Top team boycotts netball championships

2011-08-08 13:30

The Central Gauteng A team have apparently boycotted this year’s Spar National Netball Championships.

According to Netball South Africa (NSA) competitions director Bennie Saayman, Central Gauteng were supposed to play the defending champions, Gauteng North, this morning, but the match did not take place.

A further six regions failed to pitch up for the event, which is being held at the Bellville Velodrome in Cape Town.

The situation has left the competition with eight A teams participating instead of 10.Saayman said all Gauteng Central opponents will earn points without playing or advance to the next round.

“We were only made aware of this situation by our administrator Portia Dimu late yesterday.

We tried to communicate with Gauteng Central but we couldn’t reach them.

At the moment, we have no answers.“Ekurhuleni have made special arrangements as most of their players were taking part in the schools championships, but we are still waiting for their arrival,” said Saayman.

According to the fixtures, Ekurhuleni were supposed to be up against Boland this morning.Gauteng Central and NSA have been at loggerheads on several issues.Nthabiseng Moabi, from Central Gauteng, was dropped from the World Cup squad at the eleventh hour.

Moabi later accused national coach Elize Kotze of racism and favouritism.In last year’s competition, Gauteng Central were penalised six goals in their match against Boland for fielding an all-black team, turning their narrow victory into a defeat.

“We tried to come up with a solution that would have seen Gauteng North playing Gauteng Central B team. Unfortunately, Gauteng North refused to play lower teams. They want competitive matches,” said Saayman.

NSA vice-president Blanche de la Guerre said they would have wanted to iron out issues with Moabi.

“This was going to be a good platform to talk to Nthabiseng and solve the issues. She is still our national player,” said De la Guerre.

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