Busy 2020 awaits the Deserts Jewelz

JULENE Meyer, the coach of Namibia’s senior women netball team – nicknamed The Desert Jewelz – has warned her players that as from January they will be undergoing various training techniques to enable them to reach international fitness standards if they are to compete against some of the world’s best netball playing nations. Meyer, who guided Namibia to their first M1 Nations Netball Cup in Singapore in October, said the new techniques would help the players attain international standards in preparation for major competitions, such as the World Cup qualifiers or Africa Nations Cup. Meyer was appointed head coach earlier this year and has already won the hearts of many Namibian netball fans, following the triumph in Singapore, which Namibia saw make her first appearance at the showpiece since 2013, due to financial constraints. Speaking to Confidente Sport Desk this week, Meyer who also coached in South Africa at university level, said Namibia’s netball players are like unpolished diamonds that need only a bit of polishing to turn into fine gems. “This was the only competition (M1 Nations Cup) for the players in 2019. Theywill now go into a very strong power, conditioning, polymeric and speed programme. From January they will start advanced skills development; six weeks later they will start technical specialisation and systems to ensure they are ready for international exposure from April.