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MGS topple SSP to end long drought

Methodist Girls' School after clinching the Schools Nationals girls' B division championsip yesterday. They beat the Singapore Sports School with a lower team score.
Methodist Girls' School after clinching the Schools Nationals girls' B division championsip yesterday. They beat the Singapore Sports School with a lower team score.ST PHOTO: ALVIN HO

Methodist Girls' School (MGS) ended the Singapore Sports School's (SSP) six-year winning streak in the Schools Nationals girls' B Division bowling championship yesterday with a two-point victory over their long-time rivals.

MGS clinched their first B Div title since 2011 even though they won only the doubles event at Orchid Bowl with SSP triumphant in the singles, quartets and all events.

The bowlers were ranked based on their total pinfalls and the positions of each team's top four were added up to determine the final score - the lower the better.

MGS' best four were second, third, sixth and seventh while SSP's finished first, fourth, fifth and 10th. With a lower combined score, MGS (18) pipped SSP (20) to the title.

MGS captain Danika Kaur, who won the doubles gold with partner Nicole Lee on Monday, was thrilled with her team's success.

The 16-year-old Secondary 4 student said: "Our hard work paid off and we're so proud. Everyone thinks it's impossible to beat SSP because they are supposed to be the best, but we did it."

SSP captain Raechel Lim, 16, was proud of her team's fighting spirit.

"We showed strong resilience and self-belief on all days of the competition and fought till the end," said the Secondary 4 student.

SSP suffered a double heartbreak when Anglo Chinese School (Independent) beat them 20-26 for the boys' overall title.

Cyrus Yuen was the star for ACS(I), winning three titles in the singles, doubles (with captain Koo Jin Ren) and all events. SSP's only win came in the quartets.

Juggling four trophies in his hands, Secondary 4 student Cyrus said: "I wanted to win, but I didn't really expect anything. I just did my best and I'm happy with the results."

ACS(I) were determined to reclaim the gold after losing to SSP in the final last year. "Everyone really gave their all today like we had nothing to lose," said Jin Ren.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 09, 2018, with the headline 'MGS topple SSP to end long drought'. Print Edition | Subscribe