Final victory at the World Youth Netball Championships
30th August, Glasgow"¦Targeting a top-16 finish when they came into the World Youth Netball Championships, Singapore went one better and closed their campaign in 15th position after defeating Bermuda 56-49.
They started strongly to give themselves a 14-6 lead after the opening quarter. Once again the shooting combination of Melissa Teo and Jocelyn Ng were working well with the mid-court players and at the other end Aqilah Afiqah and Yun Zhen Seah were doing all they could to prevent Bermuda clocking up their own goals.
Despite their small stature across positions, Bermuda was a gutsy team that fought for everything and tried their best to upset the Singapore flow and test their composure. They played hard and won the quarter to close the gap to a halftime score of 27-21.
Short-sharp passing was once again most effective for Singapore and when they played with that game plan, there were several passages of play that were very smooth, controlled and executed with confidence. Bermuda continued to push them all the way and it wasn't until the closing minutes of the final quarter that the girls had earned a comfortable score-margin to be sure of the victory. The game ended 56-49 with the players delighted to end on a high note.
Coach Joanne Loo summarised the teams' performance across the championship. She said "It has been a great tournament. When we beat Papua New Guinea in our opening match we knew we would reach our target of top 16. We came close to challenging for top 12 and then lost to PNG on the second meeting to miss out on 13th place but here we are in 15th and we've learnt a lot and had some good performances."
Captain Shelby Koh praised her teammates by saying, "We are very happy to finish in 15th position. I am very proud of the team; we have come a long way so it was a good finish. This has been a great experience for us and we are very grateful for the opportunity to compete here."