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Thilaka happy with Brunei's performance

Sri Lanka's double international in athletics and netball Thilaka Jinadasa was more than satisfied with her team's performance at the Asian Netball Championship concluded at the Sugathadasa Stadium, last Friday.


Thilaka Jinadasa giving instructions to a Brunei player

The former Sri Lanka netball coach and player who is now the coach of the Brunei national netball team was placed sixth after being ranked 10th in the championship taking part in the tournament for the first time. Thilaka said that she achieved what she expected from her side and hoped to go further to establish Brunei in the Asian netball arena.

Thilaka, after representing the country at athletics (100m hurdles) at the Seoul, South Korean, Olympics in 1988, took to netball and fared with distinction. In 1997 as the vice captain of the Sri Lanka national netball team the side won the Asian Championship in Singapore.

She had the honour of being the first female athlete to represent the country at an Olympic and the sole gold medal winner in the 1987 SAF Games in athletics.

Commenting on Sri Lanka's performance in the final of the Asian Netball Championship where they lost to Singapore in a close final, Thilaka attributed the defeat for the blunders made in position play. If not for those mistakes the Lankan lasses would have defeated their opponents.

She pinpointed that the two most experienced player Gayathhri Lankathileka should have played in her usual position as the centre instead as the wing attack, and bringing in, the inexperienced Semini Alwis replacing Sashika Samarasinghe as goal attack was also a minus factor.

The World Netball Championships is scheduled to be held in Sydney, Australia in 2015 and the next Asian Championship will be held in Singapore in 2014. Only the winner and the runner-up of the Asian Championship is eligible take part in the World Netball Championship in the Asian region. Jinadasa is on a two year contract as the national netball coach of Brunei and has not still decided of her future once the contract is over.

 

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