Netball: 12-year-old Eda shines as CHIJ (Toa Payoh) bag Schools' South Zone double

The biggest players rise to the occasion when it matters most and CHIJ Secondary (Toa Payoh) goal shooter, Eda Yasmin Asni, certainly stood tall in the Schools' South Zone C division netball final on Tuesday.

The 1.7m-tall player inspired her side to a 33-17 victory over Raffles Girls' School at the Yishun Sports Hall.

The convent girls also celebrated a double when the B division team recorded a 37-18 win over the same Rafflesian opponents.

Eda's pin-point accuracy - for instance, she netted all 11 of her attempts as CHIJ coasted to a 12-4 lead in the first quarter - also meant that the defending champions were allowed to be in cruise control in the remaining periods.

The 12-year-old was so clinical that by the third quarter, the opposition seemed to know the outcome as soon as she received the ball.

The Secondary 1 student, beaming after the match, revealed how she honed her shooting ability.

"I have been practising as a shooter for about two years now. There is no real secret but my coach sets a target of shots for us to net by the end of each month," said Eda.

"For the last month, the target was 1,000 shots and each month, it will increase by 250."

The bespectacled player, however, played down suggestions that she won the game single-handedly.

She said: "Everyone in this team is a game-changer and we all played to the coach's instructions and that is why we could do so well today."

CHIJ (Toa Payoh)'s coach, Kok Mun Wai, 46, was elated with the victory at the final whistle despite cutting a figure of frustration on the sidelines after the second quarter.

Explained the former Singapore international: "I am a perfectionist.

"There were times where we did not quite follow the game plan, so I had to reinforce it. We started off well and I wanted to maintain that."

"I am happy for the players and they showed that they deserved it."

Meanwhile, RGS' coach, Chng Li Li, was gracious in defeat as she lauded CHIJ.

"They were clearly a very solid team and they deserve their victory. They were superior physically and we were taken aback somewhat," said Li.

For Kok and her charges, there is little time to savour their achievements as the national rounds will begin later this month.

"I am happy for the girls but this is only half the battle won," said the coach. "We will now work hard towards a good showing in the national finals."

drajac@sph.com.sg