Story by Louisa Goh/Red Sports
Hougang Sports and Recreational Centre, Monday, July 20, 2015 — Bukit Merah Secondary School laid their past to rest after defeating Springfield Secondary School 12–4 in the National C Division Girls Floorball Championship.
The win gives Bukit Merah a perfect 3–0 win-loss record after earlier wins over Assumption English School (16–1) and Bedok North Secondary (5–3). The loss drops Springfield to a 2–1 record after earlier wins over Bukit View Secondary (7–4) and Assumption English School (14–1).
Keenly remembering their B Division seniors’ 4–5 loss to Springfield earlier in the year, the C Division team seized the opportunity to pressure their opponents throughout the match.
“I think today’s the day my team played their hearts out and showed that they wanted to win,” said Bukit Merah captain Abygael Attirmidzi Koh (#7).
The first period began with Bukit Merah aggressively playing in Springfield’s half of the court, as Abygael (BM #7) and Nurul Syafiqah Bte Abdullah (BM #18) tag teamed to hound the Springfield goalkeeper.
Nurul drew first blood just 14 seconds into the game, and her shots continued to find the net to give Bukit Merah a 5–0 lead at the end of the first period.
As captain Abygael (BM #7) is typically the top scorer, Nurul’s rapid succession of goals had been unexpected.
“I was scared before the game, but I began to believe that I could play well after scoring my second goal,” said Nurul.
Springfield stepped up in the second period to hold Bukit Merah at bay. Low Jing Hui (SF #48) broke through Bukit Merah’s defence in the second minute for their first goal.
Her team rallied to pressure Bukit Merah, but lost the upper hand after a tussle between Jing Hui (SF #61) and Nurul (BM #7). She swiftly guided the ball away to net Bukit Merah’s sixth goal. Bukit Merah added three more goal to end the second period leading 9–1.
Springfield’s Jing Hui (#48) then deftly drilled the ball into Bukit Merah’s goal to score her team’s second. Jing Hui added two more goals as both teams matched each other goal for goal in the fading moments of the game.
The game ended in a 12–4 win for Bukit Merah and the C Division players promptly rushed to their B Division seniors after the buzzer sounded to celebrate the win.
“Even though we score, it’s not for us alone – it’s for our team. If not for the team, we wouldn’t make it,” said captain Abygael, who was simply happy that her team had prevailed.
Scoring by Period
Bukit Merah vs Springfield
P2: 4–1 (9–1)
P3: 3–3 (12–4)
Nurul Syafiqah Bte Abdullah (#18) – 10
Abygae Attirmidzi Koh (#7) – 1
(#27) – 1
Low Jing Hui (#48) – 4
Bukit Merah Roster
Regine Wan (#6), Siti Khadijah Bte Juari (#4, GK), Abygael Attirmidzi Koh (#7), Siti Mariam Bte Imadeddin (#8), Sarah Natasa Bte Abdul Kassim (#12), Puteri Najhah Bte Feeroz (#13), Althea Dominique De Gracia (#14), Berdan Jemarie Concepcion (#15), Nur Anisah Bte Shukor (#16, GK), Sri Syawallya Shusilawatie (#17), Nurul Syafiqah Bte Abdullah (#18), Fatin Athirah Bte Murad (#19), Nita Yeo (#20), Regine Fam (#22), Nurul Shahirah Bte Salleh (#26), Lim Wen Jing (#27)
Rubiah Bte Shaffie (#01, GK), Low Jing Hui (#48), Siti Nuraisyah Bte Mohamad (#49), Nurhuda Dini Bte Norman (#50), Sharifah Nabilah Bte Syed (#51), Siti A’dlina Btw MD Yussoff (#52), Katherine Palacio Benedicto (#54), Baldino Daniela Marie (#57), Eka Nayla Atiqah (#59), Nurshaibah Bte M D Sulaman (#60), Sri Farwizah Bte Mohamed Isa (#61), Sri Nur Syafiqah Bte Ismail (#62), Nur Aslyani Bte Muhamad R (#64), Nurulain Bte Azim (#66), Intan Nadhirah Bte Mohamed Nizar (#67), Nur Bahirah Bte Mohamed Faizal (#68)
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