Brunei notch second group stage win in Asian under-21 meet

|     Fadhil Yunus     |

BRUNEI Darussalam’s under-21 netball team notched their second win in Group ‘B’ of the Asian Youth Netball Championship (AYNC) after they edged Taiwan 36-34 at Kashima, Japan on Wednesday.

The Royal Young Bees began their campaign with a 58-38 defeat to Hong Kong – who finished third in the previous edition – before bouncing back with a 46-39 win against Japan.

Brunei fell to a 84-25 defeat in the third group fixture to five-time winners Malaysia, who are tipped to challenge defending champions Singapore for the title.

Taiwan started proceedings with the first centre pass but surrendered the ball early on just seconds later, enabling Brunei to make an early move.

A sequence of passes originated from midway of the court illustrated that they were slowly getting into the groove before a tidy finish put them into an early lead.

Taiwan closed the first quarter with a narrow 9-8 lead but Brunei enjoyed a spell in the second quarter to take them into a 19-13 lead.

The East Asian side clawed their way back and was within a point off trailing 21-22 before Jane Searle’s newly assembled charges added cushion in the third quarter with a 27-23 lead.

The scores were all tied 28-28 giving a frantic end to the match but Brunei prevailed in the end with a win by two baskets.

During the 2015 edition, the Royal Young Bees also defeated Taiwan and Japan en route to a sixth place finish when they were stopped in their tracks by Thailand.

Brunei and Taiwan under-21 teams in a group photo. – JAPAN NETBALL ASSOCIATION