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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/SportSG news

M1 Nations Cup returns in October

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Some of the action during the first day of the M1 Asian Netball Championship 2018 with Singapore against Brunei. Singapore won 68-19. Photo by Abdul Rahman Bujang/SportSGThe 13th edition of the M1 Nations Cup will be held from 20 to 26 October. Photo: Abd Rahman/ SportSG 

The 13th edition of the M1 Nations Cup will be held from 20 to 26 October and tickets to the tournament will be available for purchase starting from today (26 August). The six-nation netball championship hosted in Singapore will see Team Singapore (26th)* compete against Ireland (24th), Namibia (32nd), Botswana (25th), Papua New Guinea (19th), and Cook Islands (16th) at the OCBC Arena.

This year’s edition marks Namibia’s return to the tournament since 2012 where they will be looking to improve on their third place finish 7 years ago. 2017 Nations Cup Champions, Cook Islands are back in Singapore and will be looking for a repeat performance of taking home the Winners’ Cup. Along with Namibia, joining them from the African region is Botswana who will be bringing a strong and resolute side to Singapore despite their drop in the world rankings from 2018.

This year’s tournament will be Papua New Guinea’s eighth appearance at the M1 Nations Cup, the Pepes have finished respectfully as runners up in both 2015 and 2016. Ireland also will be looking to improve on their run of form and will be competing to break out of the bottom three this time round.

After a testing World Cup in July, Singapore’s head coach Natalie Milicich, however, is confident that the local team will be able to bounce back and put in a strong performance at the upcoming M1 Nations Cup 2019.

“We have taken many positives away from Liverpool and the players have developed as individuals and now understand the level of skills and intensity required to compete, after playing the top netball sides in the World. This will benefit us when coming into the M1 Nations Cup and the SEA Games.

For the 2019 M1 Nations Cup in October as a minimum we are aiming for the top two positions. The nations participating this year are tough competitors and we have had many experiences after playing at the World Cup and playing some of these sides throughout the years, so we will play to our strengths but also we will not underestimate the oppositions capabilities. It will be a good opportunity to see new faces in the team who have come through the ranks and further work on our tactics and strategies to improve on consistency and overall performance. We need to put a quality product out there, especially when we play at home,” said Milicich, who is currently preparing the team for their training camp in New Zealand from 17-22 September.

Tickets for the M1 Nations Cup 2019 will go on sale today (26 August from 9am), with prices starting at $5 for students.

The public can also enjoy up to 30% off passes for the Family Package and Season Pass. The Season Pass comes with a commemorative FlashPay card.

For more information, please visit www.netball.org.sg. Tickets can be purchased from the following: https://www.apactix.com/events/detail/m1nationscup-2019