Can Team Singapore prevail?
01 June, 2015
Priya Padbidri, Leong Mei Lin, Jaclynn Seah, Hafeez Aziz, Jaime Padilla
Singapore defenders Chen Li Li (facing camera) and Micky Lin hope to play with the same intensity against Malaysia as they did against Thailand today. (Photo by SINGSOC via Jaclynn Seah)
After beating Thailand 65-24 this evening, Team Singapore faces its toughest test tomorrow when it meets arch rivals Malaysia at the highly anticipated netball game at 7pm, in OCBC Arena Hall 1.
Tomorrow’s grudge match is a must-watch as Singapore lost the gold medal to Malaysia at the 2001 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur as the favourites in the first time the sport has been played at the games. Since 2003, Singapore’s netball team has never lost to Malaysia, and the girls intend to maintain their winning streak.
Singapore shooter Pamela Liew said that Team Singapore will continue their normal routine in preparation for tomorrow’s match which includes watching video replays of past matches to analyse Malaysia’s game play. Malaysia looks to be a formidable opponent, thrashing Philippines 112-11 in today’s match.
Despite the winning streak, Goal Keeper, Chen Li Li, is not complacent either. As the tallest player in the netball games at 1.96m, she will most likely put her height to good use against Malaysia’s own towering Goal Shooter, 1.84m Norashikin Kamal during tomorrow’s game.
Malaysian Goal Shooter Norashikin Kamal (with ball) aims confidently despite the Philippines defenders’ efforts to block her shot. Norashikin is a player to look out for at tomorrow’s highly-anticipated Singapore versus Malaysia game. (Photo by SINGSOC via Chris Tew)
All eyes will also be on veteran Premila Hirubalan who will attain her 100th international cap tomorrow. Premila is the only member of the current netball squad that lost to Malaysia 35-42 in 2001.
Earlier today, Brunei beat SEA Games debutants Myanmar in a tightly fought match 56-47. Netball preliminary matches continue on Tuesday 2nd June where newbies Myanmar and Philippines face off, Thailand take on Brunei and hosts Singapore will meet Malaysia.