Bandar Seri Begawan - Brunei Darussalam began their 8th Asian Youth Netball Championship 2013 campaign with a crushing 48-26 defeat of Group A opponents, Japan, at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium yesterday.
Following the opening which was officiated by the Deputy Minister Of Culture, Youth and Sports, Datin Paduka Hajah Adina binti Othman; the two teams took to the court for the opening match of the tournament.
The hosts raced to a 17-6 first quarter advantage of Japan, thanks to the hot-hands of goal shooter and attacker, Nuratiqah Abd Jalil and Nur Syuhaidah Fahiiyana Hj Sukri.
A slow second quarter saw Brunei notch 11 more points on the board to then lead 28-13 at half-time.
It took Japan over seven minutes of the third quarter to score against the home team thanks to some important blocks and steals by defensive duo, Dk Norhafizah Amirah Pg Mohd Jail and Nurafiqah Samat, with Maryati Ahmad making a scoring return from injury to increase their lead to 38-20.
There was no looking back for Brunei, who closed out the final quarter with relative ease to clinch a 48-26 win.
Meanwhile, in the other Group A tie, Hong Kong strolled to a 55-20 win over India to leapfrog Brunei Darussalam into top spot.
Hong Kong came racing out of the traps, scoring 16 points in the first and second quarter to lead 32-11.
India's poorest quarter came in the third, when they only managed to score three points as Hong Kong extended their advantage to 46-14.
Hong Kong slowed down the tempo in the final quarter but still outscored their opponents 9-6 to ensure victory, and will next play Brunei today at 2.30pm, whilst India will play Malaysia at 11am.
Elsewhere in Group B, Singapore showed Thailand no mercy to record the biggest win of the day with a 65-20 defeat of the latter.
The game was over before it begun, with Singapore storming to a 19-9 first quarter lead.
They then added another 14 points to their score in the second and 15 in the third as Thailand's lackluster attack managed a measly seven points over the two quarters.
Singapore finished the game as they had started it with a 17 point flurry in the final quarter, with the scoreboard reading 65-20 at the final buzzer.
The final game of the day saw Maldives beat Nepal 54-24.
Sri Lanka will play Thailand today at 4.30pm, with Singapore in action against Nepal at 7.30pm.