Official Website of Brunei Darussalam National Olympic Council
Princess watches on as Royal Bees get busy
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Her Royal Highness Princess Fadzillah Lulabul Bolkiah poses with the Royal Bees

HER Royal Highness Princess Fadzillah Lulabul Bolkiah is with the Brunei Darussalam national netball team currently in Singapore for a series of exposure matches.

In the first game, the Royal Bees fell to a narrow defeat to Singapore National League powerhouse Sneakers 56-42.

National coach Thilaka Jinadasa insisted that the team was “not far behind”.

“In the first quarter, the players were nervous and were losing 16-8. But they began to improve and narrow the gap 12-11 in the second half.

“In the third quarter, the team managed to tie at 13-13, but lost in the final quarter 15-10.”

In their second match against OCBC Arena Nike Marlins, the Royal Bees bounced back in style to win 51-35.

“The levels shown in the matches so far are up to our expectations. Our primary goal is to win, but how we win is also taken into account.

“We lost the first match but used the experience gained to overcome our opponents in the following match,” the coach added.

“We are stepping into a new environment, which is being used as a platform to overcome challenges.

“I want the players to mature on and off the court.

“Judging by these two games, I realised that our players tend to force their passes. This weakness makes us vulnerable to counter attacks.

“I hope this problem is rectified in the match tomorrow (today) against Polytechnic Republic. They need to make passes to the net effectively,” said Thilaka.

Thilaka said the players must always maintain “composure during any situation in the ring”.

“I will look into the aggressiveness and attitude of all the players,” she said.

Courtesy from Borneo Bulletin