School sports: Greendale Primary clinch back-to-back tchoukball senior girls' titles

Greendale Primary School beat Junyuan Primary School 11-8 in the Girls Senior Division finals to clinch the SPH Foundation National Primary Schools Tchoukball Championships 2017.
Greendale Primary School beat Junyuan Primary School 11-8 in the Girls Senior Division finals to clinch the SPH Foundation National Primary Schools Tchoukball Championships 2017.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

SINGAPORE - Greendale Primary School led from wire to wire to beat Junyuan Primary 11-8 and win the Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) Foundation National Primary Schools Tchoukball Championships 2017 (Senior Girls) for the second year running.

They were fast out of the blocks, quickly racing out to a 5-0 lead after two minutes of strong offensive play. But Junyuan managed to score twice within 20 seconds, making it 5-2 with seven and a half minutes left to play.

Immediately after, Greendale captain Rachel Ong,11, scored on two successive possessions to bump they lead back to five with six minutes left to play.

Junyuan then cut the lead to four, and after careless possession from both teams, the score remained 7-3 with five minutes to play.

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The deadlock was broken by Junyuan, but Rachel scored a quick brace to make the score 9-4 to Greendale.

With three minutes left, Junyuan clawed their way back by scoring three unanswered points, cutting the lead to 9-7 with one and a half minutes remaining. However, Greendale managed to close the game out and eventually win the championship.

Despite a strong individual showing by Rachel, who scored the bulk of their goals, coach Casselyn Goh, 28, credited the whole team for delivering the title: "Everyone played a big part, both those on and off the court. Even those who were on the bench were cheering and helped the team a lot."

Greendale tchoukball teacher-in-charge Lim Jenn Yang, 38, said: "We are very happy that our girls showed great resilience and we managed to win this time around (they lost to Junyuan in the qualifying round)."

"Moving forward, we want to build on what we achieved this time round and continue to train hard for next year's tournament."