By Sean Loo
For the ninth time in a row, Hall of Residence 3 emerged as the overall champion of the recently concluded Inter-Hall Games (IHG).
The games took place from 12 Dec last year to 22 Feb.
“I’m just glad to have been able to see my players’ hardwork pay off because they truly deserved the results they achieved,” said Hall 3 sports secretary Derrick Lim, a second-year School of Civil and Environmental Engineering student.
Hall 3 will be gunning for their 10th successive overall title at next year’s games, and Lim urged his teammates to continue putting in the hard work.
“We have to keep training like we always have as we can’t afford to just rest on our laurels,” said the 25-year-old.
Hall 3’s performance was a big improvement from last year’s performance. They finished on 81 points, a whopping 24 points ahead of runner-up, Hall 2.
In contrast, they finished on 70 points last year — only 5 points ahead of Hall 16.
Hall 3 emerged top in eight different events — men’s volleyball, women’s volleyball, men’s hockey, badminton, sepak takraw, track and field, swimming and touch rugby.
While they also clinched victories in eight events last year, this year saw all of Hall 3’s sports teams progressing to at least the quarter-finals, with 20 out of their 21 teams finishing in the top four.
Hall 16 finished in third place with 56 points, just one point shy of runner-up Hall 2’s tally of 57.
Although they ended the games with a bronze in the overall rankings, Hall 16 did manage to reclaim the gold medal in football.
They edged out defending champions Hall 3 in a keenly contested final on the last day of the tournament, recovering the football championship they last won two years ago.
Hall 16 football captain Tan Zheng Yee told the Nanyang Chronicle that the passion of his team was the primary reason for their ability to overcome adversities and emerge as champions.
“We were at a disadvantage due to unforeseen circumstances like the weather,” said the 23-year-old.
The second-year student from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences explained that their quarter-final match was postponed due to inclement weather, giving them less time to rest before their subsequent matches.
Tan added: “We have quite a number of senior players graduating this semester. We really wanted to give our seniors a proper send off and we showed it on the field.”
Next year’s IHG competition will likely see the newly opened North Hill Halls — Binjal, Tanjong and Banyan — make their Games debut.