School sports: St Hilda's and Jurong strike gold

St Hilda's B Division boys (in blue) defeated Fairfield Methodist School 2-0 (25-18, 25-15) in the final to clinch their 15th title in 20 years.
St Hilda's B Division boys (in blue) defeated Fairfield Methodist School 2-0 (25-18, 25-15) in the final to clinch their 15th title in 20 years.ST PHOTO: AZMI ATHNI

It was a day when the Schools National B Division volleyball powerhouses continued to add more silverware to their trophy cabinets when the boys from St Hilda's and the Jurong Secondary girls' team won their respective finals yesterday at the Toa Payoh Sports Hall.

St Hilda's extended their dominance over the division as they won their 15th title in 20 years after beating Fairfield Methodist School (Secondary) 2-0 (25-18, 25-15), while Jurong defeated Presbyterian High School 2-0 (25-23, 25-17) in the girls' final for a sixth crown.

For St Hilda's, the key to their victory was the dossiers they had compiled on the Fairsians.

The first set was a close one before the Hildans picked up momentum in the last few plays to clinch the set.

And St Hilda's showed no mercy in the second set as they powered to victory after adopting a more direct and attacking approach.

Captain Ajay Singh Shergill revealed: "Our opponents might have been first-time finalists but we didn't underestimate them.

"We did a lot of preparation to find out what were their weaknesses and strengths."

At the start of yesterday's girls' final, both Jurong and Presbyterian High had five titles each but the former played a more aggressive and efficient game, which proved to be the deciding factor, especially in the second set when Jurong started to pull away from their Presbyterian counterparts on the scoreboard.

After recapturing the title they last won in 2011, captain Yew Jia Ying said: "I'm very proud of the team as they showed their fighting spirit out there to bring back the title and make our teachers proud."

Dunman Secondary School and Presbyterian achieved third and fourth placings respectively in the boys' B division, while Bukit Panjang Government High School edged out Cedar Girls' Secondary School to take the second runner-up spot.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 07, 2016, with the headline 'St Hilda's and Jurong strike gold'. Print Edition | Subscribe