Veteran trio leaving the court after 328 caps

RETIRING: (From left) Lin, Premila and Chen are all in their 30s and have 328 caps between them. The players are stepping down to make way for new blood.


    May 11, 2016

    Veteran trio leaving the court after 328 caps


    THREE of Singapore's most storied netball players have decided to hang up their international jerseys.

    National captain Lin Qingyi, co-vice-captain Chen Huifen and Premila Hirubalan, who are all in their 30s and have 328 caps between them, will be making way for new blood.

    All three were inducted into Singapore's Netball Hall of Fame in December after playing key roles as the nation bagged three Asian Championships as well as a historic gold medal at the SEA Games on home soil last year.

    Hirubalan, the most-capped player in the Republic's history with 117, made her debut at the 1999 World Championships in New Zealand.

    A medical officer at the Singapore General Hospital, the 33-year-old relishes the prospect of "going out on a high".

    Lin, 30, made her debut in 2004. Her 102 caps include three World Cups, one Commonwealth Games and four Asian Championships - where the team triumphed thrice.

    Most notably, she captained the side at last year's SEA Games.

    Chen, 31, is another centurion with 109 international caps, having made her debut in 2005.

    The goal attack, a teacher by profession, is keen to help develop the next generation of netballers.

    Cyrus Medora, Netball Singapore's chief executive officer, paid tribute to the trio.

    He said: "On behalf of everyone at Netball Singapore, I would like to congratulate them on all they have achieved in the sport. I would like to thank them for their dedication and leadership - without players like them, we would not have been able to grow the sport to where we are now."