Match Report: Netball HCI vs AJC

The HC Netball team started off shaky against AJC, and anyone on the sideline could tell that both teams were determined to win. As netball is an attacking game, scoring matters. Our shooters, Sharon Ng and Chua Kah Hsing, who played all 4 quarters despite persistent ankle injury, were sharp in their shots and the hours of shooting practices certainly paid off. Then again, Olivia Sulaeman's consistent passes made it easy for the shooters to put their shots up.

Our opponents were swift in their attack and were accurate in their shots. By the end of the first quarter, the Hwa Chong Netball team found themselves down by 1, with a score of 10-11. Despite playing in the pressence of many AJ supporters in the background, the Hwa Chong Netball team prevailed. As the saying goes "it's not over till the final whistle", we fought back hard, and eventually put in 7 more goals than our opponents, taking a lead of 23-17 by the end of the 2nd quarter. The team then went on to widening the margin by another 4 goals while our opponents pressed on in hopes for a change of tide. In the last quarter, the team continued to widen the margin by another 5 goals, culminating into the final score of 51-36.

The HC Netball team is now through to the Top 8 of our tournament and will be up against PJC (Monday 4th May), SRJC (Wednesday 6th May) and 2008 runner-ups ACJC (Friday 8th May). The team would appreciate your support for our round 2 matches :D So do feel free to come down!

1st and 2nd Quarter
Goal Shooter Kah Hsing
Goal Attack Pearlyn Yeo
Wing Attack Olivia Sulaeman
Centre Sharon Ng
Wing Defence Liew Siqi
Goal Defence Jocelyn Ang
Goal Keeper Charlene Tan

3rd and 4th Quarter
Goal Shooter Kah Hsing
Goal Attack Sharon Ng
Wing Attack Melissa Tan
Centre Olivia Sulaeman
Wing Defence Liew Siqi
Goal Defence Charlene Tan
Goal Keeper Subhasheenee Ganesan

Season Preview: Chinese Orchestra

The Hwa Chong Chinese Orchestra (HCCO) is one of the first CCAs to be set up in Hwa Chong. HCCO comprises more than 90 talented musicians from Singapore's top secondary school Chinese Orchestras who share a common goal to play music right from the heart. Currently, HCCO is under the baton of Dr Wei Yan Ming and Mr Lum Yan Seng, both renowned regional professional musicians who have had great contributions to the Chinese music scene.

For HCCO, performing is a regular business. Besides performing at school events like Chinese New Year, Mid-Autumn Festival and Open House, HCCO has also received invitations to perform at external events, such as the Singapore Gardens Festival and the International Science Youth Forum. In addition, HCCO also holds a public concert every two years, themed 天籁回音.

On 6th May, HCCO will take part in the SYF, a competition where we have done well consistently in, by being the only JC orchestra to be awarded the prestigious Gold With Honours twice in a row. Facing strong competition this time, HCCO will work extremely hard to continue the tradition of excellence that our seniors have set for us. All the Best to HCCO!

Season Preview: Softball

The Hwa Chong Softball A Division Girls Team would be participating the the National Softball Championships next month, from 6th May to 27th May 2009.


As the defending champion for two consecutive years, the team has been striving hard for the past year, giving it our all in every training session to work on our areas of improvement and to reinforce our strengths, both individually and as a team. Having prepared ourselves both physically and mentally over the past few months, our team has the fire and desire to retain our championship title.

In March, the team took part in the Singapore Recreational Club's Annual Softball Carnival. After three weekends of competition, we emerged victorious against Raffles Institution (Junior College) with a tight score of 1-0.

Our team will continue to put our best into each of our remaining training sessions to retain our championship title. Do feel free to support the team at our upcoming matches over the course of May, especially during significant matches against VJC and RI(JC). The boys will play at 2.30pm, while the girls will play at 4.30pm. Your support is greatly appreciated!

6th May - VJC vs HCI (Away)
13th May - RI(JC) vs HCI (Away)
15th May - HCI vs NJC (Home)
18th May - HCI vs TPJC (Home)

HWACHONG FTW!


The team consists of:
J2s
Rachel Lau 08S65
Zhu Tianyu 08S79
Eunice Aw 08S60
Felicia Tan 08S75
Lina Goh 08S6C
Noelle Tam 08A15
Rachel Tan 08A12

J1s
Carin Tan 09S79
Cheang Wai Foon 09S66
Chew Shi Tong 09S68
Lee Shu Zhen 09S63
Nicole Chew 09S7J
Poh Hui Qing 09S79
Quek Yi Yan 09S7K
Sylvie Tan 09S61

Hot off the press: Strings Ensemble/ Tennis Girls

Our Strings Emsemble won the Gold Award at today's SYF competition!
Congratulations Strings!

The tennis girls maintained their perfect record for the season, when they beat MJC 5-0.

Also, the netball girls were triumphant against AJC, winning with a score of 51-36.

Hot off the press: Badminton Boys HC vs IJC

The badminton boys defeated IJC opponents with yet another clean score of 5-0 today. Look out for the match report for today's game to be updated soon!

Match Report: Vball Boys HCI vs YJC

HC Volleyball Boys Team got off to a flying start for their campaign as they cruised to a 25 -7 25 - 6 straight sets victory. A sturdy defence and a clinical attack was what formed the foundation of this victory.


Ruiyang, Kian Keong, Lennis, Wincoln, Galvin, Melvin and Samuel started the first set. Despite several hiccups in the initial stages of the game with the score at 4-3, HC began pulling away with several excellent serves from Samuel. HC pulled away with Kian Keong linking up well with Melvin and Galvin. HC rarely needed to step up the gear to achieve victory. Samuel impressed with his intelligent play and the set was wrapped up by Ruiyang who sent a spike down the line.

Wholesale changes to the lineup were made in the second set with Glenn, Lennis, Kuan He, Zijie, Wincoln, Kenneth and Chen Xing playing. Several good serves by Kenneth coupled with impressive attacking play by Kuan He and Lennis saw HC race to a 5-0 lead. However this was eventually cut short due to a miscommunication between Glenn and Zijie which resulted in a stray ball landing on our court unsaved.HC quickly recovered with Glenn and Lennis linking up for a successful quick attack and started to pull away. Two successive blocks by Chen Xing and Zijie ensured that HC took a 7 point lead at 9-2. This lead was immediately extended by Kuan He who demonstrated his serving prowess, which created confusion among the YJC team as they simply had no answers for his jump floats which was hugely unpredictable in its flight patterns.

Chen Xing found himself in impressive form as his offensive blocks ensured that HC established an unassailable lead of 15-3. The YJC attack simply could not find a way past his outstretched arms as he single-handedly halted their attacking moves.


With the game at 19-4, HC refused to step off the pedal and pressed on for the win. The next point was won by Kenneth who sent a clinical spike following a quick attack by Chen Xing. He then completed his sterling performance with an ace serve to keep HC on course for victory.

The next game will be against TPJC next monday. Go Hwachong!

Hot off the press: Bball Girls/ Vball Boys/ Badminton Boys

The basketball girls team showed why they are genuine title contenders this year, when they beat Innova JC 95-8; and no, your eyes are not playing tricks on you. Having advanced to the next round, they will be up against SAJC, RIJC and NYJC then.

Meanwhile, the volleyball boys defeated Yishun JC in straight sets, 25-7 ,25-6. They were able to do so while utilising all 12 squad members. In particular, Blocker Yu Chen Xing proved to be an impenetrable wall with his numerous blocks while Subset Tan Ruiyang impressed with his lethal spikes.

The badminton boys team were also in top form in their first match of the season, when they defeat ACS (International) 5-0.

Season Preview: Volleyball


The volleyball team will kickstart their season TMR!

Boasting a team consisting of two national youth team players, the male volleyball team looks set to dominate the volleyball arena this coming season. With the team falling short of their targets in the 2008 season, the hunger and desire for success is growing within its team members who seek to win that elusive championship.

The team has been enduring gruelling trainings and friendly matches in preparation for the season. And the signs are positive for the team, which managed to defeat the likes of the experienced V Alliance (HCI Alumni) 5-2, the Men's Open champions International Kakis 4-3, as well as putting up a tough fight against Temasek Polytechnic, the 1st Runner-ups in the IVP Championships this year, and narrowly losing out again St Hilda's Secondary, the B Division National Champions, 4-3.

However, these matches and their scores do not accurately reflect the true standards of the team, for they were played in experimentation of various plays and strategies. Without a doubt, the volleyball team for now, will keep its head low and keep on training hard, in its bid to bring glory back home to where it rightfully belongs.


The team consists of:
Samuel Ng (Captain)
Tan Zi Jie (Vice Captain)
Tew Jun Hao (Vice Captain)
Lennis Seow
Soon Kian Keong
Galvin Lim
Wincoln Tham
Chia Teck Yuke
Darren Wong
Goh Ee Hong
Tan Rui Yang
Lee Jie Yang
Wang Kuan He
Low Kok Seng
Yu Chen Xing
Melvin Goh
Gwee Hanjie
Glenn Lee
Lee Jie Yang
Toh Jia Yun

Season Preview: Harmonica




“The people, the love, the music.” The motto of the HC Harmonica Band is echoed firmly within each and every member, and this year we are out to soar to even greater heights. With the inclusion of newly-recruited J1s, we stand at a total strength of 88 band members – the largest since our establishment.

With the support and help from our instructor Mr Victor Tang and teacher-in-charge Mr Andrew Tan, HC Harmoc is gearing up for the upcoming SYF competition on 30th April, for which we have been preparing for since October last year. The band will be performing a lively Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, as well as The Pirates of the Caribbean Medley, from the soundtrack of the film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Both pieces will also be featured in our upcoming concert.

We will be holding our annual concert at the High school Drama Centre come 1st June 2009. With a mix of classical and contemporary pieces, we look forward to you joining us for a memorable Windworks 2009. Remember to keep a look out for more from HC Harmonica!

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Season Preview: OAC Bike Hike 2009


“Project Speedway – Velocity Redesigned” is a 100km overnight cycling event around Singapore jointly organised by the 34th Hwa Chong OAC and Tiong Bahru Youth Executive Committee and supported by Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee’s (SYOGOC) initiative, Create Action Now (CAN!).

Date: 30th May 2009, Saturday
Time: 8pm (TBC)
Venue: East Coast Park
Registration deadline: 8th May 2009, Friday
Registration fee: $20 (incl. event shirt, bike rental, insurance and goodie bag)

Participants will get to cycle pass various landmarks in Singapore such as Singapore Flyer and Esplanade! The route will also cover shopping hot spots like Vivo City and Orchard Road! Project Speedway is an experience not to be missed as you discover that cycling is not merely restricted to the boundaries of parks and the constraints of daylights.

Join us in Bike Hike 2009 to unleash from within, your want for unbridled liberation and addiction to an unstoppable adrenaline rush!
Approach any OAC members for registration now! For any enquires, please contact us as follows:
Hotline: 91514033
Email: sporterist@gmail.com

Special Feature: Indian Dance featured on the Straits Times!

Flip open today's copy of The Straits Times' Home Section and you'll find a feature of Hwa Chong's Indian Dance featured on page B5. It entails a group photo of the group and a write-up on how the Hwa Chong group was the ONLY all-chinese group in the competition, yet they still managed to clinch a Gold Award on their 1st time at the SYF for Indian Dance, amongst about 10 other competitors!

Featured Athlete of the Week: Liza Ng

HCunite interviewed Liza Ng, the vice captain of the Track & Field Team, to find out more about the story behind her 1st placing in the High Jump event and 6th placing in Long Jump event, as well as the commitment and dedication of her Track team.

1) How did your interest in track & field begin? What ignited your

passion for it?

My reasons for joining Track & Field in Sec 1 were quite boring and
uninspiring. I actually went into it quite clueless about what it
involved, and it was only until much later that I began to enjoy what
I was doing. High jump has been my main event all along, but I also
trained for long jump this year as we were short of long jumpers.

2) How do you prepare for your competitions?

Trainings aside, I sleep more and avoid worrying excessively about the
competition. The longer you think, the less you know what to do.

3) Your results- Gold Medal for High Jump and 6th Placing for Long
Jump- is indeed commendable! How do you balance your academic
commitments, and pursuit for excellence in track?

Thank you! However, there are many athletes whose efforts go unnoticed
because they do not outperform others during competitions. Their
commitment is equally, if not more, deserving of
featured-athlete-of-the-week acknowledgment. What meant more to me
than winning the medal or finishing in 6th position was breaking my
personal bests in both events. It would not have been enough to beat
other competitors if I weren't able to first beat myself.

I won't claim to balance schoolwork and training as I tend to focus
more on one over the other depending on which happens to be of higher
priority at that moment. The rest of the time, I stay sane with a
little help from my friends and teammates.

4) I'm sure your journey thus far must have been a tough one. Were
there any downturns you faced at any point? If so, how did you
overcome it?

I wouldn't really describe my journey thus far as tough, but when I
started out, I was quite demoralised because I was frankly quite
hopeless at high jump—my teammates can testify to that! However, I
have been quite lucky to train under two coaches whom I cannot thank
enough: Mr Pedro, who believed in me when I didn't, and subsequently,
Mr David Woon, who made me believe in myself. Without them and my
teammates, my journey would have taken a very different route.

5) Any words to aspiring athletes out there or to your track & field
teammates and juniors? :)

Be very patient; in the meantime, don't doubt yourself. Train hard so
that there won't be anything to regret at the end. And make sure you
enjoy what you are doing! That is most important.

Match Report: Netball HCI vs JJC

The Hwa Chong netballers faced off against Jurong Junior College yesterday afternoon at Kallang Netball Centre, emerging victorious with a score of 49-29.

The match started off strongly for the HC girls as we took the lead from the start, scoring 20 goals to 5 for the 1st quarter. However, JJ attempted a comeback and the HC team found themselves having lost the 2nd and 4th quarter, 9-10 and 10-11 respectively. Fortunately, the girls managed to hold on to the lead with the efforts in the 1st and 3rd quarters, where we widened the gap by scoring 7 goals more than our hardworking opponents, 10-3.

Hot off the press: Tennis Boys HC vs ACJC

The Tennis boys made an unfortunate stumble today in facing competitors from ACJC where they lost with a score of 4-1. The next approaching tennis match would be the girls team on the 29/4 against MJC.

Hot off the press: Netball HC vs JJC

Once again, the netall girls have emerged victorious in their match against Jurong JC, with a score of 49-29. Watch out for more details in later's netball match report!

Hot off the press: Basketball Girls

Our basketball girls followed up their win against TJC 2 days ago, with a comprehensive 76-24 victory against MI! The basketball girls team are gunning for their 2nd consecutive championship this year.

Hot off the press: Squash

Our squash boys and girls team, achieved a quadraple 5-0 scoreline each, with their victory today against AJC and NJC repectively, despite the absence of key player Jillian Lye, who was kept out of the girls' team's game with an eye infection.

Match Report: Track & Field, Finals

First event of the day was the A-Boys high jump and 3 out of the 17 competitors were from Hwa Chong! Jun Yang and Qi Han jumped with grace, and finished 4th and 5th respectively, while Aaron managed to clinch 2nd, despite not attaining his Personal Best (P.B).

A-Div High Jump Boys:
Aaron Koh – 189cm (2nd)
Tan Jun Yang – 175cm (4th)
Wong Qihan – 175cm (5
th
)


A-Div 100m Girls:
Chong Jia Yuan – Lane 4 12.68s (2nd)
Lee Jia Wen – Lane 6 13.11s (4th)


For 100m Girls, Jia Yuan and Jia Wen managed to clinch the 2nd and 4th placing. Both of them fought fiercely in the race, with Jia Yuan finishing within a fraction of a second from the eventual winner.


800m Girls was spectacular as we were proud to see 3 HC girls running in the finals. The race started with all 3 of them in the leading pack, fighting for glory to the school. At the last stretch, Melvis managed to pull away from the pack, striving for 3rd position, but eventually finishing the race in 4th place. Francoise and Sheila also made us proud by achieving 6th and 8th position respectively!

A Div 800m Girls:
Melvis Lim – 2:34.72 (4th)
Francoise Lee – 2:37.60 (6th)
Sheila Cheng – 2:39.35 ( 8th)

Next, it’s time for our A-Div boys to also show results of their grueling trainings. For 1500m Boys, our boys, Jianrui, Wei Jie and Zhen Yang, maintained in front of the pack for the first 800m, but the last 700m were the determining moments. Our students cheered as our athletes were running in front of the stand, and Wei Jie even waved back to the crowd before making his dash to the finish. HC Unite correspondents grabbed to opportunity to ask what his feelings were as he waved back to the crowd.

Wei Jie: It was cool. I think I sped up too early, but it’s okay. Thanks for your support. Thanks

A Div 1500m Boys:
Li Jianrui – 4.33.53 (6th)
Tiong Wei Jie 4:33.82 (8th)
Lee Zhenyang – 4:50.56 (15th)

Last in the day’s event were relays. Our 4x100m Girls were up first, and the most exciting moment of that race was when Jia Yuan caught up with VJC at the last stretch, clinching the silver medal.

A Div 4x100m Girls:
51.04s - 2nd Placing

Then, it was the 4x400m Race. Striving to meet expectations, our female athletes put up a strong fight at the start, and eventually maintaining at 2nd position after the 2nd runner. At every bend, our students cheered with invigoration, celebrating the lead that our girls had over the other runners, and cheering on our runner to overtake and achieve 1st position. Though it did not manage to occur, we are still proud of what our girls can achieve!

A Div 4x400m Girls:
4:17.48 – 2nd Placing

Last event of the day was the 4x400m Boys. With the crowd cheering as wildly as ever, the athletes ran with their might. We were especially delighted at the very last stretch of the race, when our runners managed to catch up from the 5th position to the 3rd, gaining our medalist position!

A Div 4x400m Boys:
4th Placing

To round off the day, our Track Captain, Naisheng, has something to exclaim: “Although we did not reclaim the championship title we lost last year, I am still pleased with the team’s performance as everybody did their best during training sessions and the nationals competition. We were a little unlucky for a few events this year but I am sure next year’s team has the hunger and drive to succeed in regaining the title.”

We shall continue to show support for our athletes too! 3 cheers to Track and Field Team! :D

The Hwa Chong Spirit

Yes, we have lost some of our games in the past.
Today, we lost some of our games as well.

But,

It's not about winning or losing matches alone
it's about cheering on and on when the going is good
and cheering on and on even more when the going's not too good.
And to applaud success, and also to applaud and spur on upsets.

So stand up, and honour the efforts of your friends!
For when they battle it out on the sports arena or perform on stage to earn that Championship or Gold with Honours,
they do so representing Hwa Chong.
And WE are part of Hwa Chong.

The Hwa Chong spirit in you and me, the eternal burning flame.
It's time to jumpstart and rev the Hwa Chong spirit up!

FIGHT ON HWA CHONG, FIGHT ON!

Match Report: Table Tennis

Today, Yishun Sports Hall was the battlefield for the titanic clash between our table tennis players and the team from Raffles Institution Junior College. Our paddlers faced up against our traditional rivals in both the A division boys and girls championships.

The teams were neck-and-neck throughout both matches, making for truly nail-biting contests that kept everyone on the edge of their seats. The boys team got off to a steady start when Jie Yan secured the first singles with a set score of 2-1. Our girls were bested in the first match-up but rebounded solidly by winning the first doubles by a convincing margin.


By the third match-up, our boys were up by two games to one, with star paddler Zhang Sai laying waste to the opposing side, while our girls had gotten ahead by the same margin with their win in the second singles match. Confidence and spirit were high for the Hwa Chong crowd as the cheers kept on coming for our team, but unfortunately the tide began to turn against us as the mettle and skill of our rivals started to show through.

Meanwhile, our boys came within striking distance of securing the second doubles match-up, but were agonizingly disappointed in a fiercely competitive face-off that saw our boys losing the set by 13 points to 11. Kudos to the paddlers, Leonard and David, who demonstrated true Hwa Chong spirit by striving hard to chisel away at their opponent’s initial 4-point lead and not giving up the set without a good fight.





It all boiled down to the final match-ups for both championships, and it turned out that it was just not meant to be for our persevering paddlers. Our last boys singles player Jia Yang, despite valiant effort and impressive skill, was soundly beaten by rival paddler Ben Teo, while the aggressive and flamboyant style of the Raffles female paddler proved effective against the measured and skilled technique of our top seed Wan Ling.




Though the championship titles were just that little bit beyond our paddler’s reach this year, the skill, determination and sportsmanship that our players demonstrated under pressure are proof enough of their distinction in their sport, and truly make them winners in their own right.

Hot off the press: Volleyball HC vs ACJC

The Volleyball girls today met opponents from ACJC today but lost by 1 set with an eventual score of 2-1. Do continue to support them as they move on to face other opponents in upcoming matches!

Hot off the press: Track and Field, Finals

The Hwa Chong Track & Field team concluded their journey of competing in the Track Nationals which spanned over 9 days. Despite facing strong competition and mishaps of many athletes sustaining injuries, the HC team put their best foot forward in the last leg of Nationals and attained 2nd position for the A'Div girls, and 3rd position for the A'Div boys.

Do check back for the match report which will be published later!

Hot off the press: Table Tennis Finals

In today's battle for the coveted title of National Champions, the HC Table Tennis team fought hard and has thus emerged as the 1st-runner ups for both the boys and girls team. The narrow scoreline today was similar across both gender teams at 3-2, ending in heartache for many, especially the team. However, the Table Tennis team has achieved commendable results in their unrivalled performance through their journey thus far, which was concluded in today's finals.

Stay tuned for more details in the match report which will be posted later!

SYF Report: Chinese Dance

After months of grueling practices, injuries and sleep deprivation, the Chinese Dance Society performed their SYF piece <<武陵春。梦>> on the esteemed stage of the University Cultural Centre on Wednesday, 22nd April 2009. They faced tough competition from 64 other schools, but were able to clinch Hwa Chong’s very first Gold With Honours Award this year.

They would like to thank the school management and their teachers-in-charge, 张老师 and 刘老师 for their guidance, the Calligraphy Club for their help with the props, as well as MAD for their compromises. Finally, they would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to their instructor, 杨老师, without whom it would have been impossible to achieve this honour.

If you would like to catch their SYF piece, do get your tickets for Dance Night '09 Back Again!

Match Report: Netball HCI vs YJC

The Hwa Chong Netball girls celebrated their second win today, against Yishun Junior College with a score of 56-12.

Having played with Yishun Junior College before, the team was optimistic of a win, but nonetheless the team still gave their all despite their confidence. The quarter scores are 15-1, 21-3, 10-5 and 10-3 and line-up are as follows:

1st and 2nd Quarter
Goal Shooter Kah Hsing
Goal Attack Pearlyn Yeo
Wing Attack Olivia Sulaeman
Centre Sharon Ng
Wing Defence Melissa Tan
Goal Defence Liew Siqi
Goal Keeper Charlene Tan

3rd and 4th Quarter
Goal Shooter Kah Hsing
Goal Attack Sharon Ng
Wing Attack Melissa Tan
Centre Fong Li Ying
Wing Defence Natalie Ng
Goal Defence Jocelyn Ang
Goal Keeper Subhasheenee Ganesan

Goal Shooter Chua Kah Hsing was on top-form today, contributing 46 out of the 56 shots. But this would not have been possible without the well executed passes of her midfielders Olivia Sulaeman and Sharon Ng. Sharon's no-look passes were as usual, magical through the 3rd and 4th quarter.

PS: The Hwa Chong Netties would really appreciate your support for our 2 upcoming matches against strong competitors like Jurong Junior College (24th April 1520) and Anderson Junior College (27th April 1640). We really do need your support kayyy!! :D
Venue: Kallang Netball Centre. Take 171/174 to town, and take 16. Alight at Macdonalds and KFC :D

Hot off the press: Soccer Girls

Despite putting up a brave fight against their opponents,our soccer girls team emerged second best in a game which MJC won narrowly by a scoreline of 1-0.

The team were unlucky to concede a late goal in the last 10 mins of the game, as the game seemed to be destined to end as a stalemate, which would have been a fairer reflection of the gameplay.

Do support our soccer girls team as they play their next game against SRJC next wednesday! :)

Hot off the press: Squash

After today's games against NJC and AJC, the HC Squash team, both boys and girls, have won for their 3rd consecutive match, with a scoreline of 5-0!

Hot off the press: Tennis Boys

The tennis boys team, led by captains Alvin Loh and Lee Shu Fan, beat their opponents PJC with an assuring scoreline of 5-0 (9-1, 9-7, 9-1,9-2,9-2). Well done tennis boys!

Hot off the press: Track & Field, Day 7

The boys team is currently in 1st place with 127 points, holding aslim lead over rivals VJC (125 points) and RI (124 points).
The girls team is currently in 2nd place with 94 points, behind RI (157 points).

A-Girls 3000m Final:
Louisa Chiew (08S68) - 11:36.84 (2nd)Emelyne Teo (08S73) - 11:56.23 (4th)Audrey Lee (08S6N) - 12:08.49 (5th)
Louisa maintained a fast pace throughout the race to run 11:36.84,clinching the silver medal to make up for last year's 4th positionfinish. Emelyne and Audrey followed closely behind to finish in the4th and 5th positions respectively.

A-Girls 400m Hurdles Final:
Penny Tan (09S79) - 01:14.55 (5th)Lee E-main (08S74) - 01:14.57 (6th)
Penny and E-main bettered their qualifying times to finish in the 5thand 6th positions respectively.




A-Boys 400m Hurdles Final:
Tommy Kee (09S73) - 01:00.81 (7th)
A surge in the first 200m of the race saw Tommy briefly in the lead.Unfortunately, the gamble did not pay off as he eventually finished in 7th position.

A-Girls 200m Final:
Chong Jia Yuan (08S62) - 00:26.19 (2nd)Samantha Raeburn (09A16) - 00:28.31 (6th)
In a close fight, Jia Yuan emerged the silver medallist in the 200mfinal with a timing of 00:26.19, bettering her performance in lastyear's final, where a fall forced her to settle for the bronze medal. Samantha also ran 00:28.31 to finish in the 6th position.


Video: http://facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1142700563638

A-Boys 200m Final:
Cui Naisheng (08S6Q) - 00:23.36 (4th)Clement Lin (09A13) - 00:23.90 (7th)
Naisheng overcame a hamstring strain sustained during the 400m finalto run 00:23.36, finishing just outside the medals in 4th position.Despite this being his first year competing in the event, Clementmanaged a top 8 finish.

A-Girls Shot Put Final:
Melissa Sng (08A10) - 9.16m (4th)
Quek Gou Jun (09A15) - DNQ
With only four months of training for a completely new event, Melissa,a judoka, managed an effort of 9.16m to finish in the 4th position.Unfortunately, Gou Jun's three attempts were unmeasured. A squashplayer, this was also her first time competing in the event.

Hot off the press: Basketball Girls

In their first match of the season, the basketball girls team beat TJC with a dramatic scoreline of 60-30!

Hot off the press: Chinese Dance

Our Chinese Dancers improved from their previous Gold Award at SYF' 07, to obtain the GOLD WITH HONOURS Award with their marvellous display of their item, 武陵春夢 at SYF'09 held today!

WELL DONE CHINESE DANCERS :)

Match Report: Touch Rugby Boys

On April 20 2009, our very own Hwa Chong Touch Rugby guys team made history by playing our ever first game against SJI.

The game started with both teams adopting a cautious approach. After a few minutes, Ang An Rui, from 09S69, with a sudden burst of speed and inspiration, opened the scoring. The game opened up after that, with the tempo rising with every minute. The first half ended 4-1 in Hwa Chong's favour. The second half was equally electrifying, with both teams going all out to win the game.

After the game, the team asked for the actual scoreline,having lost count, only to be told that the score was a "double digit to 1". Apparently the referee lost count as well! This mirrored how the girls did against the SJI girls as well, when they won with a scoreline of 16-0. With a game played and an emphatic victory in the bag, the guys touch rugby team has certainly proved to one of quality. Please continue to show them your support and watch out for future games to come!

Hot off the press: Tennis Girls


The tennis girls team, led by captains Isabella Khoo and Angela Shen, obtained a resounding 5-0 (9-2, 9-1, 9-0,9-1,9-0) victory over opponents PJC.

Well done tennis girls!

Hot off the press: Volleyball Girls


After beating TJC in their first match of the season last week, the volleyball girls were again in full gear today to dispatch MI in straight sets with a score of 25-4 , 25-10.

Well done vball girls!

Hot off the press: Track & Field, Day 6

The boys team is currently in 2nd place with 118 points, just one
point behind RI (119 points).

The girls team is currently in 2nd place with 56 points, behind RI (111 points).

A-Girls 1500m Final:

Louisa Chiew (08S68) - 05:15.06 (4th)
Phua Fanli (08S6G) - 05:26.92 (6th)
Emelyne Teo (08S73) - 05:30.34 (9th)

Louisa and Fanli ran 05:15.06 and 05:26.92 to finish in the 4th and
6th positions respectively. Despite a late surge, Emelyne missed the
8th position by a slight margin.

A-Boys 400m Final:

Cui Naisheng (08S6Q) - 00:50.79 (1st)

Living up to his nickname "Robocop", Naisheng came from behind in a
stunning finish, overtaking 2 runners in the last 100m to win the gold
medal despite only being in 4th position at the 250m mark.

Unfortunately, the end of the stunning finish was not captured by the
photographer, former HC sprinter Leong Yuan Chang, as he was just too
excited.

Fortunately, the Straits Times were there to cover the man of the moment :)



A-Girls 100m Hurdles Final:

Kelly Tan (09S71) - 00:16.69 (3rd)

Despite racing against older competitors, the small and petite Kelly
proved to be a giant inside, winning the bronze medal in a time of
00:16.69.

A-Boys 110m Hurdles Final:

Tommy Kee (09S73) - 00:16.95 (8th)

Despite encountering problems at the 7th hurdle, Tommy managed to
break his personal best and finish within the top 8, contributing a
crucial point to the divisional ranking.

A-Girls Long Jump Final:

Lee Hui Fun (09S73) - 4.78m (5th)
Liza Ng (08S6H) - 4.72m (6th)
Sim Chai Ping (08S78) - 4.13m

Hui Fun and Liza broke their personal bests to finish in the 5th and
6th positions, even though long jump was not either of their main
events. Unfortunately, Chai Ping's first two jumps went unmeasured as
they were foul jumps, while her last jump was severely underboard,
barring her from entering the top 8. She is still a winner to us.

A-Girls 4x400m Relay Heats:

Hwa Chong Institution - 04:22.44

Melissa Wee (09S74), Samantha Raeburn (09A16), Goh Chui Ling (09A11)
and Melvis Lim (09S64) ran 04:22.44 to emerge the fastest qualifying
team in the 4x400m relay.

A-Boys 4x400m Relay Heats:

Hwa Chong Institution - 03:36.32

After narrowly missing out on qualification for the 4x100m relay
finals, John Yeo (09S71), Aran Atsuo (08A12), Choo Shi Jun (08S6Q) and
Joel Chia (09S68) ran a determined 03:36.32, exceeding expectations by
emerging the second fastest qualifying team in the 4x400m relay.

A-Boys Shot Put Final:

Lim Zhuo Yan (08S6Q) - 17.11m (1st, NR)
Cai Jiashen (09A16) - 15.36m (2nd)
Lim You Jie (09A13) - 14.43m (4th)

Zhuo Yan threw 17.11m to eclipse the old championship record of
16.79m, which was set by former HC thrower Scott Wong last year.
Jiashen and You Jie also finished in the 2nd and 4th positions,
reaffirming the boys team's dominance in the throws events.


A-Girls Javelin Final:

Ling Pei Lih (09S7K) - 28.75m (5th)

Pei Lih, our only competitor in the A-Girls Javelin event, did us
proud by finishing in the 5th position.

Match Report: Canoeing

After three days of intense heats and semi-finals, the A division boys team advanced into the finals to face traditional rivals NJC and ACSI, seeking to restore the glory of the previously much-heralded Hwa Chong Canoeing team.

The day kick started with Mervyn Toh racing in the K1 1000m event. Despite the presence of four paddlers from the national team, many of whom are medalists on the regional level, Mervyn fought hard and came in 5th.

In the K4 1000m race, our K4 crew paddled a calculated race, with their afternoon race in mind, coming in 4th, easing past fast starters RJC to come in a second behind ACJC.

Next Daniel Soo and Cao Zhehou started their race in the C2 1000m event. Before long, it was clear that the fight was between PJC, NJC and HCI. The three were still leveled at the 250m mark and the race ended with HCI coming in 3rd, trailing behind PJC by only a slight margin.

The highlight of the morning was the K2 1000m event in which our very own national team talent Samuel Chin and Ho Hin Yang participated. After an explosive start, the pair showed no trouble in holding traditional powerhouse NJC off and the race turned into a duel between HCI and ACSI, another national team pair. However an astounding end burst by the ACSI pair caught HCI off guard and we eventually emerged 2nd in this event.

Shao Fei raced in the first event of the afternoon- the K1 500m event. Once again, HCI triumph over MJC and came in 5th in this extremely difficult race, losing to the 4th placing by a mere 2 seconds.

The fight was on again for Daniel and Zhehou in the C2 500m event. The paired displayed remarkable resilience and their spectacular ending shoot brought them a silver medal, leaving NJC to take the bronze and PJC a split second ahead.

Unfortunately, the fastest race of the afternoon, the K4 500m event, which was incidentally the K4’s stronger event, was marred by rather negligent officiating as the umpires failed to notice the highly conspicuous false start by our own K4 (committed to cope with wind conditions). Reacting very badly to the ensuing confusion (having expected a restart), they still came in agonizingly close to a medal, mere centimeters behind bronze medalist ACJC in one of the closest race in the competition.

Despite dropping crucial points in an expected triumph for Hwa Chong, the last event of the day put our championships prospects beyond doubt with our 2 HCI boats scoring nearly a third of our total points in the K2 500m event. Samuel and Hin Yang showed their intent from the start with a blistering burst and led from start to finish, obtaining the gold medal. The second HCI pair Oon Shui Kun and Mervyn Toh also displayed a brilliant effort, edging over NJC in the final stretch and charged onto the podium with a bronze medal.

With 1 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze, 1 fourth and 2 fifths, HCI boys teams accumulated 34 points in the team championship and is the 2nd runner up for Canoeing National Schools Championship 2009 with a comfortable lead of approximately 15 points over 3rd runner up SAJC. Considering that a significant proportion of the total points garnered were from the juniors, the 2010 championships should see a continuation of our canoeing team’s decent showing this year.

Special Feature: Inspirational Movie "Miracle"
























Director: Gavin O'Connor
Release Date: 6 February 2004 (USA)
Cast: Kurt Russell and a team of eye candies for the ladies

Highly recommended movie for all sports CCAs' viewing.(Available at Serene Centre)

This movie, based on a true story, is about the USA Hockey team of the 1980 Winter Olympics, which was represented by a group of college kids who were put together about 6 months before the tournament.

The USA last won the hockey gold in 1960. For the next 20 years, international hockey was dominated by USA’s cold war adversary – USSR. They even managed to thrash the NHL All-Stars team which consists of the best professional hockey players from all over the world. Coach Brooks was charged with the duty of leading this ragtag USA team which no one believed in from day one, hence the title ‘Miracle’.

This movie proceeds to tell the story of how they overcame all the obstacles in their dream for glory. Whether or not they achieved this dream was inconsequential – the true lessons were learnt from the struggles along the way, and not about the destination in the end.

I would like to recommend this movie to all sports teams as it touched on almost all issues a sports team will have – injuries, friction among teammates, self-doubt, coach’s selection dilemma, underdogs, team spirit, fighting spirit – most importantly, what’s truly important in competing and self-belief.

Watching this movie would not make you a champion overnight, but it will show you what it takes to be one. Be inspired.

Contributed by Mr Tan Yee Weal, PE & CCA Dept.

Season Preview: Chinese Dance Society

On April 22rd, the Chinese Dance Society will be taking part in the biennial SYF!





















In past weeks, this bevy of dancers has indubitably sacrificed much time and effort in honing their skills and synchronizing every step to the correct beat. Boasting 27 passionate dancers who wield the spirit of breaking boundaries, Hwa Chong Chinese Dance is all geared to put up a spectacular show. Under the tutelage of Madam Yang Jing Feng, an alumnus of the renowned Beijing Dance Academy, these dancers have no doubt set eyes on bringing home the highest honour achievable!
















In the month following SYF, do look out for Dance Night’09, an annual dance concert held in collaboration with M.A.D! These dance enthusiasts will then introduce you to the myriad of Chinese Dance styles; from Folk, Classical to Contemporary.

Besides these performances, do keep a look out for them in other school events as well! These include Festival of Arts, Teachers’ Day and Mid Autumn Festival!

Hot off the press: Track and Field, Day 5

The boys team is currently in 2nd place with 67 points, behind RI (73 points).

The girls team remains in 2nd place with 31 points, behind RI (43 points).

A-Boys 800m Final:

Choo Shi Jun (08S6Q) - 02:05.22 (3rd)
Tiong Wei Jie (08S6V) - 02:07.28 (7th)
Li Zhenyang (08S7C) - 02:13.28 (16th)

Shi Jun ran 02:05.22 to bring home the bronze medal, while Wei Jie
also finished within the top 8 to contribute crucial points to the
divisional ranking.

A-Girls 100m Hurdles Heats:

Kelly Tan (09S71) - 00:17.04

Kelly finished 3rd in her heat and qualified for the final on 20/4.

A-Boys 110m Hurdles Heats:

Tommy Kee (09S73) - 00:17.11
Joel Chia (09S68) - 00:17.40
John Yeo (09S71) - 00:17.38

Tommy finished 2nd in his heat and qualified for the final on 20/4.

A-Boys 3000m Steeplechase Final:

Choo Shi Jun (08S6Q) - 10:49.42 (4th)
Gary Tse (09S79) - 11:13.18 (8th)
Li Jianrui (08S75) - 11:33.64 (10th)

Despite it being his second final in a day, Shi Jun put in a
commendable effort to finish 4th with a timing of 10:49.42. Gary also
finished within the top 8.

A-Boys Discus Final:

Alan Teh (09S6D) - 47.61m (1st)
Tong Zi Heng (08S6V) - 41.44m (4th)
Zhang Yumeng (08A13) - DNQ

Alan won the discus event with a throw of 47.61m, a whole 4m further
than the next competitor. Zi Heng also finished in the 4th position
with a throw of 41.44m.

Hot off the press: Tennis Boys

The HC Tennis Team maintained their edge today in the searing heat, cruising on to beat MJC in all matches with a clean score of 5-0. The team will be taking on PJC on home ground next Wednesday, and hopes to preserve its current winning streak.

Hot off the press: Canoe Finals

In today's final leg of the Canoe Nationals, the canoe team brought glory to the school with their performance in today's finals. The boys' team emerged as 2nd runner-ups in the overall placings. Although the girls team did not attain placings in the top 3, we were very sure they gave it their best shot they still performed well in their individual events as follows:

K4 500m 5th
K2 500m 1st and 3rd,
C2 1000m 3rd
C2 500m 2nd
K1 500m 5th
K4 1000m 4th
K2 1000m 2nd
K1 1000m 5th

Well done HC Canoe we are proud of you! :)

Hot off the press: Netball

In the Netball girl's opening match to their upcoming season, the team played against VJC where winning this match was a close shave with a score of 33-30.

However, the victory was marred by a knee injury to Goal Shooter Jaime Lye 5 minutes into the match. Let's wish her a speedy recovery!

Match Report: Wushu Finals

In the National Inter-School Wushu Championship 2009 started on the 1st of April and concluded on the 15th of April, with Hwachong emerging as the Overall Champions for the ‘A’ division boys and ‘B’ division boys and took home the challenge trophies for the respective divisions. While the ‘B’ division boys defeated traditional rivals Chung Cheng High (Main), our ‘A’ division boys managed to clinch the overall championship award despite stiff competition from powerhouses VJC, MJC and other rivals such as AJC.

The day began with high hopes of obtaining more medals for our team events to defeat our competitors by a clear margin. In the Group Quanshu event, our ‘A’ boys had a hard fight with VJC, managing to draw with VJC for the 1st placing in raw score, losing only by a small margin. We obtained a silver medal for the Group Weapon event as well, in spite of minor fumbles. Even though we conceded 2 gold medals for our final 2 events, our achievements in the individual events paid off and we managed to defeat 1st runner-up VJC by 1 point and unseat the defending champion from 2008, MJC.

A Boys Group Quanshu:



A Boys Group Weapon:



The ‘A’ division girls also did well, clinching a 3rd position and 6th position for the Group Weapon and Group Quanshu events respectively in the face of stiff competition.

A Girls Group Quanshu:



A Girls Group Weapon:



We would like to take this opportunity to thank our coaches, Mr Lee Kok Heng and Ms Han Mei Ling, for their guidance and motivation, teachers-in-charge Mr Tan Yang and Mr Kevin Chong for their continuous support and confidence in us, our teachers, for being kind and understanding when we missed lessons, the school for supporting us, our friends and supporters who were there for us and everyone else who helped us one way or another.

The Hwachong Wushu Team will continue to strive for greater heights and we hope to achieve even better results next year.

Presenting to you the Hwachong Wushu Competition Team:

‘A’ Division Boys
Ang Dun Yang (Captain) 08S6P
Kuo En Yi (Vice-Captain) 08S75
Nathaniel Gan 08S66
Jonathan Heng 08S6J
Koh Choon Chuan 08S6Q
Ong Han Ee 08S6H
Ong Yi Quan 08S6J
Tan Tong Hang 08A13
Xue Yuyu 08S6G
Justin Salim 09S67
Koh Yee Hong 09S65
Lee Hong Hui 09S6F
Yee Guang Yi 09S72


‘A’ Division Girls
Clarisse Look 08S70
Goh Yihui 08S70
Tan Hui Min 08S6K
Jasmine Tan 08S6P
Chai Wan Ngee 09S6E
Joanna Chan 09S7K
Chia Bih Yee 09S71
Foo Kai Qi 09A12
Long Qianqian 09S67
Ooi Ee Ning 09S61
Tan Hui Fang 09S74
Wong Yun Ting 09S7F
Liew Xiao Wei Christabel 09S71

Match Report: Trampoline Finals

A DIVISION TRAMPOLINE BOYS:















Name, Class, Score, Rank

DARRELL ANG 08S69, 9.3, 2nd

AKILAN SHAMUGARATNAM 09A14, 9.25, 4th

TAN CHUN YAN 08S6D, 9.15, 7th

JEVON CHANDRA 08S69, 9.1, 9th

ERWIN WAN 08S60, 8.95, 12th





















BOYS TEAM: 2ND


A DIVISION TRAMPOLINE GIRLS:















Name, Class, Score, Rank

LAU SHERNIN AMANDA, 09S6F 9.6, 1st

LOW YI JUN JEANNE, 08S77 9.2, 2nd

TAN CHEK YIN AMANDA, 09S68 8.95, 3rd

LIU JIAQI 09S7J, 8.3, 9th

NG JIE QI 09S75, 8, 12th

GIRLS TEAM: CHAMPIONS

Match Report: Touch Rugby Finals

Our school’s touch rugby girl’s team participated in the inaugural Nationals Inter School Touch Rugby championships at Turf City yesterday at 4.30 pm. Having been undefeated throughout the course of their season, the girls went into the game as outright favourites. Throughout the years, the touch rugby team has achieved stellar results in various touch rugby encounters such as the M1 Touch Rugby competition in which they have already won for 3 consecutive years. Undeniably, the team is both physically and mentally triumphant to give it their very best shot in today’s finals.

The team had to endure a punishing 2 consecutive games fixture in a single day against the likes of traditional powerhouses such as National Junior College (NJC) and Millenia Institute (MI) respectively. However, the morale of the team was well-boosted with the arrival of a substantial amount of supporters, including the school’s very own cheers ic and song ic, Ivan Ho and Yao Hui. Such strong support was clearly absent from the other teams present at the competition and was clearly indicative of the united school spirit the school boasts.

As the sun shone its intense ray onto the luscious greens of the turf city pitch, our girl’s team were hyped up for their first game against their biggest rival yet, NJC. The game was rather close at the start, with both teams forcing each other to commit several mistakes such as the dropping of the possession of the ball. However, as the game proceeded, the difference in class of both teams began to show as the team’s captain, Nicola Koh scored the first try around 10 minutes into the game.




As the NJC players began to show signs of fatigue, our players were simply outpacing and outplaying the opposing team. With the game progressing into the second half, the score gap started to widen, with vice-captain Kendra Tang doing her bid to help place the team onto the scoreboard by scoring 2 tries throughout the match. Nicola then further showed NJC why Hwa Chong was such a fearsome team by scoring another 2 tries. NJC then scored a late consolatory try but the results were clear to all, that the team has emerged victorious against NJC in this feisty encounter. 5-1 is the final score.



After a 30 minutes break, the team had to now pit themselves against MI. While the MI players were evidently more physically well-built, our players were determined to win this match to stake their claim as the rightful champions of touch rugby. With the cheers roaring from the spectators’ area, the team was fired up and raring to go. The second match paved the way for the younger J1 players such as Claudia Sng, Joleen Lee and Tay Xingxuan to have more playing time to allow time for over-exerted players in the first game to take sufficient rest.



For a long period in the first half, the score was at a stalemate. However, it was clearly evident that our players were engaging in a much more aggressive game play, most probably from the astute tactical genius of their coach, Karen. More notably, players such as Tan Ze Lei and Valerie Goh showed their pace and vision for the ball as they distinguished themselves from the MI players by outclassing them. Though MI showed glimpse of brilliance, the disciplined defence of Hwa Chong prevented them from keeping to their game plan and constantly disrupted the flow of their game.
Very soon, the first try came from the young uprising star of Hwa Chong touch rugby team, Joleen Lee. More signs of superiority came when both captains of the team, Kendra Tang and Nicola Koh scored 4 tries amongst them to further their lead to 5. Unfortunately, the team conceded a late try to MI before the final whistle signalled the end of the competition.

The girls team really showed their grit and determination by overcoming all odds to win both fixtures. The supporters also went into a state of frenzy as the coveted title was finally awarded to the deserving team.

Match Report: Canoeing

It has been 3 gruelling days of competition for our Hwa Chong Canoeists. Of the original 18 boat entries we have 9 boats in tomorrow's finals, where all our athletes will give their every last ounce of strength to fight for a medal placing.

The events our canoeists will be competing in tomorrow are:
K1 500m
K1 1000m
K2 500m (2)
K2 1000m
K4 500m
K4 1000m
C2 500m
C2 1000m

Having come so far, it is now time for the last stretch. This team will try our very best, so wish us luck for tomorrow!

Hot off the press: Track & Field, Day 4

The boys team remains in 1st place with 59 points, ahead of rivals RI
(57 points) and VJC (52 points).

The girls team has jumped to 2nd place at 31 points, behind RI (43 points).

A-Boys 400m Hurdles Heats:

Tommy Kee (09S73) - 01:01.15
Joel Chia (09S68) - 01:01.48

Tommy finished 3rd in his heat and proceeded to the final on 21/4.
Chia Yu Wei (08S6E) was forced to withdraw from the event due to a
recurrent hamstring injury.

A-Girls 400m Hurdles Heats:

Lee E-main (08S74) - 01:16.04
Penny Tan (09S79) - 01:16.84

E-main and Penny placed 4th and 2nd in their respective heats and

qualified for the final on 21/4.

A-Boys 100m Semi-Final:

Clement Lin (09A13) - 00:11.90
Timothy Yong (08S76) - 00:12.11

Despite giving it their all, Clement and Timothy were unable to
proceed to the final round of competition.

A-Girls 100m Semi-Final:

Bella Koh (09S79) - 00:14.29
Chong Jia Yuan (08S62) - 00:12.90
Lee Jia Wen (08S74) - 00:13.57

Jia Yuan and Jia Wen placed 1st and 2nd in their respective
semi-finals and qualified for the final on 23/4.

A-Girls High Jump Final:

Liza Ng (08S6H) - 1.62m (1st)
Goh Chui Ling (09A11) - 1.56m (2nd)
Marie Chia (08S65) - 1.45m (5th)

Liza broke her personal best twice and Chui Ling overcame an ankle
injury to her jumping leg to clinch the gold and silver medal
respectively, beating their opponents by a respectable margin. Marie
also broke her personal best but lost the 4th position on the
countback rule, saving their coach Mr David Woon some money.

A-Boys 4x100m Relay Heats:

Hwa Chong Institution - 00:45.45

With the loss of a main runner due to injury, the boys 4x100m relay
team's placing of 3rd in their heat was not enough to proceed to the
final.

A-Girls 4x100m Relay Heats:

Hwa Chong Institution - 00:52.02

The girls 4x100m relay team won their heat and qualified for the final on 23/4.

Match Report: Soccer Girls HCI vs TJC

The Hwa Chong Soccer girls celebrated their first win yesterday, 15 April 2009, after sealing a 2-0 victory over TJC.

One goal in each half proved to be the difference between the two teams at the end of 70 minutes. After dominating the match for much of the first half, HCI finally took the lead when striker #2 Mao Yezhen was rewarded for her efforts when she accelerated to meet vice-captain #13 Sarah Ng’s cross ahead of the opponents’ goalkeeper and finished off with a close-range strike.

The HC girls came out after half-time with the same spirit and again dominated the match, despite rampant cheering from travelling TJC supporters. Team HC threatened to get the second goal with every attack and was eventually awarded a free-kick near the left corner flag after a handball by a TJC player. Captain #9 Lynette Seow scored from the resultant free kick, thus securing the crucial second goal for the team.

Overall, Team HC played well and we will build on this result for subsequent matches. The team will be playing a critical match against MJC next Wednesday, 22nd April 2009. The match will be held at MJC at 1500 hrs. All supporters are welcomed.

Match Highlights: Water Polo Finals

Match Report: Tennis

The HC Tennis Team opened up the field today with a resounding 5-0 home-ground victory over opponents SRJC, setting the table for an exciting season indeed.

George Guan of 09S6D represented HC in the 1st singles, powering past his opponent with his mercurial tactics and deep ground strokes to quickly rack up an 8-0 lead, and a decisive 9-1 finish against a bewildered opponent.

Played simultaneously along with the 1st singles, the 2nd singles was lengthier, but by no means prosaic. In this one-sided match Gabriel Nio of 09S76 soundly silenced his opponent with a final score of 9-2 to clinch the second point for HC.

In the 1st doubles, Wilson Lee Shu fan and Leon Lee gave the audience a feast for the eyes with a dazzling display of smashes, volleys and service aces that stunned both the opponents and their linesmen. Though their first season playing together as partners, both players overcame the baptism of fire and followed through from a 6-3 lead to conclude the match at 9-3.

Oei Jun Long and Janus Low represented HC in the 2nd doubles. The start of the match saw a quick (3-0) lead by the pair, such was their teamwork. However during the later stages of the match the duo began to lose their focus, allowing their opponents to clinch some much needed points to push the game to (7-4). The lapse however, was quickly shrugged off by both players, who swiftly ended the match with a convincing 9-6 victory.

The 3rd singles, where teams normally concentrate their strength, saw Alvin Loh from 08S70 pitted against an opponent that just got steadier as the match progressed. However, even this boon was to no avail as he was no match for Alvin’s powerful play and merciless service and quickly yielded 9-3 to the team captain. The coup de grace was delivered and Hwachong Tennis emerged victorious! Congratulations!

Hot off the press: Track & Field, Day 3

The boys team remains in 1st place with 59 points, ahead of rivals RI
(57 points) and VJC (52 points).
The girls team is currently in 4th place with 11 points, trailing just behind ACJC (12 points) and VJC (13 points).


A-Boys 1500m Heats:

Li Zhenyang (08S7C) - 04:47.10
Li Jianrui (08S75) - 04:36.72
Tiong Wei Jie (08S6V) - 04:40.27

Zhenyang, Jianrui and Wei Jie placed 7th, 3rd and 5th in their
respective heats and qualified for the final on 23/4.

A-Girls 200m Semi-Finals:

Samantha Raeburn (09A16) - 00:28.81
Chong Jia Yuan (08S62) - 00:26.89
Melissa Wee (08S74) - 00:29.51

Samantha and Jia Yuan placed 2nd and 1st in their respective heats and
qualified for the final on 21/4.

A-Boys 200m Semi-Finals:

Cui Naisheng (08S6Q) - 00:23.49
Clement Lin (09A13) - 00:24.19

Naisheng and Clement placed 1st and 2nd in their respective heats and
qualified for the final on 21/4.

A-Boys 400m Semi-Finals:

Cui Naisheng (08S6Q) - 00:51.63

Naisheng finished 1st in his heat and qualified for the final on 20/4.

A-Girls 1500m Heats:

Louisa Chiew (08S68) - 05:14.79
Phua Fanli (08S6G) - 05:35.20
Emelyne Teo (08S73) - 05:36.85

Louisa, Fanli and Emelyne placed 3rd, 5th and 6th in their respective
heats to qualify for the final on 20/4.

A-Boys Triple Jump:

Chew Guan Yu (08S6B) - 13.44m (4th)
Aran Atsuo (08A12) - 13.26m (5th)
Lee Zheng Lin (09A16) - 13.17m (6th)

Guan Yu, Aran and Zheng Lin finished just outside the medals,
clinching the 4th, 5th and 6th positions.

Hot off the press: Squash

Our Squash boys team defeated TJC in a largely one sided game in which all 5 of our players defeated their opponents in straight sets.

5-0 to Hwa Chong.

Hot off the press: Touch Rugby

Our Touch Rugby Girls played their last two matches at the inaugural Nationals Inter School Touch Rugby championships against NJC and MI and successfully ended their season undefeated by winning both matches 5-1.

They are National Champions! Well Done Touch Ruggers! :)

Hot off the press: Wushu

On the final day of competition, the Hwa Chong Wushu Team delivered the goods, after winning 2 Silvers today, and emerged as Overall National Champions!

Well Done Wushu!

Hot off the press: Track and Field, Day 2

The boys team remains in 1st place with 47 points, ahead of rivals RI
(44 points) and VJC (42 points).
The girls team is currently in 4th place with 11 points, trailing just
behind ACJC (12 points) and VJC (13 points).

A-Boys 100m Heats:

Clement Lin (09A13) - 00:11.65
Chia Yu Wei (08S6E) - 00:13.61
Timothy Yong (08S76) - 00:12.11

Clement and Timothy placed 2nd and 4th in their respective heats and
qualified for the semi-finals. Unfortunately, Yu Wei was forced to
pull out of his race as he aggravated an old hamstring injury.

A-Girls 100m Heats:

Chong Jia Yuan (08S62) - 00:12.91
Lee Jia Wen (08S74) - 00:13.40
Bella Koh (09S79) - 00:14.30

Jia Yuan, Jia Wen and Bella placed 1st, 2nd and 5th in their

respective heats and qualified for the semi-finals.

A-Boys Pole Vault Final:

Chuang Xue An (09S64) - 3.40m (4th)
Roy Ang (08S6T) - 3.40m (5th)
Benjamin Ng (09S7F) - DNQ

Xue An and Roy both jumped a height of 3.40m to finish just outside
the medals, with Roy losing to Xue An on countback. Benjamin was
unheighted despite crossing 4.00m on his first attempt, as his jump
was ruled as a foul.

A-Girls Discus Final:

Ling Pei Lih (09S7K) - 29.05m
Quek Gou Jun (09A15) - DNQ
Melissa Sng (08A10) - DNQ

Pei Lih broke her personal best to clinch the bronze medal with an
effort of 29.05m.

A-Boys 400m Heats:

Cui Naisheng (08S6Q) - 00:54.86

Naisheng finished 3rd in his heat and qualified for the semi-finals.

A-Boys 5000m Final:

Gary Tse (09S79) - 18:00.49 (6th)
Guang Yunfeng (08S6A) - 19:00.42 (12th)
Augustine Tan (09S66) - 21:23.74 (20th)

Gary ran 18:00.49 to finish within the top 8.

A-Girls Triple Jump Final:

Amanda Lau (09S6F) - 10.31m (6th)
Marie Chia (08S65) - 10.27m (7th)
Sim Chai Ping (08S78) - DNQ

With only a few months of preparation, Amanda and Marie managed to
finish within the top 8, even though triple jump was not their main
event. Marie also broke her personal best.

Hot off the press: Canoe Heats

K1 1000m – Mervyn Toh (1st Heat 1)
Oon Shui Kun (2nd Heat 2)

K2 1000m – Samuel Chin, Ho Hin Yang (1st Heat 1)
Shao Fei, Ng Shu Ren (2nd Heat 2)

K4 1000m – Tan Jun Hong, Timothy Tay, Leo Bing Yeow, Kevin Ng (1st Heat 1)

C1 1000m – Leroy Chan (6th Heat 1)
Eric Huang (3rd Heat 3)

C2 1000m – Marcus Goh, Ong Wee Keat (4th in Heat 1)
Daniel Soo, Cao Zhe Hou (2nd in Heat 2)

Mervyn, Samuel and Hin Yang, and the K4 made it to the finals. Shui Kun, Eric, Shao Fei and Shu Ren, Daniel and Zhe Hou will paddle in the semis.

Featured Athlete of the Week: Ang Dun Yang

With his recent stellar achievement of obtaining the gold medal in the last Wushu Individuals Championship, Dunyang has been talent spotted to be interviewed as our Athlete of the week to be featured on HC Unite! Read on to find out more on this budding athlete through a mini email interview conducted. :)


1) How did your interest in wushu begin? What ignited your passion for it?

Seniors! When I was in high school, I joined Wushu half-heartedly (actually I joined cause my friend was interested...), but I soon realised that it's really fun, cause the seniors in high school were really cool and they made training very enjoyable (and tough). I would always remember the times when they executed their jumps and flouted their flexibility :) It inspired me to train harder and to someday reach their level of competence.
2) How do you prepare for wushu competitions?

As the competition nears, I would usually start doing checks on the more difficult movements of my competition routine, to ensure that I would be able to nab the landings of the jumps confidently and not panic one day before competition... Also, as Wushu is a demonstration sport, what most of us would do is to video ourselves or to ask our teammates to look at our routines. This way, we would be able to help each other spot mistakes and to correct our postures for each other.
3) Your results- Gold Medal for Wushu Individuals Championship- is indeed commendable! How do you balance your academic commitments, and pursuit for excellence in wushu? Share with us your secret in doing so! : D

Thank you! But I think I can't answer this question, cause I can't say that my results are anywhere near terrific... :P Anyways, during competition period, I would just prioritize and hand in important work, otherwise I would just inform the teachers, to avoid their wrath...
4) I'm sure your journey thus far must have been a tough one. Were there any downturns you faced at any point? If so, how did you overcome it?

Considering what my teammates have gone through, I think my setbacks were pretty minor. The most significant being minor muscle injuries that lasted for weeks. Hence, I think I'm rather fortunate and I cherish that a lot :)
5) Any words to aspiring wushu athletes out there? :D

The initial training is tough and dry, but don give up! Keep an open mind, perfect the techniques and soon you'll understand why we love Wushu so much :D
6) Last but not least, are you still single and available? :)))

This is a very sensitive question, but if I don answer people will say I'm scheming, so I'll say I'm single...

Hot off the press: Track and Field, Day 1

Updates for Day 1 of the 50th National Inter School Track & Field Championships 2009 (13/4):
The boys team currently stands in 1st place; no divisional ranking for A-Girls yet, as no finals have been completed.

A-Boys 800m Heats:

Choo Shi Jun (08S6Q) - 02:05.78
Tiong Wei Jie (08S6V) - 02:13.71
Li Zhenyang (08S7C) - 02:15.78
Shi Jun, Wei Jie and Zhenyang placed 2nd, 5th and 8th in theirrespective heats and qualified for the semi-finals.

A-Girls 200m Heats:

Samantha Raeburn (09A16) - 00:28.56
Chong Jia Yuan (08S62) - 00:27.39
Melissa Wee (09S74) - 00:29.79
Samantha, Jia Yuan and Melissa placed 2nd, 1st and 4th in their respective heats and qualified for the semi-finals.

A-Boys 200m Heats:

Clement Lin (09A13) - 00:24.16
Tan Jun Lin (08S6C) - 00:25.65
Cui Naisheng (08S6Q) - 00:23.71

Clement and Naisheng placed 2nd and 1st in their respective heats and
qualified for the semi-finals.

A-Boys Javelin Final:

Adriel Goh (08S6Q) - 54.71m (2nd)
Justin Lee (09S73) - 54.29m (3rd)
Neo Liang Tiong (09S6D) - 49.71m (4th)
Adriel, Justin and Liang Tiong maintained the boys team's dominance in the throws events by clinching the 2nd, 3rd and 4th placings.

A-Girls 800m Heats:

Francoise Lee (09S6A) - 02:38.11
Sheila Cheng (09S69) - 02:39.19
Melvis Lim (09S64) - 02:35.91
Francoise, Sheila and Melvis placed 2nd, 4th and 3rd in their respective heats and qualified for the semi-finals.

A-Boys Long Jump Final:

Joel Seow (09S63) - 6.71m (1st)
Chew Guan Yu (08S6B) - 6.55m (4th)
Aran Atsuo (08A12) - 6.13m (6th)
Joel and Guan Yu broke their personal bests to finish 1st and 4th,while Aran's limited preparation did not stop him from finishing within the top 8.

Season Preview: Track and Field

The Hwa Chong Track & Field team boasts a rich legacy of success built upon the dedication, commitment and passion of generations ofseniors. Its 64 members, comprising sprinters, hurdlers, jumpers,throwers, and middle distance and cross country runners, have been training fervently towards the team's common goal of winning the team championships, in the process setting personal bests in their individual events.

While training can be physically and mentally exhausting at times, ournever-say-die spirit and enthusiasm keeps us going, and serves as adriving force for the team. Last year, the girls team won the team championship for the first time since 2002, and the boys team emerged a stronger and more determined team after finishing as 2nd runner-ups. This year's season, from April 13-23, proves to be a challenging one because of the shorter preparation time owing to the rescheduling of the 2-week competition from July to April.



Nonetheless, in preparation for the 50th National Schools Track & Field Championships 2009, the team has participated in the four Allcomers Meets organised by the Singapore Athletic Association, as well as the SPH Schools Relay Championships 2009, with the girls4x200m relay team clinching silver in the latter. The team promises to continue the tradition of excellence and and end with a strong finish,without any regrets.





Match Report: Table Tennis

HCTT edged closer to their double champions goal with 3-2 and 3-1 victories over their opponents in the A’Div Boys and Girls semi-finals matches respectively.


In the A’Div Girls Match, Liauw Wan Ling spearheaded the first singles of the encounter with NYJC. Her ferocious aggressive playing style and steady defensive strategies were sufficient in seeing off her opponent in straight sets. Next up was the doubles pair of May Tan and Han Yu Shi. The comeback queens, as evident from the previous match of which they saved 2 match points in, struggled to reach top form at the crucial moments and eventually fell to the NYJC counterparts 9-11, 9-11, 10-12.

The second singles was played by the team ace player Kwa Hui Qi. Hui Qi, who suffered her first defeat in the last match, was clearly distracted by her loss and swiftly found herself 2-0 down in the mach. However, with the reassurance of the coach and the support of her teammates, she regained her confidence and more importantly, her cool and composure, clawing her way back to turn the tables 3-2. This proved to be the pivotal point of the semi- finals match, as the second doubles pairing of Evelyn Koh and Wang Xun easily wrapped things up with a 3-1 victory, propelling the A’ Girls into the finals.

The A’Div Boys match was a fierce and competitive encounter though the eventual scoreline flattered our opponents. Leong Yun Hao was once again given the responsibility to play the first singles. Yun Hao was stunned as his opponent took the first set against the run of play. However, Yun Hao steadied himself and relied on his swift and powerful forehand and backhand drives to see off his opponent 3-1.

The first doubles featured Mark Hee and David Wong. In this tight and feisty battle, the duo was unable to convert their chances during important points despite taking the match to their opponents for large periods, and was made to pay for their mistakes as they lost 1-3. Zhang Sai took on the second singles and despite a shaky start, he remained sharp like before, dispatching his opponents in the most one-sided match of the semi-finals encounter.
It was then up to Yap Chun Kai and Kenneth Ler to dash NJ’s bid to enter the finals as the duo played the second doubles. Suffering from back-to-back defeats, the pair was determined to make this match count for them. Their resilience paid off as they came back twice down to level the scores at 2-2.
In the deciding set, the pair led 9-7 after a quick succession of points which included precise defending and accurate shotmaking. However, a net ball winner which went against their way diverted the momentum to the NJ pair, and despite saving three match points, they were unable to take the match. Therefore, the burden of the last singles was yet again left on Lim Jie Yan. Jie Yan showed no signs of mercy to this opponent, finishing the match in straight sets in approximately 10 minutes.


With these wins, HCTT has successfully progressed to the finals of the A’ Div Nationals Finals. Our paddlers will be facing off with RI(JC) next Thursday, 23 April 2009.