SINGAPORE GO DOWN TO PAPUA NEW GUINEA BY THREE GOALS
In a nail biting final ten minutes, Papua New Guinea kept focused and played basic netball to cling on to a lead that they held for the majority of the game, sealing the deal with a goal on the final whistle 49-46.
The first quarter ended 14-12 to Papua New Guinea but they recorded their strongest score in the second, winning it 16-11.
Singapore came back after half time with obvious intent to reverse the lead, but the Papua New Guineans had been instructed to simplify their game. They found a direct channel through the centre of the court from player to player meaning the back line pass to goal conversion took no time at all.
In the final quarter it was all to play for. Papua New Guinea had a five goal advantage on the scoreboard, but Singapore were with them right to the end.
It was a spirited effort from Singapore, who pegged back to within three but it wasn't to be their day.
"Dictatorship was ours today." said Margaret Opina, coach of Papua New Guinea.
"Playing basic netball was all they had to do with this last quarter. Catch the ball, then throw and see the next move."
Singapore's captain Shelby Koh was as upbeat as ever.
"I'm proud of how we played. I thought we really made them work for their win, we didn't just hand it to them. We ended the game well." And looking ahead to their final game, Koh was keen to make amends. "We want to end the competition on a high note."
Editoria courtesy Harriet Millard, Planet Netball
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