Pinetown netball club’s 2017 dreams

2017-02-14 06:01
 Photo: nosipho mkhize Pinetown Eagles Netball Club chairperson Talent Hlongwa and manager Nathi Mnguni.

Photo: nosipho mkhize Pinetown Eagles Netball Club chairperson Talent Hlongwa and manager Nathi Mnguni.

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MOST people assume that netball is a female sport, however netball is changing as it is now played by both females and males. Pinetown Eagles Netball Club (PENC) chairperson Talent Hlongwa said: “The team is managed by Nathi Mnguni and I believe that netball is a sport that does not discriminate. there are men who play netball and that does not mean they are gay. There are gay people who play netball and we do not discriminate against their homosexuality, we consider ourselves equal and disciplined.

“The club was established in October 2014 when we played friendly matches. In 2015, when we joined the eThekwini Metro Netball League, there were eight clubs in the league, and we managed to achieve fifth on the log at the end of the league.
“In 2016 we had 16 clubs in the regional league and we came third. There were clubs in the Inner and Outer West before PENC but there was not a netball club in these areas which can compete with best clubs from north and south areas.”

The aim of the club is to ensure that games are played regularly.
“This will be achieved by having more netball clubs that are properly managed with the necessary resources to enable it to make it through to international netball games.
“When we first started the club focused on certain areas, Pinetown, KwaDabeka, Clermont, Dassenhoek, KwaNdengezi, Klaarwater, Hammersdale and Mariannhill. “We now have stretched into the ‘Ink’ area [Inanda, Ntuzuma and KwaMashu] and have players that come from the iLembe district.”

Hlongwa said the club has many players who also play for school teams and five of his players went to Singapore last year with their school teams.
“Some players are playing in Provincial and National teams. We have three players that are in a provincial squad, the Kingdom Stars, and one of our girls from Clermont plays for the under 21 SA squad.”

He said they have great plans for 2017. “We want to enter tournaments that are outside KwaZulu-Natal. We want to take the presidency cup this year.
“We are also working on strengthening team management such as keeping the club records in order and marketing our club for sponsors because ever since we started the club we have been using our own money for club expenses.”

PENC also has players who come from poor backgrounds and some even live in informal settlements. “We make sure that a player comes to practice even though they don’t have money for transport. Sometimes we fetch them or give them bus fare.”

He believes that netball is a sport that unites people.
“Our motto is ‘learn, play, succeed’. A netball player must decupled and it is a sport that has mostly female players and lacks sponsorships. “The Department of Sports and Recreation is taking netball to rural areas and hosts tournaments in those areas, and the area that wins will have a proper netball court built, sponsored by the Department of Sport and Recreation.”
For more information about PENC, contact 078 116 5192.

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