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16 July 2019 | Uncategorized

Misa rises to Sivalingam challenge

Samoa goal keeper Lenora Misa paid tribute to her team-mates despite stealing the show with a Player of the Match performance as her side beat Sri Lanka in Group E today.

Tasked with marking the tournament’s tallest player and top goalscorer, Tharjini Sivalingam, Misa excelled, recording 11 interceptions as the Samoans ran out 65-55 winners.

A series of athletic interventions helped prevent the ball reaching Sivalingam as much as the Sri Lankans would have liked, as Misa and her team-mates recorded their second win in two days.

Afterwards, she said:

“I don’t think I’m a high jumper – I was just trying to get up as high as I can. (Playing against Sivalingam) was obviously a challenge. It was really hard. I don’t think I’ve come across (an opponent) as tall as her so it was really hard, but the pressure at the front made my job a lot easier. 

“It was about putting pressure up at the front so that way we could force the ball back. The girls at the front put heaps of pressure on the ball. It feels good.”

Their two successive Group E wins mean that Samoa are guaranteed a place in Friday’s play-off to decide the 13th-placed team at the Vitality Netball World Cup, and Misa says confidence has been boosted.

She added:

“We took that win (yesterday) and took today as a new day – a brand new game. We just wanted to go out and do the same thing. We came out strong: started strong and finished strong. We played our normal game. 

“I think confidence went up (after yesterday’s victory). We just played our own game and keep doing that. We have Singapore tomorrow so hopefully we finish strong.”