Team Singapore celebrates winning the gold medal in front of the crowd (Photo Credit: Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee / Action Images via Reuters)
The final event of the 28th SEA Games ended in glory for Singapore with the men’s water polo team defeating a determined Indonesia 15-10 on Tuesday at the OCBC Aquatic Centre.
It was Singapore’s 26th consecutive gold in men’s water polo and ensured the Republic ended with 84 gold medals - second only to Thailand in the overall medal standings.
Yip Yang was outstanding for Singapore, scoring four goals in the final and ending as the tournament’s top scorer with 18 goals.
Singapore led 3-1 after the first quarter but their opponents fought back well in the second to enter half-time just a point down at 7-6.
The high scoring continued in the third quarter with nine goals between the two teams as Singapore took a 12-10 advantage into the final quarter of the contest.
Singapore tightened up their defending in the final quarter, keeping out Indonesia. while adding three goals of their own to make sure their domination of SEA Games water polo continued.
Team Singapore's Yip Yang in action (Photo Credit: Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee / Action Images via Reuters)
“I think we did OK but we could have done better,” said Yang. “The conditions were tough, they were a good team but at the end of the day we just went all out and did our best,” he added.
“Maybe we got a bit complacent when we got a few goals up and that allowed them to get back into it. Good sides will come back at you. But I think in the end our supremacy was shown and we managed to get the goals and put it away at the end,” he said.
Coach Lee Sai Meng was pleased with the victory but felt his team were not at their best.
“We think we started well but overall it was just average,” he said, adding that the pressure of playing in front of their friends and so many fans in such a high-profile game may have got to his team.
“They were excited” he said, “I think the most important thing is focus and there were times when the concentration lapsed,” he added.