Netball: Singapore beaten 50-41 by Samoa in Nations Cup final to finish runners-up

Singapore's Chen Huifen (left) in action against Samoa in the Netball Nations Cup final yesterday at the OCBC Arena. Samoa beat Singapore 50-41 to take the title. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG
Singapore's Chen Huifen (left) in action against Samoa in the Netball Nations Cup final yesterday at the OCBC Arena. Samoa beat Singapore 50-41 to take the title. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG
Singapore's Chen Huifen (right) in action against Samoa in the Netball Nations Cup final yesterday at the OCBC Arena. Samoa beat Singapore 50-41 to take the title. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG
Singapore's Chen Huifen (right) in action against Samoa in the Netball Nations Cup final yesterday at the OCBC Arena. Samoa beat Singapore 50-41 to take the title. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG
The Singapore netball team, who clinched silver at the Netball Nations Cup 2014 at the OCBC Arena yesterday, after their 50-41 loss to Samoa in the final. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG
The Singapore netball team, who clinched silver at the Netball Nations Cup 2014 at the OCBC Arena yesterday, after their 50-41 loss to Samoa in the final. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG

The Singapore national netball team were beaten 50-41 by Samoa in the Nations Cup final on Saturday afternoon, finishing runners-up for the second year running.

The hosts started brightly and even went into the half-time break with a six-point lead over their Oceania rivals, but lost the lead quickly in the second half when the Samoans' stellar defending left the Singapore attack with few options.

Samoa, the top-ranked team in the six-team tournament at world No. 14, are unbeaten this year. Singapore, which finished second to Uganda last year, are ranked No. 19. In their round-robin encounter earlier in the week, Singapore were also beaten 53-47.

In the day's other matches, Botswana clinched third place after beating Malaysia 44-41. Papua New Guinea took fifth place after beating Ireland 58-33.