Netball challenge continues this weekend

By Michael Uugwanga

WITH Netball Namibia having cancelled all its activities countrywide amid Covid-19 pandemic, a newly established netball competition, the Central Netball Challenge that started last Friday is set to continue this weekend.

The competition is expected to end on October 10 and it is open to all teams in the country -both female and male- as a way to keep netball players active until when Netball Namibia resumes with its activities depending on the pandemic situation.
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The tournament is divided into three divisions; super division, A division and the male division.

The super league comprises of Afrocat Lions Sport Club 1, Afrocat Lions Sport Club 2, Mighty Gunners Sports Club, SWIFTS netball Club, Lightning  netball club and Thunderbird netball club; while the A division consists of Afrocat Lions Sport Club, A. Shipena Secondary School, NUST netball club A1, NUST netball club A2, Gomonate Fella Netball Club and Rehoboth netball club; and the male division has Afrocat Lions Sports Club, Double G1 (Otjiwarongo), Trustco United, Double G2 (Otjiwarongo)  and Jaguars (Windhoek).

Registration for the Super League is N$1 500,  A division is N$1 000 and the male division is N$1 000.

The tournament is being played at the Windhoek Gymnasium, A. Shipena Secondary School in Windhoek and in Otjiwarongo depending on the availability of netball courts in that town.
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Chairperson of the Central Netball Challenge, Sethie Auguste said she has been impressed by the commitment put in by the players despite a long lay-off  that was caused by the absence of local netball activities due to lockdown.

“In my opinion the first weekend was a success. You can see that the players are happy to be back on court after the lockdown. The tournament will only continue depending on the Covid-19  pandemic and if the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) will allow us to continue with the tournament. At this stage we cannot say how much will be the prize money, however there will be money for the top three, medals and a floating trophy,” said Auguste.

Men netball in the country is in a revival process and the Central Netball Challenge is seen as a starting point to bring back the sport that was formidable in the late 90s and early 2000s.
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“Men netball still has a long way to go. Despite four male teams having registered for the Central Netball Challenge, it still has a very long way to go,” said Auguste.

Results of matches played so far:

Super division: Afrocat Lions 1 40-18 Afrocat Lion 2, Afrocat Lions 1 40-23 Swifts, Afrocat  Lions 2 27-35 Swifts.

A division: NUST A 2 36-35 Gomonate Fella and Trsustco United 52-28 NUST A1 and NUST A 1 54-26 Afrocat Lions.

Male division: Afrocat Lions 0-15 Jaguars.

Weekend fixtures:

Thunder 1 vs Afrocats 2, Swifts 1 vs Lightning 1, Afrocat Lions 1 vs Lightning 1, Jaguars (male) 1 vs Double G (male), Lightning 1 vs Mighty Gunners G 1, Double G (male 2) vs Double G (male 1), Afrocat Lions 1 vs Mighty Gunners 1, Jaguars (male 1) vs Double G 2 and Afrocat Lions 1 vs A Shipena Secondary School A 1.