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KL2017: Malaysia aiming to repeat 2001 feat

KUALA LUMPUR: With netball competition in the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games getting underway tomorrow, uppermost in the minds of the girls in the national netball squad is Malaysia’s success in the sport in the 2001 SEA Games, which Malaysia also hosted.

Malaysia beat Singapore in the final to clinch the gold medal then.

In the last edition in Singapore, Malaysia had to settle for silver after losing to the hosts in the final.

The netball competition is in the round robin format with five countries competing – Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, and the Philippines.

The national squad first have to get past Thailand in the opening match tomorrow which will be played at 3.15pm at Stadium Juara Bukit Kiara Sports Complex here.

Head coach Tracey Robinson said they are determined to win the gold medal at KL2017 to make up for the loss two years ago.

“We need to be prepared and we need to fight really hard in this game. But I am quite confident (about our chances).

“I believe that the national netball team squad is a fantastic role model and they can perform well with confidence and determination,” the Aussie said after the team’s training session here today.

Team captain Nur Syafazliyana Mohd Ali, 24, said her girls were all primed for the task up ahead.

“We will give more than 100% to get the gold because we are the hosts,” she said.

She added that Singapore would pose the biggest challenge but they were not underestimating the others. — Bernama

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