20 March 2019



Give us a chance: Netball coach CHEE MEI LING … hopes Sports Board agrees to request.

(23 July 2002) NETBALL coach Chee Mei Ling hopes her Sukma team will be given the chance to compete in the upcoming National Netball Championship in Kuala Lumpur from August 15-18.

She said this is to enable her to put her players to a final test and also to know the true strength of the team.

Speaking to the New Sabah Times Sport yesterday, Chee said: "We are still unsure whether we can make the trip or otherwise. But I really hope we will be given the chance to compete in the annual event."

"The plan is there (to compete), but now it is up to the Sabah Sports Board whether they can accommodate our request. At the moment, it is still under consideration, and even if we get a negative answer from them, we will still find a way to make the trip," she added.

"Most of the states will be competing in the championship, and I expect them to send their Sukma squads.

"This will be the best venue for me to assess the team's development or progress during training. We have been training and training all this while and we lack sparring partners or exposure. By competing in this championship, I will get a better picture of the team's strength and progress," Chee pointed out.

Furthermore Chee said this would be the team's last chance to play in competitive matches before the Games.
On her objective for the team in Sukma, Chee said: "Of course we want to win a gold medal, and I think our chances of achieving our target are quite good. Our main challenge will come from Sarawak and Pahang," she pointed out.
She said that at the moment the squad is undergoing indoor training in Kepayan. "We used to train at the Likas Sports Complex court, but since the weather is too hot we decided to shift our training base to Kepayan."

In Sukma, Sabah has been drawn together with Johor, Brunei and Kuala Lumpur in Group D. Defending champions Sarawak lead the pack in Group A together with Melaka and Kedah while Penang, Perak and Negeri Sembilan make up Group B. Selangor, Kelantan and Pahang are in Group C.