MANILA, Philippines – Two weeks into the 30th Southeast Asian Games, the Singapore Indoor Women’s Hockey team extends their start in the tournament with a 1-0 win in the thrilling Singapore-Philippines match.
The winning goal bagged by Ms O Ming Fen during the Singapore-Philippines match last Saturday (Dec 7), secured a podium finish for Singapore.
The 36 year-old Physical Education teacher who has been playing Hockey for 23 years, shares her thoughts on planting the winning penalty shot, “It was an ecstatic moment when the ball hit the back board of the goal post” she quipped. “It was a short corner we had trained numerous times! A precious and memorable goal to remember for life.”
Head coach Redzuan B Ponirin added that it was a “tremendous achievement for indoor hockey” and “they (women’s team) manage to step up to attain joint-third to better their last SEA games placing”
After an astounding match up against Thailand drawing 1-1, the Singapore indoor men’s hockey team qualified for semi-finals and emerged overall third place in the 30th Southeast Asian Games.
The team maintained their bronze medal following last edition’s SEA Games at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia back in 2017.
Head coach Redzuan B Ponirin said: “The players have made huge sacrifices – all for the flag on the chest. We’ve had so many obstacles along the way, but I have a group of players that is willing to give their all for the team.
“The Federation gave the best assistance and guidance as they can. It’s definitely a team effort to achieve the medals.”