Team Singapore's Yang Yip (L) in action against South Korea during their Preliminary Round match (Photo by Vivek Prakash / Sport Singapore)
Team Singapore’s Men’s Water Polo team fell to a 20-9 defeat to Kazakhstan in their preliminary game on Saturday, but they will take heart from the way they fought to the end after a poor start.
Team Singapore trailed 7-0 after the first period but regrouped and lost the second period 4-2 before an impressive third period where they matched their opponents 4-4.
“It was pretty tough,” said captain Eugene Teo.“We had a slow start, down 0-7 in first quarter. Maybe we were a bit sluggish at the start but we picked up our pieces and played hard and from then on only lost by four goals in the three quarters.”
The team made several adjustments after the difficult opening period but Teo said the main one was mental.
“It was a more a change of our mindset – we went in with the mindset that there is nothing to lose – this is one of the highest level games that we will ever meet,” he said.
The next test for the Southeast Asian Champions will be a huge one against China in the cross-over game.
“We have to take the positives from this game into the China game. Everyone is thinking positively,” said Teo.