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Narrow defeat for Singapore at World Youth Netball Championships

29th August, Glasgow"¦It was take-two for Singapore and Papua New Guinea (PNG) as they met once again in the World Youth Netball Championships, this time however they were contesting a chance to play for 13th and 14th positions tomorrow, the loser would then play for 15th and 16th places.

Singapore came out on top in their group meeting last Thursday with a 54-39 victory but from the opening quarter, it was clear it wasn't going to be as easy with PNG getting in front 12-14. PNG were out to get revenge after losing that opener and their group results showed that they had improved with each game played and were now a much more cohesive and confident team.

Half time closed at 23-30 in the Pacific Islander's favour but Singapore came out fighting in the third period to win it 12-10 with Singapore finally settling into their rhythm and looking more comfortable on court pulling the score back to 35-40 with a crucial final quarter ahead.

In an adrenaline-fuelled final fifteen, the spectators were gripped as Singapore clawed their way back to within touching distance of their opponents as the entire team played their hearts out to give Melissa Teo and Jocelyn Ng vital as many shots at goal as they could. They ran out of time and ended the match three goals adrift at 46-49.

Coach Joanne Loo commented, "I am really proud of how the team played in the second half, it was a good way to finish the game. If we could have stayed tighter in the first half then it could have been our game."

Co-Captain Shelby Koh gave her thoughts, "We were under pressure but we did really well especially in the second half. I thought we fought hard and didn't hand them their win. We ended it on a high note."

Looking ahead to tomorrow's final match Loo added, "Looking at today's match we should be confident if we stick to our game plan and keep the spirit high in the team."

Tomorrow will see Singapore play their final match of the championships at 17.45 (GMT) against Bermuda to determine who takes 15th and 16th positions.

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