Netball: Balance the key to Singapore's challenge at Mission Foods Nations Cup

Singapore skipper Micky Lin (second from right) in action during the Netball World Cup in Sydney on Aug 11.
Singapore skipper Micky Lin (second from right) in action during the Netball World Cup in Sydney on Aug 11. PHOTO: NETBALL SINGAPORE

SINGAPORE - Hosts Singapore will field a team with a blend of youth and experience at next month's Mission Foods Nations Cup.

Led by captain Micky Lin, the squad of 12 are aiming to put on a good showing after finishing second for the past two years.

Singapore are the current Asian and SEA Games champions.

Notable additions to the squad are debutants Parveen Nair, a 22-year-old student, and Toh Wan Ling, a 26-year-old teacher. Both had previously represented the nation at last year's Northern Cup Tri Series in Wales.

Also making a comeback to the squad are Kwok Shuyi, who last took part in the Nations Cup in 2013, and Yasmin Ho, a member of the SEA Games gold-medal winning team in June.

Vice-captain Chen Huifen will not feature as she is taking a break. Stepping up to co-vice-captain the team will be 25-year-old shooter Charmaine Soh. The other vice-captain of the team is Nurul Baizura, who will be making her sixth Nations Cup appearance.

The six-nation tournament will take place at the OCBC Arena from Dec 13 to 19. Apart from Singapore, the other teams involved include Botswana, Chinese-Taipei, Northern Ireland, Namibia and Papua New Guinea.

Head coach Ruth Aitken said: "The team is a good balance of youth and experience.

"It will give the next generation of players like Parveen and Kimberly an opportunity to work closely with and learn from seasoned players like Micky and Premila.

"We're confident, and are hoping to end a successful year on a high with a positive performance at the Cup."

The Singapore team: Micky Lin (captain), Nurul Baizura (co-vice-captain), Charmaine Soh (co-vice-captain), Ang Shiqi, Chen Li Li, Kimberly Lim, Kwok Shuyi, Pamela Liew, Parveen Nair, Premila Hirubalan, Toh Wan Ling, Yasmin Ho.