CLASSY NETBALLERS OUTSHINE STARS
By: Nhlanhla Ndlovu
Netballers demolished Silver Stars by 27-19 to claim the eight-team Topeedoz Netball Tournament on Friday at the Fred Crookes Sports Centre.
The side claimed the annually second year sport management tournament organised by Topeedoz after showing hunger for the crown.
Their coach Sbongakonke Ngobese believed that training in the past four days gave them a moral to do well.
“We only met on Monday and trained until yesterday (Thursday). Silver Stars played well and we were threatened by them,” Ngobese said.
“We showed them respect especially in the first quarter we didn’t score much,” he added.
The battle between centres Gugu Mbatha of Stars and Nomfundo Khumalo of Netballers gave the crowd an exciting game of netball.
But Nontando Gumede and Asiphe Ngceba were the shining stars in the front row of the champions giving Phumla Sokhulu and Khango Hlongwane no time to breath in defence.
Although their first quarter was not productive as they wished, that gave the opponent’s goal-scorer Thando Gumede to show her creativity under scoring rings.
Gumede struggled to pass the ball through Fisokuhle Mnguni’s hands in the last three quarters, which gave the champions a chance to take the game.
Runners-up captain Phumla Sokhulu said they had a great run in the tournament after producing a player of the tournament performance.
“I enjoyed playing although emperors were not fair. In the final, we put a lot of pressure instead of continuing with our rhythm,” Sokhulu said.
The winning side passed a tough test on their first game as they defeated Hashtag by 20-14 before meeting Campell Residence in the semis and produced a 24-13 victory.
Meanwhile, the second place side showed class when they trashed Lamontville by 28-16. The first year Sport Management team were the stepping-stone to the final for stars as they were beaten 33-4.
Baltimore Residence 4 – 16 first year Sport Management team
Silver Stars 28 – 16 Lamontville
Hashtag 14 – 20 Netballers
Campell Residence 20 – 10 Essenwood
Silver Stars 33 – 4 first year Sport Management team
Netballers 24 – 13 Campell Residence
3Rd and 4Th place playoff
First year Sport Management team 0 – 3 Campell Residence