Namibian netball team beats Swaziland at Z6

08 Dec 2014 14:40pm
By Hesron Kapanga
BULAWAYO, 08 DEC (NAMPA) – The Namibian netball team on Monday thrashed Swaziland by 46-21 in the Zone Six Youth Games currently underway here.
Namibia’s victory placed it second in the group of five teams behind South Africa, who defeated Botswana in the opening game on Sunday.
The Namibians started the game like a ‘house on fire’, won the first quarter 10-4 and increased that margin to 23-8 at the end of the second quarter.
In the third quarter, Swaziland came back stronger, scoring six points.
However, Namibia managed to maintain its lead, ending that quarter 38-14.
The Namibians added six more points in the last quarter, and the Swazis seven points.
Speaking to Nampa after the game, Namibian netball team coach Michelle Brooks said she was happy with her team’s win, but believed they could have done much better.
“We are happy to start off with a win, but the girls wasted a lot of scoring opportunities, and I am not happy with that because we are playing in a group where South Africa is, and they convert whatever opportunity they get.
This will help the team when we are level on points with another team,” she noted.
Under-20 netball team captain Juane Janse van Vuuren said the team’s hard work paid off in the game against Swaziland.
“We did really well for our first game today, and all this is down to the good training we had as a team because our shooters managed to score more goals today,” said Van Vuuren.
Namibia will play its next game on Tuesday at 09h00 against South Africa, and against host nation Zimbabwe at 15h00.
Meanwhile, the men’s and women’s football teams will play their second games of the competition later on Monday.
The men’s team will take on Zambia, while the woman’s team will play Botswana.
Both games start at 14h00.
Boxing will resume at 14h00 on Monday, and tennis at 13h30.
Namibia is also represented in athletics and swimming.
The team also consists of Paralympic athletes, mainly for track and field events.
Namibia ended second in the 2012 edition of the Zone Six Games held in Lusaka, Zambia.