SINGAPORE - Singapore suffered their first defeat at the Netball Nations Cup, succumbing 47-53 to Samoa at the OCBC Arena last night.
The world No. 17 hosts were facing the highest-ranked side in the six-team tournament, but put up a strong showing against the Samoans, ranked 14th in the world.
Trailing 22-30 at half-time as Samoan goal shooter Monica Fuimaono dominated proceedings, Singapore switched Premila Hirubalan from goal keeper to wing defence, and brought Chen Lili into the goal keeper spot. While Singapore narrowed the lead to 35-38 after three periods, Samoa managed to hold on for the win.
Said Hirubalan: "Once Lili came on, we could play our own game more. It's not a bad defeat, it was very close. We started very strong in the fourth quarter as well and we thought we could win it. That is our fighting spirit."
The Cup resumes tomorrow, with Singapore needing to beat Malaysia to enter the final.
This article was first published on December 11, 2014.
Get a copy of The Straits Times or go to straitstimes.com for more stories.