School sports: Jurongville Secondary crowned champion of division B Sepak Takraw after 10 years
SINGAPORE – Booming roars and school cheers reportedly reverberated around the gym hosting the B Division boys’ sepak takraw final in the pre-Covid era, but instead of a crowded venue until at the rafters with supporters, only around 30 student-athletes, coaches and teachers were allowed to return on Wednesday April 21.
But the group filled the silence of an empty room with their cheers and applause in an exciting competition between Jurongville High School and Bartley High School of the Department of Physical, Sports and Outdoor Education. of the Ministry of Education (MOE).
With Jurongville chasing his first national title in a decade and his rivals chasing a first-ever triumph, the match broke down as both sides were stuck in battle from the start.
With each school fielding three teams each for the three-game finals, Bartley Secondary started strong in the first set as their first line took the win 15-8, 15-12 to go 1-0.
The second set proved to be a tighter competition as Jurongville leveled off at 1-1 (7-15, 15-5, 15-11), before their third team edged out Bartley in decision maker 15. -12, 13- 15, 15-10 to achieve victory 2-1.
Jurongville had previously been in the C Division top four in 2018 and 2019, but had not won the B Division title since 2011.
Jurongville player Haziq Akaysah Abdul Rahman said after the game: “I am really very proud of our team because it has been so long since we reached number one. Although our performance did not live up to our expectations and there were a lot of improvements to be made. In fact, we worked together to get the gold. “
The Secondary 5 student added that he lost his “motivation to train” after the National Schools Games ended last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but the news of his resumption this year. season had given them much-needed encouragement.
While there was joy for Jurongville on Wednesday, their rivals were reduced to tears after the near accident.
Bartley Secondary’s Zacky trio, 16, said: “It was very disappointing because I really thought we could do better than that. It’s great to be in competition again and I wasn’t expecting until we got that far, so it was very disappointing that we couldn’t get what we wanted at the start, which is to get the first place.
“We became more motivated to practice despite a hiatus last year, but today a lot of players were really lost on the court. It’s very sad, but it’s great that we at least managed to take second place. “
The bronze medal contest between Queensway High School and Marsiling High School saw Queensway win 2-0 on aggregate.
Queensway Secondary captain Fazrul Hakimie was pleased with his team’s performance despite the lack of training.
The 15-year-old said: “As there was no competition last year, we weren’t able to prepare well as we weren’t able to know the standards of other teams. Our goal entering the competition were national champions but it’s good, we won third and we are enjoying (the result). “