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The Nike Marlins team posing with their winners’ trophy and medal after beating Blaze Dolphins 52-39 in the FairPrice Foundation Netball Super League final. (Photo: Netball Singapore)


One-point was all that separated defending champions Nike Marlins and Blaze Dolphins heading into the final quarter of the match in a repeat of last year Netball Super League Final.

Despite losing to Marlins in the previous two encounters in the league this year, the Dolphins showed no sign of fear as they started all guns blazing, taking the game to Marlins.

The Marlins showed their champion’s quality in the last quarter when they surged ahead to a final score of 52-39, to win the silverware for the second consecutive time along with a $10,000 winner’s cheque.

The slow start to the match did not surprised Marlins’ coach Yap Hui Kim, who put it down to ‘grand final nerves’ as her players did not want to make a mistake. “I told them to calm down and believe in themselves and you could see their usual game in the fourth quarter,” she added.

 

Botswana Internationals Tebogo Radipotsane (in black) and Kagisano Mawela (in green) battling for possession of the ball. (Photo: SSC)


Dolphins’ Botswana international goal shooter Tebogo Radipotsane got the Dolphins off to a good start with some strong holding of space and accurate shooting as they won the opening quarter 14-10.

Marlins recovered from the slow start and found their rhythm in the game to win the second quarter 13-8, leading the grand final by one-point. The third quarter however, was a tight affair with both teams unable to pull ahead.

It was set to be a nervy end to the final with Marlins only holding a slim one-point advantage into the fourth quarter. This notion was soon dispelled when Yu Mei Ling and Pamela Liew scored point-after-point for the Marlins, as they helped their team to a rampant 20-8 score in the final quarter, much to the dismay of the Dolphins.

 

Nike Marlins’ Goal Shooter Pamela Liew (in green) was in top form for her team throughout the match. (Photo: SSC)


Dolphins’ captain Lin Qingyi said: “Reaching the final was beyond my expectations for the team and today we started really strongly but faded in the final quarter and Nike Marlins came back at us really hard. It was a good match and it’s been a great season for us.”

Marlins’ captain Jean Ng was delighted with the victory said: “It is fantastic to win and to do it two years running is even better. Last year we showed our potential and this year we really fulfilled it. It is great for the team.”

For more information on the Netball Super League 2012, visit
http://www.netball.org.sg/competitions/netball-super-league-2012

For photos of the final, visit
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ssc-sportsphotography/sets/72157629566140376/