Golden Girls, United 12 fight for survival
By Michael Uugwanga
DESPITE Golden Girls netball club and United 12 finding it hard to survive in the MTC Namibian Netball Premier League, the two clubs are still confident that they will not be relegated come end of the season.
The two teams in the red will face each other in a winner takes all match in Otjiwarongo on Saturday.
A total of 12 teams from various regions are competing in the league and all teams made it to the top flight league via zonal play-offs that were held in March.
Golden Girls are still searching for their first win, while United 12 have a single win to their name, however things are not looking pretty good for the two sides.
Golden Girls are 11 on the log, while United 12 are in ninth position with two points.
The MTC Namibian Netball Premier League comprises of 12 teams, with four teams expected to be relegated back to regional leagues.
The other teams fighting for their lives in the MTC Namibian Netball Premier League are bottom club Rundu Chiefs with no points, Eleven Arrows with no points at number 10, and eighth placed side Dollar Girls with two points and have all failed to win matches. Coaches at Golden Girls and United 12 still believe that their sides can beat the drop by starting to win matches.
Anita Toromba, head coach of Golden Girls says her team is good enough to survive in the league. However, Golden Girls were thrashed 79-21 by Namibia Correctional Service in Windhoek last week.
“I think the most problem lies with the defenders which I am working on. We need to stick to our target which is to score at least 15 goals in each quarter. Yes, the team will survive. We have to win at least five matches out of the remaining matches with a lot of goals,” said Toromba.
Team manager of United 12, Gladys Sekwate said the reason why her side is struggling is because there had been no netball in her region for many years however, she is still adamant that they will start winning regularly starting with the upcoming match against Golden Girls.
“First of all we have not been active in the //Karas region for almost 10 years. Netball Namibia only reached out to us this year 2021. We are playing against clubs that have been active for many years or against national team players. We do not have professional coaches but I am not using it as an excuse.
“We are busy working on our fitness and tactics, rules of the game and positioning of the players, and how to improve in the next game. We are going to play the next match like a final. I have positioned my team at fifth place come end of the season,” said Sekwate.
Each team in the league has received N$60 000 to cover operational costs like transport and accommodation.
The winning team of the league will receive N$45 000, with the runner-up receiving N$35 000 and third-placed team N$25 000.