Dynamite netball team defeated Tswelelang netball team 34-12 in a WHAT IS PINK LOVE Netball league at the Hilltop sports grounds in Soshanguve Block 9 on Saturday.
Dynamite netball team showed good signs of winning before the first half and held their composure throughout the 20 minute game, before half time they were already on top of the leader board.
The winning coach, Simson Ndlovu, said he was happy with the result, most especially because his strongest players did not show up for the game.
“We struggled a little in the beginning, however the team managed to pull themselves up to claim victory even though our best players are not around” he said.
Ntombizodwa Mdawu age 14 said she was happy to be captain at that specific match. “I enjoyed the game, because to me the oppositional team did not give us much of a challenge” she said.
However not all losers are sore losers in the league. Karabelo Seleka age 13 captain of the Tselelang Netball team, said she always encourages her team not to give up.
“Play hard and never give up, losers learn from their mistakes. Losers lose so that they can learn and work hard to succeed,” she said in motivating the team.
The Pink Love Netball League was launched in September 2017, with the aim of addressing social issues pertaining to young female students and upcoming generations. The league started with one ball and developed to own more than 20 balls, 10 sets of bibs and more registered teams.
The officials present at the match on Saturday said that they face challenges when it comes to transport, refreshments and even support from parents, with their biggest concern being shoes.
Players are not comfortable in the field, the shoes they wear to play are uncomfortable and can lead to injury, which brings up issues such as health and lack of first aid kits.
Although the aim of the league is to fight issues such as teenage pregnancy and drug abuse in the community of Soshanguve.
They also struggle with the nyaope smoking youth that come to the fields to watch the games who ends up making silly comments to the girls while they play.
Despite all these challenges, Pink Love Netball League Region One holds first position out of all seven regions.
Region One is made up of Soshanguve, Mabopane, and Winterveld just to mention a few. The league has also helped few students to get bursaries to further their studies.