Category: Sports

A Smashing Good Game: Tennis Boys’ Finals 2019

By Claire Tan (20S07A) and Val Yeo (20S03O)

The 10th of May started hot. And sticky.

Early morning showers had rendered the tennis courts unusable: not only were matches postponed an hour, we were also hot and sticky. Us reporters, who only ever come into contact with the light from our computers, were absolutely melting under the sun’s unwavering glare.

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Acing the Game: Tennis Girls’ Finals 2019

By Caryn Chiah (19A01A) and Shivani (20S06R)
Photos courtesy of Vivien He (20S03N)

It is 7:39am on a Thursday. Some have been in school for a while, and now sit in the parade square, bobbing along to whatever music democracy chose on Instagram the night before. Others join the panicked dash up the stairs, courting time and luck to arrive at their classes before the bell rings. In the mass of over 2000 students, you would hardly notice the absence of 11 girls. Yet, inconspicuously or not, there are 11 empty spaces where 11 tanned girls, 11 large duffle bags, and 22 tennis racquets are decidedly missing.

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The Ball’s in Our Court: Squash Boys’ Finals 2019

By Jerome Tay (20S06Q) and Valerie Tan (20A01E)
Photos courtesy of Squash

The Kallang Squash and Tennis Centre does not seem like a place used for sports at all. It is modest, unnoticeable—a small building in the middle of nowhere, overshadowed by the much grander stadiums surrounding it in the area. One looking at it would hardly imagine that tough battles of brain and brawn had been fought here, within the four-walled glass towers that housed the squash matches of Singapore’s young athletes. Perhaps that could be forgiven; squash, after all, is not a very common sport. But what it lacks in fame and prestige it makes up for in its sheer intensity, as was proven on 2 May: the day of the Squash Boys’ Finals 2019, where Raffles Institution (RI) and Anglo-Chinese Junior College (ACJC) met each other in a fight for third place.

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Defending the Gold: Squash Girls’ Finals 2019

By Shervon Lee (19S06A)
Photographs courtesy of Koh Jia Hao (20S06M) of Raffles Photographic Society

As the students strolled into Kallang Squash and Tennis Centre on the 30th of April, they were greeted by the sharp thuds on the walls. With practiced grace, the squash girls continued their warm-ups, hitting the ball at length along the wall. Soon enough, the referees took their seats in the middle of the stands and the girls filed out of the court, glowing with sweat and determination. In the silence that followed, the first player Eda Lee (20S03Q) held her racket up. With a swift stroke, the ball was served, and the championships were in play.

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Swimming for Glory and Gold: Swimming Finals 2019

By Clara Shen (20A01A), Gabrielle Ng (20A01E), and Jermaine Wong (20S03R)
Photos courtesy of Raffles Photographic Society

With High Hopes by Panic! at the Disco blasting in the background, the atmosphere at the OCBC Aquatic Centre is lively but tense, as competitors and spectators alike anticipate the sounding of the starting signal. It is the fifth day of the National Schools Swimming Championships, and our swimmers are preparing for their final face off against fierce contenders from other tertiary institutions.

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