A Singapore player trying to block a shot by Uganda in the final match. (Photo by VOXSPORTS)
In a highly-anticipated battle that would determine the champion of this year’s Netball Nations Cup, hosts Singapore fell to Uganda despite putting up a brave effort in the final.
Although Singapore had shown their skills throughout the competition, beating other participating teams United States of America, Republic of Ireland, Sri Lanka, and Papua New Guinea, they proved no match for Uganda in their first encounter in the round robin on 4th December.
Likewise, throughout all quarters in the final, the Africans continually scored points and defended their goal, cruising to a comfortable first half with a 29 - 12 lead.
Despite fighting hard in their last game, Singapore ultimately lost to Uganda with a score of 29 - 52.
However, Team captain of the Singapore Team, Lin Qingyi, still expressed satisfaction at her team.
“We told ourselves to take one quarter at a time, and I do think we have a very strong bench,” she said.
Olivia Flanagan, who clinched the coveted title at the end of the tournament as Most Valuable Player (MVP), was similarly ecstatic about being recognised.
“I played my 100% and hopefully it paid off… I’m very pleased to be awarded MVP for Singapore,” she said.
In earlier games, Republic of Ireland played against United States of America and Sri Lanka played against Papua New Guinea in the 5th/6th and 3rd/4th place matches respectively.
Sri Lanka, having already defeated USA in their first game earlier in the week on Tuesday, played hard hoping to repeat their victory. And although they struggled through a close first quarter, by the halftime they were well in the lead at 30 - 11.
They finally won 61 - 26, taking home 5th place and improving their standing from last year.
In the second face-off of the day, Sri Lanka struggled to come out tops and clinch the 3rd prize against Papua New Guinea. Papau New Guinea had won when they first met in the tournament, but Sri Lanka had been observing their final opponents throughout the week and were better prepared for them this time.
After a closely-fought first quarter, the score stood at a just as close 29 - 26 in favour of Papau New Guinea. However, in the second half, Papau New Guinea turned on the heat and spared no expense to finish third. Their perseverance paid off, with the whistle being blown as they lead 60 - 48.
“We are happy with our performance today, although we had hoped to be number two, but we missed out so we made sure we went out and came back as number three,” says Papua New Guinea Captain Winnie Mavara, referring to her team’s goal earlier on in the tournament to emerge as runners-up.