School sports: Bowen girls are goal-scoring machine

School sports: Bowen girls are goal-scoring machine

GIRLS' B DIVISION FINAL

BOWEN SEC SCH 5 (ONG YAN LING 8, 39, JAZLYN ABDULLAH 10, NUR FARADILA RAFIDI 12, 31)

SIGLAP SEC SCH 0

They've been winning titles since they first came together in the C Division.

And the girls from Bowen Secondary School, led by TNP School Sports Star 2013 winner Sasi Kala Tamang, continued that winning streak in the Girls' B Division football competition at the Jalan Besar Stadium yesterday.

They successfully defended their B Division crown, showing their superiority with a resounding 5-0 win over Siglap Secondary School.

Head coach Yeong Sheau Shyan lauded her team for their dominating performance throughout the national schools' competition.

Modestly, Yeong added: "We were lucky to be placed in a weaker group this year and managed to get to the final with big wins.

"The girls have also played together since their days in the C Division, so they have great chemistry."

Bowen Secondary were the clear favourites going into the final, boasting three 16-year-olds who were at the top of the scoring charts.

HOT SHOTS

Nur Faradila Rafidi had notched up 14 goals, Ong Yan Ling had struck nine and Sasi Kala boasted seven strikes.

While the Siglap girls managed to keep Sasi Kala quiet, they could not stop Nur Faradila and Yan Ling, who grabbed two goals apiece in yesterday's rout.

Speaking after the win, Yan Ling said: "We knew we had to believe in ourselves to win the division again because if you don't do that, you can't be champions."

She went on to express a desire to play professionally one day.

"Right now I'm playing because I love the sport, but if I can improve my game and bring it to a higher level, then maybe I'll think about playing full time."

Nur Faradila finished with 16 goals to win the Girls' B Division top scorer award.

Said an ecstatic Nur Faradila: "We've all played and won together for four years now, and it's our final year playing as a team so that made the win extra special."

THIRD/FOURTH-PLACE RESULT

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This article was published on April 2 in The New Paper.

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