Asean Para Games: Hung scores four but S'pore women go down to Myanmar in goalball

Singapore's goalball paralympic athletes acknowledging the crowd for their support on Dec 4, 2015.
Singapore's goalball paralympic athletes acknowledging the crowd for their support on Dec 4, 2015. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

SINGAPORE - A sterling performance by Joan Hung, who scored four goals, was not enough to prevent the Singapore women's goalball team from losing their Asean Para Games opener against Myanmar on Friday.

The hosts went down 5-7 eventually.

It was a tense battle at the Marina Bay Sands Hall D as the teams were neck-and-neck - tying at 2-2, then 3-3 - before Myanmar broke away and scored two consecutive goals in the final minute of the first half.

In the men's competition, the hosts suffered their second loss of the day. They went down 3-13 to Indonesia. The game was stopped with less than a minute left, as the goal difference had reached 10.

Earlier on Friday, the Singaporeans had lost 4-14 to Laos.

Both Singapore coaches felt that their respective teams played well and will focus on their upcoming games.

Women's coach Nikita Sharda said: "It doesn't matter whether win or lose. It's our debut and the girls have come a long way. They have played their best game ever. We had a few friendlies, and this team have played their best. I'm very proud whatever their score.

"We came in here with an objective to throw 80 per cent on target and to just play a good game, and that's good enough for us."

Men's coach Hansen Bay said: "We stuck to our game plan really well. This is as close as we have gone to finishing a full game. Most of our international games, we actually lost within the first half, so I'm very proud of them to be able to hold their ground."

Both teams will compete again tomorrow, with the women's team facing Laos and the men's team going up against Malaysia.