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Singapore secured a spot at next year’s Netball World Cup in South Africa after beating regional arch-rival Malaysia 54-41 in the Asian Netball Championship semi-final at the OCBC Arena, Singapore Sports Hub on Saturday afternoon. Sri Lanka defeated Hong Kong 67-43 in the other semi-finals played on the same day.
Singapore will face Sri Lanka in the final on Sunday in a rematch of the 2018 Asian Netball Championship, with the South Asian country winning the match 69-50.
Although they did not have experienced goalscorer Charmaine Soh, who suffered an injury early in the tournament, the hosts were cheered on by strong home supporters who cheered them on as Singapore recovered from 5-7 to a 13-11 lead at the end of the first quarter. .
While Singapore managed to appear confident in the second quarter and extend their lead to 28-11, it was a nervous third quarter as the Malaysians narrowed the gap to 36-33.
Singapore calmed their nerves in the last quarter as they took back control of the game and showed that pass seamlessly, defend solidly and make accurate shots to take the win in an emphatic way.
Most of the cheers in the stands probably go to goalkeeper Lee Pei Shan whose job it was to keep her composure when she gets the ball from her teammate at the end of the field.
“We had a lot of pressure on the shooters and the midfield players to get the ball forward and shoot. In the third quarter we were losing a lot so we tried to keep calm until the end,” said Lee, who converted 90% of her attempts to contribute 35 goals.
“I have promised my team that I will take the ball and shoot, and I have told them to give me the ball so that every goal I score motivates them to bring the ball down more.”
It was a special day for Kimberly Lee as she earned her 100th international cap on Saturday.
“All the emotions come back from the past eight years. I am very proud of the team, we are one of the youngest here, but we have really grown over the last two years and this is the result of our hard work,” said Kimberly.
“The Malaysian team came back very strong, they are known as fighters and they would not give up even with such a big score, and I think for our part we should not have weakened and we started to leave their game plan But I think the team has managed to get back together and get back to what we were doing,” the wing attack added.
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