Netball: Singapore announce SEA Games squad ahead of title defence

Shooter Toh Kai Wei (centre), 20, is both nervous and excited about making her debut at the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games in August.
Shooter Toh Kai Wei (centre), 20, is both nervous and excited about making her debut at the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games in August.PHOTO: COURTESY OF NETBALL SINGAPORE

SINGAPORE - The netball team who will defend Singapore's SEA Games crown in Kuala Lumpur this year has a mixture of experience and youth, with five players from the previous Games included.

Goal shooter Toh Kai Wei and goal attack Jocelyn Ng, with two and three international caps respectively, will make their SEA Games debut.

The 12-strong side, led by captain Vanessa Lee, Nurul Baizura and Charmaine Soh, was announced on Friday (June 30) after 14 players attended a training tour in Belfast, Northern Ireland last week.

Said national interim coach Yeo Mee Hong: "The entire squad has been very motivated and driven in training and on tour and the selectors had some difficult decisions to make in selecting the final 12. Everyone, including the new members have been stepping up and I believe that the team has the right mindset for the upcoming SEA Games.

"The team is getting seasoned and have been showing a lot of promise. We will be using the next six weeks to fine-tune and refine the team and we are looking forward to a good showing."

In their final phase of preparations, defence specialist coach and former Silver Ferns coach Yvonne Willering will be here this weekend to work with Yeo and the team on defensive strategies.

The Singapore netball team will also travel to Hamilton, New Zealand July 21-29 for a training tour, where they will link up with former national coach Ruth Aitken.

They will attempt to retain SEA Games gold for the first time at the Aug 19-30 biennial event.

The team:

Vanessa Lee (Captain)

Nurul Baizura (co-vice captain)

Charmaine Soh (co-vice captain)

Chen Lili

Jocelyn Ng

Kimberly Lim

Melody Teo

Nur Aqilah Andin

Parveen Nair

Shina Teo

Toh Kai Wei

Zhang Ailin