Sri Lanka outsmarted Asian Champs Singapore, only by a mere 2 points in the all-important finals of the Invitational International Netball Tournament at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium last evening. The final score was 72-70 in favor of the home team, Sri Lanka.
Meanwhile, the Sri Lanka Development pool smashed PStar Netball Club 80-22 to take 3rd place. The two teams met earlier in the tournament and Sri Lanka managed to come out on top 65-45. However, that was more of a rehearse as both Sri Lanka and Singapore refused to play their best lot.
Sri Lanka v Singapore Final (1st Quarter)
The home team got off to a wonderful start but were closely followed by the Asian giants. Sri Lanka with a narrow three-point lead won the quarter 21-18.
Sri Lanka v Singapore Final (2nd Quarter)
The 2nd quarter was somewhat similar to the first but Sri Lanka finished with a 4 point lead to stay on top.
Sri Lanka v Singapore Final (3rd Quarter)
Singapore bounced back to take a 4 point lead at the end of the 3rd quarter. They won the quarter 19-15, leaving Sri Lanka in a spot of bother.
Sri Lanka v Singapore Final (4th Quarter)
Singapore fought hard in the final quarter with Sri Lanka under a lot of pressure. They won the quarter 17-16 but were a couple of points short in terms of the overall result.
Sri Lanka with the lead accumulated in the 1st and 2nd quarter won the game and the title.
In the 3rd place playoff, Sri Lanka Development Squad dominated all four quarters 25-4, 21-4, 19-7 and 15-7 against England’s PStar to take 3rd place.
Victory for the Lankan Netball squad
We caught up with Ruvini Yatigammana from the winning team, Sri Lanka. This is what she had to say.
“This win is special because we achieved it at home with plenty of support, especially in the final. It was a team effort and credit goes to our one and only coach Ms.Thilaka Jinadasa who has every quality and skill sets that make for a wonderful coach. She is excellent at what she does and she proved it yesterday.”
“we’re from different parts of the island but bonded together as a strong unit as Sri Lankans. Singapore beat us in 2012 and this was more of a sweet revenge. Five out of the 20 players were injured but they didn’t miss a single match and that’s how interconnected we are, as a team. The manager and team officials also played a big part. We are also ready to bring the Asian title home, this year. Overall, it was an amazing experience, credit goes to the entire team.”
/ 2 years ago
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