A delighted Singaporean coach, Kate Carpenter, applauded her victorious team: “The girls were fantastic today. We really wanted a good start and we got it. We focused on the tasks we had set ourselves, keeping it simple, sharp and well-planned.”
Singapore settled into their stride much quicker than Thursdays encounter and were eight goals ahead after one quarter. T&T looked frustrated and struggled to link together, committing fouls and obstructions that Singapore were ready to take advantage of.
Another dynamic team display pushed the locals in front 28-20 at the break. Stand-out performances once again from Vanessa Lee in WD, Premila Hirubalan in GD while Li Ling and Chen Huifen kept a high scoring percentage and tested the Caribbean defence throughout.
With a deficit of 18 goals going into the final quarter, the Caribbean girls tried to claw back into contention throwing their bodies (quite literally) into every passage of play and giving a physical fight to the death. Co-captains Jean Ng and Pearline Chan led by example and stayed focused to stretch ahead and wrap up the championship decider 56-32.
T&T Coach Grace Parkinson-Griffith gave her thoughts on the match: “I am very pleased with our performance. I felt there was an interpretation issue between our style of play and the umpires decisions but we will go home having had a great experience and some great matches.
Singapore are going well and if they continue to play as they have been then they can certainly be a force at the World Championships.”
Co-Captain and squad member since 1999, Jean Ng was extremely happy with the result: “It was a great team effort and we gave some great performances this week. The strength in depth of the squad has grown over the years and we were able to use various combinations on the court that all worked well. This was great preparation for us and we are ready to put up a good performance at the World Championships in November.”
Third spot was contested by Sri Lanka and Northern Ireland. Separated by just five points in Sri Lanka’s favour in Thursday’s match, the Irish turned it around winning 61-51. It was tit for tat in the circles, the Bowman sisters and Sivalingam at the other end, racking up the points to make a halftime score of 27-30 to the Irish.
Northern Ireland put in a great team performance, controlling the majority of possession and stretching for every ball. This young team with little international experience raised their level in the final quarter and took the game by a comfortable margin.
photos Janos Schmidt