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(dn) Beach Netball Championship 2012 for Men and Women was held at the Beach of Catamaran Beach Hotel Negombo.
Teams from Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan and Maldives participated in this tournament. The Sri Lanka women’s team emerged champions in this section beating the Maldivian team by 19 goals to 10.
In the Men’s Section the Indian team emerged Champions by beating Pakistan team with a score of 21 to 13.
(dn) Singapore regained the Asian Netball Championship after a lapse of seven years with a thrilling 48 goals to 47 win over a gallant Sri Lanka outfit in the final played before a capacity crowd at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium yesterday.
It was a cruel end to a glorious tournament for the Lankan lasses who remained unbeaten by winning all the matches before the final. The Lankans paid the penalty for over-reliance on their skipper and goal shooter Tharjini Sivalingam. In contrast, the Singaporians depended on team work which helped them to edge out the defending champions Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka coach Hyacinth Wijesinghe said that the Lankans lacked the much needed foreign exposure in contrast to the Singaporians. She also said that crucial mistakes and nervousness also contributed to Sri Lanka's unexpected defeat.
(dn) Singapore beat Hong Kong 53-27 to reach the 8th Asian Netball Championship final at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium yesterday.
Hong Kong couldn’t pose a threat towards Singapore due to lack of experience and less usage of techniques. Singapore took the maximum out of their rivals’ weaknesses and ended the match in favour of Singapore.
Meanwhile a fine display of quality netball was visible when India trounced Maldives 41-40 India led the first quarter with 17 goals to nine and in the second, Maldives reduced a deficit with adding 10 goals to their score (19), while India was 26.
(eln) Sri Lanka beat Malaysia to reach final...
Sri Lanka won the semifinal against Malaysia and qualified for the final in the 8th Asian Netball Championship at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium Colombo,Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka Netball team beat Malaysia by 67-58 to reach the final .
Sri Lanka will meet the winner of the second semi-final clash between Hong Kong and Singapore which will be played in Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium Colombo,Sri Lanka.
(island) Defending champions Sri Lanka will go into the semi-finals of the 8th Asian Netball Championship as the overwhelming favourits against Malaysia at the Sugathadasa Stadium today.
With skipper Tharjini Sivalingam and Thishala Algama providing height advantage near the goal post and co captain Gayathri Lankathilake guiding the young and the experienced attackers from the centre Sri Lanka are well ahead of their counterparts on paper.
Sri Lanka dominated the Pool ‘A’ matches with big victories, twice scoring more than hundred goals. They beat Hong Kong (81-38), India (85-29), Nepal (127-3) and Japan (110-8) in one sided contests.
In the other semi-final unbeaten Singapore will meet Hong Kong, who were beaten only by the hosts in the Pool stage. The match between Sri Lanka and Malaysia will start at 11 am and it will be followed by the second semi-final.
(dn) An exciting display of netball from Sri Lankan lasses further secured their top position in Pool A when they defeated Japan by 110- 8 in the first match on day for of the Asian Netball Championships 2012 at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium yesterday.
As for the other teams who played against Sri Lanka it was not easy for the Japanese to challenge their opponents both in tactical playing and techniques. It was the same headache for the Japanese as for the other teams , the fact that Sri Lanka possess the tallest netball shooter in the world.
Now that the hosts are at the top and looking forward to winning the championship it is the duty of local fans to flock together to the Sugathadasa Indoor tomorrow at 11 am to see another exciting hour of netball from the local lasses.
(island) The 8th Asian Netball Championship witnessed its most lopsided contest so far on the third day of the event yesterday when Sri Lanka compiled 127 points to beat a hapless Nepali outfit that struggled to muster three points, during the entire game at the Sugathadasa Stadium.
The hosts made the most of the height advantage over their diminutive counterparts to keep on piling point one after another, while the Nepali lasses struggled to keep possession of the ball. They could not score a single point during the second and third quarters, whereas Sri Lanka kept on troubling the scorers.
Sri Lanka rested Tharjini after the first two quarters, where she scored 58 points in 68 attempts. Thisala took the initiative later on, receiving support from the wingers and the center to make the most of the high passes she received.
They are likely to meet Singapore or Malaysia in the semis, as the tournament continued on the third day, without the top three teams being challenged.
(island) Sri Lanka were not at their full strength at some stages and were at a low gear during most of the 60-minute match but still they could record a huge 85-29 victory over India as they banked on tall netballers to win their second match of the 8th Asian Netball Championship which was witnessed by a sparse crowd at the Sugathadasa Stadium on Sunday.
Youngsters piled up 23 points during that stage and their relatively good defenses and attacking mode allowed only eight scoring opportunities (from which five points) for the Indians.
While goal shooter Tharjini and goal attacker Shashika Samarasinghe (scored 9 points) were rested in the final quarter, co captain Gayathri Lankathilake sat on the bench after her team acquired a 33 point lead by the half way stage.
Sri Lanka will meet Nepal in the third match of the championship today. Match is scheduled to start at 11 am.
(dn) Defending champions Sri Lanka trounced fourth seeded Hong Kong by 81 goals to 38 in the curtain raiser of the eighth Asian Netball Championship match played at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium yesterday.
Sri Lanka dominated the proceedings with the start with the superior performance of Lankan captain Tharijini Shivalingam (GS). The lanky lass, who is the tallest netballer in the world today, is 206 cm in height, recorded excellent 96 percent goal ratio as she was successful in getting 75 goals in her 78 attempts.
Sri Lanka will take on India in their second match, which will be played from 12.45 pm to 2 pm at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium today
(sdm) All arrangements have been completed for the 8th Asian Netball Championship to be held in Sri Lanka from August 25 to 31 at the Sugathadasa Stadium.
The opening ceremony is scheduled for 10.00 a.m. and from 11.30 the matches are to be conducted. Ten countries will battle in the championship with the teams playing in two groups ‘A’ and ‘B’. The countries in battle are India, Pakistan, Nepal, Brunei, Maldives, Malaysia, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and hosts Sri Lanka.
The championship will come to an end on August 31 with the final and the third place play-off games. Sri Lanka which has won the championship on earlier occasions will go flat out to regain the title once again.
(aun) The world's tallest netballer will call Perth home for two months thanks to the State Government and community generosity.
At 2.06m (6ft 9in), Sri Lankan Tharjini Sivalingam towers 10cm over Australia's tallest player, West Coast Fever's Susan Fuhrmann. But in terms of experience, Sivalingam is still relatively raw after leaving her home in the northern Jaffna region to move south to the capital, Colombo.
She captains the national team, which is determined to gain a place in the world's top 12 and earn Commonwealth Games representation in Glasgow in 2014.
The visit by the Sri Lankan team is the brainchild of AIS coach Sue Gaudion, who was able to garner local support within netball circles, as well as the State Government and WA's Sri Lankan community, to help fund the trip.
Gaudion, who has been working with the team as a consultant coach, said Sri Lanka's success would depend on their ability to get regular, quality competition. "The assistance they have received has been phenomenal and the exposure they will get from training and playing in the No.1 netball nation cannot be quantified," Gaudion said. "The fate of the team lies in the hands of national coach Hyacinth Wesinghje, but this is their big opportunity." Gaudion said the potential in the team was extraordinary but Sivalingam was the jewel because of her height and ability to shoot from just 12cm under the ring.
(so) Over 350 schools will participate at the 21st Inter School Netball Championship for the Milo Trophy from May 26 at 16 centres. This tournament is organised by the Sri Lanka Schools Netball Association together with the Ministry of Education and sponsored by Nestles Lanka Ltd.
Matches will be conducted in Colombo, Kalutara, Gampaha, Homagama, Galle, Matara, Kandy, Matale, Kurunegala, Puttalam, Anuradhapura, Ampara, Trincomalee, Jaffna, Ratnapura and Badulla.
The teams will be divided into two groups namely 'A' and 'B' and the schools consisting more than 1,000' students will come under group 'A' and the schools with less than 1000 pupils will compete in group 'B'. The tourney will be conducted under four age categories under-12, under-14, under-16 and under-18. The organisers are hoping to conclude the first round matches by June and the final stages of the tournament will take place in Polonnaruwa on July 28,29 and 30.
(dn) Hansani Arosha of Kalutara Tissa M M V student studying in grade 12 has been selected to take part in the international netball tournament 2011 to be held on July 2 in Melbourne, Australia.
She earlier represented Sri Lanka netball team which played in Malaysia in 2010.
She started playing netball from the age of 12. She is highly talented and has taken part in the Educational Zonal and district tournament. Arosha has also sported national colours.
(DN) The Sri Lanka National Schools Netball team left the country from Bandaranaike International Airport Katunayake on Sunday to participate in International Netball tournament conducted by Penang University Malaysia which will be held in Malaysia from August 6 to 10, 2010.
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Sri Lanka won the finals 78 to 48.
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