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The grand finals for the M1 Nations Cup 2019 saw Namibia and Singapore battle it out for the trophy. The adrenaline-filled match had Namibia emerging as champions as they beat Singapore 49 – 42.
Coach of Namibia, Julene Meyer, said: “I am very happy with their performance today! A huge congratulations to Singapore too, they were worthy of competition. I am very happy with how the girls came back especially after their deficit, they kept on going, and they got their momentum, overall much better performance. I am really looking forward to celebrating the win.”
The stakes were high and both teams went into the game hard and fast. Singapore mostly played catch-up in the first quarter but soon got into their momentum with smooth passes and good interceptions in the second quarter. Captain and shooter Charmaine Soh’s accuracy at the net helped Singapore gain a five-point lead, with 20 -25 at halftime.
However, Namibia closed the gap in the third quarter with their swift interceptions and extended their lead further in the last quarter. Namibia’s shooter Jaumbuaije Zauana’s 193cm stature proved to be too strong for Singapore’s defences – Melody Teo and Sindhu Nair, throughout the second half of the game. Despite the valiant efforts from Singapore, the girls were not able to bring the trophy home and Namibia went home as the M1 Nations Cup 2019 Champions.
Natalie Milicich, Team Singapore coach, shared: “I think that the finals is a hard stage. So I think that we’ve learnt a lot from our match today and I’m just really proud that we got to the finals. Just those little connections that we were missing, like having lost Kimberly with a very serious injury, so we knew it was going to take us a bit of time to connect with one another but I’m very proud of what we’ve done out there.
I think what we were struggling with was just our connections. We got enough balls to actually win the game but I think the timings were important as well as just the availability to the ball was just something that we missed today.
I absolutely think we are on the right track. With the loss of Kimberly we have the opportunity to try out something different so we just need a bit of time to get that right. As I said I’m really proud of them getting into the finals and not many people would’ve thought that we could have done that. We’ll definitely take a positives out of the way and we’ll take the learnings out of this match.”