Caption: The national netball team pose for a group photo. Picture: Courtesy of Brunei Netball Association
Ak Fauzi Pg Salleh
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE national netball team turn their attention to today's game after a difficult 64-27 defeat to hosts Malaysia in their second game at the 29th SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
The Royal Bees fought hard throughout but the Malaysians were just too strong for the Bruneian side as they fell to their second defeat in a row at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara in Kuala Lumpur.
National coach Thilaka Jinadasa has moved on from the defeat and quickly turned her attention to the next game against the Philippines today at 2.30pm.
"Tomorrow (today) for us is a must win game if we want to be on podium and I am sure the girls have confidence to do well," said Jinadasa in an interview with BruSports News last night.
"(Against Malaysia) I managed to give almost all players court time so they have better mind set for the upcoming games.
"For the last two matches I was rotating and trying to give court time to all players as much as I can but at the same time maintaining the game intensity," she added.
"It is not easy with a lot of substitutions and I have to do it very carefully. Anyway, the players are used to these kind of games because of all the exposure series that we had previously," continued the Sri Lankan.
Jinadasa highlighted that the national team have improved a lot compared to two years ago where they lost 82-24 to Malaysia in Singapore.
"I am happy with the team as they really played well especially in defence. If the shooters were focus enough to end in better way, we could have scored more. So I think we are doing very good.
"We lost by a very big margin to Malaysia in Singapore two years ago, but slowly we have improved and reduced the margin," concluded the Sri Lankan.