School sports: Audacious Amirul

School sports: Audacious Amirul
Raffles Institution's (RI) Muhammad Amirul Afiq (in black) tussles with Anglo-Chinese JC's (ACJC) Vignesa Pasupathy during the finals of the Schools National A Division Floorball championship held on 29 May, 2014.

He rescued his team in the semi-finals with the crucial equaliser and then scored the winning penalty that took them to the final.

Amirul Afiq Bakthiar, 17, was the hero again yesterday as he netted the winner to secure Raffles Institution's (RI) second Schools National A Division floorball title with a 3-2 win over Anglo-Chinese Junior College (ACJC) at the Bedok Sports Hall.

The last time RI lifted the floorball A Division title was in 2008.

Amirul told The New Paper: "It feels good, man. All the hours of training finally paid off.

"But, for me to score the winning goal again just like in the semis, I can't believe it."

In Tuesday's semi-final, Amirul's goal levelled the scores at 5-5 against floorball powerhouse Meridian Junior College in the final seconds.

He then scored the winning penalty for RI, sending them to the final with a 7-5 victory.

ALL GUNS BLAZING

In the final yesterday, Amirul's third-minute opener and Nicholas Ho's 11th-minute goal gave RI a 2-0 lead.

ACJC then came out with all guns blazing in the final period.

Kumaresa Pasupathy and his twin Vignesa levelled the scores at 2-2 with just five minutes left, and it looked like they had the momentum.

But, with just two minutes remaining, Amirul fired home from the centre of the court to send the RI supporters into a frenzy.

He said: "I'd be lying if I said I meant to score, but I wanted to try my luck.

"There was nothing to lose since it was the final few minutes and I'm glad I took the chance."

Vignesa, 18, wasn't surprised at Amirul's audacious goal.

Amirul, Vignesa and Kumaresa play for the same floorball team - Skools Innebandy - in the Singapore Floorball League's first division.

Vignesa (below, in blue) said: "We texted each other last night about how nervous we both were.

"It's the first time we've played against each other and I knew he'd be the biggest threat to us. I've never seen him score from way out like that, but I can't say I'm surprised he'd try it.

"Frankly, I'd rather have him as a teammate than an opponent."

In the girls' final, Yishun Junior College defeated defending champions Meridian Junior College 3-2 to win their first A Division floorball championship.


This article was first published on May 30, 2014.
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