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Netball - 10. October 2011.

The NTUC FairPrice Foundation Nations Cup is back in action.

The NTUC FairPrice Foundation Nations Cup is back in action for 2011
giving Singapore?s netball fans another chance to catch some
world-class action this year!

Following on from the resounding success of the Mission Foods World
Netball Championships (WNC) hosted by Singapore in July, six nations
will battle it out from 5-11 December at the Toa Payoh Sports Hall for
  the sixth edition of the NTUC FairPrice Foundation Nations Cup.
New to the Nations Cup is Fiji who finished 10th in the WNC and are
currently ranked number seven in the World. The Pacific Islanders will
  bring plenty of flare and passion to the court, and provide stiff
opposition for hosts Singapore who will be keen to avenge their 57-47
defeat when they met in WNC play-offs.

Joining their Oceanic neighbours and returning to the Nations Cup for
their third appearance is Papua New Guinea (World Ranking 17) who
lifted the trophy in 2008.

Coming to compete from Asia this year are Malaysia and Sri Lanka. Sri
Lanka has risen up the rankings in recent years and finished in 14th
place at the WNC (World Ranking 18) and is taking part in their third
Nations Cup, their highest finish in previous editions being fourth
place.

Malaysia lie 23rd in the World Rankings and ended their WNC campaign
one spot behind Singapore in 16th after losing to the hosts 36-47 in
their final match. Malaysia joined the Nations Cup line up back in
2009 but have shown marked improvement over the past few years.
The African nation of Namibia complete the nations this year (World
Ranking 24) who took part for the first time in 2010, finishing in
fifth place. Showing great improvement throughout the tournament last
year and coming close to a victory over Singapore, they will be a side
  to pay close attention to as their agile and creative play could
cause  a few upsets.

Speaking on behalf of the host nation, President of Netball Singapore,
  Tan Wee Khim said, ?It is hard to believe that we are now
approaching  our sixth edition of the Nations Cup and the competition
continues to  go from strength to strength.

?We are delighted to be welcoming a new nation in Fiji and those
returning to our shores to enjoy an exciting week of world-class
netball. The Singapore crowds were wonderful throughout the Mission
Foods World Netball Championships and we hope to see them all back at
Toa Payoh in December supporting the national team and their opponents.?
The Singapore Open squad was announced in August with the final
competition team to be decided on 18th November. The National Squad
welcomes seven new players primarily in attacking positions who will
add depth to the squad that lost a few experienced players after the
World Championships.  Jean Ng and Lin Qingyi are co-captains of the
squad and will look to share their knowledge and experience with the
new recruits.
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