In RI, Rugby was the King of sports. The moment the boys stepped into the school, they have been identified and then drafted into the rugby team. Their coaches would go around the classes choosing the 'right size' boys to be trained for the school team, Other sports would have to make do with those boys who were not chosen. This was one great downer as a RI soccer master (1978 - 1986) as the game could also lose the boys to rugby completely from Sec 2 onwards especially those with kicking and running abilities.
was considered a red letter year for RI soccer after 6 long barren years. As the competition progresses, the school realised that we have a winnable team, anchored by striker Au-yeong Pak Kuan, who later captained the National team.
In March, the assembled team played a couple of friendlies.
6 March RI vs SC (National Service) 1-0
10 March RI vs Bukit Merah V I 1-3
During the March holidays a 3-day (15 to 17 March) soccer camp was organised to select the final team players. Besides the normal soccer drills and tactics, the boys included a bare-foot morning run at East Coast Park.
The official tournament started after the school term 1 holidays.
27 March vs Temasek J C 2-0
3 April vs Bukit Merah VI 1-0
5 April vs Boys Town VI 0-0
7 April vs St Patrick 1-0
10 April vs Bartley 7-0
19 April vs Singapore VI 1-1
24 April vs Outram Sec 1-0
Qualified for the semi-finals (see Straits Times report 25 April 1978 below)
26 April vs Geylang Serai VI 3-0 (Straits Times Report below)
4 May Semi-final vs Boys Town VI 2-0 (Au yeong scored two goals)
10 May 1978 (Wednesday) Soccer final at the National Stadium
Straits Times Report 11 May 1978
The U14 and U16 teams did not perform quite as well. The latter qualified for the second round,
15 Feb vs Monk's Hill 3-3
17 Feb vs Thomson Sec 0-1
20 Feb vs Rangoon Sec 0-1
13 Feb vs Catholic High 2-1
15 Feb vs Beatty Sec 4-0
22 Feb vs East Payoh 1-1
24 Feb vs Rangoon Sec 0-1
Qualified for 2nd Round
23 Mar vs UST 2-3
28 Mar vs Siglap 0-2