HNB outclass Army; Air Force ease past Seylan

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Hatton National Bank (HNB) and Air Force SC registered wins on day 1 of Round 2 in the Dialog National Netball Championship 2018 at the Sports Ministry Indoor Stadium, Bandaragama.

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Hatton National Bank v Army SC

HNB defeated favourites Army SC 55-41 in the 1st match of the day. HNB took an early 4-2 lead and traded points before adding another two to the lead to finish the 1st quarter 13-9.

Army responded well in the 2nd, equalizing mid-way through the quarter and even though they outscored HNB 12-15, HNB led by a point going into half time (25-24).

After half time HNB upped their defence with Sri Lanka cap Gayani Dissanayake dominating her former Sri Lanka and school teammate Thishala Algama shutting down the Army offense. A game which was evenly balanced swung in HNB’s favour as they ended the 3rd quarter on a 10-1 run giving them a 43-33 lead.

Photo Album – Hatton National Bank v Army SC | Round 2 | Dialog National Netball Championship 

There was no comeback for Army, with HNB riding their momentum winning the 4th quarter 12-8 as the final match score read 55-41. For HNB, Darshika Abeywickrama, Sri Lanka vice-captain, scored 47 points from 50 shots while Thishala Algama scored 40 for Army.

Air Force SC v Seylan Bank

Air Force SC comfortably defeated Seylan Bank 64-40 in the 2nd match of the day. Air Force led 12-6 half way into the opening quarter but Seylan Bank, driven by the indomitable Tharjini Sivalingam, closed out the quarter on strong 4-9 run to bring the lead down to 16-15.

Photo Album – Seylan Bank v Air Force SC | Round 2 | Dialog National Netball Championship 2018

However, Seylan was not able to maintain their composure as mistakes in the middle of the court dried out the services for Tharjini resulting in Air Force taking a 32-21 (16-6) lead at half time.

It was more of the same in the 3rd and 4th quarters as Air Force won 17-9 and 15-10 respectively. Dulanga Dhananji scored 50 points from 54 attempts and Rashmi Diwyanjalie added 14 from 16 for Air Force while Tharjini scored all Seylan’s points from 41 attempts.

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