Singapore v Papua new Guinea

SINGAPORE BEAT PAPUA NEW GUINEA IN CLOSEST GAME OF DAY TWO

Singapore and Papua New Guinea faced each other on court two this evening in the closest match of the tournament so far, the Singaporeans coming out on top in the end 54 - 39.

Fresh from last month's Asian Youth Championships in Brunei, at which they took bronze, Singapore were a well practiced unit, but a nervy start meant Papua new Guinea lead for most of the first quarter before Singapore hit back to clinch the quarter 14-12.

Papua New Guinea seemed to decelerate during the second period, and Singapore edged ahead to reach the half time break with a sizeable lead of 30 goals to 19.

The second half began with a surge of energy from the Papua New Guineans, who managed to reduce the gap between the teams to six goals at one stage. 

It was game on for the two group D teams, who also have to face England, Republic of Ireland, and Barbados later in the tournament.

Singapore were the ones to find strength to come back at Papua New Guinea, and quelled any threats of a take over, holding on to a lead throughout the second half.

Co-captain Shelby Koh said she thought her team played well.

"We wanted to go out there and give it all we had. We are representing Asia as a whole. We are the only Asian team, so we really wanted to show everyone how we can play, and we put up a strong performance."

Both teams face Group D favourites England next.

Editorial courtesy Harriet Millard, Planet Netball​

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