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Aitken pleased with Singapore netball players' exposure

Rashneel Kumar
Thursday, August 07, 2014

SINGAPORE netball coach Ruth Aitken is pleased with the exposure her team received while on tour in Fiji.

The visitors, who were scheduled to leave the country today, played a three-match series against the Fiji Invitational side this week in Suva.

The national side, coached by Alevina Waqa, won all three - 64-43, 59-37 and 46-38 - to win the series at the FMF Gymnasium in Suva last night.

Aitken, the former Silver Ferns coach, was pleased with the gradual improvement in the team's performance against a strong Fijian side.

She hopes the experience gained from playing against the Fiji Invitational will help the team qualify for the 2015 World Netball Championship (WNC) to be held in Sydney, Australia.

Singapore will battle Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Hong Kong in the Asian Championship, which will be their WNC qualifiers, next month.

"We lost but the score line was much closer (from the first game). Both teams played a strongly contested and entertaining game," Aitken said.

"The tour has been quite beneficial especially playing against an international squad like Fiji and we hope we improve on our performance in the Asian Championship."

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