Gibraltar complete stunning turnaround against Thailand

March 8, 2019

Photo credit: Takumi Photography

 

Dressed in black, it was as though Gibraltar were relishing their dark horse status as they entered the battle for 3rd place on the final day of the Four Nations. 

 

Where the Cup Final result was more clear-cut, spectators which included a sizeable (and vociferous) Gibraltar travelling support had to wait with bated breath until the final horn in their tie against Thailand. 

 

Gibraltar, playing in their first tournament in Asia, had seen out their opponents with relative ease in the previous encounter between the sides earlier in the tournament to the tune of 43-34. 

 

However, there was no indication that Thailand were intending to come quietly, charging into the lead with a palpable urgency from the get-go and securing a 24-22 lead by the end of the second quarter.

 

 

With goalshooter Pakladathanan Thiratananitiworachot's size and height keeping goalkeeper Bryony Rovegno on her toes, Thailand's attack was oft-times direct and devastating, snatching the lead back from Gibraltar as they threatened a comeback in the 4th quarter.  

 

Chng Li Li's side were a different proposition from the pool games, with captain Darapong Panchang a mercurial presence in centre court and her teammates moving with purpose and dynamism.  

 

But if this was to be a battle of willpower, then the plucky Gibraltarians showed plenty in reserve.

 

 Photo credit: Takumi Photography

 

A last-gasp attacking charge bore fruition as they clinched a crucial goal to secure a 48-48 draw by the thinnest of margins - with their dramatic equaliser built on goalshooter Amy Pozo's clinical finishing. 

 

This latest twist in the plot seemed to knock the wind out of Thailand's sails, having just been denied their first win of the tournament. 

 

Buoyed by a vociferous travelling support, the momentum was visibly swinging towards Gibraltar, who pressed home their psychological advantage to prevail 62-60 in extra time. 

 

 

"We had a game plan and we had to stick to it," said Rovegno, Gibraltar captain.

 

She believes Gibraltar Netball's slogan "Better Together", emblazoned on their kits, was a source of inspiration in the tougher segments of their Final. 

 

"We were down a few times but we managed to grab any extra energy that we had and keep together - just as our motto says." 

 

 

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