearly shown their strength in the West Zone and look set to lock horns with more challengers in the upcoming National Championships.

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The MGS and Clementi Town girls in action. (Photo © Marvin Lowe)
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A goal attempt by Abigail Lee of MGS (blue). (Photo © Marvin Lowe)
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MGS’ Stephanie Sim (WA) hangs on to a pass. (Photo © Marvin Lowe)
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Nerine Chew (C) from MGS, attempts to make a pass while Seet Lin Yan (C) from CTSS attempts to block. (Photo © Marvin Lowe)
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Tan Sze Lee (GK) from MGS and Jennifer Nathania (GS) from Clementi Town jumps for the rebound. (Photo © Marvin Lowe)
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Merrilyn Chew (C) from MGS attempts to block Amanda Wong (C) from Nan Hua as team-mate Lim Wanzheng (WA) awaits a pass. (Photo © Marvin Lowe)
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Nanhua’s Ng Siying(GD) coming from behind to tap the ball away from MGS’s Amanda(GS). (Photo © Marvin Lowe)
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Nanhua’s Ng Siying (GD) mantains balance and poise as she stretches to block Amanda(GS) from MGS. (Photo © Marvin Lowe)
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MGS’ Beverly Shaddick (GK) who was in excellent form, jumps to block Nan Hua’s Verena Ng (GS). (Photo © Marvin Lowe)
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Amanda (GS) from MGS jumps to block a pass from Nan Hua’s Roanna Tan (GK). (Photo © Marvin Lowe)
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  1. passer by

    love the game!!! shouting like crazy till got sore throat haha… mgs rocks!!!! the game was really freaky.. both teams scored the exact same number of goals!!!!hahaha MGS ROCKS!!!

  2. NHNB to Anonymous

    we are the way we are, and we are not ego. but if you cant stand the way we are, please sit down. thanks :) and you dont gain much by downgrading others like that.

  3. ellezahbev

    lols . theres no GS in the3rd picture .. anyway . the GS in the first picture is Esther Cheah . the GA is Jean Heng

    lols . nhnb . the gk and ga u mean the 2 lefties ? xDD they were like .. my best friends since like .. forever . LOLS .

  4. Marvin Lowe

    Thanks Paul! I am glad you liked the pictures.=)

    Sorry @#%^#$%, I wasn’t around to cover the South Zone Finals. Do let us know when is your team playing next during the Nationals and we will try to give some coverage for it ok?=)

  5. Paul

    In your 3rd picture, the MGS GS is Abigail Lee.

    In your 5th picture, the Centre (C) from MGS is Nerine Chew and not Sheryl Chew.

    Great report and nice pictures taken.

    Cheers.

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