|Wednesday, 28 July 2004|
Singapore maintains unbeaten record
By Bernard Perera
Singapore managed to maintain their unbeaten record when they beat defending champions Sri Lanka by 10 points (43-33) in the fourth day of the 4th Asian Youth Netball Championships yesterday at Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium.
Singaporean girls got to an early lead in the first quarter 8-4. Sri Lankan girls tried everything they had to reduce the lead to three by scoring ten points against visitors 13 points.
In the third quarter too Lankans did well to score nine points against 12 by their opponents. This session put visitors again on the box seat with a lead of 10 points.
The final session started with Lankans needing a superlative performance to go for the victory.
They fought back strongly but failed to stop the Singaporean win when they collected only ten points, while giving away the same number of points making the final score read as 43-33 in favour of Singapore.
At present Sri Lanka takes the second slot behind table leaders Singapore from 4 games. On Monday Singapore defeated Thailand 53 points to 28 points. Singapore led in the first session 16-6, but failed to be in control of the second and third quarters going down 9-11 and tie-up 11-11 in the third.
Favourites in this game Singapore fought strongly to collect as many as 17 points in the final session with giving their opponent a single chance to score and sealed victory. In another game Malaysia outclassed India 82 points to 19 points. Malaysians were in full control of all four quarters leading 26-1, 20-3, 14-11 and 22-4.
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