Story by REDintern Emer Hoong. Photos by Chua Kai Yun/Red Sports.

(GS) of CHIJ (Toa Payoh)  scoring another goal for her team. (Photo © Chua Kai Yun/Red Sports)

(GS) of CHIJ (Toa Payoh) scoring another goal for her team. (Photo 1 © Chua Kai Yun/Red Sports)

OCBC Arena, Thursday, April 21, 2016 – CHIJ Secondary (Toa Payoh) swept Singapore Sports School (SSP) 39-19 to clinch the National C Division Netball Championship for the fourth year running.

“We were nervous at first but we got comfortable after awhile. I am proud of my team because we worked so hard for 6 months, with blood, sweat and tears. Anything worth it will not come easy,” said Eda Yasmin captain of CHIJ.

CHIJ took a 3-0 lead three minutes into the first quarter. Using a series of strong, long passes, SSP caught up slowly and reduced the deficit to two points (5-7). The fist quarter ended with CHIJ with an 8-5 lead.

CHIJ continued to attack aggressively in the second quarter. With a series quick passes, they managed to bring the ball up the court to score many points.

Three minutes into the third quarter, CHIJ led 12-6.

SSP composed themselves, and were able to reduce the deficit, outscoring CHIJ 5-4 to trail by five points (11-16) heading into half time.

Both teams traded points for the first five minutes of the third quarter, scoring three each as CHIJ kept ahead at 19-14. SSP guarded their opponents very tightly and managed to slow CHIJ down, but their shots were just not falling. CHIJ went on a 7-1 scoring streak to lead 26-15 heading into the final quarter.

CHIJ dominated the court in the fourth quarter, scoring quickly, as SSP found it difficult to break down their defence. CHIJ outscored SSP 13-4 in the final quarter to wrap up the 20-point, 39-19 win to retain their National Championship.

Score by Quarter
1st Q: 5-8
2nd Q: 6-8 (11-16)
3rd Q: 4-10 (15-26)
4th Q: 4-13 (19-39)

CHIJ Roster
Eda Yamin, Natalie Ong, Maria Michelyn Manoj, Liu Ye Wei, Pearlyn Poo, K. Mishalenee, NicolleCheung, Irina Rae Ong, Isabel Woo, Joy Lunetta, Stefanie Beh, Hazel Goh

SSP Roster
Soh Ying Jia, Nur HanisMarissa Bte Nur Hisham, Ann-Margaret Mascrunhas, Tan Hui Ru Janell, Ong Ting Hui Helene, Zoe Poh Jing Ying, Siti Nordiana Bte Roshi, Cheryl Wee,Yu Meng Qiu,Nur Nadia Klepsvik, Katelyn Tia Griese, Misha Rajandran

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