NATIONAL TEAM - Coach's report
3rd/4th Play-off: After our loss to Sri
Lanka, we had a short turn around time to prepare for
Malaysia. Malaysia plays a completely different style
to Sri Lanka so we had to really adjust our game plan going
into the match. Malaysians were another team with lots
of experience (combined total of 310 international caps) and
most of them have come through the Bukit Jalil Sports School
which is coached by their current National Coach. So
they have a great understanding of each other's play and
movements. We matched the Malaysians for first half
with nervous starts from both shooting end. Half time score
we were down 23 to 15.
Their defence end went hard at the ball and
our players didn't match it and dropped some contested balls
and a few more unforced errors crept in. We started the 3rd
quarter with first 3 goals and then Malaysians score 5 in a
row and our attach end was looking a bit tired and was a bit
static. We needed to call an injury time out to put
some fresh legs on and to give the attack end a bit more
We had to give it a go in the last quarter
and I put two fresh legs on Emma Gregory into GA and Rita
Hanaronnachai in the C which gave us the movement we needed
in our attack end and pay quick dividends straight away.
Although we won the last quarter 16 to 10, the gap was too
far and we ended up losing the game 50 to 39.
Semi-Final day: After a nervous start
from our shooters, shooting at 56% in the first quarter, we
were down by 6 gaols (9-15). The Sri Lankans double
teamed on our GS (Krystle) and forced young GA Angela Chan
to take the mid range shots. The HK team persisted
with our game plan and went out hard in the 2nd quarter and
the shooters got into their rhythm bouncing back to shoot 14
from 19 at 74% and Sri Lankans were restricted to 12
attempts (scoring 9). Credit to our full court defence
and our leaders Jessica McCauley and Ellie Stanley doing a
good job against the two tall Sri Lankans shooters.
Half time score, we got back to one goal down (23-24). We
turned over the ball a lot and continuously to put
relentless pressure full court but unfortunately we couldn't
capitalised and finished with the shots and shot at 58% for
the quarter (11/19) and SL 13/14. With just 3 down
going into the fourth quarter, we were pumped and ready to
fight it out for the last 15 minutes. But two unforced
errors in our first 2 centre passes gave the ball to SL who
scored quickly. The SL scored 6 straight goals before
we scored our first one and then they scored another 11
goals before we scored our second goal of the quarter.
By the time an injury time-out was called, it was too late.
The total number of international caps for
Sri Lankan team was 433 and HK was 126 before the Asian
Champs. Lack of experience and possibly match
fitness was probably our downfall in the last quarter which
is no fault to the players, unfortunately in HK, we don't
have injury- time and only playing 12 minutes quarters.
So overall I was disappointed with the end
scoreline as the match was much closer then it indicated and
the players deserved a better recognition. We
ended up having the same number of attempts with the SL (65
attempts) and they shot at 88% (mostly closed range) and we
shot at 65%. We fought hard to cause the upset of the
century but it wasn't to be. Now our World Cup dream is over
and we have to regroup and gather ourselves for the 3rd/4th
match play-off against Malaysia tomorrow who also have a
hard fought game in their semi-final against Singapore.
Day 4: HK fought hard right to the end but was
outclassed in the end by Singapore who was able to play
their fast paced game and ran out winners 63 to 28. The
scoreline did not indicate the competitiveness of the
match and we made a few unforced errors at the beginning
of the match which allowed Singapore to take a handy
lead 15 to 8 after first quarter. The stadium was very
pro Singapore as expected and some of our players took
awhile to adjust to the big occasion. We never
experience anything like that in HK and to be put under
that sort of pressure was quite tough for us.
Mid- courters Rachael Wilcock and Grace Yuen worked
tirelessly in the middle to try to generate some drives
and pace in our game. However on several occasions in
each quarter, we have lapses and allowed Singapore to
score some quick goals to extend the margin. Changes
were made at half time trialling by 11 goals but the
players did not adjust to the pace of the game quick
enough and made no impact on the game.
The positives to take from this is that we never stopped
trying and worked hard throughout the 60 minutes of the
game. Also 11 out of the 12 players got on court and
were able to get a feel of what it's like at the 'next
level' and know what is expected from them to prepare
them for the semis. In previous games, we got away
with a lot of things like accuracy of passes, timing of
leads, intensity of our leads etc but against a top
side, we need to be more clinical in those areas.
We look forward to the two rest days and will go and
watch the Sri Lanka vs Malaysia game closely tomorrow as
we will be playing the winning team in the Semis. Our
Semis will be on Saturday at 5pm.
HK recorded another big win against newcomers Vietnam 80
to 17. HK was outstanding from the first whistle and
lead 23 to 4 after first quarter. We had a
business-like approach and went out there and got the
job done in a convincing style. This win has
consolidated our spot in the Semi-Finals. We are ready
to take on host and defending champions, Singapore
tomorrow night at 7pm. This will be our 4th game in a
row and Singapore had a rest day today. But I've
managed to rotate our players and were able to share the
workload around and kept the players relatively fresh
We will need to raise our standard and intensity to a
whole new level. Singapore is a classy side with pace
and structures and very experienced at international
stage compared to us. However I think we match up quite
well against them and we had a good tussle with them
when we came here for a training tour back in July. We
will really need to stick to the game plan and play to
HK played a very determined Japan team today
who was quick with their ball work and played the possession
game for most of the game. They played a high possession
game and kept the ball low so it was tough defending that
style of attack which we are not very used to. The HK girls
managed to adjust and were eventual winners 66 to 24.
We have another must win game against new
comers Vietnam tomorrow and then we face No 1 rank Singapore
on Wednesday. We need to make sure we cement our win
tomorrow by playing our style of netball but with
opportunity to hopefully rest some players for the big game
7 Sept - Coach's Report
Day 1: HK (rank 4th in Asia) had a huge win over India
(rank 5th in Asia) 84 to 17. HK team had 104 attempts
at shot, shooting at 81% and we restricted the Indians
to just 28 attempts, shooting at 61%. Co-vice captain
Krystle Edwards shot a team high 48 out of 57 at 84%.
To keep the Indians to just 28 attempts in 60 minutes
of netball was a result of full court defence which
created turnovers and intercepts from our defenders.
Our main focus for this game was to really go out hard
in the first quarter. Be relentless when we are in
defence and be in control when we have the ball. We
achieved that and outscored India 23 to 5. This allowed
us to run out our combinations and also to make sure
everyone have got their 'first game' experience under
I made changes at every interval so the girls did well
to keep our intensity and momentum throughout each
quarter. Qrt 2: 16 -5, Qrt 3: 21-5, Qrt 4: 24-5.
There are a few areas where we can still improve on and
we got away with a few things today that we probably
won't against a tougher opposition. So yes I am
pleased to get this win and we will always continue to
look to improve and continue to build and be ready for
the business end of the tournament.
Next game is Japan (Rank 7th in Asia) at 3pm tomorrow.
Another must win game for us. Japan is very
passionate and quite fast with their ball work and
movement. Their style is very different to India so we
will need to adjust our game to overcome them.