THE GOtv Netball Champions League started at Blantyre Youth Centre on a thrilling note on Saturday. Teams suffered sudden defeats due to the effects of power-play.
In normal play, an attacker can score a point, two or three but during power play, each point is doubled. On the opening day, Kukoma Diamonds and Blue Eagles Sisters each won two successive games of the league that pooled top eight teams.
The power-play saw teams that were trailing bouncing back to stun opponents. Sponsor MultiChoice Marketing Manager, Chimwemwe Nyirenda, said they were delighted to return with the competition ahead of Malawi National Netball Team’s participation in Fast5 Netball World Series scheduled for
Australia in October. “The return of the GOtv Netball Champions League is timely as players will master the rules ahead of the Fast5 Netball World Series,” he said.
Netball Association of Malawi President, Khungekile Matiya, said this year’s competition is historic as spectators paid an entry fee of K200.
“This shows that we are empowering the game and we are moving in the right direction. Besides, the competition will help the Queens prepare for the Fast5 Netball World Series,” she said.
Guest of honour Gertrude Chirambo, Councillor for Namalimwe Ward in Ndirande Township, said the league was encouraging women to take up the sport.
Full results of Saturday’s games Diamonds 33 Tigresses 25, Thunder Queens 26 Mafco Soldiers 15, Eagles 30 Lameck Queens 4, Civonets 41 Mimosa Queens 15, Kukoma Diamonds 30 Lameck Queens 4, Mafco Soldiers 27 Mimosa Queens 15, Blue Eagles 16 Civonets 11, Tigresses 33 Thunder Queens 28.
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