Singapore secures Netball World Cup spot with win over Malaysia

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Singapore booked a spot at subsequent 12 months’s Netball World Cup in South Africa after seeing off regional arch-rival Malaysia 54-41 within the Asian Netball Championship semi-final on the OCBC Area, Singapore Sports activities Hub on Saturday afternoon. Sri Lanka defeated Hong Kong 67-43 within the different semi-finals performed on the identical day.

Singapore will face Sri Lanka within the remaining on Sunday in a rematch of the 2018 Asian Netball Championship with the South Asian nation profitable the match 69-50. 

Though they have been with out veteran purpose shooter Charmaine Soh who suffered an harm early within the match, the hosts have been spurred on by sturdy house supporters who cheered them on as Singapore clawed again from being 5-7 right down to taking a 13-11 lead on the finish of the primary quarter.

Whereas Singapore managed to placed on a assured show within the second quarter and prolong their benefit to 28-11, it was a nervy third quarter because the Malaysians narrowed the hole to 36-33.

Singapore calmed their nerves within the remaining quarter as they took again management of play, displaying seamless passing, stable defending and correct shotmaking to take the win in emphatic style.

A lot of the cheer within the stands arguably goes to purpose shooter Lee Pei Shan whose job was to maintain her composure at any time when she will get the ball from her teammate on the finish of the court docket.

“We had a whole lot of strain on the shooters and the mid-court gamers to deliver out the ball and shoot. Within the third quarter we have been dropping quite a bit so we tried to remain composed till the tip,” mentioned Lee who transformed 90% of her makes an attempt to contribute 35 targets.

“I made a promise to my group that I’ll take the ball and shoot, and I instructed them to provide me the ball so that each purpose I shoot offers them motivation to deliver down the ball extra.”

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It was a big day for Kimberly Lee as she earned her a centesimal worldwide cap on Saturday.

“All of the feelings are getting back from the previous eight years. I’m very happy with the group, we’re one of many youngest right here however we’ve actually grown quite a bit over the previous two years and that is the results of our exhausting work,” mentioned Kimberly.

“The Malaysian group got here again actually sturdy, they’re identified to be fighters they usually wouldn’t hand over even with such an enormous rating line, and I believe on our half we shouldn’t have eased off and we began to go off their recreation plan. However I believe the group managed to gel again collectively and return to what we have been doing,” added the wing assault.

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