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Schools: Raffles reign again in squash

Rutvik Rau Bairavarasu sealed overall victory for RI when he beat ACS(I)'s Kieren Tan 3-0 in the fourth match of the B Division squash final. Rutvik and Anders Ong were both also in last year's winning team.
Rutvik Rau Bairavarasu sealed overall victory for RI when he beat ACS(I)'s Kieren Tan 3-0 in the fourth match of the B Division squash final. Rutvik and Anders Ong were both also in last year's winning team.ST PHOTO: MARCUS TAN

With two players from last year's squad, they beat ACS(I) 4-1 to retain B boys' squash title

In a repeat of last year's Schools National B Division boys' squash final, Raffles Institution (RI) wrote a similar script by defeating Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) once again.

For the second consecutive year, RI showed their dominance in front of a full house at the Kallang Squash Centre by beating their opponents 4-1.

The defending champions started strongly, with captain Anders Ong and Ong Zhengting winning their matches 3-0.

However, in the third match, ACS(I)'s captain Matthew Wong edged out Tan Hua Wang 3-2, halting RI's charge.

But any hopes of an ACS(I) comeback were ended when Rutvik Rau Bairavarasu defeated Kieren Tan 3-0. RI's victory was completed with another 3-0 win by Clement Hung over ACS(I)'s Chaunce Yap.

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

"Once you play in a final, you get used to the pressure and the shouting from the supporters," said Anders.

"So that helped me stay calm today."

ACS(I) captain Matthew said that they were simply aiming to give their all against RI. "We knew we're the underdogs," he said. "No matter what happened, we wanted to end with no regrets."

During his match, he simply focused on his own game. "RI are a strong team, so I suspected that they would still win in the end. I just tried my best to halt their momentum for a while," he said.

RI's fourth player, Rutvik, knew that he had to prevent ACS(I) from gaining further momentum.

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

In the third-place play-off, Fairfield Methodist School (Secondary) defeated St Andrew's Secondary School 4-1.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 09, 2016, with the headline 'RAFFLES REIGN AGAIN'. Print Edition | Subscribe