Netball team moves up the ranks

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NO PAIN NO GAIN: UNIZULU Netball team player Bongiwe Mdletshe falls to the ground during a match against the Sefako Makgatho University as teammates Wongeka Mbana (Goal Defender) and Olwethu Chiya (Goal Attacker) get involved in the action.

NO PAIN NO GAIN: UNIZULU Netball team player Bongiwe Mdletshe falls to the ground during a match against the Sefako Makgatho University as teammates Wongeka Mbana (Goal Defender) and Olwethu Chiya (Goal Attacker) get involved in the action.
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The University of Zululand female netball team has earned promotion to the Pool B stream of the University Sports South Africa (USSA) national tournament; this follows the team’s domination of the Pool C stream where it was competing. The ladies from UNIZULU won gold in the Pool C stream after a gruelling schedule which saw them take on six teams over four days.On the way to the top of Pool C, UNIZULU beat the likes of Durban University of Technology (Midlands), Tshwane University of Technology, Sol Plaatjie University while in the finals the team beat Sefako Makgatho University (formerly known as Medunsa).Chairperson of the Netball team, Nonkonzo Hadebe was proud of her fellow teammates for having moved up the ranks saying that playing in Pool C was not smooth sailing. “The problem with Pool C is that most of the competitors are not teams we are familiar with, now that we are in Pool B it is going to be easy because we know and we have played our competitors”. The focus would now be changing to focusing on the league games. However another point of focus would be to ensure a new crop of players join the team. Hadebe said the team would be embarking on a massive recruitment drive. “We would be visiting schools and recruiting players especially those in matric there by encouraging them to come and register at the University of Zululand. Then we also recruit some people who are working by encouraging them to register for postgraduate courses,” she said. Four defenders are set to leave the team this year as they are on their final year of study at the University, but Hadebe was adamant that the team would continue to do well. “Look I am also leaving at the end of next year but I want to make sure that I leave the team having taken it to Pool A. It is going to be very easy,” said the Law student.

SPHAMANDLA GUMEDE