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    Sri Lanka won second place in Asian Netball Championships

    September 15, 2014

    Singapore maintained its supremacy in Asian netball after beating Sri Lanka 59-41 in the Asian Netball Championships final on Sunday  (14) held at the Singapore Sports Hub's OCBC Arena.

    It was like a rerun of the 2012 final, with four-time champion Sri Lanka eager to avenge its defeat to Singapore. Led by their towering goa lshooter Tharjini Sivalingam, who stands at 2.07m tall, the visitors started strongly and dominated the first quarter.

    But the Singapore team fought back as their offensive line started to put pressure on Sri Lanka's defence. The strategy worked, leaving the visitors overwhelmed in the next three quarters.


    Ruth Aitken, coach of Singapore team, said: "Sri Lanka started really well, and we just had to re-group a bit at quarter time, remind ourselves that we're a good team and (that) we've got belief in each other, and then just put a bit more pressure in defence. I thought the way the girls left it in that second quarter was inspirational."


    The coach also commended the performance of goalkeeper Chen Lili.  Lin Qingyi, captain of Singapore team, said: "I think we played really patiently, and tried to do what we're really good at - fast, quick netball. And as soon as our shooters settled in, I think the game was just home." (KH/SDF)

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