New Era (Windhoek)

6 December 2012

Namibia: Desert Jewels Succumb to Stomach Bug

Article Views (non — After bravely trouncing hosts Singapore by 58-51 in their 3rd match of the annual Six-Nations Cup on Tuesday, Namibia's Desert Jewels once again found themselves at the receiving end of their 4th encounter against Malaysia, when they suffered a 59-42 defeat at the Toa Payoh Sports Hall, yesterday.

It was an equally contested battle, since both teams have already met twice during the 2011 Nations Cup - a 44-42 win for Namibia in the pool stage, followed by a 59-42 win for Malaysia to clinch third spot in the competition.

The girls from the land of the brave warmed up in striking pink training tops, while their support staff wore pin badges, as part of their support for breast cancer, a charity they work closely with back at home.

Their focus was however fully on the match and wasted no time in going out full force as they went to finish the first quarter by one goal ahead (11-12) and had a breathing space of only four goals by the end of the first half (21-25).

Malaysia came back strongly and started the third quarter on a high tempo as they moved the ball around Namibia's athletic players - winning it 19-8 to go 40-33 ahead.

Namibia also held their own but the Malaysians seemed very determined as they strongly held on to their lead to finish the match 59-42, in favour of Malaysia.

Namibian coach, Marcha Myburgh, said after the game: "The first two quarters we played well but unfortunately we had a stomach bug so I had to make changes as some of our players couldn't keep up with the Malaysian pace. That's why there was such a big difference and it was like two matches on court.

"I am happy with the way the girls played in the first half but a loss is never a good thing and I am not happy with that."

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