Namibia draw opening match at M1 Nations Cup

The national senior netball team Desert Jewels drew their opening match 54-54 against host nation Singapore at the M1 Nations Cup on Sunday.

The M1 Netball Nations Cup features six nations and is being held from 20 to 26 October 2019.

The netball championship which is the biggest netball competition in Singapore is this year celebrating its 13th anniversary and sees team Namibia returning to the tournament they last contested in 2012, where they finished third.

In the opening match on Sunday, Namibia battled hard to earn a 54-54 draw against a nation that is ranked higher than them by the International Netball Federation (INF).

The first quarter of the match saw the two teams evenly-matched with the scores level at 12-12.

In the second quarter Namibia took the lead and went into the half-time break with the score at 25-23 in their favour.

The host nation brought themselves back in the game in the third quarter, overturning the score 38-39 at the end of that quarter.

Team Namibia went neck and neck with Singapore in the final quarter that saw the home team scoring a goal in the last seconds of the match to salvage a draw.

Speaking to Nampa on WhatsApp, team coach Julene Meyer said they had a strong start to the competition.

We would have preferred to win against them (Singapore) but it's our first international match for this year and Singapore had sharp shooter on the day. We had a lot of chances as a team that we didn't utilise, said Meyer.

She added that Singapore is a strong side but going forward the Namibian team will be giving it their all as the continue to gain momentum.

We are going to sharpen up on some of the errors we made today and continue giving it our all in the remaining matches and hopefully get that win,

Namibia ranked 33rd in the world will take on Ireland (24th) in their second match at the competition on Monday while Singapore who are ranked 28th in the world will face Botswana (world No. 26) also on Monday.

Other nations competing at the championship are Papua New Guinea (19th), and Cook Islands (16th).

Source: Nambia Press Agency