Penalty shoot-out sees RI claim B division hockey crown

A Raffles Institution player (right) celebrates after scoring the first goal. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
A Raffles Institution player (right) celebrates after scoring the first goal. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
A Victoria School player (left) scores against Raffles Institution in the National Schools 11-a-side hockey B division boys' final. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
A Victoria School player (left) scores against Raffles Institution in the National Schools 11-a-side hockey B division boys' final. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
Raffles Institution (in green) and Victoria School players in action in the National Schools 11-a-side hockey B division boys' final. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
Raffles Institution (in green) and Victoria School players in action in the National Schools 11-a-side hockey B division boys' final. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
Raffles Institution (in green) and Victoria School players in action in the National Schools 11-a-side hockey B division boys' final. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
Raffles Institution (in green) and Victoria School players in action in the National Schools 11-a-side hockey B division boys' final. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
Raffles Institution players celebrate after winning the penalty shoot-out. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
Raffles Institution players celebrate after winning the penalty shoot-out. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
Raffles Institution players celebrate after beating Victoria School in the National Schools 11-a-side hockey B division boys' final at Sengkang Hockey Stadium on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
Raffles Institution players celebrate after beating Victoria School in the National Schools 11-a-side hockey B division boys' final at Sengkang Hockey Stadium on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI

Raffles Institution (RI) are the new National Schools 11-a-side hockey B division boys' champions, after outscoring Victoria School (VS) 4-1 in a penalty shoot-out today.

The match, held at Sengkang Hockey Stadium, drew roughly 250 supporters from both schools, who are fierce rivals in the A division but have not had a B division final clash for more than five years.

RI and VS had met two weeks before in the quarter-finals, with VS coming out on top 4-2. This time, however, it was RI who emerged triumphant from the 1-1 deadlock after scoring four goals in the tie-breaker.

"I'm very proud of my team," said RI captain Ashwin Unnithan, 16. "It's our first time winning after 10 years and we've trained so hard, all the way from the end of last year, for this."

Defending champions Northland Secondary School came third this year.