Story by Noor Farhan/ Red Sports
Singapore Institute of Management Grand Hall, Wednesday, September 22, 2010 — In a surprising turn of fortunes, the National University of Singapore (NUS) women’s floorball team managed to exact revenge over traditional nemeses, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), in the SIM Inter-Uni Floorball Championship by beating them 3-0.
NTU had managed to humiliate NUS 7-1 in January 2010 to clinch the Institute-Varsity-Polytechnic (IVP) Games floorball title then.
NUS meant business from the start of the match, earning a free hit close to the half-court in the first minute but it did not result in a goal. NTU’s experience allowed them to settle their nerves early, with efforts by Cheryl Leong and Lai Soak Kuan testing the goalie during the middle of the first period.
However, the early attacks did not bear any goals as players from both teams held their ground in defence to end the first period 0-0.
NUS picked up where they left off after the restart, as a wide effort by Wynne Tan in the second minute sent the NTU goalie sprawling to cover her angles.
NTU’s muted display saw them lose possession easily at 11:59, but NUS’s Ong Lee Peng failed to convert the through pass being sent her way.
The NTU defence was finally breached two minutes later by Wong Ai Wen who was assisted by teammate Guan Jing Wen to give NUS a 1-0 lead.
NTU later had a chance to equalise through Chew Shi Jun in a one-on-one situation with NUS’ goalie Widyawilis, but the latter proved to be a tough nut in that situation.
In the third period, NTU upped the tempo going all out to salvage the game as a good attacking move freed Mimmi Birgitta on the right but the newcomer’s speculative effort went off target.
Caught on the counter attack two minutes into the third period, NUS’ Wang Ai Wen manage to find enough space to send a rasping slap shot into the top corner to make it 2-0 for her team.
Not settling for just two goals, NUS again scored through Tabitha Charmaine Carthigasu four minutes from time after an intelligent pass by Suhaidah Yusof.
Faililng to find any sort of rhythm, NTU could not find a way into game and surrendered meekly to a 3-0 defeat.
“We were lethargic today, while NUS were much better than us technically,” said NTU coach Alvin Tay. “NUS were definitely more improved from the last time, but no matter, we will take this game as good preparation for the IVP.”
Cheryl Leong (#9), Lai Soak Kuan (#11), Chew Shi Jun (#18), Ekback Mimmi Birgitta (#10), Sia Wei Jia (#4), Eunice Yeo (#17), Fariza Begum (#99), Huang Baoxian (#24), Laura Tan (#61), Lee Jun May (#15), Gabriella Nadine Lee (#8), Low Chuan Yun (#22), Nur Afiqah Adil (#33) (captain), Nursaliza Binte Rusley (#7), Ong Shee Yin (#6), Sri Syafizah Safii (#16), Siti Zawiyah (#14), Stella Lin (#19), Stephanie Fong (#5), Serena Tiong Suet Kuan (#27)
Jasmine Chong (#1), Guan Jingwen (#2) (captain), Felicia Peh (#4), Wong Ai Wen (#5), Jacinta Lee (#6), Siti Aisyah (#8), Dione Seet (#9), Koh Yun Jia (#13), Geraldine Chang (#14), Widyawilis Selamat (#15), Siti Nur’aini (#19), Farah Binte Mohd Faudzi (#22), Tabitha Carthigasu (#25), Alissa Marianne Rode (#29), Suhaidah Yusof (#31), Laura Tan (#37), Wynne Tang (#42), Loo Cui Fang (#48), Ong Lee Peng (#81), Daphne Lim (#89)