NYSI IHL Water Polo League 2019
The National University of Singapore (NUS) won the NYSI Water Polo League for the second year in a row.
The National Youth Sports Institute (NYSI) Water Polo League recently concluded in July with National University of Singapore (NUS) winners for the second year in a row. Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) narrowly edged out Singapore Management University (SMU) by one goal in a deciding match to finish second and push SMU into third place.
In its second run, the round-robin league was played over a two-month period. The NYSI Water Polo League was started to give teams from local universities and polytechnics an additional competitive platform. Water polo will feature as an invitational sport in the upcoming Singapore University Games (SUniG) 2019.
“This league has given us a chance to play more games with more opponents. This is definitely better to bond and get closer as a team,” said Tsang Bao Xian of SMU. He also added that the league was a good opportunity to better prepare the team for the upcoming SUniG season.
Apart from NUS, SMU, and SIM, Nanyang Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic, and Ngee Ann Polytechnic also took part this year.
For SIM, this was the first time they were taking part in the NYSI League.
SIM captain Glen Lim said, “This developmental league is a very good stepping stone and indicator for us as a team. I think we definitely exceeded expectations. It was a bit rocky here and there but as a new team with limited training, I think we did well. I’m very proud of my team for committing to trainings after school and getting to where we are now.”
NUS captain Justin Chia shared that the NYSI League was a good experience to get to know the newly matriculated players and gel the team together for future competitions.
“This is a new team, half the team is made up of freshmen players. Entering every competition, we want to win but at the same time, we want to give our newer players more playing experience. Giving everyone a chance to play will help build a more inclusive team,” said Justin.