Singapore fans turned out in full force, including some more famous faces. Can you spot Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan Jin in the audience? Photo: Seah Junwei
Goal Shooter Charmaine Soh going for the ball. Singapore
was unable to hold on to their lead, resulting in a draw 35-35
in their match against Malaysia. Photo: Gavin Lee
A 100th cap. A chance to ignite old rivalries. An awesome atmosphere. Tuesday night’s much-hyped netball match between Malaysia and Singapore had everything you needed. The game was billed as a time for Singapore to exact revenge for the loss to Malaysia in the SEA Games 2001 finals, the last time when netball was included as a sport.
A full house of screaming fans in OCBC Arena kept the atmosphere electric. It turned out to be a very closely fought game throughout, with Singapore leading for three quarters, and Malaysia keeping the gap close. In the fourth quarter, Malaysia put together an incredible run to outscore Singapore, and the game ended in a draw 35-35.
Both Malaysia and Singapore are still on track to make the semi-finals, with two games left to go. Singapore defender Premila Hirubalan who played her 100th cap tonight felt it was just a small hiccup, but acknowledged the team could do better. On her 100th cap, she said, “For me, it was not about the 100th cap, but about playing with the girls, and for Singapore. First cap to 100th cap, it was just a pleasure playing for Singapore. I love playing for my country.”
Premila signs the match ball and throws it into the crowd. Photo: Amirah Liyana Reduwan
In other netball matches today, Myanmar beat Philippines 56-31 for their first win in the competition, while Thailand edged out Brunei in a tight match 45-40. It was Thailand’s second win.
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