Brunei Netball Association (BNA) president Datin Paduka Hjh Intan Hj Md Kassim (5th R) presenting the national flag to team captain Siti Marhayati Ahmad during the flag handing ceremony at the Lecture Room of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas yesterday team ahead of their 9th Asian Youth Netball Championships campaign in Hong Kong next week. BT/Ak Fauzi Pg Salleh
Brunei Netball Association (BNA) president Datin Paduka Hjh Intan Hj Md Kassim during the flag handing ceremony at the Lecture Room of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas yesterday. BT/Ak Fauzi Pg Salleh
BRUNEI Netball Association (BNA) president Datin Paduka Hjh Intan Hj Md Kassim has spoken of her disappointment on the lack of support for the national team ahead of their 9th Asian Youth Netball Championships campaign in Hong Kong next week.
“It is sad to see that not all the netball clubs in the country are willing to cooperate and help out the association (BNA). And what’s more disappointing is that they see BNA as their enemy and competitor,” she said in her speech during the flag handing ceremony at the Lecture Room of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas yesterday.
“Some clubs even went to the extent of not releasing their players to train for the national team and I really think that this kind of attitude should not be encouraged. “This kind of behaviour is not right as it is important a sport governing body to have the right support from everyone - especially the clubs under it.
“I didn’t expect that BNA would be able to send the national team to compete at this year’s Asian Youth Championship, but with the hard work of several executive committee members, we managed to raise funds for this trip,” she added.
Ranked sixth in the tournament, Brunei is pooled in Group C with third-ranked Singapore and non-ranked Abu Dhabi. Group A is made up of top-ranked Malaysia, eighth-ranked Maldives and ninth-ranked Japan. Group B consists of second-ranked Sri Lanka, seventh-ranked India and non-ranked Chinese Taipei.
Meanwhile fourth-ranked Hong Kong, fifth-ranked Thailand and non-ranked Pakistan make up Group D. Brunei will kick-off their campaign on Monday against Singapore and they will face Abu Dhabi the following day. “To the players, I hope that you will go out there to give your best and make Brunei proud… Please listen to instructions from the coaches, be disciplined and show your capabilities,” continued the president.
Datin Paduka Hjh Intan then went on to thank the Department of Youth and Sports for sponsoring the flights, the Brunei Darussalam National Olympic Council for the athletes’ allowances and Imperial Sports and Kelvin Goh for the jerseys and equipment for the tournament.
“I also would like to thank Spitfire Netball Club for their continuous support in raising funds to cover the accommodation for the national team in Hong Kong,” she added.
Brunei will be represented by 10 players: team captain Siti Marhayati Ahmad, vice captain Dk Khalisha Pg Abd Rahman, Siti Nursyaahidah Rashid, Nur Syuhaidah Fahriyana Hj Sukri, Siti Norsaihah Mohd Adi Najmi, Siti Nurul Nazihah Hj Hassan, Navika Klai Klia, Eramardena Anchak, Ummi Nur Nadzirah Hj Erwan and Dk Mas Sarah Hannani Pg Abd Hamid.
The country will also be sending two umpires: Asmawi Hj Sulaiman and Zadrainata Hj Zaini to the Dec 14-20 tournament.