School Sports: RI girls retain their A Div squash title with 5-0 win over NJC

Raffles Institution (RI) made it two Schools National A Division titles in two days as the girls' squash team beat National Junior College (NJC) 5-0 at Ngee Ann Polytechnic on Thursday.

This emulated their boys' squash team which also retained their A Division crown on Wednesday - the fourth time they have emerged winners in the last five years.

RI were also the clear favourites against a NJC side whose team last reached the A Division final 16 years ago. The sheer fitness and quality of the Raffles players shone through, as they won the first three singles ties to effectively confirm their school as champions once more.

The final started with RI's Nicole Teo overpowering NJC captain Lee Ying Xi 3-1. Ying Xi's game won against Nicole would then prove to be the only one NJC earned in the final.

The rest of the matches followed a similar pattern as RI dominated without losing another game. Clara Tan won the second match against NJC's Cherie Ko, before Michelle Tay confirmed RI's overall victory by beating Gabrielle Lim. RI then made it a clean sweep with wins from their fourth singles Audrey Chan and captain Chong Yin Jean.

As Raffles coach Allan Chang puts it: "NJC fought hard and tried to match our players stroke for stroke, but in the long rallies we were more confident and that gave us the edge."

Despite the lop-sided scoreline, NJC's teacher in charge Simon Tan was optimistic for the future. He said: " We've made great progress by reaching the final this year, and we will work even harder to go one better the next time around."

By winning both the boys' and girls' A Division titles, RI have completed the Double for the first time since 2010. As Raffles captain Yin Jean says: "It's been five years since our last double win, but we've trained hard to work towards this and I'm really happy for the team."

Anglo-Chinese Junior College beat Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) 4-1 to clinch third spot.

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