Netball team loses three games at World Cup qualifiers

19 Sep 2014 14:40pm
WINDHOEK, 19 SEP (NAMPA) – Namibia’s senior netball team has lost three games at the 2015 Netball World Cup qualifiers currently taking place in Gaborone, Botswana.
Namibia was selected to play World Cup qualifying games against Botswana, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Kenya in Gaborone, Botswana from 14 to 20 September this year.
The team has been drawn in a group with host nation Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Uganda.
Only the top two teams will qualify for the World Cup, slated to take place in Australia from 07 to 16 August 2015.
The team which ends in third place will also be in Australia to take part in the developmental games during the same period.
A statement availed to Nampa by Team Namibia officials at the games on Thursday said the national netball team lost their third game in the competition against Zimbabwe.
The team did not win a single set, going down to Zimbabwe 8-14, 13-30, 18-50, and 31-57.
This has so far been the heaviest defeat the team suffered at the tournament.
On Wednesday, they lost to Zambia, but at least managed to win one set 14-10.
They, however, ended up losing 23-26, 36-39, and 47-54.
In the opening game on Tuesday, the team lost to host nation Botswana.
They won the opening set of the game 10-9, but lost the last three 24-20, 36-28, 49-36.
The team will play Uganda in their last match at the tournament on Friday.
The squad consists of Tusnelde Fillemon, Susan van Zyl, Joeline Dunn, Eve Hamaalwa, Juane Jansen van Vuuren, Schoerita van der Merwe, Vetarapi Ngapite, Glyneth Kazonganga, Menette Muvangua, Jatjinda Kambatuku, Twaneth Harases, Augusta Sethie, Melissa Neis, Delila Keja, Lyan Pura and Maretha Burger.