Under 19 SEASAC Division 1 Girls Football by Mr Radcliffe, Head of Senior Sport & PE
With their recent triumph at Harrow, Bangkok, our Under 19 Girls Football team completed a remarkable five successive SEASAC Division 1 titles. This is a truly exceptional achievement and one which the school is very proud of.
Coming off the back of winning the Division 1 ACSIS title just a few days before, the girls were once again expected to perform well at SEASAC, however a disappointing first day with two defeats meant they faced a difficult route to the final. After first beating Bangkok Patana in the quarters, this route felt even more precarious when 2-0 down after just five minutes of the semi-final against UWCD, but the team showed tremendous resilience to fight their way back to a 5-2 victory and set up a final against Alice Smith. Having lost to Alice Smith on day one it was sure to be a tense and closely contested final and it was once again an uphill struggle after going behind after just two minutes but, as is the sign of any good team, Tanglin fought their way back and eventually triumphed 4-3.
Emma, the team's captain, has played a part in all five SEASAC victories, playing for the first time and scoring in the final when she was in Year 8. Now in Year 12 she was once again an outstanding player in the tournament, scoring a hat trick in the final. Emma had this to say: "SEASAC football is always the highlight of my year. This year was a tough tournament with a rough start on day one. Our team is one of the newest, yet strongest squads I have played for, with team members spanning over six year groups. It was such an achievement for all of us to keep the five year winning streak alive and we hope we can continue the tradition next year!"
The Under 18 Tanglin Rugby team won the Sithawalla SCC 7's Cup for the fifth consecutive year and eighth time in 10 years. Since its inception in 1980, only the Anglo Chinese Junior College has won the cup more times during their dominance in the early 2000's.
This season, we have focused on doing the basic things very well and keeping the tempo high. If we achieved that then we believed we wouldn't be far away from success. Against a well-coached and physically larger UWCD team in the final, Tanglin dominated for most parts of the game, keeping the ball alive at every opportunity and forcing the Dover team to cover a lot of ground. The pace of Fraser and Tobias caused UWCD all kinds of trouble as they combined to score all of Tanglin's points. Although there was one lapse in concentration to allow Dover in for a consolation try, the boys were happy with a 15-7 win.
Captain, Kit said: "I was very proud of the team and how we performed, as we have all trained very hard and it is always nice to win, especially with the pressure of the success of the previous years. For some of our players it was their first tournament, however they shone on the occasion and it was fantastic to see how well the team bonded. When the final whistle blew all of the boys were cheering and relieved as we came through with a well fought win."
Rugby photo credit: Mr McConnachie