Compared to other sports disciplines, floorball is considered a relatively new sport, but it is one of the most popular sports at the 2016 Singapore National Games (SNG).
M&C (in red) compete against Greendale during the floorball competition of the Singapore National Games at Toa Payoh Sports Hall. Photo: Sport Singapore
The sport had made its debut at the SNG only this year but it has attracted about 1,000 participants, including several teams at school level.
“I think (the response from) the community has been great, so it’s a real show of force by the community,” said competition manager Robbie Cheang, who was optimistic that the level of participation spelled positive growth for the sport.
Added the 32-year-old: “You get to see multiple national players playing in the teams so it’s (at a) very high level, and you get to see a lot of the up and coming youngsters in the under-17 category.”
For some fresh faces such as Greendale Secondary’s under-17 teams, the SNG provides a platform for growth and allows them to be exposed to higher levels of competition.
Greendale coach Jacintha Chua speaks to her players during the floorball competition of the Singapore National Games. Photo: Sport Singapore
“Because it’s not school level, it’s good that the girls and the boys get to be exposed to the different level of play,” said Greendale coach Jacintha Chua.
“We’re quite a new team, and most of them (the players) just started playing and the opponents are really experienced,” said the 29-year-old, who was pleased with the level of competition.
“It’s somewhere that we can work towards to, like looking at better players and better teams, and how we can get there.”