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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