Netball: Singapore beat Ireland 42-31 in Nations Cup opener

Singapore plays against Ireland on the first day of the Nations Cup 2013, held at Toa Payoh Sports Hall. Singapore won the game 42-31. -- ST PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA
Singapore plays against Ireland on the first day of the Nations Cup 2013, held at Toa Payoh Sports Hall. Singapore won the game 42-31. -- ST PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA

SINGAPORE got off to a fine start in netball's Nations Cup on Sunday, beating the Republic of Ireland 42-31 as the annual invitational tournament got under way at the Toa Payoh Sports Hall.

The sides were level at 9-9 at the end of the first quarter before Singapore surged ahead to 22-15 at half-time. The 21st-ranked hosts stamped their superiority in the third quarter to lead 35-22, which was enough for a comfortable win despite the visitors, who are 28th in the world rankings, taking the final period 9-7.

The game was a repeat of the fifth-place match in last year's event which Singapore won 45-31.

The home team next play Papua New Guinea, the tournament's highest-ranked team at 17, on Monday evening at 7pm, with the other sides being Sri Lanka, Uganda and the United States.

Meanwhile, the Uganda team missed their flight and will arrive only on Monday. Hence, they will miss Sunday night's game against the US. The Americans, ranked 19th, will play the Singapore A team (made up of National Open Squad and National 21 & Under players) at 7pm instead.