The national netball team pose for a group photo at the 9th Asian Youth Netball Championships in Hong Kong yesterday. Courtesy of Sabariah Hj Kamel Jumat
THE national netball team booked a place in the plate competition of the 9th Asian Youth Netball Championships in Hong Kong after defeating Abu Dhabi 63-23 in their second and final group match yesterday.
National coach Thilaka Jinadasa was pleased with the result, especially after opening their campaign with a 55-24 defeat to Singapore on Monday. "Today I had the opportunity to give all my players fair court time, and they all did very well," said Jinadasa in an interview with The Brunei Times yesterday.
"Now we are in the second best group of the tournament which is also called the ‘plate' category. "We are still not sure which teams we will be playing in next set of games… We will only find out after tomorrow (today) as most games are still in progress," added the Sri Lankan who coached her country to victory in the 2009 edition of the Asian Netball Championship
This year's Asian Youth Netball Championships format has only the top team from each group qualifying for the main event - the ‘trophy' cup. Second place finishers will qualify for the ‘plate' cup while third place finishers will play for the ‘bowl' cup.
Jinadasa added that the national team had their best performance against Singapore on Monday despite the defeat. "I think we had our best game against Singapore on Monday… The girls played better in the first quarter and it was very close," continued Jinadasa.
"Brunei lost to Singapore 72-21 at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games earlier this year, and looking at the score on Monday, I think the girls did very well,"
"I think it was just that we are still lacking in focus and communication skills, verbally and non-verbally on the court - but I am sure that if we get more exposure we can give a better challenge in near future," added Jinadasa.
The second round will continue tomorrow.