THE Free State women’s netball team are now the proud owners of the prestigious Brutal Fruit Netball Premier League trophy after winning it three times in a row. Netball South Africa (NSA) has bestowed the honour of being the permanent owners of the trophy to the triumphant team. The trophy was manufactured by the well-known jewellery designer Jenna Clifford. The NSA congratulated the Crinums on their milestone. The decision sees the federation keeping up with rest of the world of sport in honouring the tradition to allow deserving champions to permanently keep the trophy. “A huge achievement, and they are now the proud owners of the cup designed and manufactured by Jenna Clifford,” said the NSA. The decision was taken at a tournament post-mortem meeting with stakeholders that included the sponsor, South African Breweries. Furthermore, the decision has responded to doubts about whether or not the victorious Crinums would become permanent owners after the NSA could not provide a clear answer earlier.Apparently, the stakeholders in the tournament, the SAB and NSA, had not envisioned any team achieving the feat of recording three wins in a row, since the competition is fairly new (inaugurated in 2014). However, the Crinums have achieved this.The triumphant Free State team lifted the coveted trophy for the third time after their 52-43 win over arch-rivals Gauteng Jaguars in the final played at the Olive Convention Centre in Durban on the weekend of 28 May. The Free State girls have won the cup since the inception of the premier women’s league in 2014 against old rivals the Jaguars, who were again the favourites to clinch the championship this year. The Crinums were further rewarded with the inclusion of three in-form players in the national senior team, the Spar Proteas. The trio are Lauren-Lee Christians, Karla Mostert and Maryka Holtzhausen, who was also handed the honour to captain the Proteas.The Crinums are planning to parade the coveted trophy and celebrate the milestone of winning the league three times in a row.