Netball: Oh Soh perfect win over Canada

With six minutes left in the third quarter, Singapore's national netball team were comfortably ahead 41-16 in their Mission Foods Nations Cup match against Canada yesterday.

They could have coasted for the rest of the match, but the noisy home crowd of 1,198 at the OCBC Arena were not satisfied, as they chanted: "We want more!"

Urged on by the fans, the world No. 17 hosts kept up their intensity, plundering 21 more goals to finish as 62-26 winners against their opponents, who are ranked a rung lower.

Singapore's Yu Mei Ling is sandwiched by Canadian players at the Nations Cup yesterday. The Republic won the round-robin match 62-26 at the OCBC Arena. ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

Singapore coach Ruth Aitken rotated her squad for the match, using Yu Mei Ling and Charmaine Soh as goal shooters and Pamela Liew and Zhang Ailin as goal attacks. Centre Josephine Yeo also made her first Nations Cup appearance, while captain Vanessa Lee sat out the match.

Aitken was pleased with her charges' performance, with Soh going 16-for-16 in the two quarters that she played.

Said the Kiwi: "I thought today our defensive work across the court was very good despite the (personnel) changes that we made.

"We also looked a lot faster on attack and fed the ball confidently to our shooters."

Explaining that the match was about "managing the load" among the players, the 60-year-old added: "It's really hard to get all 12 players out in a game, and we were very aware that Josephine hadn't been on court yet. She's got great speed off the mark, and I thought she created some great intercepts and good turnover ball."

Singapore will complete their round-robin matches with two tough assignments: against world No. 15 Papua New Guinea today and No. 16 Zambia on Friday.

Zambia are undefeated in the tournament, while Papua New Guinea lost just once.

Aitken said: "Both (teams) are in form and playing very well. We're going to have to bring our best but I think the team has been building up towards this, and tomorrow's going to be really exciting."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 07, 2016, with the headline 'Oh Soh perfect win over Canada'. Subscribe