Ivy League Sim For Spot In Final

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

Ivy League hope to reach the final of tomorrow’s Setia Motors Netball Championship.

One of the strongest netball teams in the country, Ivy League finished second in the previous edition of the tournament held in 2013 — when they lost 48-12 to NY 13, (the national Under-21 netball team) in the final.

This year’s ninth edition has attracted 11 top netball teams in the sultanate for the one-day tournament at the Multipurpose Hall of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas.

Ivy League are pooled in Group B alongside Rejuven 8, Sixty9, Sixty9 01 and Red Butterfly.

Meanwhile, Group A is made up of Strives XOXO, Muara Vella, Angel Netball Team, Netballisus, Phyton and hosts Setia Motors.

Ivy League manager Amal Karim said that her charges are more prepared this time around compared to their last participation three years ago.

“I hope we can reach the final this time, and we will see how it goes after that,” said Amal in an interview with The Brunei Times during the tournament draw at the Setia Motors showroom in Beribi last night.

“We lost to a team with good experience during the 2013 final.

“Even though they were younger than us, being in the national team, they had the opportunity to play overseas and be exposed to a number of good competitive matches.

“This time around we are more prepared and exposed to big matches, and the players are also more dedicated and disciplined in their fitness training.

“We started training in the beginning of the year and we have emphasised fitness.

“Seeing from the grouping tonight, I would say that Group A has the strongest combination of teams because clubs such as Strives XOXO, Angel Netball Team and Netballisus have a number of good national players with them.

“We have three of our players training with the national team at the moment, but altogether, we have five national players in the team,” she added.

According to a member of the tournament’s organising committee Hairee Latib, all the clubs competing are permitted to have as many national players as they like their team — but are only allowed to field three on the court in each match.

The one-day tournament offers a cash prize of $800, challenge trophy and medals to the champions.

The first runner-up will walk away with a cash prize of $600, trophy and medals while the third placed team will win a cash prize of $400, trophy and medals.

Organised by Setia Motors Sdn Bhd, the tournament follows the rules and regulations set by the International Federation of Netball Association (IFNA) and the Brunei Netball Association (BNA).

The Brunei Times