Netball: Namibia beat Singapore 49-42 to win M1 Nations Cup final

Namibia players celebrate after wining the M1 Nations Cup title at the OCBC Arena on Oct 26, 2019.
Namibia players celebrate after wining the M1 Nations Cup title at the OCBC Arena on Oct 26, 2019.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Namibia players celebrate after wining the M1 Nations Cup title at the OCBC Arena on Oct 26, 2019.
Namibia players celebrate after wining the M1 Nations Cup title at the OCBC Arena on Oct 26, 2019.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Singapore's Carmen Goh (far right) watches as her teammate Charmaine Soh tussles for the ball during the M1 Nations Cup final match against Namibia at the OCBC Arena on Oct 26, 2019.
Singapore's Carmen Goh (far right) watches as her teammate Charmaine Soh tussles for the ball during the M1 Nations Cup final match against Namibia at the OCBC Arena on Oct 26, 2019.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Singapore captain Charmaine Soh tries a shot during the M1 Nations Cup final match against Namibia at the OCBC Arena on Oct 26, 2019.
Singapore captain Charmaine Soh tries a shot during the M1 Nations Cup final match against Namibia at the OCBC Arena on Oct 26, 2019.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Singapore players greet fans and family after the match.
Singapore players greet fans and family after the match.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

SINGAPORE - Singapore missed out on the M1 Nations Cup title after they lost 49-42 to Namibia in the final on Saturday (Oct 26) at the OCBC Arena.

Namibia, ranked 33rd in the world, piled the pressure on world No. 28 Singapore from the get go to force the hosts into errors, ending the first period 11-10 up, although the Republic bounced back in the second quarter to go into half-time with a 25-20 lead.

But the Africans drew level at 33-33 in the crucial third quarter, thanks to their tight defence and the efforts of their unstoppable 1.93m goal shooter Jaumbuaije Zauana, before pulling away in the final period for the win.

Their first encounter last Sunday ended in a 54-54 draw.

The last time Singapore made it to the Nations Cup final was five years ago, where they lost 50-41 to Samoa.

Meanwhile, Ireland bagged their first win of the tournament, beating Papua New Guinea 47-37 to finish fifth, while Cook Islands came in third after overcoming Botswana 49-46.