PETALING JAYA: Perak Phoenix started on the right track to achieve their goal of a top four finish, beating Kedah Sunshine 47-38 as the inaugural Netball Super League (NSL) kicked off at Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara.
Both teams were evenly matched as Perak had 51 attempts at goal while Kedah managed 50 but it was Perak who held on to get off to a winning start in Group A.
Perak led 35-26 at half-time.
Next up for Perak Phoenix will be a crucial match against KL Wildcats tonight.
Perak will book a place in the crossover semi-finals if they can overcome KL Wildcats, who boasts of several national players and are also the reigning national champions.
Perak shooter Khairunnisa Nazri was pleased to win their opening match.
“It’s a good sign after not playing a competition for so long because of the Covid-19 pandemic, ” said Khairunnisa, who is a university student in Skudai.
“But there are things we need to work on. We slowed down in the third quarter and gave away passes easily.
“We cannot afford these simple mistakes when we play KL Wildcards tomorrow, ”
The NSL is played on a league format over four weeks with participation from eight state teams.
Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican, who graced the opening yesterday, said the NSL would boost women’s sport development in Malaysia.
“This initiative by Astro and Malaysian Netball Association is a fresh starting point for netball development in Malaysia, ” he said.
“Malaysians can look forward to a competitive league as there are seasoned professionals competing along with new young talents passionate to represent Malaysia one day.”