School sports: VJC hockey girls continue to dominate while RI boys reclaim title

The Schools National A Division hockey powerhouses showed exactly what they were capable of in their respective finals at Sengkang Hockey Stadium on Monday.

Victoria Junior College's (VJC) girls earned their 12th consecutive hockey title in a 5-1 win against Raffles Institution (RI), who were playing in their first final in nine years. In the boys' final, RI were determined to reclaim their title after losing it last year to VJC and did so in a resounding 6-0 win over Anglo-Chinese Junior College.

"We shut off their midfielders - their strong players - and pressed them up high on their own half," said RI head coach Mohamed Ali. "I think they did a fantastic job today sticking to their game plan."

VJC girls' team captain Syasya Rifqah, who scored four goals against RI, also paid tribute to her team-mates, saying: "We went in wanting to do our best, because in previous matches we were having a lot of jitters and weren't comfortable yet. We wanted to reach our peak in the final and I think we achieved that."

RI's lone goal was scored by Rebecca Kang, who received a nasty cut after being hit by a hockey ball in the second half of the match and was taken off to be treated.

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