Diamonds in the rough at bottom of league

2017-05-31 06:02
Teresa Fa-Tudo of the Northern Cape Diamonds (left) trying to take the ball from Elizabeth Richter of the KwaZulu-Natal Kingdom Stars on Saturday (27/05), with Kalipa Gibisela supporting in the back.This game in the Brutal Fruit Netball Premier League took place at the Mangaung Outdoor Sports Centre in Bloemfontein.   Photo: Supplied

Teresa Fa-Tudo of the Northern Cape Diamonds (left) trying to take the ball from Elizabeth Richter of the KwaZulu-Natal Kingdom Stars on Saturday (27/05), with Kalipa Gibisela supporting in the back.This game in the Brutal Fruit Netball Premier League took place at the Mangaung Outdoor Sports Centre in Bloemfontein. Photo: Supplied

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The Northern Cape Diamonds netball team is participating in the Brutal Fruit Netball Premier League (BFNPL).

Although it is not the team’s first time to participate in the tournament, the new head coach, Maria Maiya, said she entered this year’s tournament with a brand-new team consisting of players from all five districts of the province.

Maiya does not deny the fact that her team has been rated as the worst-performing team.

With winless games in all nine of their games, the Diamonds are at the bottom of the league.

According to Maiya, the vastness of the Northern Cape left the team rallying against time to complete its training camps before the beginning of the league.

The team suffered another defeat on Saturday (27/05) when they lost by 30-67 against the KwaZulu-Natal Kingdom Stars at the Mangaung Indoor Complex in Bloemfontein.

The Diamonds shooters, who have been struggling throughout the whole competition, managed to reach 30 goals for only the third time.

According to Maiya, most of the Diamonds players have never been exposed to such tournaments before, as many of them are from rural and disadvantaged backgrounds.

“I had to form a new team at the last minute, because the majority of the players from the original team had to withdraw due to personal reasons,” she said.

“We had to start from scratch to form a new club, and we only had time for four central training camps.”

Two players in the new team are from Kuruman, two from Postmasburg, four from Kathu, four from Kimberley and one from Namakwa.

“The players are still basically complete strangers to each other.”

Maiya sees the tournament as a good platform for the new players to show their talent.emphasises that the new team is a platform for those good players, with talent, can be accommodates as compared to previously where poor performance players were the ones at the forefront.

She believes the upcoming games from Wednesday (07/06) to Saturday, 10 June, will go well enough for them to move up to the eighth or ninth position in the league.

“We are hoping that the upcoming games will make a difference in our league standing, as our goal keeper, Antonina Aparicio, will be back in the game.

“She not only brings skill, but also a large amount of experience to the table.

“My attacking side will also be stronger, as the players are slowly getting used to each other.”

Maiya highlighted that they will also start working with the Northern Cape Department of Sports, Arts and Culture in order to allow the team to plan in advance for the upcoming matches.

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