Sikholiwe Sinegugu Mdletshe (19) introduced a new netball tournament for young girls in Mkhondo during December 2018, which is aimed at developing and promoting the sport of netball in Mkhondo.
During December, the Mkhondo Festive Cup included netball but, it did not turn out to be successful and shortly thereafter, a new tournament was launched. Four teams participated in the inaugural competition at the Thokozani Playing Courts, in eThandukukhanya, named Girls Got Game Tournament.
The teams included Super Falcons, the Eagles, the Windy City N.C., of Mayflower, and the Hunters Stars NC of Vryheid. These four teams played a round robin in which each team played three games each.
The girls of the Super Falcons were crowned as the champions and they were undefeated after all their games. They won a trophy, gold medals and two match balls. Windy City NC came in second place and received a trophy, silver medals and match balls.
Hunters Stars NC came in third place and received a trophy, bronze medals and a new training kit to assist with development. Considering the lack of active netball player teams in Mkhondo, the Girls Got Game Tournament was nevertheless a huge success.
According to Mr Ntokozo Simelane, the chief organiser of this event, Miss Mdletshe, said that the tournament will definitely be back in 2019. “I would like to thank everyone for taking time to support this initiative.
My aim is to see young girls involved in playing netball to keep active and fit. Netball is an enjoyable sport that can enable young girls to study at universities, by means of scholarships.”
Miss Mdletshe said that young girls from rural communities often miss out on university scholarships. If they have a talent for sports, they should utilise it. She stated that she is currently studying at the University of the Free State with a netball scholarship.
She is a U/20 South African netball player and a gold medalist of the recent African Union Zone 5 Youth Games that was held in Botswana in December. The tournament entertained various community members and supporters.
Even former Miss SA, from Mkhondo, Miss Ntandoyenkosi (Kunene) Mthethwa was present at the event. She is now married to former SA Idols winner, Khaya Mthethwa and came to support her friends.
Thank you to everyone for promoting sports in Mkhondo. We boast some very talented young individuals in our midst and by encouraging them to participate in sports; they will develop their skills and become even beter sportsmen/women.