Incheon Daily: Courage under water
21 September, 2014
Team Singapore's Gina Koh Ting Yi (R) shoots the ball past Uzbekistan's Eseniya Piftor (L) during Women's Single Round Robin ( Photo by Jaewon Lee / Sport Singapore)
Singapore’s women’s water polo team made their first ever appearance at the Asian Games and they put on an impressive first quarter display before eventually losing 12-4 to the experienced Uzbeks.
Uzbeki captain Natalya Plyusova opened the scoring in the third minute of the contest but Singapore were hardly fazed by the opposition as they immediately equalised with a fine shot into the top corner by Neo Ser Han.
Singapore then took the lead with a superb long-range goal from Gina Koh Ting Yi as the young team showed plenty of energy and attacking spirit.
Uzbekistan soon grabbed a 3-2 lead but the Singaporeans again showed their resilience early in the second quarter, fighting back to make it level thanks to a goal from Adelyn Yew Yan Xiang.
Team Singapore's Tan Hui Ying Lynnette Jane (C) shoots during Women's Single Round Robin against Uzbekistan (Photo by Jaewon Lee / Sport Singapore)
A mixture of defensive lapses from the Singaporeans and some quality finishing from their opponents saw Uzbekistan take a 7-3 lead by half-time. The more seasoned Uzbeks then kept a firm grip on the game, thanks to the fine form of Plyusova, who ended the game with five goals.
Team Singapore, who hit the crossbar four times, did add another goal in the fourth quarter thanks to Lynnette Jane Tan Hui Ying, and coach Luo Nan was pleased with the effort his team showed.
“I think we played quite well in the first two quarters. We need more experience of course - in the third and fourth quarter I think we didn’t play our best but the girls tried their best. We missed too many chances, and we had a some good opportunities,” he said.
“Defensively we had three or four mistakes. The experienced teams know how to slow the game down and keep in touch with the scoring, we don’t have that experience yet it was our first time in this kind of competition,” Luo added.