Inter-School Season

Gryphon Strength: Kiwi Cup 2020

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By Rachel Leong (20A01A) and Jermaine Wong (20S03R)
Photos courtesy of Raffles Photographic Society

It was the bright, sunny afternoon of 17 January 2020, and the stands in the Saint Andrew’s Junior College (SAJC) stadium were filled with rows of supporters. Rafflesians, from Year 1 RI boys in their orientation shirts to Year 6 councillors with their faces painted green, black, and white, had come to watch what was sure to be an exhilarating match. The stadium was abuzz with anticipation for Kiwi Cup, an annual tradition between the rugby teams of Raffles and SAJC. 

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The Spirit of the Game: Ultimate Frisbee Finals 2019

Reading Time: 7 minutesBy Emily Ni (20S03C) and Huang Beihua (20A03A)
Photos by Kevin Lee (20S06T) and Geng Heqin (20S06S) of Raffles Photographic Society, and the writers

Raffles Ultimate seems plagued by cruel weather—just last year, they were knee deep in mud, and now, Mother Nature has so kindly bestowed upon them much lauded rays of sun. Still, there is nothing to be done: they fought in the rain, and will now fight in the sun. Do not cringe, just yet, at this reference to the school cheer: their final match will live up to every bit of the unwavering, resolved spirit behind the mantra. Continue reading “The Spirit of the Game: Ultimate Frisbee Finals 2019”

All the Way: Netball Finals 2019

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By Emily Ni (20S03C) and Kelly Leong (20S07C)
Photos courtesy of Jenson Huang (20S06T) of Raffles Photographic Society

The atmosphere crackles with an electrifying energy as spectators stream into Jurong East Sports Hall. On the court are long-time rivals Raffles Institution (RI) and Anglo-Chinese Junior College (ACJC), gearing up for the final game of the season. Much is riding on the shoulders of these athletes—the RI netball team had lost their four-year winning streak to ACJC in 2017. They are now huddled in a circle before the match, clearly determined to make their comeback. Friends, seniors and family alike have gathered in the stands to ardently cheer them on.

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Slam Dunk: Basketball Finals 2019

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By Val Yeo (20S03O) and Rachael Koh (20S07C)
Photographs courtesy of Chun Jun Ran (20S06H) from Raffles Photographic Society

Taking our seats on the spectator stand, we see them coming onto the court, bathed in a glow. To people who can barely play basketball, the basketball team seems awe-inspiring. Yet, the road to the finals was not easy. Behind this glamorous appearance is hours of practice and countless injuries—even now, more than half the team are wearing knee guards and ankle guards. Despite losing 3 out of 4 of the quarterfinal matches, the team managed to narrowly squeeze into the top four, beating Nanyang Junior College to get into the finals. Pitted against Hwa Chong once again, they are determined to win the championship back after having lost it to Dunman High School last year.

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Hearts on the Line: Rugby Finals 2019

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By Rachel Leong (20A01A), Megan Soh (20A01B), Mah Xiao Yu (20A01B)
Photos courtesy of Jensen Huang (20S06T) of Raffles Photographic Society and the Raffles Rugby Parents Association

On 16 May 2019, busloads of supporters filled Queenstown Stadium. The atmosphere was brimming with excitement and anticipation, yet there was also tension in the air. It was clear that it would be a tough battle ahead. This year would be Raffles’ fourth going against Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) (ACS(I)), an opponent with a daunting five year winning streak. As both teams did their warm-ups on the field, councillors in Team Raffles polo tees handed out inflatable clappers, face paint and stickers, in efforts to hype up the crowd and drum up as much support as possible for the Raffles ruggers. Continue reading “Hearts on the Line: Rugby Finals 2019”