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Published: Thursday December 5, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Thursday December 5, 2013 MYT 7:32:54 AM

Bukit Jalil net the title

Eye on the ball: BJSS and Hoerskool Marais Viljoen (in blue) involved in a keen battle for the ball.

Eye on the ball: BJSS and Hoerskool Marais Viljoen (in blue) involved in a keen battle for the ball.

BUKIT Jalil Sports School (BJSS) put on a gallant display to defeat fancied South Africans Hoerskool Marais Viljoen 31-28 in the final of the BJSS International Under-16 netball tournament at the Olympic Hall in Bukit Jalil.

It was indeed an achievement for BJSS as they had several players from the 13-15 age-group in their team, while the South African side comprised mostly 16-year-olds.

BJSS coach Puah Pei San said the players gave a good account themselves and matched their opponents in all quarters.

“It was a close final and could have gone either way. The South African players were physically stronger and the majority of them had height to their advantage.

“Our players showed excellent team work to get the better of their opponents,’’ added Pei San.

BJSS, with L. Karisma and An Najwa Azizan in attack, started impressively and exploited holes in the Hoerskool Marais Viljoen defence.

The first quarter went to BJSS 10-6. However Hoerskool Marais Viljoen had a sharp shooter in Chrisna Wolmarans and she impressed scoring from almost every attempt.

The second quarter ended 17-14 with BJSS holding the edge.

In the third quarter both teams played an aggressive game — going for the points — and the tall Chrisna put Hoerskool Marais Viljoen 24-23 ahead i.

BJSS, realising they needed to step-up their game, increased the pace in the final quarter and An Najwa and Karisma showed excellent team work to get them ahead. In the end BJSS won by three points.

Pei San said despite trailing in the third quarter, their players kept their composure in the last quarter.

“We had a pep talk at the break and advised them to be on the offensive. They were indeed motivated and played with grit and determination. They were simply superb,’’ added Pei San.

Besides, BJSS and Hoerskool Marais Viljoen , six foreign teams — Hong Kong Academy, Raffles Girls School (Singapore), Helpekaar Kollege (South Africa), Singapore Sports School, Brunei Darussalam School and Governor Stirling Senior High (Australia) — took part in the four-day competition.

BJSS’ Noor Azilah Aziz was presented with the Best Attacker award. The Best Defender award went to Hoerskool Marais Viljoen’s Beverley Moyake while Helpekaar Kollege’s Danielle Gouws won the Best Shooter award with an impressive 163 goals.

BJSS’ Nur Firra Syuhada Hasrin was named the Player of the Tournament.

BJSS principal Datuk Marina Chin gave away the prizes. The former Malaysian international said the competition was an excellent opportunity to foster relationships among the participating teams.

Roll of Honour

Final: Bukit Jalil Sports School bt Hoerskool Marais Viljoen 31-28.

Third: Helpekaar Kollege bt Hong Kong Academy 57-5.

Fifth: Raffles Girls School bt Singapore Sports School 30-23.

Seventh: Governor Stirling Senior High bt Brunei Darussalam School 38-17.

Best Attacker: Noor Azilah Aziz (BJSS)

Best Defender: Beverky Moyake (Hoerskool Marais Viljoen)

Best Shooter: Danielle Gouws (Helpekaar Kollege - 163 goals)

Best Player: Nur Firra Syuhada Hasrin (BJSS)

Tags / Keywords: Sport, Central Region, Community Sports, netball

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