By Zachary Foo/Red Sports
Singapore Polytechnic, Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 — Singapore Polytechnic (SP) sealed the women’s title with a 26–2 win over Temasek Polytechnic (TP) in the 3rd Invitational Handball Games. TP were playing in the second game of a doubleheader, which visibly affected their performance. Chanel Ding (SP #12) led all scorers with five goals.
SP were dominant from the start. Vice-captain Cassandra Ooi Pei (SP #19) opened the scoring for her team with a sleek cut-in.
TP seemed fatigued from their earlier clash against Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP). They were able to attempt shots on offense, but none of them had any power to trouble the SP keeper. Vanessa (TP #6) finally managed to end their futility midway through the first quarter with their opening goal.
On SP’s part, they were doing exceptionally well with their defensive rotations. Jasmine Goh (SP #9) was exceptionally active, acquiring three steals in as many minutes, leading to SP goals at the other end.
It was more of the same story in the second half, as SP got into the groove of things. The offense was a well-oiled machine, with players cutting in at the appropriate times on the waves to score.
TP could do nothing to stop the bleeding. They also faced much difficulty getting past an in-form Jasmine Ng (SP #11) in front of the SP goal.
At the final whistle, the SP bench erupted into cheers, the players visibly elated at finally capturing the title.
“We were glad that we were able to try out the different combinations for today’s game,” said SP captain, Danielle Choong (#18). “It was also a good opportunity for our teammates who were in the final year to play alongside each other for the last time.”
SP vice-captain, Cassandra Ooi (#19) added: “It was a good game today. Despite being a fairly new team and having two matches in a day, TP did not give up and put up a strong front. We really appreciate all the schools that have cooperated with us and displayed great sportsmanship to make this event a success.”
“We really enjoyed the games, we played with no worries and just had fun,” said Wong Min Pei (#9), captain of TP, who was all smiles. “I’m really thankful to have each and every one of them in my team. If it wasn’t for them, this team would not have been here in the first place too.”
Chanel Ding (#12) — 5 points
Lauren (#18) — 2/17 shots saved (11.7% save rate)
Jasmine Ng (#11) — 26/42 (61.9% save rate)
Bek Kiah Hui (#4), Zakiah (#5), Vanessa (#6), Nicole Ng (#7), Zafirah (#8), Ho Min Pei (#9), Boon Xue Li (#10), Seow Anqi (#11), Gina Ng (#12), Yukie (#13), Eugenia Heng (#15), Lauren (#18), Izzati (#19), Vanessa Heng (#69)
Ng Shi Hui (#2), Crystal Teo (#5), Siow Hui Min (#6), Yvonne Wiu (#7), Poh Yun Jie (#8), Jasmine Goh (#9), Yeo Yu Ping (#10), Jasmine Ng (#11), Chanel Ding (#12), Low Lin Hui (#13), Vernice Chong (#14), Verlynn Chong (#16), Carolyn Yong (#17), Danielle Choong (#18), Cassandra Ooi Pei (#19), Vavarly Chong (#22)
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