Endless fireworks for Ward 34 sports day

PHOTO: sbu dumaNetball winners of the Ward 34 Annual Community Sports Day, Cato Ridge Ladies during the prize giving ceremony with the event organiser, founder and local veteran journalist Jerry Barnes (maroon shirt).
PHOTO: sbu dumaNetball winners of the Ward 34 Annual Community Sports Day, Cato Ridge Ladies during the prize giving ceremony with the event organiser, founder and local veteran journalist Jerry Barnes (maroon shirt).

THE Ward 34 Annual Community Sports Day was successful and full of fireworks.

The event was held at Panorama Primary School on Saturday, April 7.

The programme for the day started with usual community fun/walk mile where most of the community members took part, later on netball and soccer games took centre stage.

Netball stars for the day were Cato Ridge Sisters after humiliating the Panorama team 15 - 3.

The seniors final was a marvel to watch between Williams Brothers and the host side Panorama FC, finalising on a full time score of 1-1 with the brothers being very lucky to equalise on the final seconds of the game.

Eventually, the exciting outfit from the old village (near Brookside Mall) won 5 - 3 via penalties.

The overall winners boss, Anna Williams said Ward 34 Community Sports Day organisers must be congratulated for bringing the youth together for the whole day.

“Obviously events such as these, brings the entire community together for a day, especially the youth.

“Nowadays, there are many different types of social ills. So keeping our children at the sports grounds is very important.

“I’m also very glad to hear that this is an annual event which means it’s ongoing.

“I wish the organisers good luck for the future, hopefully, more partners and sponsors will come on board next year,”said Williams.

The founder and organiser of the event Jerry Barnes said the aim was not about winning at all costs, but bringing together the community.

“Okay, at the end of the day there’s winners, but my main target is to get the entire community, especially the youth taking part in sports.

“I was also glad to see the
Khethimpilo Clinic (Choose Life) from Northdale Hospital present and conduct testing for different illnesses.

“Just to see the youth going there in those tents getting tested means there is a bright future.

“From the bottom of my heart I would like to thank Kara Nichas who provided meals and sound, Daryll Petersen of Daroz Components who donated a new set of goalposts, Poobie Naidoo’s Department of Sports, Umgeni Water and The Witness and Maritzburg Echo. May the Almighty God bless them and expand their businesses,”said Barnes.

One of the prominent residents from Ward 34, Thobias Ngcobo said it was interesting that the annual event started small and with only two teams many years ago but has now grown. attracting about 250 people.

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