Namibia continues winning streak at M1 Nations Cup

The national senior netball team Desert Jewels continued with their winning streak on Wednesday, defeating Papua New Guinea 59-47 at the M1 Nations Cup in Singapore.

The Desert Jewels has now won three games and drawn one from the four games they have played thus far.

The win against Papua New Guinea keeps them on to of the six-team log standing with seven points, after drawing their opening match against the host nation on Sunday and then defeated Ireland on Monday, Cook Islands on Tuesday and Guinea on Wednesday.

Botswana are second on six points while host nation Singapore are third with five points Cook Islands fourth with four points Ireland are fifth with two pints while Papua New Guinea are bottom of the log standing with zero points.

Since the start of the competition on Sunday, the Namibian team, has been firing on all cylinders at the OCBC Arena at Singapore Sports Hub.

In their fourth game at the championship on Wednesday the Desert Jewels took the lead of 16 points at the end of the first quarter as the match ended 16-13.

In the second quarter, the two teams were neck on neck each scoring 12 points in that quarter that ended 28-25 in Namibia's favour.

The third quarter saw Namibia scoring 17 points and their opponents just eight points to end it with a 45-33 score.

The last quarter of the match saw both teams once against scoring the same amount of points which was 14 which saw the Namibian team winning their third successive game at the competition with a 59-47 score line.

Speaking after the match, team coach, Julene Meyer, said the team did not play good netball despite them winning on the day.

We were inconsistent on the day but that is expected after playing intense netball for the past three days. As a team we have set up goals for ourselves and the girls were not on their best today but we will regroup and look at all our mistakes before our next game at the championship, she said.

Meyer added that their next game against Botswana will be tough as they are an opponent who is on good form.

We are going back to the drawing board so that the girls can deliver when the two teams meet. The team is working hard to improve on their skills as well as horning it game by game, Meyer said.

Team Namibia next game at the competition will be against Botswana on Friday.

Source: Namibia Press Agency