Namibia: Jewels Sparkle in Singapore

Desert Jewels head coach Julene Meyer was delighted with her side after they scored a famous 52-31 victory over Ireland in their second M1 Nations Cup match in Singapore on Monday.

Namibia overcame an erratic start to record the emphatic win and build on the thrilling 54-all draw with hosts Singapore in their tournament opener on Sunday.

Meyer said her charges have so far exceeded expectations, especially after outclassing their European rivals.

Like Singapore a day before, Ireland were favourites for Monday's showdown given their superior International Netball Federation ranking of 25th against 33rd for Namibia.

However, the Desert Jewels were irrepressible and dominated all four sets.

"Yesterday's [Sunday's] game was a really good start for us, although we didn't aim for a win. Playing with a team that's coming from the World Cup, we performed way better than expected," Meyer said in her assessment of their first encounter.

"There were lots of errors from our side, but overall we managed to minimise them. With such amazing coaches and a hard working team, we are definitely improving," she continued.

"Today's performance was better than yesterday's because of the many errors we corrected, hence, the win. We had a sloppy start though but managed to pick up the intensity in the 5th minute of the quarter.

"There was a collective effort from the team putting on pressure on Ireland. We had great shooting stats with Anna Kasper and Toetsie Kambatuku," said Meyer

Up next is a stern examination against the undefeated log leaders Cook Islands this morning. Whatever the outcome, the journey to South East Asia is serving its purpose, Meyer said.

"Having uncapped and young players, with our youngest player Loide 'Kanonah' Hanyanya of age at 21, is good exposure for them at this level. We are however, very thankful once again to Deb-Marine Namibia for giving us an opportunity to take part in the tournament," Meyer said.

In other results on Monday, Singapore lost 57-52 to Botswana, with the Cook Islands, who beat Botswana 54-47 on Sunday, overpowering Papua New Guinea 62-34.

Ireland were 41-38 victors over Papua New Guinea on the opening day of competition.

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