RI determined to bounce back after losing both A Division overall titles
THE latest chapter of the rivalry in the lanes between powerhouses Anglo-Chinese Junior College (ACJC) and Raffles Institution (RI) was written yesterday as the former swept both the boys’ and girls’ overall titles at the Schools National A Division Bowling Championships finals.
Each of these schools has won four overall titles in the last four years but yesterday belonged to the side from Dover Close East.
As ACJC’s double gold victory was confirmed, the loudest cheers of the day erupted at Orchid Country Club as the boys’ title was reclaimed from RI while the girls were triumphant for the third consecutive year.
ACJC boys’ captain Benjamin Quek said: “This is something we set out to do since day one. We put in so much work, so much effort, so much everything. We are finally here. I am so grateful.
“The reason why we did so well is because we did it for the school. Personal glory always comes after school glory.”
His girls’ team counterpart Ellis Leong was equally jubilant, calling the double victory a win “that made our hearts melt”.
But RI’s national bowler Joey Yeo has vowed to bounce back, saying: “I wouldn’t say we lost; these defeats only make our juniors stronger. I’ve no regrets.”
While the big prizes were swept by ACJC, Millennia Institute’s (MI) Isabelle Lee, a third-year student, caused a stir by clinching her school’s first-ever all-events girls’ gold to add to the silver she won two years ago.
The 18-year-old said: “I’m quite happy, because it (the victory) was quite a shock.
“Today was the toughest. Though I was leading, there was still the worry that others could catch up.”
The 18-year-old also hopes her feats can spur her fellow MI bowlers to more wins.