School sports: Victoria's girls bag 13th straight A Division hockey title, RI retain boys' crown

THE Victoria Junior College (VJC) girls' hockey team bagged their 13th consecutive Schools National A Division title on Thursday afternoon, defeating St Andrew's Junior College (SAJC) 3-0. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM
THE Victoria Junior College (VJC) girls' hockey team bagged their 13th consecutive Schools National A Division title on Thursday afternoon, defeating St Andrew's Junior College (SAJC) 3-0. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

THE Victoria Junior College (VJC) girls' hockey team bagged their 13th consecutive Schools National A Division title on Thursday afternoon, defeating St Andrew's Junior College (SAJC) 3-0.

VJC killed the game almost instantly, with Heather Lee scoring their first goal early in the first half.

SAJC pressed hard for the equaliser but VJC's well-executed drives and impenetrable defence proved hard to overcome.

Ultimately, VJC delivered on opportunities during penalty corners - and won.

Said captain Hannah Tan: "I'm so proud because we had lots of ups and downs this season, in terms of game chemistry.

"But today we played to our fullest potential."

In the boys' final, defending champions Raffles Institution (RI) proved their mettle again, taking home their fourth championship in the past five years. RI overcame surprise finalists Anglo-Chinese Junior College (ACJC) 4-0.

Despite taking a comfortable 2-0 lead in the first half, RI refused to let up, and continued to deny their opponents any chance of scoring with spectacular goal-tending.

Despite the winning margin, the RI players insisted it was a team effort. Said Mohamed Haseef, who scored their fourth goal: "I don't believe in one person scoring; it's the whole team scoring."