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Netball bonanza to narrow the gap

The playing field for netball clubs in not level with the same giants dominating major competitions.

To help the up-and-coming teams catch up with the giants, Southern Region Netball League (SRNL) has come up with a plan.

SRNL plans to hold a bonanza involving developmental teams during the off-season break.

SRNL General Secretary, Annie Hanjahanja, said they had presented proposals to companies and individuals to consider bankrolling the bonanza.

“We feel that we need to give an opportunity to the developmental teams to hone their skills before the start of the Rainbow Paints Southern Region Netball League season,” she said.

However, Hanjahanja said depending on the response the bonanza might even involve top teams.

“Currently, we are looking for about K2 million to K4 million. If we get less or more, we will make a decision to include the giants.

Nevertheless, I should state that the priority is for developmental teams,” she said.

Chilomoni Sisters player, Linda Kaponda, welcomed the proposal, saying it would give a chance for budding teams to compete at the same level.

“We can easily gauge our strength and weakness during the bonanza. Such games can then prepare us for bigger challenges,” she said.

Kaponda urged the corporate world to support SRNL’s proposal.

“In most cases, the league is dominated by three or four teams. The coming in of a bonanza for developmental teams will inspire the rest of the teams that struggle in the league,” she said.

Some of the up-and-coming developmental teams are Young Professionals, Shizaella, Gerald Tasaukadala Sisters, Chitakale Sisters and Chilomoni Sisters.

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