Namibia vs Fiji

BABY PEARLS WIN BY 25 OVER NAMIBIA

9th ranked Fiji beat WYNC newcomers Namibia in their opening match of the 2013 World Youth Campaign with an attacking start, taking a valuable two points in their pool which includes Australia and South Africa.

Namibia started well, turning over to convert a 1-0 lead, but this was the only time they were to be ahead.

A fired up Fiji side took off the break and responded to the Africans, taking a first quarter lead of 13 goals to 8.

Namibia's 6 ft 3 in GS J Zauana, towered above Fijian Captain Raijieli Daveua however Zauana will be looking to improve on her 64% shooting accuracy as the tournament progresses.

Daveua worked well to narrow the feeding options to the circle attack, and at one stage took a phenomenal aerial intercept, but which sadly landed her a meter off the back line.

Namibia trailed by 15 goals going into the main break but despite a constructive talk from Coach Edward Pienaar, the Africans couldn't pull back the margin in the second half.

Final score: Fiji 61, Namibia 36.

Editorial courtesy Harriet Millard, Planet Netball
 

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