School sports: St Andrew's Secondary hockey players lose match but win admiration for sportsmanship

The Saints may not have won the match but their act of sportsmanship earned them the respect of their opponents, who clapped and thanked them for playing fair.
The Saints may not have won the match but their act of sportsmanship earned them the respect of their opponents, who clapped and thanked them for playing fair.ST PHOTO: ALVIN OON
Northland's Muhammad Raihan Adris on the ground with an ankle injury during the match. Northland won 4-3, taking the bronze.
Northland's Muhammad Raihan Adris on the ground with an ankle injury during the match. Northland won 4-3, taking the bronze.PHOTO: COURTESY OF ALVIN OON

SINGAPORE - The score was tied at 1-1 in the third quarter of the game when Northland Secondary hockey player Muhammad Raihan went down with a sprained ankle in the Schools National B Division Boys' bronze-medal match.

After a brief medical time-out, the umpire blew the whistle to resume play against St Andrew's Secondary. The Saints defenders threw the ball to the other side of the pitch for their opponents to start but a miscommunication saw one of their forwards taking the ball and scoring a goal, giving them a 2-1 lead in the March 29 match.

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