| Khairil Hassan |
BRUNEI Darussalam beat Sri Lanka’s Mercantile 37-31 in the second netball match at the Multi-Purpose Hall of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium Sports Complex in Berakas yesterday.
Mercantile put up a better challenge compared to the first match won by Brunei Darussalam 42-35 on Sunday.
Both teams tied 9-9 in the first quarter and Brunei took a 4-point lead of 20-16 after the second quarter. Mercantile then took a point lead of 28-27 in the third quarter. Brunei national netball coach Thilaka Jinadasa adjusted the fourth period and managed to cut the deficit to six points and held on to win 37-31.
Thilaka commented that her main objective is to identify the players position for the SEA Games in Singapore in June and exposing some fresh players.
“My expectation is to play and gain experience and also practise strategic planning which we’ve trained all this time during competition and execute it positively.”
“I would also like to give Brunei players an opportunity of playing with a very experienced team and play with different styles of opposition. In which it will improve players’ decision making abilities under pressure and will get used to adjust with different situations to overcome emotions and reduce anxiety level.”
“The first quarter showed the team’s defence was ‘a bit loose’ but the team managed to tighten up the defence.”
“I will start with a different set of players in every match and see the standards of everyone on the team,” Thilaka added.
Sri Lanka’s Mercantile coach, Trixie Nanayakkara commented that both teams played very well.
“We are here to help the Brunei team gain exposure and prepare for the SEA Games and we’ll try our best to give challenge against our younger opponents,” Trixie said.
The third match on Wednesday will be held at the Multi-Purpose Hall at 10am.