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Trophy up for grabs at the M1 Asian Netball Championships 2018. Photo by Kay Beng Ee/SportSG news

M1 Asian Netball Championships round up

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Last Sunday, flags from 12 nations flew high as the M1 Asian Netball Championships 2018 drew to a close. Amongst these flags, our very own had plenty of reason to fly high and proud as our team came in overall second, qualifying Singapore for next year’s Netball World Cup.

It was certainly no easy feat as Team Singapore had to face the undefeated Sri Lankan team during the finals. The exciting match concluded with a score of 50 - 69 in Sri Lanka’s favour. Coming in 3rd place was Malaysia. 

This would mark the 8th time in a row that the top three positions were held by Singapore, Malaysia, and Sri Lanka since 1997.

Held from 1 - 9 September at the OCBC Arena, this year's biennial event saw the largest number of participating teams since it’s inception in 1985. While the bleachers rang out cheers in many tongues, the common language of sport reverberated the courts throughout the 9 days.

Here are some of the highlights:

M1 Asian Netball Championships Opening Ceremony at the OCBC Arena on 1 September 2018. Photo by Abdul Rahman Bujang/SportSGM1 Asian Netball Championships Opening Ceremony at the OCBC Arena on 1 September 2018. Photo by Abdul Rahman Bujang/SportSG 

The first, but not the last, encounter between Singapore and Sri Lanka on 5 September at the M1 Asian Netball Championships. Photo by Sanketa Anand/SportSGThe first, but not the last, encounter between Singapore and Sri Lanka on 5 September at the M1 Asian Netball Championships. Photo by Sanketa Anand/SportSG 

Singapore and Pakistan on 2 September 2018 at the M1 Asian Netball Championships. Singapore won with a score of 84-17. Photo by Stanley Cheah/SportSGSingapore and Pakistan on 2 September 2018 at the M1 Asian Netball Championships. Singapore won with a score of 84-17. Photo by Stanley Cheah/SportSG 

Japan huddles shortly before the match against Sri Lanka begins at OCBC Arena during the M1 Asian Netball Championships. Photo by Wong Yoon Wah/SportSGJapan huddles shortly before the match against Sri Lanka begins at OCBC Arena during the M1 Asian Netball Championships. Photo by Wong Yoon Wah/SportSG 

Malaysia defending against Japan in the first day of the M1 Asian Netball Championships on 1 September 2018. Malaysia won agains Japan with a score of 88-13. Photo by Eugene Lim/SportSGMalaysia defending against Japan in the first day of the M1 Asian Netball Championships on 1 September 2018. Malaysia won agains Japan with a score of 88-13. Photo by Eugene Lim/SportSG 

A display of local support during the Semi Final match between Singapore and Malaysia at the M1 Asian Netball Championships. Photo by Siaw Woon Chong/SportSGA display of local support during the Semi Final match between Singapore and Malaysia at the M1 Asian Netball Championships. Photo by Siaw Woon Chong/SportSG 

Putting up a tough defence at the Group E Semi Finals between Singapore and Malaysia on 8 September 2018 during the M1 Asian Netball Championships. Photo by Julian Enriquez/SportSGPutting up a tough defence at the Group E Semi Finals between Singapore and Malaysia on 8 September 2018 during the M1 Asian Netball Championships. Photo by Julian Enriquez/SportSG

Celebrating their victory over Malaysia during the Semi Finals with a score of 51-43 as Singapore moves on to the Final rounds at the M1 Asian Netball Championships 2018. Photo by Tan Yew Poo/SportSGCelebrating their victory over Malaysia during the Semi Finals with a score of 51-43 as Singapore moves on to the Final rounds at the M1 Asian Netball Championships 2018. Photo by Tan Yew Poo/SportSG

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