Meyer urges players to focus on game plan
By Michael Uugwanga
ALTHOUGH Namibia’s Desert Jewelz are the underdogs in the Spar Netball Challenge that starts today, coach of the senior netball side, Julene Meyer has said that her team will need to focus on its own game plan if it is to have a good run in the tournament.
The 2021 Spar Challenge will take place in Cape Town from 25 to 31 March and will see South Africa’s President’s XII, SPAR Baby Proteas (Under 21), Uganda, Namibia and Uganda 21 competing for top honours.
Namibia’s netball is making a return to the international stage after a year and half absence due to the pandemic that has disrupted sporting activities.
The last time Namibia played a competitive match was at the 2019 M1 Nations Cup in Singapore, of which Namibian won.
Speaking to Confidente Sport from Cape Town, Meyer said that even though her side will not be favourites for the tournament, her team will be firing from all cylinders in every match they play.
Namibia will open their Spar Netball Challenge against host South Africa’s Proteas today, which is the fifth best ranked team in the world by the International Netball Federation (INF).
Tomorrow the Desert Jewelz will have a date with Uganda’s Cranes.
“The team is relaxed, we have been spending time resting and recovering, analysing our opponents, studying them working on counter strategies and mental training, as you know we are in hard isolation and not able to access training venues until our hard isolation is completed.
“We need to focus on our game plan, execute it, absorb the pressure, remain composed, trust our training and preparation, be consistent, keep the intensity high throughout and fire on all cylinders from the start, “said Meyer.
Having led the country to the maiden M1 Nations Cup, Meyer will have to do another magic trick if her side is to replicate the same success it had in Singapore.
However, Meyer said that she does not want her players to focus much on M1 Nations success but for them to make history again.
“M1 Nations is a very different tournament from the Spar Challenge, this is a tri-nation, and the M1 Nations was a round robin. The focus and mindset is completely different, here the equation is to beat the same team three times in a row. The players are starting from a clean slate and are not carrying pressure from the M1 Nations Cup although they are determined to replicate the performance”.