Sri Lanka skipper Gayanjali Amarawansha was elated with her team’s triumph, especially as the Asian Queens had not played any international matches since the 2019 World Cup.
“This is our first competition since then, so I’m really proud of my team and my country. I’m so excited that we’re going to Cape Town in 2023 (for the Netball World Cup), and I’m so happy I have no words,” said Gayanajali, after Sri Lanka registered a 63-53 win over host Singapore in the finals.
Earlier, three-time Asian champions Singapore, started off sharp and were always one step ahead of their opponents in the first quarter, with their nimble footwork and court coverage giving them a 19-13 advantage.
Sri Lanka were dogged in their defence and won the second quarter 14-11 to narrow the deficit to 3 goals at the end of the first half.
Their persistence was rewarded in the third quarter, with their quest to catch up aided by shooting errors from their opponents. The defending champions netted seven straight goals en route to equalising the score and wresting the lead from Singapore in the third quarter.
The hosts fought to regain the lead, with young Singapore shooter Amandeep Kaur Chahal, who was fielded at the end of the third quarter, dazzling the crowd as she scored 14 goals in as many attempts. But Sri Lanka were too far ahead, and the final whistle sealed their 63-53 victory.