The national Under-21 netball side started their World Cup campaign in high spirits as they thumped Malaysia 72-26 in Netball Youth World Cup match played on Saturday evening at the UB Indoor Sporting Centre.
Playing in front a fully packed crowd, Dinaletsana recorded the biggest win margin of the round one matches.
The hosts however showed signs of nerves allowing the visitors to score very quick goals bringing the crowd to a deafening silence. The home team’s attack however soon got to their rhythm with the partnership of Cheludo David (GS) and Pearl Maribe (GA) causing all sorts of problems for the visitors’ defence. Dinaletsana finished the first quarter leading 17-9. In the second quarter, David continued to convert on second attempts while the defence kept it tight against pint sized Malaysian attackers. The team’s marking kept the visitors at bay, taking a 32-16 lead into break after the second quarter.
After the break, Botswana dominated a rather one-sided quarter.
The team was superb on transition and covered well when they lost possession. The visitors tried to break the locals’ defence playing quick short
“We are happy with the performance. The girls started well. We also had the chance to rotate the squad as the match went on. It is important that every player gets some playing minutes early in the tournament,” Botswana coach, Setshedi Botlhole-Mmopi said after the game.
Dinaletsana also registered a 51-41 victory yesterday against Cook Islands. They face African powerhouses, Uganda today.
Botswana: Cheludo David, Fatimah Dino, Obusitswe Dipateletso, Sarona Hans, Pearl Maribe, Modinda Mbangiwa, Maipelo Mosotho, Amantle Never, Barati Phesodi, Florence Plane, Boikanyo Selogetso, Maungo Simone
Malaysia: Azinan, Aziz, Loganathan, Farit, Hasbullah, Kaurinnisa, Raziani, Noorsabadinee, Khalo-Tass, Che-Yahaya, Asfarina, Khairud-Din, Affani, Muhammar