Category: Sports

Cricket Finals 2018

By Nicole Chan (19S05A) and Shervon Lee (19S06A)
Photographs courtesy of Dionne Pok (19S06P) of the Raffles Photographic Society

While students were fighting the urge to fall asleep in lectures on the morning of 17 May, Raffles Cricket was fighting a very different battle at Ceylon Sports Club. Up against long-term rivals from Anglo Chinese School (Independent), the team was focused and ready for the tough game ahead. With the gold sitting on the line, both teams had no room for mistakes or distractions. ACS(I) was set to bat first, and Raffles to bowl and field.

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Floorball Boys’ Finals 2018

By Keziah Lam (19A01B), Mahima Sowrirajan (19S07A), Grace Lau (18S03I)
Photos courtesy of BC Tng (https://www.flickr.com/photos/sportygraphy/sets/72157694708686652/with/42731166131/)

We arrived at Delta Sports Hall just as the previous match was ending, frankly taken aback by the overwhelming enthusiasm of both sides’ supporters. Stands were packed and atmosphere was tense– despite the match clashing with the Students’ Council Investiture taking place at school, students had shown up nonetheless to cheer on their friends, and did so loudly as the RI Floorball Boys entered the court, huddling close together for a briefing by their coach. Having come in as 1st runners up last season against Victoria Junior College (VJC), our boys were determined to clinch the championship title, and were gearing up for a tough fight. They listened attentively to the instructions given, psyching themselves up for the game with one last team shout of “Raffles”.

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Basketball Girls’ Finals 2018

By Sarah Chen (19S03C) and Keziah Lam (19A01B)
Photographs courtesy of Raffles Photographic Society
Special thanks to Bridget Lum (19S03C) and Aisling Lum (19S03N) for their invaluable guidance and advice

Our journalistic abilities were called into question the moment we arrived at Jurong East Sports Hall on the 18th of May. Perhaps it was the fact that we had just spent the bus ride googling “how points are awarded in basketball” and voicing our queries loudly or the fact that we were the only two Raffles students present not kitted out in basketball attire, but we were quickly approached by a well-meaning basketballer who asked us, “do you guys even know how basketball works?” The answer to that, of course, was no. This changed quickly over the course of the next hour as we played witness to the resilience and spirit of our girls’ basketball team in their finals match against opponents Dunman High.

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Scrum with Honour: A Div Rugby Finals

By Grace Lau (18S03I), Nadine Staes-Polet (18A01B) and Soh Gek Shuen (18S03B)
Photos courtesy of Ho Kai En (19S03C) and parents of the rugby players

After defeating ACJC in the semi-finals, long-time rivals Raffles Institution and Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) met once again in the highly anticipated National A-Division Rugby Finals on 15 May. The overcast skies did little to dampen the palpable excitement of the crowd, as Queenstown Stadium boasted a massive turnout despite the heavy rain. Spectators waited for the rain to let up with bated breath and immediately erupted into loud cheers when it was announced that the lightning alert had been lifted and the game would go on.

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Floor It!: Floorball Girls’ Finals 2018

By Benjamin Lim (19S03I) and Yoon Shwe Yee (19S03B)
Photos courtesy of Raffles Floorball (Girls) and Toh Wyning

For the first time in six years, the Raffles Floorball girls’ team managed to make it into the top 4 in the A Division inter-schools tournament, and the importance of this moment was palpable at the Delta Sports Hall on the 15th of May. The site of many past matches, the hall was packed with supporters from Raffles Institution and Victoria Junior College, all excited and eager to shout cheers to spur their schoolmates on.

Before the match started, the girls were filled with vigour and eagerness. Though they did have bouts of anxiety, the team cheers, words of the coaches and the esprit de corps certainly rose up above all. “YOLO every breath,” said Coach Jill, just before the team chanted their cheer, “Raffles – Unite, Courage, Fight!”

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