School Sports: Twins inspire Swiss Cottage to first B Division girls' floorball title

Swiss Cottage Secondary School B Division Girls Team, Syaurah binte Kamaruzzaman and her twin sister, Syahidah. ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

SINGAPORE - Given the high-tempo and competitive affair in the B Division girls' floorball final between Swiss Cottage Secondary School and Meridian Secondary School on Friday (April 29), student-athletes from both camps would have had a reason to feel dazed.

But by the end of the match which saw Swiss Cottage clinch their first B Division girls' floorball title after a 2-1 penalty shootout win following a 2-2 draw, Meridian's floorballers were indeed seeing double.

Swiss Cottage's twin sisters Nurul Syahidah and Nurul Syaurah powered their side to a historic victory with a goal each in regulation time before Syahidah converted the winning penalty during the shoot-out.

Syahidah said that revenge was on the top of their minds going into the final at Jurong Secondary School. In the preliminary round, Meridian had defeated Swiss Cottage 6-5.

The Secondary 3 student said: "We have been working hard over the last few months and we had so much of regret after losing to Meridian earlier. We redeemed ourselves today."

The bespectacled duo, who are also classmates in school, said they spend time practising at home and admitted that a friendly rivalry to outdo each other has pushed them to perform well in this year's competition.

Both players, who are forwards, have combined for almost 20 goals this year. They hope to don the national kit together in the future.

Said Syaurah: "We motivate each other all the time and it's easy to play alongside my sister. We want to pursue floorball at the competitive level and hopefully represent Singapore one day."

Swiss Cottage's floorball coach A. Nahendran revealed that Swiss Cottage's first floorball title was a result of hard work from the team but also lavished praise on his forward duo.

The 32-year-old, who revealed that he had pit his girls' side in sparring matches with their male counterparts in preparation for the tournament, said: "Syaurah and Syahidah have a special bond and I am sure they have a bright future ahead in this sport. What is great about them is that they are always looking to improve themselves. They can do better. Even today, I felt they could have taken more shots."

National B Div Girls final match between Swiss Cottage Secondary School and Meridian Secondary School. ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

Meanwhile, Bukit Merah Secondary School clinched the B Division boys' floorball title after a 4-3 victory over Victoria School in the final.

All four goals for Bukit Merah, who also won in 2018, were scored by their talisman Muhammad Fattah, including an audacious lob into an empty net from the opposite end of the pitch, late in the game.

The 16-year-old, who only recently started training with the national under-19 team, dropped to his knees at the final whistle. He said: "I am still in disbelief but credit to my team today because we pushed each other to produce our best. We knew it was going to be tight today but we kept to the plan that coach had for us and we deserve it."

Meanwhile, in the B Division hockey final, Crescent Girls' School finally claimed the title after three straight runners-up finishes.

They beat CHIJ St Theresa's Convent (STC) 2-1 in a penalty shoot-out. The match at Sengkang Hockey Stadium had ended 1-1 in regulation. Crescent's Chloe Loh and STC's Sanjana Vivekanadan were the scorers.

This was Crescent Girls' first championship since 2014 while STC were the 2017 winners.

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