Story by Delle Chan/Red Sports
SIM HQ Grand Hall, Wednesday, September 22, 2010 — Floorball powerhouse Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) proved their mettle by soundly defeating Singapore Management University (SMU) 4-1 in the SIM Inter-University Floorball Championships 2010.
SMU started off the brighter of the two sides, with Tracy Lee (#4) registering the game’s first attempt on goal, only to see her shot go wide. Her teammate, Joy Chua (#26), then scored from a solid long-range effort in the 10th minute to put SMU in the lead.
The tempo of the game then increased notably after the opening goal. SMU’s Yang Jing Xuan (#37) and SIM’s Tam Wan Ting (#10) both attempted to get onto the scoresheet but were denied by good saves. The first period thus ended with SMU leading 1-0.
The second period saw a resurgent SIM side piling on the pressure relentlessly on their SMU counterparts. SMU’s resistance to the onslaught eventually proved futile, with SIM scoring two goals in the space of five minutes to gain the upper hand in the match.
In the 24th minute, SIM’s Sharon Lee (#6) placed the ball in the back of the net with an assist from teammate Joan Hia (#19) to equalise.
Just five minutes later, SIM’s Nurhuda Binte Mohd Nor (#4) wowed the crowd by scoring a truly spectacular goal from the halfway line, placing the ball into the top right hand corner of the net with a powerful slap shot.
Things continued to look up for the SIM team in the third period of the match. In the 35th minute, Rury Narita Binte Omar (#3) added the third goal to SIM’s tally, scoring from a long range effort.
Her teammate, Ong Hui Hui (#51), then placed the game beyond SMU’s reach in the 40th minute, tapping the ball into the net after a pass from Joan Hia (#19) for a final 4-1 scoreline.
SIM’s coach, Najib, was all smiles after the match. “We started the game shaky but picked up along the way. The freshies were overwhelmed at first, but did well to step up their game,” he said.
When asked about his team’s prospects in the competition, Najib replied, “we definitely aim to get first place, but [the game against] NUS will be a tough fight, especially with their superior goal difference. We need nothing less than a win.”
SMU will play their final match against NTU tomorrow (23 September 2010) at 8.30pm, while SIM will face NUS on Friday (24 September 2010). Both matches will be held at the SIM HQ Grand Hall.
Sharon Lee 24′
Nurhuda Binte Mohd Nor 29′
Rury Norita Binte Omar 35′
Ong Hui Hui 40′
Joy Chua 10′