Singapore Women's Team at the Inline Hockey World Championships
by Adelien Vandeweghe

It was since 2004 that Singapore Women's team last took part in the FIRS Inline Hockey World Championships, this year it was held in Bilbao (Spain). With 7 countries taking part this year, Singapore had to compete as the only Asian team against Olympic stars from team USA and other hockey giants from the European nations.

Team Singapore consisted of a few previous World Championship players such as Ong Sze Yee (Captain), Jamie Ng, Emily Kwek, Angela Chng, Yuliani Abdullah Valerie Cheng and Quek Yun Fang. New comers were Elizabeth Chia, Gladys Zheng, Ng Sook Fen, Heng Soek Hoon and National Floorball athlete Jill Quek who has returned to her roots for this Inline Hockey World Championship.

Where in the previous years, the Singapore Women's team played mainly a defensive game against champions such as Canada and USA, this year the team managed to heat the competition up against the Spanish in the round robin game, Singapore led the first half of the game with 2 goals, however the match ended 3-2 in favour of Spain.

After the round robin games, the top 4 teams played for the World Championship Gold Medal which ended with Czech Republic against USA in the finals, where USA emerged as World Champions.

Enriched by the experience of playing in the World Championships, the Singapore team brought home the bronze medal for the National Teams Cup Division, and can look forward to developing a higher level of inline hockey in Singapore.