School sports: VJC shock defending champs RI in A Div boys' floorball finals, River Valley are girls' winners

Victoria Junior College students celebrating their win against Raffles Institution shortly after the final whistle.
Victoria Junior College students celebrating their win against Raffles Institution shortly after the final whistle.ST PHOTO: DON WONG
VJC beat RI to win the Schools National A Division boy's floorball championship for their first title since 2013.
VJC beat RI to win the Schools National A Division boy's floorball championship for their first title since 2013.ST PHOTO: DON WONG

SINGAPORE - Victoria Junior College (VJC) stunned defending champions Raffles Institution (RI) 5-2 to win the Schools National A Division boys' floorball championship on Wednesday (May 17).

VJC's Nicolai Alexander Neo opened the scoring in the first period at the Delta Sports Complex, before Ryan Tham doubled the Victorians' lead early in the second period.

Koh Wenjun then put VJC in command after two goals in quick succession towards the end of the second period.

RI responded through Teo Chee Hao and Ho Wei-En to finish the second period trailing 2-4.

But Victorian captain Koh Dun Xian finished off the game with a fifth goal in the final period.

This is VJC's first title since 2013.

Said Dun Xian: "Before the game, we really didn't expect to hit four (consecutive) goals against Raffles.

"When we scored the first goal, momentum was on our side. We were raring to go and we kept scoring and scoring - it was building on our momentum."

In the girls' final, River Valley High School claimed the title after defeating Meridian Junior College (MJC) 1-0 in a penalty shoot-out, after a 1-1 tie at full-time.

MJC's Emily Ong cancelled out Ong Sze Yi's goal for River Valley, before forward See Yuanru slotted home the winning penalty in the shoot-out.

Yuanru slotted home River Valley's third penalty, while the other nine girls all missed or had their shots saved.

Said River Valley captain Chook Win Yan: "MJ (Meridian Junior College) definitely put up a very good fight against us, but we also fought really, really hard."

"Our girls and everyone on court gave all that they could and that's how we got our championship today."

It was a surprise title for River Valley, who were eliminated in the group stage last year, while MJC had to be content with their second successive silver medal.