Brunei's Under-21 defence Nur
Afiqah Samat and Siti Nur
Saihah Mohd Nazmi try for the
rebound during a match against
India in the 8th Asian Youth
Netball Championship yesterday.
Picture: BT/Syarif Rasani
The Brunei Under-21 netball squad defeated India 56-30 to seal their second win in the 8th Asian Youth Netball Championship yesterday.
Brunei started off the game on a 6-0 run, establishing themselves as the more dominant team of the two.
Although India had the height advantage, Brunei's speed and play were clearly a cut above their opponents.
India eventually scored their first point five minutes into the quarter.
This seemed to catch the Brunei defence off guard as the hosts allowed their opponents to find the bucket time and time again from that point on.
It, however, did not prove to be much of an issue as Brunei held on to a majority of the possession led 14-7 by the end of the quarter.
Brunei's wing defence Siti Nur Saihah Mohd Nazmi showed her versatility when she was moved to the goal defence position in the second quarter.
Siti went on to control India's shooting zone, grabbing many steals via interceptions.
India only managed to see three shots go in, in the first nine minutes of the second quarter.
The Under-21 squad continued out run and gun their opponents to open up a 28-14 lead going into the second half.
India would not go down without a fight as they started the third quarter with more urgency and control, out-performing the Sultanate in the first five minutes of the stanza.
Eventually the tides turned and Brunei got back to their pace.
Brunei's injured goal attack Maryati Ahmad managed to see some game time and sank a number of long ranged shots with ease to rack up the points to 44-21 before heading into the fourth quarter.
India fought back valiantly, the two teams matching up evenly in the final 15 minutes.
They saw a game high of nine points and held Brunei to a low 12 points in the quarter.
"I told the girls to play with speed and man to man the whole way," said national netball coach Thilaka Jinadasa after the game
"The India team had the height advantage and I knew this game would be all about fitness.
"As I said before, my best shooter (Maryati) spends more time on the bench due to injury.
"She played the third quarter and I let her continue into the fourth because I saw she had the confidence.
"Even though the shooters missed we still had our defence.
"I was planning to beat Hong Kong as well and the girls played hard but we had a lack of exposure.
"Malaysia will be a tough game because they are the defending champions.
"We will just have to play it like our Hong Kong match and keep it close," added the coach.
Sri Lanka took down Maldives 112-6, Thailand defeated Nepal 68-16 and Malaysia thrashed Japan 64-18.
Sri Lanka will take on Nepal at 11am, Singapore will face Maldives at 2.30, Brunei will go up against defending champions Malaysia at 4.30 and Hong Kong will go head to head with Japan.