Like mother, like daughter

By Michael Uugwanga

JESSICA Moreman has found herself following in the footsteps of her mother Ronelle, who is regarded as one of the best netball players to come out of the country as she was part of Namibia’s 1991 Dream Team that was at its first World Cup in Australia.
Moreman is busy making a name for herself at Wanderers Netball Club in the Khomas Netball League, where she plays as a goal-shooter and this past Saturday, she helped guide her side to a convincing 44-33 win over NamPol in Olympia.
Born 24 years ago in Windhoek, Moreman who is a full-time teacher at Windhoek Gymnasium, was taught to play netball by her legendary mother.
Back in the day, her mother played as goalkeeper alternatively a wing for United Netball Club in Windhoek.
“My mother taught me the sport and she trained me because she also played the sport. Everything I know and do on the court is because of her and for the love of the sport she has. Netball has always been part of my life.
“My father was also an athlete as he played rugby. Besides being a teacher, I am also a netball coach for the girls U-7 and U-14 at my school. It has been a good adventure at Wanderers – the committee, coaches and players are one as they always push for greater heights, which even makes me work harder,” said Moreman.
Wanderers is among the clubs searching for promotion to next season’s MTC Namibian Netball Premier League.
Wanderers are currently on top of the log with15 points, three points ahead of second placed team Tigers with 12 points.
“Definitely, we can take the league title because our team has the potential to do so and we just need to keep on working hard,” Moreman said.
She had an impressive shooting ratio of 91.8 percent, a good ratio for a player that is yet to make her international debut for Namibia’s senior team, the Desert Jewels.
“Netball has changed my life in many ways, it taught me how to work with different people, it taught me to know that working together and having support makes the goal in life and on court easier.”
Moreman also showed her respect for current national team coach, Julene Meyer.
“She is an extraordinary coach, the way she is able to train us on and off the court is great. She never changed the way I played, she only improved my game. She saw my potential and she has improved me in all the areas that I had difficulties,” said Moreman.