Dear A.S.S. Editor
It had to finally happen. After winning every single game in the SEA Games water polo tournament since they began competing in 1965, the Singapore men’s team finally failed to win a match. Their perfect winning record came to an end after they managed only a 4-4 draw with Indonesia on Friday morning.
And for the first time since waterpolo was a sport competition in the SEA Games, Singapore face a real prospect of not getting gold. Singapore face a must-win game against hosts Malaysia on Saturday (Aug 20) to clinch their 27th consecutive gold medal, while Indonesia face Philippines. Assuming both win their ties, Indonesia will have to erase the six-goal advantage currently held by Singapore to wrest the gold away from the favourites.
Singapore opened their campaign with a 13-2 win over Thailand 13-2 on Wednesday and followed that up by defeating Philippines 7-5 on Thursday. The pressure in on the men’s team, especially as they are up against neighbours Malaysia, who have a chance to put a blemish in Singapore’s perfect record. Let’s hope the Singapore men do enough to win the gold medal once again.