SEA Games 2019: Hockey women lock in medal after win over Philippines
07 December 2019
By Angelina Dass
Singapore’s women hockey team has guaranteed themselves a podium finish after beating Philippines 1-0 in the preliminaries on Friday (6 Dec) at the LB Centtro Mall & Convention Center.
Juliet Lim in action for the Singapore Women’s Hockey team.
O Ming Fen scored the solitary goal in the final minute of the first half off a penalty corner, which was all according to the plan. According to Head Coach Redzuan Ponirin, the team set out to create penalty corner opportunities as they were confident of converting them as they had been “practicing and visualising” the set-piece.
“Our strategy was (also) to have our defence right and seize the opportunity if it is present. The team's focus was to get the structure right, stay alert and calm. A lot of the defence structure such as V-shape, L-shape, stick down,” he added.
Singapore celebrates the only goal of the game that came about from a penalty corner.
Looking forward to the semi-finals, Redzuan says they will play as they have been for the earlier games.
“The win has ensured us a medal. It reduces the stress and pressure for the team in the next few games. The team strategy and format will stay the same which focuses on the defence strategies and seize the opportunity for counter attacks,” said the former Malaysia Hockey player.
Singapore will meet Thailand on Sunday (8 Dec) in their final match of the single round robin phase. The top four teams will advance to the semi-finals, with medal matches to follow.
Singapore’s men’s team suffered a 6-0 loss to defending champions Malaysia. They will need to beat Myanmar (7 Dec) and Thailand (8 Dec) to book their spot in the semi-finals.
Timothy Goh in action for the Singapore Men’s Hockey team.
Commenting on the defeat Redzuan said: “Our opponents were a class above our team. We were able to match them during the match at various stages but they were able to take their chances better.”