The Seawind Sport Complex was abuzz with activity as women came together to celebrate women’s day with a netball tournament.
Netball teams from all over were invited to the first Women’s Day Netball Challenge hosted by the People for Sport and Cultural Progression (PSP), a community-based sport development body.
Gary Herne, chairperson of PSP, says the event was a big success.
“It was well attended and ten teams turned out to contest the tournament on the day. Many were local teams with two teams coming from Parkwood Estate.”
The day started tentatively when the opening match between Cheetah Kids and Devoted Stars ended in an eight-all draw.
Competition quickly became fierce when Constitution annihilated China Spurs 1 in a 23-1 victory and Blue Bells 1 beat Blue Bells 2 a convincing 22-11. “Overcome Heights produced a promising side in 7 Attackers but lacked the spirit to take the fight all the way,” he says.
In the end the best team prevailed and Blue Bells 1 claimed the winner’s trophy, while Park Chiefs emerged as runners-up.
After the presentation of the trophies, the chairman of PSP thanked players, spectators and officials alike for making the day a memorable and meaningful one. “We wish everyone well for the future and invite them to the next Woman’s Day Netball Challenge which the PSP hopes to host as an annual event on the local sport calendar,” says Herne.
“We are extending an invitation to all clubs and other sport bodies to engage in talks around establishing regulated sport and formal league structures within our community. This in turn will foster educational and development programmes in our local sports fraternity, bring sport into clearer focus and encourage the youth to pursue a more fruitful and rewarding future,” he went on to say.