Netball action back with a bang at the coast
13 September 2021 | Sports
Shalain Minnaar; Navy; “This is our second round after regulations were lifted…”
MTC Premier League netball games contested in Walvis Bay served up some great action.
The Kuisebmond netball field saw two consecutive games taking place after more than a month of no contact sports due to Covid-19 regulations.
Mighty Gunners defeated Golden Girls 61 – 28 in the first match.
Gunners established a seven-point lead (12-5) in the first quarter of play, continuing their goal scoring form in the second quarter (31 – 13), third quarter (51 – 21) and finally cemented the convincing win in the final quarter (61 – 28).
Mighty Gunners’ captain Gola Uahongora said the game was a good experience.
“The regulations had quite an effect on us. We could not train and only recently started practicing training when the regulations were lifted.”
Uahongora said that the Mighty Gunners are going to train even harder. “We need to win our next games and we are looking forward to some tough competition.”
Golden Girls captain Winnie Kamihenune said the game was intense.
“During the first two quarters we really did our best to up the score. In the last two quarters we pushed even harder. For the next three matches we are definitely going to give our all and do our best.”
Kamihenune added that her squad was unable to train as a team during the “no contact sports” regulations.
“We couldn’t come together and had to train individually. It was hard, but if you love something, you make the effort and make time for it.”
She said that they want to survive the league.
“We are definitely going to work harder, line up some strategies and make the ball roll.”
In other news, it was also derby time with the two coastal teams Eleven Arrows and Namibian Navy taking on each other.
Navy managed to clinch the match 60 – 36.
Arrows managed to establish a lead three point lead (13-10) in the first quarter. However, Navy managed to turn the tables in the second quarter (26 – 21), third quarter (42 – 27) and the final set for the 60-36 victory.
Navy assistant coach Shalain Minnaar said that the regulations placed a lot of pressure and strain on the players.
“This is our second round after the regulations were lifted and you can see our players’ fitness levels are not up to standard. Despite this, I can confidently say that our ladies are giving their best.”
She said that they will focus more on players’ fitness levels.
“Our players were also affected mentally in this time. We are playing in a premier league and all these matches bring a lot of pressure. As coaches, we encourage our players to go out and just play their game. Hopefully towards the end of this league, we will see much better playing.”
Eleven Arrows’ coach Bobsey Kanku Musambani said that aside from Covid-19 and its accompanying regulations, Arrows only had seven players during the game.
“A number of my players’ jobs didd not allow them to come and play.”
However, he said that it was a good game.
“We still have four games left: Two in Grootfontein and two in Gobabis. These games are a must win for us. Luckily, we are done with all our tough games. This was one of our toughest games.”
Musambani agreed that the team’s fitness level isn’t up to standard.
“During the time of no contact sports, many athletes didn’t have someone to push them when they trained. There is strength in unity.”