SINGAPORE - Fairfield Methodist Secondary School (FMSS) retained their B Division squash title with a 4-1 win over Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) at the Kallang Squash Centre yesterday.
Two years ago, ACS (I) won with the same scoreline when the two schools met in the final.
This time, however, a more confident FMSS saw their rivals off, after overcoming Raffles Institution for their maiden title last year.
Said coach Vicki He: "This is a batch of boys who are talented and committed.
"They trained very hard, over and above school training, and also took part in tournaments outside of school."
Their latest victory was a fourth straight schools national title for this group of players, after clinching the C Division titles in 2011 and 2012.
Most of them picked up the sport only after joining the co-curricular activity, but captain Kojiro Tan, 16, attributes their success to discipline and a good mindset.
"I think we've matured a lot. In Sec 1, we were quite childish; we wouldn't be serious during training. But then we decided that we wanted to be serious and help our school clinch titles," he said.
"They're really united," added He of her players, who emerged from the squash court after every single game to find a team-mate ready for a supportive handshake or high-five.
"As a team, they motivate one another."
Raffles Girls' Secondary beat Singapore Chinese Girls' School on Tuesday to retain their B Division title, although they lost the C Division to the same rivals.
This article was published on April 25 in The Straits Times.
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