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Singapore Defeated Bitter Rival Malaysia

 
Goal Shooter Tan Huiyan ensured that Asha Tett’s absence would not affect the team. (Photo: Getty Images)
 
Our netball girls have defeated Malaysia 47-36 to record our first win in the Mission Foods World Netball Championships.

Having had numerous close encounters over the span of this tournament, our girls were determined to not let history repeat itself, especially since they were up against perennial rivals Malaysia.

With the support of the fans, the Singapore girls burst into a 10-8 lead over a young but talented Malaysian team.

An injury to key player Asha Tett in the second quarter threatened to derail our girls, but showing the same fighting spirit that was present throughout the whole tournament, our girls were unwilling to let her absence affect their game.

Barely staying ahead at the break, the girls entered the second half with a 21-18 lead.

Determined not to lose yet another game, the girls came out for the third quarter full of zest and industry.

Captain and Goal Keeper Jean Ng and Goal Defence Lin Qingyi combined superbly to dominate the defence, making countless interceptions and seamlessly denied their opponent from establishing a flow in their game.

Goal Shooter Tan Huiyan more than made up for Asha Tett’s absence with her confidence and leadership in the attacking zone, bolstering fans and teammates alike.

Creating space and orchestrating the attacks, Tan turned in a player of the match performance as she also racked up an 86% conversion rate.

Singapore outplayed Malaysia in the third quarter 14-8 and their experience was demonstrated in their dominance over the Malaysians for the rest of the game.

Finishing the game with a 47-36 victory, our girls can be proud of this performance and also the lessons learnt from the various games played thus far.

Though Singapore may have finished 15th in the tournament, the performance of the girls, notably the ones against Fiji and Jamaica has made the world realised that Singapore can play good netball too.