ONE is determined to keep the good run going. The other is ready for a revenge.
Captains Nur Syafazliyana Mohd Ali of Malaysia and Vanessa Lee of Singapore have promised to raise the game to greater heights if they meet again in the final of the netball competition.
Yesterday, Malaysia showed mental fortitude to beat a spirited Singapore 50-37 in a physical match at Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara.
Goal attack An Najwa Azizan was Malaysia’s top scorer again. She coolly slotted in 33 goals out of 38 attempts.
Singapore rode on the strength of sharp goal shooter Charmaine Soh, who netted 28 points.
It was Malaysia's third win and Singapore’s first loss in the five-nation round-robin tournament. Only the top four teams qualify for the semi-finals.
Syafazliyana, a solid goal defender, said Malaysia had taken a positive step in the battle for the gold against defending champions Singapore.
Malaysia lost to hosts Singapore in the 2015 Games final.
“We used the right tactics to beat Singapore today. This win has given us a lot of confidence to go all the way to the gold,” said Syafazliyana.
“But we’ll not take them lightly if we meet them again. They’ll surely want to redeem themselves.”
Vanessa took the defeat in her stride but promised to stage a great comeback.
“It’s disappointing but we’re in a process of trying out different combinations in the group stage. We’re mentally strong as a team. We’ll take some positives from this loss and move on,” said wing defend Vanessa.
Malaysia’s last group match is against the Philippines tomorrow. Singapore’s next two matches are against the Philippines today and Thailand tomorrow.