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Singapore finish 15th at World Youth Netball Championships

Shelby Koh and Jocelyn Ng try to block the pass. Photo: Netball Singapore
Aquilah Afiqah prepared to jump against her opponent. Photo: Netball Singapore
Jocelyn Ng goes for goal. Photo: Netball Singapore
Team Singapore at the World Youth Netball Championships 2013. Photo: Netball Singapore
Result of 'great tournament' meets target of top-16 finish, national coach Joanne Loo says.
Published: 10:35 AM, August 31, 2013

GLASGOW - Singapore have met their target of a top-16 finish at the 20-team World Youth Netball Championships by beat Bermuda 56-49 to finish in 15th position.

Thanks to good shooting from Melissa Teo and Joycelyn Ng, ang strong defending at the back, Singapore started strongly to take a 14-6 lead in the first quarter.

Despite their small stature across positions, gutsy Bermuda fought for everything and tried their best to upset the Singapore flow and test their composure. They played hard and reduced the deficit to 27-21 by half-time.

Although Singapore had the edge throughout the match, Bermuda continued to push them all the way and it was not until the closing minutes of the final quarter that the girls had earned a comfortable score-margin to be sure of the victory.

Said national coach Joanne Loo: “It has been a great tournament. When we beat Papua New Guinea in our opening match, we knew we would reach our target of top 16.

"We came close to challenging for top 12 and then lost to PNG on the second meeting to miss out on 13th place but here we are in 15th and we’ve learnt a lot and had some good performances.”

Captain Shelby Koh praised her teammates: “We are very happy to finish in 15th position. I am very proud of the team; we have come a long way so it was a good finish. This has been a great experience for us and we are very grateful for the opportunity to compete here.”