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Wins for Sneakers Stingrays, Magic Marlins and Blaze Dolphins
SINGAPORE, 12 March 2016 – The 17th edition of Singapore’s M1 Netball Super League (NSL) began today with all six teams in action at Jurong East Sports Centre.
With M1 as the new title sponsor for this year and a new team in the line up in the shape of the Fier Orcas, it was with much anticipation that the event got underway today. Each team combines a mix of youth and experience with the 21&U players returning to their club sides this year. Not only are teams fighting for their share of the S$30,000 prize purse, individually they are also looking to shine and make their way into the Opens Squad which will be selected at the end of the competition.
Match 1: Sneakers Stingrays 60‐42 Fier Orcas (HT 33‐16)
Defending champions Sneakers Stingrays displayed their strength on court in the opening match of M1 NSL 2016, dominating the match from the first quarter. While debutant Fier Orcas were relentless in their pursuit, unforced errors in the first half and continued pressure from Sneakers Stingrays caused them to lose possession of the ball several times during the match.
“I’m very happy to have won the game, it was a tough match considering that it’s the first time that Fier Orcas was playing in the NSL. I think they put up a very good fight and we had to think of ways to overcome them. I’m glad that our team played very well too, we have been training very hard for this and it’s good to see it all come together in the match today,” said Carmen Goh, captain of Sneakers Stingrays.
Match 2: Magic Marlins 47-29 Tiger Sharks (HT 26‐13)
With both teams eyeing the title this season, Magic Marlins managed to show their prowess as 2015’s runner-up and former titleholders (years 2011‐2013). While the score remained tight in the first quarter, Magic Marlins strong defence led by captain and national player Premila Hirubalan proved to be too strong for Tiger Sharks, pulling away by half time which cemented their win today.
Commenting on their performance today, captain Premila Hirubalan said, “We just wanted to have fun, it’s the first game of the season and we didn’t know what to expect from Sharks as they are really strong, with many good players! So while we were worried, we were also very excited to start the season against Sharks.“
Match 3: Mission Mannas 33-44 Blaze Dolphins (HT 18-26)
Having finished fourth last year, Blaze Dolphins are aiming to get back to the top of the table this season. Led by National Captain Lin Qingyi Micky, the Dolphins fought a strong battle against Mission Mannas for the win today. Coming to a tie at the end of the first quarter (9-9), the Dolphins’ good defence and smooth passing led to a good lead by half time. They continued with the momentum and led throughout the second half, winning the match with a score of 33‐44.
“It’s the first match of the season and for us it’s a lot of settling the team into the game, which I’m sure is what many of the teams felt today too. We managed to settle in earlier than Mannas this time, and the team that can adjust to that quickly will usually take the win,” said Lin Qingyi Micky, captain of Blaze Dolphins.
Netball Singapore’s elite league continues next Saturday (19th March) at Toa Payoh Sports Hall, matches from 2pm.