THE Fiji under-21 netball side made a perfect start to its World Youth Netball Championship campaign in Glasgow, Scotland.
The Baby Pearls defeated newcomers Namibia 61-36 early yesterday.
The national side displayed an attacking play to lead by 15 goals at the break.
The Africans bounced back in the latter stage of the game but the Fijian defence, led by skipper Raijieli Daveua, did enough to hold on to win.
Fiji U21 coach Unaisi Rokoura said the win was a good start to their campaign.
"We are very pleased with the players' performance," she said.
"This was an important game for us, we needed to have a good start to our campaign this year and it is good to see the players maintain the strategy and consistency in the game."
Despite the win, Rokoura, a former national skipper, said there were a few areas they needed to work on before their match against South Africa today.
"We have to work on their consistency throughout the game and especially our turnovers. Apart from that, it's good to see the girls get an opportunity to play and a win is always good."
Skipper Daveua said they were looking forward to their remaining games against South Africa and Australia and hoped to display an improved performance.
Namibia skipper Delila Keja said "we are playing in the championship for the first time and I think we did good. We will try and improve the mistakes that we did".