Balaka Admarc Sisters have clinched the Botsalt Under-23 Southern Region Netball League trophy after defeating Chipea Creepers of Zomba in the final 62-34 at Blantyre Youth Centre (BYC) on Sunday.
The two-day finals brought together 13 district champions and Balaka did not falter throughout the tournament.
Promising shooter Joana Chiko was instrumental, scoring vital baskets as her side led the first quarter 14-7 and 29-18 at half time. Balaka maintained the rhythm to extend the lead to 43-28 at the end of the third quarter.
Balaka Coach Mildred Chihana said they achieved their mission.
“We did not expect to win but my players were outstanding; no wonder, we celebrated massively,” she said.
Creepers Coach Peace Chawinga-Kaluwa was equally impressed with her charges after finishing as runners-up.
“It is a big achievement for us. We did not expect to reach this far but my girls were impressive because they booted out defending champions Zomba Airwing at district level,” she said.
For emerging champions, Balaka got K550,000 whereas Creepers received K350,000.
In a third-place match, Phalombe Sisters beat Blantyre Rural 33-19 to win bronze and take home K200 000.
Botsalt producers, Netrade Company, pumped K10 million into the competition.
Rab Processors Marketing Manager Andrew Lulker, whose company is Netrade’s main distributor of Botsalt in the country, pledged continued support.
“We are satisfied with both the performance of the teams and the organisation of the competition. We will return next year,” she said.
SRNL Chairperson Judith Chalusa hailed Netrade for Botsalt sponsorship.
“The competition has uncovered promising players and some of them have been picked for Malawi Under-20 National Netball Team activities,” she said.