Match Report: Water Polo HCI vs RI

CCAB Swimming Pool
Hwa Chong Institution vs Raffles Institution
330pm April 13th 2009

The first quarter begin and HC took the lead quickly with a goal scored by Vice Captain Yip Yang(#4). However, RI responded with a goal soon after. Score 1-1.

In the 2nd quarter, RI pulled away with 3 quick goals before a goal by Dominic(#2) pulled Hwa Chong back to within 2. HC was constantly kept in the game with several brilliant saves by our goalkeeper Ching To, who drew loud applause from the spectators with his bare hands which stood between the net and the ball. Score 2-4.

In the 3rd quarter, a resurgent HC team spurred on by the Ares and Apollo C1 classes as well as the Student's Council, reduced the score deficit when Jun Song(#6) and Davin(#3) grabbed a goal each. Davin's goal was in particular, a long range howler which got the supporters on their feet in jubilation. Score 4-5.

In the final quarter, with 5 minutes left on the clock and the score at 5-7, Dominic surged ahead on a HC attack but his shot attempt was saved spectacularly by the RI goalie. This led to a quick counter attack by RI and a goal mouth scramble which resulted in a goal for RI, as the ball trickled over the goal line. A quick response by Captain Zhi Hong(#9) was unable to inspire the team to mount on, what could have been, a famous comeback. Final Score 5-8.

As the players emerged from the waters, they were overwhelmed by emotions no words could possibly describe.

But what our team have shown to all who were present at the match, was that they were a team of guts and steel that had encapsulated the true essence of fighting spirit.

They were never going to lose anything today, for they had already won the hearts of their schoolmates, classmates and teachers with their determined fervent effort.

We are proud of you guys, HC Water Polo Team 2009!