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Bringing the Championship Home: Girls’ Softball Finals 2022

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By Faith Ho (22A01A) and Natalie Tan (23A01B)

Photos courtesy of Raffles Photographic Society

On 24 May, RI’s Softball Girls team stepped onto the River Valley High School field to play finals against Hwa Chong, whom they had been defeated by in one of the preliminary rounds. Fresh from a stunning victory against 5-time champion ACJC in a nail-biting match, the team were eager to seize this opportunity to clinch the gold and steal back a win from Hwa Chong.

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The Spirit Lives On: Girls’ Basketball Semi-Finals 2022

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By Tay Yu Ning (23S06E)

Photos courtesy of Raffles Photographic Society.

Minutes before their match against National Junior College (NJC) on the 19th of May 2022, the members of the Raffles Basketball Girls’ Team were feeling nervous. As previous batches of Basketball Girls had reached the finals and finished overall champions (2019) and first-runner up (2018) respectively, they were feeling the pressure of high expectations. 

To make matters worse, the team was not at their full strength. One of their players caught dengue right before the semi-finals, meaning they only had eleven players instead of the typical twelve. 

Still, the team proudly stepped onto the basketball court, determined to make the school proud. 

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Weathering the Storm: Boys’ Hockey Finals 2022

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By Anamika Ragu (23A01A) and Loh Zhao Hong (23S03A)

Photos courtesy of Raffles Photographic Society. 

25 May 2022: the bus to Sengkang Hockey Stadium was filled with supporters’ heady excitement and whispers of, “Do you think they’ll have to postpone?” amid the rainstorm raging outside.

This was a game of high stakes: the Raffles Hockey Boys were facing off against Victoria Junior College’s (VJC) boys, also known as our fiercest rivals. 

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Fighting Till The End: Girls’ Tennis Finals 2022

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By Lara Tan (22A01B) and Lim Zhi Qi Victoria (23S06B)

Photos courtesy of Raffles Photographic Society. 

“One point at a time.” 

That frequent utterance from teammates watching from the sidelines was a rather apt description of the game we were about to watch: a game of endurance, mental fortitude and strategy. 

At 8am on Thursday, the 12th of May, Raffles Press headed down to the A Div Girls’ Tennis Finals to witness the showdown between RI and Hwa Chong.

Despite the early start, the venue was already crowded with delegations from Hwa Chong and RI, along with droves of supportive parents, teachers and coaches. With no spectator stands, everyone had to pick their spots on the surrounding hilly terrain, and try to avoid the unforgiving sun that was slowly creeping up on them. 

Leading up to the finals, the RI team was on a roll, having won all matches till that point. Hwa Chong had a similar track record, so both sides knew it would be a tough fight. 

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RI Serves Up A Rousing Championship Game: Boys’ Badminton Finals 2022

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By Edna Lim (22S03F) and Sonia Maya (22A01C)

Photos courtesy of Raffles Photographic Society

Following a remarkable 5-0 win against Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) in the semifinals, the Team Raffles Badminton boys proved themselves to be a force to be reckoned with. On 9th May 2022, they stepped into the courts of Our Tampines Hub to face off against Dunman High School (DHS) in the long-awaited finals games.  

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