Netball: Singapore fall to Papua New Guinea by just one goal in Mission Foods Nations Cup

President of Netball Singapore Jessica Tan addresses the 1,300-strong crowd at the 10th Mission Foods Nations Cup on Dec 13, 2015.
President of Netball Singapore Jessica Tan addresses the 1,300-strong crowd at the 10th Mission Foods Nations Cup on Dec 13, 2015.PHOTO: DAVID WIRAWAN/NETBALL SINGAPORE
Team Singapore’s Charmaine Soh takes a shot to bring the host nation a point closer to equalizing with Papua New Guinea at the 10th Mission Foods Nations Cup on Dec 13, 2015.
Team Singapore’s Charmaine Soh takes a shot to bring the host nation a point closer to equalizing with Papua New Guinea at the 10th Mission Foods Nations Cup on Dec 13, 2015. PHOTO: DAVID WIRAWAN/NETBALL SINGAPORE
Papua New Guinea’s Kilala Sunema Owen intercepts a pass to Singapore’s Pamela Liew at the 10th Mission Foods Nations Cup on Dec 13, 2015.
Papua New Guinea’s Kilala Sunema Owen intercepts a pass to Singapore’s Pamela Liew at the 10th Mission Foods Nations Cup on Dec 13, 2015.PHOTO: DAVID WIRAWAN/NETBALL SINGAPORE
Singapore loses 43-44 to Papua New Guinea.
Singapore loses 43-44 to Papua New Guinea.PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
Singapore loses 43-44 to Papua New Guinea.
Singapore loses 43-44 to Papua New Guinea.PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

SINGAPORE - Singapore fell 43-44 to Papua New Guinea (PNG) in the opening game of netball's Mission Foods Nations Cup on Sunday.

When asked about the performance, Singapore's head coach, Ruth Atiken said: "A one-goal loss is always hugely disappointing, but in terms of the fire of the team finishing strongly I was really pleased.

"It was a great game over 60 minutes and is a reflection of what this tournament is going to be about, we knew that they are a every strong team, they've been very close to us, so it's all on."

When asked about the newer players in the team she added: "I think Yasmin (Ho) played really well as a goal shooter, she scored five or six in a row and her availability was excellent."

Micky Lin, Singapore captain, said: "We were a bit too careful to start, we played really short stuff and slowed the game down quite a fair bit. We usually play a much faster game, and took awhile to settle in, but we definitely got better over the last few quarters, and I think if we had a better start it would have been different for us, definitely something we need to bring back and work on."

Singapore play Northern Ireland on Monday. Northern Ireland are the top-ranked side in the six-team tournament. The other teams are Botswana, Chinese Taipei and a Singapore invitational side.

In other matches, Northern Ireland defeated Botswana 41-37 while debutants Chinese Taipei lost 25-57 to a Singapore invitational side.

The Nations Cup is held at the OCBC Arena Hall 1 and will run till Dec 19. Ticket prices start from $5 and can be bought at www.apactix.com.

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