Singapore’s 16th place finish was confirmed with defeat against Sri Lanka this morning, but Milicich will take positives from an improved final performance.
“We’ve had some really good learnings.
“We tried everything. The girls never gave up, and they kept their energy up in that last quarter. Our word for today was perseverance, and our defenders really showed that.”
Singapore have one of the youngest squads in the competition, with all-but two of their 12-player squad making their World Cup debuts in Liverpool.
“You’ve got to put things into perspective – we are a very young team and we have lost some true leaders from within the group. It’s a rebuilding time for us, but I think that some of those young ones have learned a lot and will be stronger for it in years to come.”
One of those Singaporeans who did have previous World Cup experience was Charmaine Soh, for whom this was a third tournament.
She impressed throughout the tournament, and Millicich was delighted with the way she performed.
“Today Charmaine had a fabulous game. She works so hard, and the kilometres she runs in a game must be huge! She leads by example on and off court, and I’m really proud about how she’s finished the tournament as well.”