The Singapore women's water polo team (in blue caps) clinched the gold medal after a hard-fought victory over Thailand. (Photo by Sport Singapore/ Lim Sau Boon)
The Singapore team was caught unawares with the first goal by Thailand at 5 seconds into the game. With 1:56 mins left in the first quarter, S'pore's No. 5 (Adelyn Yew) swept in the first goal amidst much cheers from the spectators.
The second quarter saw an intense fight from both ends. Thailand scored the second goal and with 4 seconds left in the game, S'pore's No. 4 (Mary Kan) equalised at 2-2.
In the third quarter, S'pore's No. 2 (Gina Koh) shot in the third goal with 5 mins left in the game. Thailand equalised again at 4 mins. With the spectators hanging at the edge of their seats, the third quarter ended with the score at 4-4.
The last quarter started with a goal from Thailand's No. 6 (Korukapan Puengpongsakll). S'pore's No. 10 (Denise Chen) made a swift attack and scored, with the OCBC Aquatic Arena resounding with cheers from the mainly Singaporean spectators. The game ended when goal number 6 came from S'pore's No. 8 (Lynette Jane). The hard fought victory for Team Singapore was sweet.
Ardent supporter Alicia Lim, currently in the youth squad, was cheering her lungs out with her fellow team mates. She felt that each quarter was such a tough fight as both sides are quite evenly matched. Kudos to the goal keeper, Low Seet Teng, for saving so many shots !
Neo Ser Han, currently in the national squad, said: “ Two days ago – Thailand also played against S'pore, and we lost 4-6. I’m glad that Singapore has kept our winning streak in the competitions.”
Singapore Captain Tan Su-Lynn thanked the spectators for their support and shared that they will continue to train hard for the World Cup in Russia and Asian Games in Incheon.
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