Castaneda injured as PHI netball team falls to Singapore

By ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 04, 2015 01:19 AM

(Photo courtesy of @seagames2015 on Twitter)

SINGAPORE -- The Philippines suffered a double whammy as it surrendered a dismal 84-12 setback to Singapore while losing one of its key players to injury in the netball competition of the 28th Southeast Asian Games late last night at the OCBC Arena here.

Ranged against the faster, more skilled Singaporeans, the Nationals failed to get anything going as the host country netted a total of 42 points in the first two quarters to hammer an easy victory before a jampacked crowd.

And to make matters even worst, the Nationals lost Danielle Michiko Castaneda midway in the fourth period following an awkward landing on the defensive end. Castaneda, a former collegiate volleyball star for University of the Philippines, was carted out of the court due to what looked like a severe right knee injury.

She was crying and grimacing in pain as Singaporean trainers applied treatment on her knee.

"It was the same injury which she sustained while she was still playing volleyball," said Nationals coach Fransien Howarth, the 29-year old British who is one of the few netball mentors in the Philippines.

Castaneda finished with three goals on 12 shots while Ana Thea Cenarosa punched seven points for the Philippines, which was obviously no match to the the sleek passing and lightning-quick attacks of the Singaporeans, who rank 17th in the world.

Yasmin Ho Xiu Xiu and Charmaine Shi Hui Soh delivered 25 and 22 points, respectively, for Singapore, which is billed as one of Asia's heavyweights in the sport.

Despite that, the Filipinas still showed a big fighting heart as they challenged every single shot and tried to intercept every pass by the host country as if they were not playing in a hostile territory and not behind by a mile.

Same thing also happened in the Philippines first three losses as Malaysia, Thailand and Brunei all battered it with wide margin. The Malaysians, for one, crushed the Nationals by 101 points, 112-11, but their fighting spirit wasn't affected. 

"You saw how they competed -- they never gave up," Howarth said. "Give us months and we will be able to catch up with these giants. By next SEA Games, two years from now, we will be ready. We will be a force to be reckoned with in the region."

The Nationals will have a re-match with Brunei today for a victory that will boost their chances for at least a bronze medal in the six-nation tournament.


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