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World Youth Netball Championships 2013: comfortable win for Singapore

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Final group match of World Youth Netball Championships goes in Singapore’s favour

26th August, Glasgow…Singapore played their final group match of the World Youth Netball Championships today against the Republic of Ireland and with a comfortable victory, secured their passage into the play-offs for 9-16th places which begin on Wednesday.

A comfortable opening quarter saw Singapore cruise 22-0 ahead dominating possession and controlling the game. Ireland didn’t give up however and got their first goal in the third minute of the second quarter and ended the half with five goals to their credit while Singapore took their break with a secure 35 goal cushion (40-5).

The team continued their rhythm in the second half, limiting Ireland’s chances and capitalising on their own. Great mid-court play from Shelby Koh, Parveen Nair and Siti Nurshawallah ensured a flowing game and lots of turnovers to produce plenty of scoring chances.

The match ended 85-9, with the team delighted to end the group matches on a high note but very aware of the tough matches that now awaits them as they strive to achieve the highest finish possible.

Co-Captain Koh Hin Ann explained, “We really wanted to win. We played steady, provided each other with options. Our shooters did really well and it was good preparation for our next matches.”

Coach Joanne Loo continued, “Today we had to work hard to win that match. We were trying to get some flow from the game to prepare for the next matches. I thought we did really well in the attack so that was great for us.”

Finishing the group in third position after victories against Papua New Guinea and Ireland, Singapore will progress to the second tier of play-offs on Wednesday after a well-earned rest day tomorrow. Their match will be played at 15.30 (GMT)with their opponents only to be confirmed tomorrow after the conclusion of all the group matches.

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