School sports: RI retains B Division squash crown, beating ACS (I) in final

Raffles Institution's Ong Zhengting during the B Division Boys Squash final against Anglo-Chinese School (Independent).
Raffles Institution's Ong Zhengting during the B Division Boys Squash final against Anglo-Chinese School (Independent). ST PHOTO: MARCUS TAN

SINGAPORE - Raffles Institution (RI) won the B Division squash title for the second consecutive year, defeating Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) 4-1.

The tie at the Kallang Squash Centre was a rematch of last year's final, which also ended with the same scoreline.

RI started strongly, winning their first two matches 3-0. However, ACS(I) fought back in the third match. Their captain Matthew Wong defeated RI's Tan Hua Wang 3-2 for ACS(I)'s only win of the tie.

But any hopes of an ACS(I) comeback were ended when Rutvik Rau Bairavarasu defeated Kieren Tan 3-0.

Anders and Rutvik were both part of RI's 2015 title winning team, and said that the experience helped them during yesterday's final.

"Once you play in a final, you get used to the pressure and the shouting from the supporters," said Anders. "So my experience last year helped me stay calm today."

ACS(I) captain Matthew said that their team was simply aiming to give their all against RI.

"We were the underdogs, so we just wanted to try our best" he said. "No matter what happened, we wanted to end with no regrets."

When it came time for his match, instead of attempting to stop RI's charge on his own, Matthew simply focused on his own game.

"I know the RI team's strengths, so I suspected that they would still win in the end. So rather than let the pressure get to me, I told myself that I would just try my best to halt their momentum for a while," he said.

RI's fourth player, Rutvik, knew that it was up to him to prevent ACS(I) from gaining further momentum.

"I used the pressure to motivate me, beacuse I knew that everyone was counting on me," he said.

In the bronze medal match, Fairfield Methodist Secondary School defeated Saint Andrew's Secondary School 4-1.

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