Story by Chan Hua Zheng/Red Sports. Photos by Dylan Chua/Red Sports.
OCBC Arena, Thursday, April 19, 2018 — CHIJ Secondary (Toa Payoh) [HIJ] out-dueled St Hilda’s Secondary (SHS) to emerge as champions with a 33–23 victory in the National C Division Netball Championship Final.
“We are very proud ourselves to be able to come back strong and win the title this year,” an overjoyed Seraphina Low commented after the match. She started as Center for CHIJ (Toa Payoh) and is also the captain of the team.
“Our passes were a bit off. But we still managed to try our best and kept the game close up till the third quarter.,” St Hilda’s captain Cheryl Tang commented about the team’s performance.
CHIJ (Toa Payoh) jumped out of the gate to control the first quarter where they grabbed a 9–6 lead.
St Hilda’s would respond on the second quarter by tightening their defense to cut off passes.
St Hilda’s would outscore CHIJ (Toa Payoh) 8–7 as they cut their deficit to 14–16 at the end of the first half.
After the half-time break, both teams displayed great defensive effort as they ran hard to intercept passes and chase down loose balls.
The third period also saw both teams display perfect shooting. CHIJ (Toa Payoh) shot 9 for 9 while St Hilda’s went 7 for 7 as the third period ended with CHIJ (Toa Payoh) clinging onto a 25–21 lead.
“Stamina played a big role as it allowed us to maintain our level of play,” stated Seraphina Low on what allowed CHIJ (Toa Payoh) to pull away in the final period.
While fatigue seemed caught up with the St Hilda’s players in the final period as they committed several turnovers from mistimed passes, CHIJ (Toa Payoh) continued to pile on points as they outscored St Hilda’s 8–2 in the final period on 8 for 9 shooting.
At the end of the match, CHIJ (Toa Payoh) would emerge as 33–23 victors to claim the title, bouncing back from last year’s defeat in the National C Div Netball final against Dunman Secondary.
Scoring by Quarter
CHIJ vs St Hilda’s
1st Q: 9–6
2nd Q: 7–8 (16-14)
3rd Q: 9–7 (25–21)
4th Q: 8–2 (33–23)
CHIJ Secondary (Toa Payoh) Roster
Klara Ong Jia Xuan (GS), Megan Goh Wan Yee (GA), Inez Yeo (WA), Seraphina Low Cheng Yong (C), Cadence Chin Hui Qi (WD), Stephanie Sim (GD), Tang Xin Ming (GK), Xayna Kwek, Ashley Chua, Sania George, Leysha Misra, Tan Sze Han
St. Hilda’s Secondary Roster
Alyssha Hannah (GS), Sri Ayu Andhira (GA), Peace Wong Soke Yu (WA), Cheryl Tang Li Ting (C), Dian Nur Iqqah (WD), Semrah Rai (GD), How Suphaoiri (GK), Melissa binte Mazlan, Jacqueline Ho Wei Lin, Reis Liew Quan Rong, Lana Grace Lowe, Samantha Cheong Lien Yin
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