By REDintern Jasmine Goh

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NUS (orange) beat SIM (green) in their opening game of the SUniG Netball Championship. (Photo © Les Tan/Red Sports)

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National University of Singapore, Monday, September 9, 2013 – The National University of Singapore (NUS) opened their Singapore University Games (SuniG) netball campaign with a huge 85–14 win over the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM).

NUS led the 17–7 after the first quarter and started to pull away from SIM in the second quarter as they tightened up their defense in the mid-court, creating as many turnovers as possible.

With the Goal Attack and Goal Shooter from NUS displaying great chemistry in their second passes and quick rotation, they managed to successfully pot their shots without much difficulty and pulled ahead to lead 38–10 by half time.

After the break, SIM found it difficult to maintain possession and had trouble scoring due to the relentless pressure from the NUS defenders, giving the latter the opportunity to rack up the goals. NUS extended their domination and established a 21-point, 59-12 lead by the end of the third quarter.

Despite the 47-point gap heading into the final quarter, both teams continued to put up a good fight but NUS showed a greater control of the game which limited SIM’s chances.

Currently facilitating their own trainings without a coach, SIM captain Carmen Sarah Lee commented that she was satisfied with the tough fight put up by her defenders despite NUS’ swiftness and high shooting accuracy.

“We were rather unsettled in the first quarter of the game, evident from our mispasses here and there,” said NUS captain Cheryl Lee. “Ultimately, we managed to settle ourselves down as we progressed through the game minimising our mistakes which resulted in a smoother flow.”

NUS, who were the overall champions of SUniG netball in 2012, look forward to retaining their title again this year.

On the next court, the Singapore Management University (SMU) overcame the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) 68–14. This is the first year that SIT are taking part in the Games.

Score by Quarter
1Q: 17–7
2Q: 21–3 (38–10)
3Q: 21–2 (59–12)
4Q: 26–2
Final Score: 85–14

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