Raffles Institution (RI) completed a clean sweep of the Schools National boys hockey titles yesterday, after their C Division boys added to the B and A Division crowns RI had won earlier this year.
While RI's senior boys took home titles in recent years, it was the C division crown that had eluded them since 2006.
But they put an end to that drought yesterday by defeating Victoria School 1-0 at Sengkang Hockey Stadium, thanks to winger Muhamad Raziq's winner in the fourth minute. Said RI's captain Ethan Tan: "It's amazing to win this for the school, and to achieve our first Treble since 1993."
Their achievement comes just after a year when Fazly Muhammad, who has been the C boys co-head coach since 2012, doubled up as their teacher-in-charge last year.
That move gave him more control over training and team selection. He said: "I could choose players from other sports who have the skills that are hockey-specific."
For instance, when the team needed a goalkeeper, Fazly spotted a boy who was good as a football goalkeeper and persuaded him to join the hockey team.
In the girls final, Crescent Girls School's attempt to win their first C girls crown since 1994 was stopped by Teck Whye Secondary.
Both teams were eager to win the title, after bundling out their more favoured rivals CHIJ St Nicholas Girls' School and CHIJ St Theresa's Convent, respectively, in the semi-finals.
But, in the end, Teck Whye prevailed when they edged out their opponents 2-1 on penalty flicks, after the score ended at 1-1 after extra-time.
This was Teck Whye's fourth C Division girls' hockey title after previous triumphs in 2006, 2008 and 2010. For them, the victory was vindication of their determination and hard work.
Captain Sofie Dianie believed they have let their performance on the hockey pitch do the talking. The Secondary Two girl said: "Some people in school feel that we should be spending more time on our books than hockey.
"They said we train so hard, but we don't win anything. So, today, we have proven them wrong."