Manzo’s netball trio to represent

2015-07-30 06:00

Manzomthombo Senior Secondary netball team is ready to make history this weekend at the National Schools Netball Tournament, they say. 

Mandla Mahashe

Manzomthombo Senior Secondary netball team is ready to make history this weekend at the National Schools Netball Tournament, they say. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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Mfuleni’s Manzomthombo Senior Secondary has earned a reputation as one the best netballing teams in the province and this weekend they are determined to prove this point.

The school’s under 16, 17 and 19 teams will be representing the Western Cape at the National Netball Championships in Boksburg.

They left on Wednesday heading to the tourney which starts tomorrow (Friday 31 July). This is the first time that three teams from the school have earned a slot to represent the province at this level.

The under 16s are going into the tournament as champions after clinching the title last year. They will however be buoyed by the presence of their fellow schoolmates in the competition this year.

According to Coach Frank Xaba this was expected as the other two teams have been knocking on the door.

“Last year, our under 17s and 19s were runner ups in their divisions and could not make to the nationals as only the winners of the divisions progressed. This year we worked even harder and the results were all the proof needed,” said Xaba.

The teams went through rigorous competition and won their way out of the regional competition as well as the district competition which meant that they can represent the province alongside other high schools namely Durbanville, Heidevelt, Stellenbosch and De Kuilen.

The schools represent different leagues within schools netball. Xaba said that they were very confident of their chances in the competition.

“We are hoping to do better than last year as our preparations have showed us that we are currently playing our best netball at the moment.

Leading to this competition we have been playing with local schools and teams. Our under 16s have proved to be superior to their counterparts and we are confident that our other teams will do well,” said Xaba.

Asked what their secret was Xaba was open and said that dedication and commitment were key in their team’s success.

“As a coach I am very dedicated and very passionate and that trickles down to the players and we have received amazing support from school staff and the parents,” said Xaba.

John Matiso, school principal, shared the same sentiments with Xaba regarding the dedication and the commitment of the team.

“Our netball team begin training in January and even play with local teams; which is something that you don’t see in other schools.

That is the kind of dedication that they have. As a result they are among the best in the country despite the challenges they faced,” said Matiso.

He said that one of the biggest challenges they faced was lack of funding but because of their great track record, corporate sponsors have availed funding for their activities.

“We are very fortunate that through community leadership that we have Eskom as a sponsor who has made sure that we have a transport and accommodation for the competition.

We are hoping that we will do well in the competition,” said Matiso.

He said that the target was to have at least two of the teams coming back as champions.

He urged communities to encourage youth to participate in the sports as well as arts and culture activities as a deterrent to drug use.

Under 16 sharp shooter Sisanda Sithonga said that they we determined to come back triumphant.

“We have been playing well and we have showed our class. We will bring in the trophy,” she confidently said

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