A Div Floorball: Victoria JC beat Yishun JC 5-1 to improve semi-final chances

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Ryan Tan (yellow) of VJC tussles with a YJC opponent for the ball. (Photo 1 © Les Tan/Red Sports)

Republic Polytechnic, Wednesday, May 16, 2012 — Victoria Junior College (VJC) outplayed Yishun Junior College (YJC) 5-1 in the National A Division Boys’ Floorball Championship.

VJC’s goals came courtesy of David Bin, Ryan Tan and Ian Yang with one each while Jarryl Chan scored two. Ng Kai Hong scored YJC’s only goal.

“It took some time to get used to it but in the second period we got into our game,” said VJC captain David Bin, 18, about the win over YJC. “I’m happy we played as a unit, for each other.”

Their sole loss in the group so far was a 1-4 defeat by Temasek Junior College (TJC).

“It was a lack of discipline,” said David, recalling that game. “We got nervous and rushed the play ups too much.”

This win improved VJC’s win-loss record to 2-1 and they are second in their group for the moment behind TJC. However, they are not assured of a semi-final spot just yet. To qualify, VJC have to beat Anglo-Chinese Junior College in their final group game.

A win will give them a semi-final date with Meridian Junior College (MJC) who beat them 5-4 in the championship final last year. It was a loss that David Bin still remembers.

“We lost to MJC last year. We’re back for vengeance,” he said.

For YJC, the loss signalled the end of their season, their 1-3 win-loss record leaving them last in their group. However, YJC captain Christopher Gwee praised his team’s effort.

“This was the best match we played so far. Our chemistry was there but we just weren’t good enough,” he said.

When asked which teams he thought would finish in the top four, Christopher said: “TJC, MJC, RI and ACJC, in that order. AC is very physically fit and well built. TJ is very skilful and their fitness can also match AC.”

Except for two players who played the sport in Secondary, the rest of the YJC squad picked up the sport only at A Division level. To his credit, Christopher did not offer that as an excuse for his team’s performance.

“The game is our passion. We bring our sticks to school every day and train every free time we get,” he said.

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