POL-ITE Netball: Ngee Ann Poly win first-ever title

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POL-ITE Netball Championship 2013
Trina Young in action for NP. The captain led her team to their first-ever title. (Photo 1 © Jeremy Chen. Used with permission)

 

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Republic Polytechnic, Wednesday, July 26, 2013 — Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) won their first-ever Polytechnic-Institute of Technical Education (POL-ITE) Netball Championship title.

With 1.83m shooter Claire Png in their ranks, NP cruised past their opponents easily as there was no defender who could stop her.

“Claire has definitely benefited the team greatly with her height advantage. The team also agreed on her playing style which ultimately led us to victory,” said Trina Young, the NP captain.

NP sealed a 66–45 victory over Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) in their opening game. They then went on to defeat Singapore Polytechnic (SP) and Republic Polytechnic (RP) 73–22 and 82–37 respectively.

In the gold-medal match against Temasek Polytechnic (TP), NP had a stunning opening quarter and led by 11 points. However, TP who had five Singapore Sports School alumni, were resilient. They regained focus and matched NP goal for goal in the next three quarters but the damage done in first quarter was their undoing. NP eventually wrapped up the game 66–59.

In their final game, NP cruised past the Institute of Technical Education 82–25.

Trina, who is one of the key play makers in the NP team, credited her performance to her twin sister, Tricia Young, who has been playing with her for the last nine years.

“Since we found out about the sport in Primary 4, we have been playing together. Personally, I would describe playing with my sister to be a push factor. When we play together, we encourage and psyche each other up to increase the intensity needed for every game.”

TP beat NYP 50–46 after coming back from a seven-point deficit in the first quarter to seal the silver medal. TP brushed off RP, SP and ITE 73–29, 42–23 and 72–29 respectively.

Nanyang Polytechnic finished third after defeating last year runners-up, RP, 46–35.

Final Standings
1st Ngee Ann Polytechnic
2nd Temasek Polytechnic
3rd Nanyang Polytechnic
4th Republic Polytechnic
5th Singapore Polytechnic
6th Institute of Technical Education

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