28 Nov 2018 08:40am
WINDHOEK, 28 NOV (NAMPA) The senior national netball team Desert Jewels were thrashed 28-78 by South Africa during the opening match of the Netball Diamond Challenge currently underway in Limpopo, South Africa on Tuesday.
The Diamond Challenge features the national teams of South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia, as well as the upcoming South African Presidents team.
The teams play each other in a league round-robin basis from Tuesday to Saturday.
Namibia who are ranked 28th in the world found the going tough as they took on the number one ranked team in Africa.
South Africa ranked fifth in the world by the International Netball Federation came into the game firing on all cylinders leading the first quarter 6-17. In the second quarter the Namibian ladies only managed to add three points to their score to end it 9-38.
In the third quarter the Proteas as the South African team is known was on cruise control dominating play and winning most of the interceptions from the Namibian team to add 23 more points to their tally for a 16-61 score line.
In the last quarter the Namibian team pulled up their socks and scored 12 points despite South Africa still winning that quarter to end the game with a 28-78 score line in their opening match of the competition.
Speaking in an interview broadcast live on DStv SuperSport, Namibias coach Manuel Tjivera said there are a lot of positives that his team took out from the game in spite of losing with a huge score difference.
Our girls gave it their all and this was a good learning curve for them as they gave the Proteas a run for their win. The coaching staff learned a lot from this game and we will apply it to our next game on Wednesday, he said.
Namibias next game in the competition will be against Zimbabwe on Wednesday at 19h00 at the Ngoako Ramatlhodi Indoor Sport Complex in Seshego, Limpopo.
Namibia are using the games to improve their world ranking as well as give new players a chance to play at an international stage.