PHI netball squad bows out of contention after loss to Brunei

ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 04, 2015 06:08 PM
PHI netball squad bows out of contention
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SINGAPORE -- The Philippines absorbed another bitter loss to Brunei, 32-56, to formally bomb out of contention in the netball competition of the 28th Southeast Asian Games Thursday at the OCBC Arena here.

Michiko Castaneda managed to see action, but the Nationals failed to stop the hot-shooting attackers of Brunei to swallow their fifth consecutive setback and bid goodbye to their chances to advance to the medal round of this six-country tournament.

Castaneda, the former volleyball star who once played in the Philippine Superliga, hurt her right knee during their previous game against Singapore. Their coach, Fransien Howarth, said the injury was the same from what she sustained during her volleyball days.

But against Brunei, Castaneda displayed her heart and grit as she delivered three points on four attempts to emerge as the lone scorer behind Ana Thea Cenarosa, who unloaded 29 goals out of 36 tries.

Unfortunately, Brunei was just simply too fast and too skilled for the Filipina shooters.

"This is all part of our learning process," said Nationals coach Fransien Howarth. "We're still a work in progress. Just give us more time and we will soon blossom into a medal contender."

Nur Hafizah Haji Abdul Sidek finished with 30 points on 35 attempts while Siti Marhayati Ahmad had 26 goals for Brunei, which first saw action in the Asian Netball Championship in 2012  before becoming a medal contender in the Southeast Asian level behind Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia.

Malaysia and Thailand as well as Myanmar and Singapore are still competing as of posting time to determine the contenders in the semifinals, which starts Saturday also at the OCBC Arena.

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