Under-17 netball team to compete at Netball Quad Series

18 Jan 2017 09:20am
WINDHOEK, 18 JAN (NAMPA) – The national under-17 netball team is gearing up to compete in the 2017 Netball Quad Series in Durban, South Africa at the end of January.
The netball challenge is an iconic event in African netball, which sees the world's top four netball teams compete against each other. This competition sees South Africa's Spar Proteas, the England Roses, New Zealand's Silver Ferns and the Australian Diamonds battle to be crowned champions as part of the Vitality Netball International Series.
The Namibian team is an invitational team at this year’s challenge and will compete in the youth category against U-17 teams from South Africa. Namibia was invited to the competition after winning gold at the Confederation of Schools Sport Associations of Southern Africa Ball Games that was held in Botswana in 2016.
Speaking to Nampa on Thursday, Natasha Thakur, the team’s assistance coach, said they will have a four-day training session before traveling to Durban next week due to financial constraints because this trip was not budgeted for.
“Players will be paying for themselves but I am confident the team will compete well despite the few days of training because these players know each other well,” she said.
Thakur said the games will give the players much-needed exposure.
Last year, they competed in a netball competition in South Africa and became the first Namibian youth netball team to win a medal in South Africa.
The Namibian team will travel to South Africa on 24 January. Their first game will be on 26 January.