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Netball - 11. December 2009.

Northern Ireland get upper hand in pre-final Tussle


Singapore slip-up and will play for pride at Nations Cup 2009

                                                                                                      

Scotland and Northern Ireland may have booked their final place with their wins on Wednesday night, but the remaining four nations had everything to play for tonight at Toa Payoh Sports Hall in the final round-robin matches that determined the line-up for the finals tomorrow.

Scotland and Northern Ireland may have booked their final place with their wins on Wednesday night, but the remaining four nations had everything to play for tonight at Toa Payoh Sports Hall in the final round-robin matches that determined the line-up for the finals tomorrow.
Scotland and Northern Ireland may have booked their final place with their wins on Wednesday night, but the remaining four nations had everything to play for tonight at Toa Payoh Sports Hall in the final round-robin matches that determined the line-up for the finals tomorrow.

 

 

Canada took on Malaysia in match one and played a steady game, keeping themselves in front and stretching ahead in the final quarter for a 65-43 result. Their two wins from five means they will play in the 3rd and 4th placing match against Tanzania.

Canada took on Malaysia in match one and played a steady game, keeping themselves in front and stretching ahead in the final quarter for a 65-43 result. Their two wins from five means they will play in the 3rd and 4th placing match against Tanzania.

 

Ann Willcocks, Canadian coach was pleased with the team’s work rate on court. She explained, “We didn’t play as well as we can but we fought hard out there tonight. We tried to front-cut and bounce the ball to overcome our opponents and I really feel we had seven defenders out there working hard all the way down the court.”

 

Goal Shooter for Canada, Cherry Don Nickie had an 85% success rate and although shorter than her opponents, she held strong in the circle and linked well with team mates Sabrina Versteeg (GA) and Jessie Evans in the centre position in what was a full team effort.

 

Top ranked Scotland met their match against Northern Ireland tonight going down 55-31. This was the first time since 2003 that the Scots had lost out to their home nation rivals. With vital world ranking points up for grabs in every match of the Nations Cup, neither team was going to save themselves for Saturday’s grand final. The game was fast and physical from the first whistle and the Scots will now be looking to bounce back for the repeat encounter tomorrow.

 

“That was a tough, tough game for us tonight. We had to fight in every quarter but we kept the flow we’ve had all week and we are now really looking forward to the final tomorrow,” Irish Captain Noleen Lennon enthused.

 

Northern Ireland sprinted out the blocks and went into the halftime break with a fourteen point cushion (28-14). The Scottish defence didn’t lie down and made the Irish shooting combination of Noleen Lennon (84%) and Caroline O’Hanlon (56%) battle for every shot, often needing more than one attempt to sink the goal.

 

Scottish goal keeper Hayley Mulheron explained, “It is very difficult to defend against the height of their shooter. It was mostly our errors that lost us the match so tomorrow we just need to take our time and focus on our game.”

 

Singapore faced the ever-improving Africans in the closing round-robin match and it was end-to-end action that entertained the spirited Singapore crowd at Toa Payoh Sports Hall.

 

Both teams played a very tight man-to-man defence which gave little room for free flowing play which resulted in plenty of miss-passes and interceptions across the court.

 

“They were more patient in their play than us tonight and we just didn’t capitalise on our own balls,” said Vanessa Lee, wing defence for Singapore.

 

She continued, “We are starting to come together as a team this week though and we’re getting to know each others play better so we want to go out tomorrow and beat Malaysia again to finish strongly. Our ultimate goal this tournament is to build as a team and work towards the World Netball Championships in 2011.”

 

A shocked Tanzanian coach, Mary Protas said, “Singapore are a very good side and that was a great result for us tonight. I think both sets of shooters panicked in the circles which gave a lot of turnovers. We know we can beat Canada so I want us just to play the same way tomorrow.”

 

Singapore will begin the final games with another causeway battle that they will hope to win for the second time this week. Canada watched their opponent’s game intently and will regroup after tonight’s victory with confidence that they can reverse their previous result against Tanzania. The climax will come at 4pm when world number 13 take on Northern Ireland (19th) for the trophy and the coveted title – Nations Cup Champions 2009.

- Ends-

 

Teams

Play

Win

Draw

Lost

For

Against

Goal %

Points

Northern Ireland

5

5

0

0

319

184

173.3%

10

Scotland

5

4

0

1

209

190

110%

8

Tanzania

5

3

0

2

213

221

96.3%

6

Canada

5

2

0

3

224

244

91.8%

4

Singapore

5

1

0

4

165

204

80.8%

2

Malaysia

5

0

0

5

187

274

68.2%

0

                                                           

 

Results

Day 5:

Match 1: Malaysia 45 – 63 Canada (HT 24-30)

Match 2: Northern Ireland 55– 31 Scotland (HT 28-14)

Match 3: Tanzania 41– 33 Singapore (HT 16-18)

 

Day 4:

Match 1: Tanzania 58 – 39 Malaysia (HT 30-18)

Match 2: Singapore 35 – 52 Northern Ireland (HT 18-19)

Match 3: Scotland 45 – 39 Canada (HT 24-19)

 

Day 3:

Match 1: Northern Ireland 66 – 41 Malaysia (HT 33-15)

Match 2: Canada 32–43 Tanzania (HT 15-22)

Match 3: Singapore 28–33 Scotland (HT 17-17)

 

Day 2:

Match 1: Scotland 52 - 39 Tanzania (HT 27-22)

Match 2: Canada 45 – 81 Northern Ireland (HT 23-41)

Match 3: Malaysia 33 – 39 Singapore (HT 18-19)

 

Day 1:

Singapore 30 – 45 Canada (HT 15-24)

Malaysia 29 – 48 Scotland (HT 24-38)

Northern Ireland 65 – 32Tanzania (HT 32-19)

 

World Rankings

Canada (21)

Malaysia (20)

Northern Ireland (19)

Scotland (13)

Singapore (15)

Tanzania (no ranking)

 

Fixtures            

 

Date

Game

Time

Fixtures

 

16

11.30am

5th

Singapore

v

6th

Malaysia

12-Dec

17

1.30pm

3rd

Tanzania

v

4th

Canada

Sat

18

4pm

1st

Northern Ireland

v

2nd

Scotland

 

 

5.30pm

Prize Presentation

 

 

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