SEA Games: No one can stop Singapore

SEA Games: No one can stop Singapore
Singapore’s tallest player Chen Li Li (GK), at 1.96 metres towering over the Brunei players, effortlessly blocking a shot at goal during the SEA Games Netball match Singapore vs Brunei at OCBC Arena on 31 May 2015.

It was a day of big wins at the OCBC Arena yesterday.

Malaysia, the sole gold medallists in netball at the South-east Asia (SEA) Games, got their campaign off to an impressive start, swatting aside Myanmar 84-22.

Thailand also tormented their opponents, beating the Philippines 62-22.

Brunei coach Thilaka Jinadasa, though, believes no one will be able to stop the Singapore netball machine, after the hosts vanquished her side 72-21 in front of a big partisan crowd.

Speaking to The New Paper after Brunei's loss at the Sports Hub yesterday, Jinadasa said: "I don't think there is any team in this competition that can stop Singapore.

"Probably only Malaysia come closest, but at the end of the day Singapore are the best among the teams here.

"That's how strong the hosts really are. All the other teams are going to be really up against it."

The Singapore women, who are the Asian champions, ended off an eventful first quarter with a 19-6 lead.

Any thoughts of a challenge were extinguished by the end of the second quarter, with Singapore going into the half-time break 38-9 up, with goal shooter Charmaine Soh scoring 26 of those points.

It was smooth sailing over the next two quarters, and coach Ruth Aitken could not hide her pleasure at the end, when she said: "I'm delighted. We've been practising for the longest time, so now, it's good to finally play in front of a home crowd.

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