Singapore and Brunei share a group hug after their match. Photo: Edwin Koh Chong
Singapore won its first SEA Games 2015 match in strong fashion when it faced Brunei on the first day of preliminary netball games this Sunday afternoon. Team Singapore took the early lead and never looked back, pulling far ahead of opponents Brunei from the beginning and finished with a score of 72-21. OCBC Arena’s Hall 1 was transformed into a sea of red shirts as supporters turned up in full force to lend their voices to the home team. In the words of Netball national team player Premila Hirubalan, the crowd was like the “13th player on court”.
This is just the second year in which netball is featured in the SEA Games, and two teams made their debut at the games, which saw just four teams in its very first edition back in 2001. Myanmar made their first SEA Games debut against reigning champions Malaysia, who showed their experience and prowess by beating the newcomers 84-22.
In an earlier match, the Philippines played their first ever international netball match against Thailand who overpowered them with a score of 62-22, including an impressive 20-2 rout in the third quarter of the match
Netball preliminary matches continue on Monday 1st June, where Brunei meets Myanmar, Malaysia takes on Philippines and hosts Singapore will play Thailand.
Full house at OCBC Arena to cheer on Team Singapore. Photo: SINGSOC/Edwin Koh Chong
Aiming high – Defender Premila Hirubalan elevates her game. She is the only member of Team Singapore to play in the 2001 SEA Games where they lost the Gold to Malaysia. She is happy to be playing at home with the support and cheers of the home crowd behind the team. Photo: SINGSOC/Daniel Quek
The Opening Ceremony was conducted before the netball matches kicked off today. All six participating teams sent their squads out on court to be presented to the public and to take the players oath. Photo: SINGSOC/Jacqueline Seah
This article is brought to you by Team Nila, volunteer reporters for 28th SEA Games. (Jamie Tan, Vera Sng, Zsa Zsa Lee, Jaclynn Seah, Jaime Padilla, Hafeez Aziz)