Story by Teo Yun Teng/Red Sports. Photos by Chua Kai Yun/Red Sports.
Yishun Sports Hall, Wednesday, April 6, 2016 — Bukit Merah Secondary (BMS) overcame Orchid Park Secondary (OPS) 10–3 in the final of the National B Division Girls Floorball Championship.
In the semi-finals, Bukit Merah had beaten Coral Secondary 7–1 while Orchid Park had defeated Tanjong Katong Secondary 4–1.
Last year, Bukit Merah had finished third in the championship. This year’s title win was Bukit Merah’s fourth in the last five years, and their seventh overall.
Bukit Merah dominated the game from beginning to end, led by Edelyn Grace Embile (BMS #20), who was the top scorer with three goals.
Bukit Merah drew first blood when Berdan Jerylou Concepcion (BMS #21) unleashed a drag shot just inside the D which flew right into the net. Orchid Park then retaliated soon after, with Daphne Tan (OPS #16) hitting a clean shot into the net to make it 1–1. The Orchid Park supporters went wild in celebration.
The tight opening exchanges did not last, however, as Bukit Merah powered up in the last five minutes of the first period to score four consecutive goals, dampening Orchid Park’s morale. The four goals were scored by Nureen Farishah (BMS #11), Edelyn Embile (BMS #20), Berdan Concepcion (BMS #21) and Nurul Syafiqah (BMS #24). This gave Bukit Merah a comfortable lead of 5–1 going into the second period.
In the second period, Bukit Merah continued their scoring streak and bagged two more goals in the first 10 minutes.
Though the game was not in their favour, Orchid Park refused to give up the fight. There were numerous instances whereby the Orchid Park players found themselves right in front of goal, but failed to convert. This was attributed to the impressive saves of Bukit Merah’s goalkeeper, Jessica Chua (BM #16).
Orchid Park then saw a glimmer of hope as Nurul Izzah (OPS #2) scored a goal before the end of the second period to reduce the deficit to five goals (2-7).
During a time-out, there was a heartwarming moment of sportsmanship when Bukit Merah’s goalkeeper, Jessica Chua (BMS #16), was comforting Daphne Tan (OPS #16) as she appeared to be on the verge of breaking down.
The last period saw Bukit Merah maintaining their form, outscoring Orchid Park 3–1. Orchid Park’s final goal was scored by Nurul Izzah (OPS #2). Top scorer Edelyn Embile (BMS #20) scored two of her three goals in this period, while the remaining goal came from an Orchid Park own goal.
It meant that Bukit Merah wrapped up the game with a comfortable 10–3 victory.
On her team’s performance, Jessica Chua (BMS #16) commented, “I feel very proud of the team because everybody gave their best. From a goalkeeper’s perspective, I could see everyone fighting really hard despite many injuries, and that makes me grateful to have a team like this.”
Captain Nureen Farishah (BMS #11) added, “We didn’t start very well but we learned from our mistakes. It was only our first period and we tried to heed our coach’s advice by letting go of all our nerves on court.”
Edelyn Embile (BMS #20) then ended off by exclaiming happily, “Finally it (the championship title) is in our hands again!”
Score by Period
Bukit Merah VS Orchid Park
1st Period: 5–1
2nd Period: 2–1 (7–2)
3rd Period: 3–1 (10–3)
Edelyn Grace Embile (#20) — 3 goals
Nurul Izzah (#2) — 2 goals
Bukit Merah Roster
Abygael Attirmidzi Koh (#7), Agnes Loh (#12), Angel Thong (#3), Berdan Jerylou Concepcion (#21), Cheryl Tan (#28), Edelyn Grace Embile (#20), Fatin Athirah (#5), Jessica Chua (#16), Lim Hui Min (#17), Nureen Farishah (#11), Nurul Shahirah (#6), Nurul Syafiqah (#24), Siti Mariam (#8), Tan Wan Ni (#10)
Orchid Park Roster
Arfah Syahirah (#11), Beverlyn Tan (#22), Daphne Tan En Qi (#16), Farah Adriana (#15), Haney Afiqah (#23), Jennifer Lau (#28), Ke Yuxin (#3), Nilam Marjanee (#4), Nur Nadhirah (#19), Nurul Izzah (#2), Patricia Mae Britania (#10), Siti Nur Ain (#12), Syafiqah Edris (#9), Tolentino Maria Pauline (#17), Wong Che Yean (#5)
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