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National Inter-School Water Polo Championships
"More than conquerors."
This is what the Water Polo team dubbed ourselves as we entered the water polo season of 2015 as the two-time defending champions. The JC2s were eager to work with the juniors, knowing there was little time before the water polo season drew near. We realised in order to be champions we had to train like we were second best, always striving to do better. We embarked on our journey as a team to defend our championship title for the second time right after our Promotional Examinations, with the JC1s starting their training during the December holidays of late 2014. The long and rigorous training sessions planned by our coaches required full dedication. Even though many sacrifices had to be made by both our coaches and team members, every one of us had a shared vision and trusted in each other that the sacrifices made would be worth it at the end.
We began the A Division Inter-School National Championships in March 2015 on a punishing start, both physically and mentally. The first match of the preliminaries proved to be the toughest where we eventually bowed out to Raffles Institution with a score of 3-7. However, we picked ourselves up and won Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) in our next battle with a score of 16-7 and carried on the momentum by triumphing over Hwa Chong Institution with a score of 8-7. A sweeping victory against Saint Andrew's Junior College marked the end of the preliminaries.
We then entered the gold medal playoff against Raffles Institution who remained undefeated for the entire preliminaries. We started on a bad footing and allowed them to capitalise on our mistakes. RI managed to keep their lead throughout the next two quarters and at the end of the third quarter, the score was 4-6 in favour of Raffles Institution. With nothing else to lose, we entered the last quarter with the aim of playing the best quarter of our lives. Thankfully, the composure we had in the last quarter allowed us to strike back with 3 unanswered goals and eventually win, with a score of 7-6 after the final whistle, once more emerging as champions.
Emerging as Champions
We would like to thank our teachers-in-charge, Mr Lim Chee Hong and Mr Brandon Ang, as well as our coaches Mr Kuah Kar Huat and Mr Paul Tan. We also want to express our appreciation to everyone who came down to support us for the matches. It was truly an honour to serve amongst teammates and we hope our legacy will be carried on by the JC1s.
To God be the Glory, the Best is yet to Be!
By Lim En Rui, Glen