The Malaysian Under-21 netball team emerged champions of the 7th Asian Youth Netball Championship at the Thygaraj Netball Stadium in New Delhi yesterday afternoon with a convincing 65-39 win over Sri Lanka in the final.
Earlier fears of a tough encounter against the fast improving Sri Lanka youth team yesterday,whom the Malaysians had defeated 75-53, was dismissed from the first whistle.
The Malaysian girls meant business yesterday and wasted no time in stamping their authority with a 16-7 lead for the first quarter. In the second quarter the Malaysians scored 19 goals as opposed to Sri Lanka's 10 for a total score of 35-17.
Sri Lanka who had upset Singapore in the semifinals were pale shadow of their performance against the Republic. They looked a spent force and this only made things easier for the Malaysians.
At the end of the third quarter, the Malaysian already had the game sealed with their 49-30.
In the final quarter, the Malaysian went on overdrive to score 14 goals as compared to Sri Lanka's 9 for a final score of 63-39.
This was the Malaysian youth team's fourth consecutive win in the championship.
Malaysian High Commissioner to India, HE Datuk Tan Seng Sung, gave away the prizes to the Malaysian girls.
Malaysian coach, Choo Kon Lee said that the players played according to their game plan which was to put the pressure of the Sri Lanka goalkeeper and it worked well.
In the third placing match, Singapore made some amends for their disappointment of not making the the final, with a 56-38 win over host India to clinch the third spot.