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Spot-on Yuanru brings River Valley first girls' floorball title

River Valley High celebrated their first A Division girls' floorball title after See Yuanru (No. 17) scored the winning goal in a penalty shoot-out win over MJC, who were also losing finalists last year. Ng Jun Wei high-fives captain Koh Dun Xian sho
River Valley High celebrated their first A Division girls' floorball title after See Yuanru (No. 17) scored the winning goal in a penalty shoot-out win over MJC, who were also losing finalists last year. Ng Jun Wei high-fives captain Koh Dun Xian shortly after Victoria Junior College scored against Raffles Institution. VJC won 5-2 in the A Div final.PHOTO COURTESY OF DANIEL ONG PHOTO: DON WONG FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
River Valley High celebrated their first A Division girls' floorball title after See Yuanru (No. 17) scored the winning goal in a penalty shoot-out win over MJC, who were also losing finalists last year. Ng Jun Wei high-fives captain Koh Dun Xian sho
River Valley High celebrated their first A Division girls' floorball title after See Yuanru (No. 17) scored the winning goal in a penalty shoot-out win over MJC, who were also losing finalists last year. Ng Jun Wei high-fives captain Koh Dun Xian shortly after Victoria Junior College scored against Raffles Institution. VJC won 5-2 in the A Div final.PHOTO COURTESY OF DANIEL ONG PHOTO: DON WONG FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

A back-up plan secured River Valley High their first Schools National A Division girls' floorball title yesterday.

Forward See Yuanru scored the winning goal in the penalty shoot-out with Meridian Junior College (MJC) after the scores were tied at 1-1 after regulation time.

Of the 10 penalty takers in the shoot-out, only the Year 1 student was successful yesterday at the Delta Sports Complex.

Said the 17-year-old: "I was very, very happy (to score the penalty) and I was confident that our goalkeeper could save everything else (and win the shoot-out).

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"When I stepped onto the court, I just wanted to get that one goal. I focused on keeping it simple.

"I usually place (my) shots, but I couldn't find an opening, so I decided to do what my coach told me to do - a simple dribble (and then a shot)."

River Valley captain Chook Win Yan praised her team-mate: "I'm very proud of Yuanru especially, because she was the penalty taker and she kept herself calm.

"She has always put in consistent effort. That's how she managed to score that goal."

It was neck and neck between the two schools for the majority of the game, before River Valley seized the lead three minutes into the final period through Ong Sze Yi.

But with less than three minutes to play, Emily Ong equalised for MJC.

Said Win Yan, the Year 2 centre: "We knew that today was going to be a very tough fight. We've been preparing for this game for a very long time.

"Eventually, we won the championship, and it's through consistent effort."

In the boys' final, Victoria Junior College (VJC) shocked three-time defending champions Raffles Institution (RI) 5-2 to claim the championship.

Goals from Nicolai Alexander Neo, Ryan Tham and Koh Wenjun (two) put VJC 4-0 up, before Teo Chee Hao and Ho Wei-En narrowed the deficit to 2-4 in quick succession for the Rafflesians.

Victorian captain Koh Dun Xian finished off the game with a fifth goal in the final period to give VJC their first title since 2013.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 18, 2017, with the headline 'Spot-on Yuanru brings River Valley first girls' floorball title'. Print Edition | Subscribe