UNAM Dominate Central Netball Zone Awards

The University of Namibia main campus collected the most prizes at the Central Netball Zone’s prize giving ceremony held in Windhoek on Friday night.

Unam were awarded the shield and N$1 000 for winning the CNZ First League, while they also received a combined N$600 for finishing third in the second and third leagues.

Civics received N$700 for finishing runners-up in the First League, with Black Africa getting N$300 for ending the season third.

The Second League’s best team was African Stars, who earned a shield plus N$1 000 for their exertions.

Black Africa were second and were rewarded with a N$700 prize.

The Third League’s top award went to Wanderers, who pocketed N$1 000 and a shield, with Africats collecting the N$700-second place prize.

While not a lavish extravaganza, the intimate ceremony held at Nice Restaurant was a jovial affair appreciated by the award recipients.

Lifetime honoree, Riekie Fredericks said it was important that the current generation take the initiative in raising funds and making the sport attractive to outsiders.

Her plea was supported by fellow lifetime award recipients Malie Snyman and Maureen Appelgreyn.

“I know this year was very challenging but I congratulate you for getting through it and putting this together,” added Emsie Esterhuizen, who received special acknowledgement for her unwavering umpire tutoring.

“Hard work and perseverance will take you to the next level.

“For those that won, the hard work starts now. This is not the final stage, it’s up to you to keep on pushing through to improve,” Esterhuizen said.

The CNZ’s acting chairperson Manuelle Tjivera said they had to overcome several challenges in order to realise their objectives.

The most pertinent obstacles include a lack of qualified umpires, inadequate playing facilities, poor attendances by the public at matches and the perennial struggle for a substantial sponsorship.

“We have lots of talent in the central zone, but we don’t want to keep this talent to ourselves. We want to compete with other regions in regional competitions so that we can strengthen netball in the country,” Tjivera said.

Source : The Namibian