Singapore off to winning start in first major event at OCBC Aquatic Centre
14 June, 2014
Our men's national water polo team got off to a winning start at the TYR 2nd Southeast Asian Swimming Championships 2014. Rising above his opponent and shooting for goal is Singapore's No.3 Chiam Yun Kang (above, right). (Photo by Sport Singapore/ Shao Jie)
The Singapore water polo team got off to a best possible start at the TYR 2nd Southeast Asian Swimming Championships 2014 with an emphatic 18-5 win over Malaysia. Our water polo boys (U23 team) made a great start in the very first major event at the OCBC Aquatic Centre.
After leading the first quarter with a score of 5-1, Singapore followed up with 4-0 run to end the half, shutting down the opponent with their relentless defense. They were solid in the first half with a commanding 8 point lead 9-1.
In the third period, the Singapore team extended their lead to 11 with the score standing at 14-3. 15-year-old Yu Jun Jie from the Singaporean team showed great promise, scoring 3 goals for the national team.
Singapore Player Yu Jun Jie shared: "I was a bit too nervous as it was my first game for the country but at the same time, I feel honoured. Some of my team members know me quite well and they speak to me nicely and tell me what I need to do."
Singapore Captain Koh Jian Ying said: "The team played well today and we hope to improve our performance. Our finishing could be better. There were several clear cut chances but we did not convert. For the younger players it is a good experience for them."
"The Singapore team played well and was solid in preventing shots and forcing a lot of turnovers for Malaysia", said Tony, a Singaporean spectator.