Sri Lanka continue victorious run at Asian Netball

A stiff final-quarter resistance from Malaysia was seen off by the mighty Lankan lasses as they recorded their fourth consecutive victory at the 11th Asian Netball Championship, now being held at the OCBC Arena, Singapore.

Sri Lanka is coached by Thilaka Jinadasa of the Sri Lanka Netball Federation. Sri Lanka played practice matches in Malawi before their Asia Cup campaign, which boosted their morale to top level. Nalaka Hewamadduma trained the Lankan team on psychological aspects of the game.

Jinada said before their departure to Singapore that their preparations have been extremely satisfactory and, due to their improved physical fitness level, they were going to give a good run in the Championship this time. Sri Lanka were the runners-up last time when the Championship was held in Thailand, in 2016.

2018 Asian Netball Championship


Preliminary Round


Group AGroup BGroup CGroup D
MalaysiaSri LankaSingaporeHong Kong
JapanChinese TaipeiBruneiThailand

Results of SL so far:

Group Stage –

1 September – SL beat Chinese Taipei 137-5

2 September – SL beat India 101-29

2nd Round Groups (Group E consists of leading teams)


Group EGroup FGroup G
A1: MalaysiaA2: JapanA3: Maldives
B1: Sri LankaB2: IndiaB3: Chinese Taipei
C1: SingaporeC2: BruneiC3: Pakistan
D1: Hong KongD2: ThailandD3: Philippines

2nd round –

4 September – SL beat Singapore 74-61

5 September – SL beat Malaysia 62-59

Thursday, 6 September Schedule –

SL vs. Hong Kong at 5 p.m. Singapore time (2.30 p.m. SL time)

Semi-finals –

Saturday, 8 September –

12.30 p.m. SL time – 1st of Group ‘E’ vs. 4th of Group ‘E’

2.30 p.m. SL time – 2nd of Group ‘E’ vs. 3rd of Group ‘E’

Final –

Sunday, 9 September –

At 1.30 p.m. SL time

3 p.m. SL time – Closing Ceremony

History of Netball Asiad & SL’s dominance –

* This is the 11th edition of the Asian Netball Championship which is now held every two years.

* It was inaugurated in 1985 in Malaysia. Until 2009, it was held every four years and since then it has been mostly held every two years.

* The top team in Asia is Sri Lanka, having won the Asian Netball Championships four times; 1989 in India, 1997 in Singapore, 2001 in Colombo and 2009 in Malaysia. They have been the runner-up four times, in 1985, 2012, 2014 and 2016. Sri Lanka has finished among top three in all ten occasions the Championship has been held.

* Singapore has won the title three times and are the reigning Asian netball champions.

* The fifth Asian Netball Championships was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka in 2001. The final was won by one goal, by Sri Lanka over Singapore. Sri Lanka hosted the Championship in 2012 too and became runner-up to Singapore that time.

Asian Netball Championship Results So Far: 

Year1st2nd3rdVenueNumber of teams
1985 Malaysia Sri Lanka SingaporeKuala Lumpur, Malaysia5
1989 Sri Lanka Singapore MalaysiaNew Delhi, India4
1993 Hong Kong Singapore Sri LankaHong Kong5
1997 Sri Lanka Malaysia SingaporeSingapore5
2001 Sri Lanka Singapore MalaysiaColombo, Sri Lanka8
2005 Singapore Malaysia Sri LankaToa Payoh Sports Hall, Singapore7
2009 Sri Lanka Singapore MalaysiaJuara Stadium, Bukit Kiara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia9
2012 Singapore Sri Lanka MalaysiaSugathadasa Indoor Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka10
2014 Singapore Sri Lanka MalaysiaSingapore Sports Hub OCBC Arena, Singapore10
2016 Malaysia Sri Lanka SingaporeThailand9

* The photo shows Sri Lanka captain Tharjini Sivalingam