Call for composure as improving Hong Kong come up empty-handed in netball Nations Cup loss to Singapore

After hitting the front in the third quarter, the tourists cannot finish the job and go down 44-37

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 05 December, 2017, 10:10pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 05 December, 2017, 10:10pm

Hong Kong were in it throughout against hosts Singapore at the netball Nations Cup on Tuesday, but came up short in a 44-37 loss.

Missing midcourter Stephanie Cuvelier after she suffered an ACL injury in Monday’s loss to Cook Islands, Hong Kong struggled early but battled hard to trail only 12-10 at the first break.

The second quarter was an even affair and ended with the hosts leading 24-21, before Hong Kong made a move at the start of the third and at one point hit the front.

It was short lived, however, as Singapore hit back hard and took a handy 34-30 lead into the final change.

Hong Kong were at times within two goals in the last quarter but Singapore found an extra gear when they needed it late.

Wing attack Krystina Te Kanawa-Coffin was impressive for Hong Kong, while co-captains Connie Wong and Kate Jolly led from the front.

“Our aim was to play four quarters of netball,” said Jolly. “Previously, we were only sticking it out for the first two quarters. We wanted to focus on the third because that’s been a bit of a slump for us.

“I feel that we did, and there were a few moments where we dropped off a little, but we stayed in the game in the third quarter.

“In the fourth quarter, we wanted to start from 0-0 again, and stay focused on that disciplined netball, which the girls did do a good job of and we will take that into the next game.

“Of course, we’re disappointed to lose but Singapore is a great side. They’re always so competitive and we had to be mentally strong for the whole game.”

Day three’s other matches saw Cook Islands defeat Ireland 40-32 and Swaziland ease home 67-50 against Malaysia. Hong Kong take on Ireland on Wednesday.

“We’ve got to carry forward the positives and stay focused for the whole fifteen minutes, not having any fading moments,” said Jolly.

“We also need to stay relaxed and composed. It’ll be a physical game, and we need to make sure we are prepared for that, and driving through the ball rather than waiting for it.”