Asian Netball Championships: gallant Hong Kong fall short in World Cup bid

Robin Manihera’s side show plenty of fight but ultimately go down to Sri Lanka in Singapore

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 08 September, 2018, 6:58pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 08 September, 2018, 6:58pm

A gallant Hong Kong fell short in their bid to qualify for the World Cup in Liverpool next year, going down 55-46 to Sri Lanka at the Asian Netball Championships in Singapore on Saturday.

After being blown away 71-48 by the Sri Lankans on Thursday, Hong Kong came out firing on Saturday afternoon to lead 14-13 at quarter-time.

Asian Netball Championships: towering 208cm Sri Lankan shooter stands between Hong Kong and the World Cup

They combated Sri Lanka’s 2.08-metre goal shooter Tharjini Sivalingam far better than when the two teams first met but the powerful Sri Lankans eventually wore down Robin Manihera’s side, pulling away in the second half after leading by four at the main break.

Sri Lanka will play Singapore in the final after they defeated Malaysia 51-43 in the other semi.