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NETBALL SUPER LEAGUE 2012: OPENING DAY VICTORIES FOR MARLINS, MANNAS & DOLPHINS


Mission Mannas' Charmaine Soh (blue & red, GA) caused M1 Starfish an headache with her remarkable shooting and passing, which led the Mannas to win 48-36. (Photo:SSC)

The 13th edition of the FairPrice Foundation Netball Super League took place on Saturday at Toa Payoh Sports Hall with all six teams in action looking to get off to a winning start.

 

Before the matches began, Guest-of-Honour, Mr Lim Teck Yin, Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Sports Council gave a speech during the opening ceremony and congratulated Netball Singapore on “maintaining momentum for the sport following the Mission World Championships and the FairPrice Foundation Nations Cup at the end of last year.” He also talked about the possibility of restarting the corporate league for netball and increase sports participation in Singapore.

The first scheduled fixture was between defending champions Nike Marlins and Sneakers Stingrays.

The historic rivalry between the two sides visible from the first whistle it was a close opening quarter (11-8) before Nike Marlins stretched ahead 25-18 at half time. After the break, both teams fired on all cylinders but Nike Marlins continued to dominate and claimed victory by taking the match 57 points to 38.
 



Sneakers Stingrays' Cheryl Lee (in purple, GK) was very determined in defending but Nike Marlins offense was just too much for her to handle.(Photo:SSC)


Marlins Assistant Coach, Noraida Binte Abdul Malik reviewed her teams’ performance and said, “That was good start for us, I am very happy. We were a bit nervous at the start but it was a good game and we hope we can continue that form through the season. There is a lot we need to fine tune so we can definitely get better especially passing.”

Malik highlighted Nur Liyana Noordin (WA) as a stand out performer for the team saying, “she is a new player in the team and blended very well making some excellent feeds.”

Next match pitted the Mission Mannas against the M1 Starfish. Mannas held a 27-18 lead at half time after some determined play by both teams as they settled into their rhythm. M1 Starfish made a few key changes for the second half, bringing on national players Shelby Koh at Centre and Cassandra Soh at Goal Shooter.


Chen Li Li (in blue & red, GK) was a dominant force in defence and that helped the Mannas to clinch victory over M1 Starfish with a scoreline of, 48-36. (Photo:SSC)


Fellow national player Chen Li Li was Soh’s opponent in the circle and both battled hard, Soh playing aggressively and helping narrow the deficit. Mission Mannas stretched ahead again in the final quarter (Charmaine Soh with an 89% shooting score for the match) to win 48-36.

The final match on court was a hard match between Bedok Kings Vipers and Blaze Dolphins. The Vipers, a mostly expatriate team, had the advantage in height and power while the smaller sized Dolphins showed their faster pace resulting in end to end action throughout.

Chen Huifen in attack for Blaze against Olivia Jane Flanagan in defence for Vipers made for an exciting battle; and the same at the other end with Lin Qingyi working hard against Viper Shooter Jordan Hannah Rowcliffe.




Chen Huifen (in pink & black, WA) was crucial to the Blaze Dolphins as her outstanding performance in attack led the Dolphins to edge out Bedok Kings Vipers, 37-26. (Photo:SSC)

 

Only two goals separated them at halftime (18-16) and but Blaze edged four ahead going into the final quarter (22-26) and won the final quarter 10-5 to win the match 27-36, which concluded Round 1 of the exciting netball league.


The six teams from Singapore will battle it out for a share of the S$23,000 prize money (the winning side netting S$10,000).

Over the next two months the teams will play a double round-robin format over the first seven weekends then the top four teams will compete in the semi-finals then the finals on 28th April to determine who takes the top honours and the title.


This year the league will include five foreign players who will each be assigned to one of the teams (Sneakers Stingrays opting to play without the addition) and will play from week five of the competition for the remainder of the competition and will add a new dimension to the teams’ strengths.

RESULTS

Nike Marlins 57 - 38 Sneakers Stingrays

Mission Mannas 48-36 M1 Starfish

Bedok Kings Vipers 27-36 Blaze Dolphins

 
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