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SINGAPORE WATER POLO MEN’S TEAM KICKS OFF SEA SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS WITH AN EMPHATIC WIN OVER THAILAND


Singapore Ooi Yee Jia (blue cap) throws the ball through the Thailand’s goalkeeper outstretched hands, and into the net. (Photo: SSC)


Singapore kick started their bid to prove they are the region’s best by comprehensively beating Thailand 11-2 on match day 1 of the inaugural Southeast Asia (SEA) Swimming Championships 2012.

The Singapore Under-23 water polo team, having seen their predecessors won the SEA Games gold medal 24 times, was never troubled throughout the match, often entertaining the packed grandstand with spectacular long shots.

For Singapore head coach Lee Sai Meng however, he had hoped for more of those shot to go into the goal.

“We missed a lot of (scoring) opportunities. No disrespect to Thailand, but we could have scored a lot more,” said Lee.

Singapore started the match well and was always a threat on the attack, while keeping it tight in defense. The team raced to a 5-0 lead after two quarters of play, but was left to rue their wastefulness in front of goal for not putting the game beyond the reach of their opponent.
 


 
Singapore Koh Jian Ying (blue cap) scores a penalty shot in the SEA Swimming Championships 2012 men’s Under-23 water polo match against Thailand. (Photo: SSC)


Singapore’s wastefulness was left unpunished by the Thais, as they were also guilty of missing chances. Thailand finally got on the scoreboard in the third quarter with a thunderous shot on goal, much to the delight of their supporters.

However, Thailand’s revival was short-lived as Singapore showed their superiority in the fourth quarter. The team started converting their chances, and even scored three goals in three minutes.

Singapore won the match 11-2.

Singapore captain Loh Zhi Zhi was pleased with the victory, but cautioned that there’s still room for improvement.

He said: “It was a good start to the tournament. We missed a few chances and could have scored more, but as the tournament goes on, and the team gels, we should increase our shooting percentage.”
 

 
 
Thailand Varistha Saraikarn (white cap) attempts a shot on goal in the SEA Swimming Championships 2012 women’s water polo match against Malaysia. (Photo: SSC)


In the earlier matches, the Indonesia women’s water polo team was rarely troubled as they taught The Philippines a lesson with a 17-1 thrashing.

The second match of the night saw Thailand women’s water polo team fought off a tight first two quarters of the match against Malaysia to win 16-9.

The SEA Swimming Championships 2012 continues tomorrow with daily water polo action until the 1
st of June 2012. Ticket to the event cost $5.00 and could be purchased from Ms. Afena at [email protected] or 6258 1011 (ext 22).

For more information and results of the event, visit
http://www.seaswim.org/results_waterpolo.html

For photos on match day one of the water polo action, visit
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ssc-sportsphotography/sets/72157629935784724/