By REDintern Thomas Tan
The SMU GA Kalusha Yap catches the ball despite being closely marked, and was able to net a point. (Photo 1 © Thomas Tan/Red Sports)
National University of Singapore, Friday, January 8, 2010 – The Singapore Management University (SMU) soundly beat Ngee Ann Polytechnic 53-37 on the third day of the Institute-Varsity-Polytechnic (IVP) Netball Championship.
The SMU team had a seven-point lead by the end of first quarter and maintained their edge until the third quarter when NP pushed backand threatened briefly. However, SMU rallied in the fourth quarter to regain control to finish the game comfortable winners.
NP struggled in defense, giving SMU too many opportunities to make easy long passes during the match to net quick points.
Captain of the NP team, Wenqi, opined that SMU’s defense was too physical at times, but was nevertheless satisfied with her team’s efforts despite their defeat.
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Despite exerting much effort, the NP WA was unable to catch a wild throw from her teammate. (Photo 2 © Thomas Tan/Red Sports)
Melissa (NP), playing as GS in the 2nd quarter, used her height to great advantage throughout the game. (Photo 3 © Thomas Tan/Red Sports)
A successful long pass between the SMU GD Eng Jun Jia and her WA, one of the many which allowed the SMU team many chances for scoring some fast points. (Photo 4 © Thomas Tan/Red Sports)
The SMU GS Diana Chew just managing to catch her GA teammate’s pass. However, the ball was lost to NP’s defense soon after. (Photo 5 © Thomas Tan/Red Sports)
The SMU C waits for an open teammate in the face of the NP WA’s defense. (Photo 6 © Thomas Tan/Red Sports)
An injured SMU player gets attended to by her coach and teammates. (Photo 7 © Thomas Tan/Red Sports)
Seemingly wild long throws by the SMU girls like this one were effective as their teammates were fast enough to anticipate and catch them. (Photo 8 © Thomas Tan/Red Sports)
Wenqi (NP GS, Captain) attempts a bounce pass to teammate Melissa (GA) … (Photo 9 © Thomas Tan/Red Sports)
… but her shout to alert Melissa to her intention came a moment too late. The pass failed and SMU gained control of the ball. (Photo 10 © Thomas Tan/Red Sports)
Learning from a loss – Team NP gather after the match to listen to feedback from their coach. (Photo 11 © Thomas Tan/Red Sports)
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